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Between the Stars and Sky is a vivid, standalone contemporary novel from Young Adult author David James. In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again. But there is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the FirBetween the Stars and Sky is a vivid, standalone contemporary novel from Young Adult author David James. In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again. But there is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the Firelight Fall. A secret game. A legendary lie. A test of bravery. Those who fall risk everything, and Jackson is on the edge. Until he meets a girl who pushes him over. For Jackson, falling for Sarah Blake might be as dangerous as jumping in the Firelight Fall. As summer burns away, Jackson and Sarah ignite an unstoppable love game. For her, his heart is on fire. And soon, Sarah shows him life, saves him from loss, and opens his heart to an infinite and wild love found between the stars and sky.Lyrical and deeply romantic, Between the Stars and Sky is a poetic and heart-stopping read for fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and E. Lockhart....

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ISBN : 22382350
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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  • Nyrae Dawn
    2019-02-17 03:02

    Have you ever read a book that is so beautiful you don't know if you can say anything that will do it justice? That's how I feel about BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY. I loved the characters. The premise is incredibly unique. I haven't read a story like this one before. The author wrote not just a unique premise but his writing style is also really different and wonderful as well. The book isn't bogged down with a lot of extra stuff. It's simple and minimalistic in a way but also gets under your skin and in your heart. I spent a lot of time thinking about this book after I finished. It became a part of me. And the writing. I can't say enough about the gorgeous language. I wanted to highlight almost the whole book. There were passages I read over and over just because they were so beautiful. I have very few authors who I call my words heroes, because I love the way they say things--the way they put words together. David James is now one of my words heroes. I'm so glad I got the chance to read this one!

    2019-02-16 02:49

    I don't know if I can review this one. It's short, it's totally purple and IT HURTS!

  • Joy N. Hensley
    2019-02-03 05:41

    This book. THIS BOOK, you guys. It was one of those stories that I could handle being a thousand pages long. I just wanted to live with these characters forever. It's a quiet story--not at all like the fast-paced books on the market, and I was grateful for the character-driven story. It was a wonderful break from PLOT PLOT PLOT and allowed me to connect with characters in a way I haven't for a long time. I wanted to hold each of the characters, hug them, and let them know things would be okay. There's not a lot more I can say other than it was beautiful. I've been thinking about this one for a long time and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

  • David James
    2019-02-03 22:36

    This is my Gilmore Girls meets Pretty Little Liars book, and I love everything about it. Jackson and Sarah are both characters I love and love to get to know. It's been a journey learning to understand them, and I'm still not sure I do completely! Both of them have so many triggers, so many reasons to fall in love and to run from love. Add to that a summer festival and a dangerous game and I'm not sure how I made it out of this novel alive! I'm so excited for you all to read this story.

  • Genissa
    2019-02-13 01:50

    Vivid, evocative, profound, lyrical, metaphysical, timeless, imaginative, atmospheric and absolutely painfully beautiful.I don’t even know how to write a review for Between the Stars and Sky, let alone explain what it’s about. It’s minimal but beyond complex in context. The story-telling is unique and this book means so much to me, even if it broke me to pieces. I highlighted the hell out of this book…even a sentence in the acknowledgements and note from the author. Is that weird? I bought another copy so I can have a clean copy too. It’s definitely one of my favorites of the year. I’m taking it to the grave with me (morbid, I know. No surprise there.).Between the Stars and Sky starts off with Jackson’s introspection and self-reflection on life, family, loss, insecurities, love, heartbreak, memories, lies, fear, and the future. There’s a lot of thought that goes into all of those throughout the book, with new things added or changed to his perspectives on those topics. At the start, we also get a glimpse of Jackson’s relationship with his father, and memories of how it was with his mom. And Jackson returns to his hometown of Huntington after moving away a few years ago. He reconnects with a couple of old friends he left behind. Attempting to adjust back to the town he once called home, reuniting with old friends and rekindling an old flame, deciding whether to follow his dad instructions for what to do with his summer there, and trying to find himself and figure out life in general, thinking about his mom and the upcoming firelight festival.Jackson is a dreamer, an artist who uses words, metaphors and symbolism as his paintbrush to express his insights and feelings. I don’t know whether I want to climb inside Jackson or David’s mind and live there forever. It made my mind explode with color. David James articulated metaphors and vivid imagery to convey emotions and to tell this story. David threw caution to the wind in the best way possible and defied the odds by not being afraid to show Jackson’s sensitivity and vulnerability. It’s often easy to forget that guys can feel so fiercely. Jackson’s dad tells him that he lives in his head just like his mom did and that is true in every sense. As the story progresses, Jackson’s journey of self-discovery goes into war with what is expected of him and where his heart truly lays. Jackson colors outside the lines of life and love. He’s unwilling to be confined by the worlds expectations.The Firelight Festival is a mystery with history and meaning behind it for which I will not elaborate on; you’ll just have to find out for yourselves, and don’t worry, it’ll be worth it. Basically what it is, is like an inside thing that only people in the circle knows. To take a quote from the book, “The Firelight Fall is something no one ever talks about but everyone knows.” So the whole town is in on it, whether they participate or not, and us readers are the outsiders who don’t really know what goes on until we learn about the story behind it all. There’s another side of the significance to the Firelight Fall that no one tells until it is revealed in a journal from one who knows it inside and out, from one who lived it. It takes a while until we get the full extent of what exactly the Firelight Festival is.About halfway in, I was chanting please don’t let this be foreshadow what I think it will as if it were a spell or a prayer or something. And then the Firelight Festival came around, I got anxious and it turned out for a very good reason. You know where you have that gut feeling that something very wrong is about to happen? Well…trust your gut is all I have to say and be prepared for feels. What a way to tear my heart out. Buuuuut, David doesn’t leave us that way, he finds a way to mend hearts back together. And boy did Jackson need that in the end.Jackson and Sarah may be OTP, but Miles and Sean are ENDGAME, THAT IS ALL. Oh, and Jackson and Miles are brotp, of course.Between the Stars and Sky is vivid, evocative, profound, lyrical, metaphysical, timeless, imaginative, atmospheric and painfully beautiful. . .a story of self-discovery, love, loss, hardships, the finer points that are often overlooked and everything in between and out of this world. Makes you pay attention to the finer details, the little things we overlook. There’s a lot of life-lessons between the pages, each line. It is beautiful and sad and everything in between. It made me break out in smiles and tears all at once. I thought I was going to explode into a supernova or something. Between the Stars and Sky tells of not one, but of a thousand stories.Check out the Story Diary I made for BtSaS:!

  • Damien
    2019-02-18 21:54

    Words.Good authors know how to use them. Great authors wield them with striking ease. You can spot it when you read a written work; the caliber of its author is revealed when the arrangement of words generates powerful images in your mind’s eye. They show you what happens, rather than just telling you what happens.News stories usually use simple words in often poorly constructed sentences. Magazine articles improve on this, and some indie blogs betray a fine writer behind the scenes. And then we arrive at the book—amazing devices that tell stories and transform your imagination into someone else's playground. When I picked up Between the Stars and the Sky by David James and started reading, I became aware of a different kind of writer. An artist will tell you that, technically speaking, their art form is the delicate arrangement of a medium that produces something that can be appreciated by many.An author will tell you that words are their medium. The art of carefully crafting a fine sentence is tricky and rewarding for both author and reader. David James is well, I repeat, is well on his way to mastering the art form of words.Between the Stars and the Sky is a very different style of book for David; he admits this in his author’s notes. It’s taken me a few days to process fully the story that I’ve read because of how well it is written. It’s one of the first book that I actually feel the need to read again because I’m sure that I missed things because I was more interested in the sentence structures and word-wielding that I may have overlooked plot points.I might suspect that David is a romantic by nature because of how freely and (I hate to repeat but) easily the words run. I can imagine him painstakingly - or skillfully - making sure each word was followed by the perfect next word. I have never read a book that flowed with such powerful emotion that captivated me, since I’m not particularly included to this story form. But David did it, and I truly appreciate his writing style. I look forward to reading the next book, regardless if it maintains this form, about Miles and Sean.I need not summarize the book here, as the story’s summary on is perfect. So if you are looking for a story that will fill your imagination with great visuals, strong characters, and powerful images, Between the Stars and the Sky is your next book.

  • Adam
    2019-02-14 01:39

    Captivating. David made me relive and experience so many memories and emotions with a different set of eyes. I am in awe of how David put so much and yet so little into a book. It is filled with so many things in such a short amount of time. Well done.

  • Meganm922
    2019-01-29 22:59

    Like the author’s other novels, Between the Stars and Sky was lyrical. The writing was very poetic and descriptive. You could highlight just about every sentence because it just captures something so deep. Not a single word was wasted or used to describe some silly little action. And like the author’s other books, Between the Stars and Sky was mostly from the male point of view which is something a lot of readers probably aren’t used to in contemporary (or any kind of) romance. Jackson was vulnerable, hopeful, poetic, and incredibly romantic. I love the author for this reason because he is never afraid to show off the sensitive and vulnerable side of a guy’s emotions when he’s falling in love. Despite enjoying the book, I do warn that you really have to be in the mood to read the book (or any of the author’s books). His books can’t be read quickly or halfheartedly. They demand a slow read because each sentence tries to linger. It can be frustrating if you’re in the mood for a straightforward story, but it can be beautiful and inspiring if you’re in the mood for his lyrical prose. Between the Stars and Sky is like a piece of super rich chocolate cake. You have to take slow bites and savor each one or it will be much too rich and heavy to enjoy. And if you’re in the mood for quickly snacking on M&Ms, you won’t enjoy it or appreciate it at all. That’s the best way to describe the book.I recommend Between the Stars and Sky, especially if you’re a fan of introspective prose. The characters don’t just reflect, they live inside of their emotions and feelings. They treat each moment like it could be their defining moment and aren’t afraid to be romantic about it. Nothing about the characters is ordinary or run of the mill, which can be a nice change from the other cotemporary romances on the market.

  • Danielle Young
    2019-02-01 01:38

    Between the Stars and Sky completely took me by surprise in the best way possible. I don't know exactly what I expected, but it definitely wasn't the magic that I found between the pages. From the very beginning the story of Jackson Grant was poetry. As a reader I was completely immersed in a world where words flowed from the page like water through a stream. But it was more than just poetry. Because I have never read a poem that tells a story quite the way that Between the Stars and Sky did. The story never flowed too fast or too slow, instead it had perfect rhythm. A rhythm that was easy to get lost in. The way David James wrote this story made every feeling and emotion bleed off the page. I felt for both Jackson and Sarah as their stories crossed. Each of them were suffering in their own ways, in ways that only each other could recognize. Between the Stars and Sky was not your typical story. It wasn't told with every detail given from either character or a narrator. Instead the story was written as a poem with the details left up to the reader. David James gave the reader the ability to draw their own conclusions about most of the story. And it was something I thoroughly enjoyed. If I had to make any complaint about the story, it was that it was just too short. Between the Stars and Sky is a story of loss, sorrow, being broken, and coming back. A story that you can feel as you read. Many have suffered what Jackson suffers. It is a pain very real. In the face of loss it is easy to lose yourself, in Between the Stars and Sky you get to go on a journey of discovery. One that will build you up and help you see that there is always more out there. That there truly is light after the dark. Simply put, Between Stars and Sky is a one of a kind story that will take your breath away.*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Dani Morales
    2019-02-23 23:53

    What makes a book amazing? Is it the way its written or how much we can relate to the characters? Each of us would say something different on what rates high on our preference of books, but I think we would all agree on one thing… the way it makes us feel. Am I right? In honesty there’s no right or wrong answer. That’s the beauty we all share in our love of reading. There’s something for each one of us. I feel in love with the way David James writes in his debut novel, Light of the Moon, but I have to say Between the Stars and Sky tops any book I’ve read this year.“Life is our guide. Our delusion. Life is everything. And it is nothing.”David James has this way of making you read between the lines of what he’s saying. It’s almost a riddle that you’re dying to figure out and when you do, it’s a mind blowing, life altering addiction. The feels in this book are hauntingly beautiful. It’s an emotional journey of self-discovery of a boy becoming a man and all the events that change his life.It’s a story of love.It’s a story of loss.It’s a story of not giving.It’s raw.It’s sad.It’s beautiful.“Maybe we are all something we’re not until we find someone who knows who we are.”I smiled. I laughed. I cried. I want to meet Jackson, hug him, and never let him go. David James has a way of touching my heart and making me hope for something. To dream for more a love that he writes about. So I leave you with a quote from this book and a very strong GO BUY THIS BOOK NOW and let it change everything you think you know about love.“And love, simply, cannot be defined or defied by anything or anyone: it happens when it happens, always for a reason.”

  • Kat Jones
    2019-02-06 01:43

    ***Reviewer for Paranormal Romance & Authors that Rock*****4 Fangs**I have never read anything like this, but i really enjoyed it. Most books/stories I've read have been in a females POV so to be reading to a males perspective was an amazing difference.The story was based on Jackson. A young man, lost in a world, after his mothers death from cancer, a broken heart, & the inability to talk to his father. He finds himself back in a town he left some yrs before, to reflect & find himself. But he found Sarah, and a love, that he had hoped, would last, forever. The town holds a festival at the end of summer, which has a sad story, that has been passed down over the years, and is reflected in the story of Jackson and Sarah.I enjoyed the way the story was written. Poetic, a contrast to what is just a story. It had meaning, depth & belonging. All the things you would want from any good read.I would recommend this to all YA + ! :)

  • Kira Brighton
    2019-02-16 02:35

    Not my thing. I wanted a more concrete writing style and a more definite plot from this one. Others might like the poetic, kind of vague way this is done, but it's not for me.*Won signed copy from Julia the Writer Girl*

  • Rachel
    2019-02-10 22:00

    Beautifully written, brought me to tears. On top of the gorgeous poetic writing, I couldn't put the book down, as I needed to know where the story would take me. Another wonderful story by David James!!

  • Christina
    2019-02-05 21:50

    (Review coming soon) one word... Beautiful

  • Katrina
    2019-02-11 02:40

    I finished this book last night and it was all I could think about while falling asleep. It was so beautifully written.

  • Marie
    2019-01-28 22:51

    Full review posted on the blog!

  • Sam
    2019-02-15 05:36

    Don't even know what to say. This book was so beautifully written and just absolutely lovely.

  • Mary Sebastijanovic
    2019-02-18 21:43

    This was one slow emotional roller coaster, sad happy sad happy sad happy and difficult to define the end. It was definitely not what I expected and a very different type of story than what I am used to; little philosophical but still easy reading. There were a lot of parts that I read to my kids for bedtime. They heard me talk, but couldn't really grasp the concept unless they concentrated really hard, and the tempo was mellow - like a lullaby. I don't know how better to describe it. I know most of it sounds weird and not worth five stars, but for me - I prefer when a book stands out from the rest. Not when I know how it would end- just don't know how it would get there. I would not recommend it to everyone, you have to have the taste for it. I think that's why it got the low star rating. I hope this helps.

  • Amy H
    2019-02-14 01:58

    Well, I got this book from the library with high hopes. I was not a fan, but decided to finish the book because I know all books can start very slow.They story is a love story, but not all love stories are happy. This is one of them. There is a lot of poetry in this book. Also, the amount of heartbreak in this story was unreal..This story is about a boy named jackson. He is a lost soul. He lost his mother and cannot get over the grief. He is not talking to his father because they both cannot come to terms that his mother is gone. ( this mind you took me forever to figure out what exactly did he lose). Jackson ends up moving back to his home town to start over. His home town is based on the firelight festival. This major event is based off the founder of the town and his love story. That story is really cute and a great foundation for the yearly party that they hold. After that party they have a routine that people jump off the cliff for love. the whole idea of not making it out alive is what brings people to want to do it.Jackson will want to face his fears and make that jump. A long lost girl from his past will come back to his life and he is crushed when she does not remember him. will he get the girl? Can this girl break him from his dark place? I will have to remind you this book you can tell what is going to happen, but you also hope what you are thinking doesn't happen...

  • Dusti Dasilva
    2019-01-27 22:00

    Some times we start books out thinking that the more that the reader get in the form of thoughts the more the book is understood, and while most of the time this is true, this book is one of those times where this statement is false. I found myself wanting to skip paragraphs. The way some of the sentences are written leaves you feeling confused, or it did for me. I love information from books and back ground and yes thoughts, but this one went a little overboard with the melodramatics of Jackson. His mom dies and his girl friend leaves him when he needs her the most, yes all horrible things, but the author turned him into a pitiful soul. I wanted to love Jackson, and Sarah for that matter. Miles seemed to be my favorite character throughout the book. Sarah like to live a little to dangerous for me, she was a little crazy in a lot of ways, but I guess growing up rich with a father breathing down your neck will do that to you.My heart broke for Jackson, first losing his mom, girl friend walking away, to losing Sarah. The boy couldn’t catch a break, its like the Fates were out to punish him for something. A cause that we never know.

  • Caroline
    2019-02-07 22:39

    Beautifully written. Simple. Powerful. Enchanting. I didn't know what to expect. The cover makes this look like your average new adult romance, but it was so much more. It was just so beautiful. Everyone deserves to feel the type of love these characters feel. It was so beautiful I found myself crying the entire read. Glad this was a quick read or else I might not have anymore tears to give.

  • P
    2019-02-03 04:57

    This was kind of different. Not bad, just different. It was like reading a long poem. There were plot pieces and details that weren't explained and left to interpretation letting you make your own story. Kind of cool, but not really what I was looking for at the time. Very thoughtful writing though!

  • Mimi Zane
    2019-01-31 01:51

    review to come!

  • Claudia237
    2019-02-21 22:37

    I didn't get it, that's it