4 stars? 4.5 stars?
I've been thinking how to properly put into words what I feel for this book but I guess it's evident based on my rating that I loved it. So instead of babbling about what made this work for me, I could say what made me deduct a star from a perfect rating.
What made me not give [b:In The Stillness|17381391|In The Stillness|Andrea Randall|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363617879s/17381391.jpg|24175213] 5 stars is the ending. This book has been on my to-read list for a while but I never got around to reading it. It was actually [b:Nocturne|23754|The Sandman, Vol. 1 Preludes and Nocturnes|Neil Gaiman|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358923255s/23754.jpg|1228437] that sealed the deal; I know I had to read more of [a:Andrea Randall|6469137|Andrea Randall|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1367453664p2/6469137.jpg]'s works. And she delivered.
I feel like Andrea Randall has the perfect formula that would always lure me in until the last page: perfectly flawed characters, too much angst, and just the right kind of dramatic writing (which is tbh, hard to come by these days). But same as with Nocturne, which I reviewed prior to this
, the ending was too abrupt for me. I felt like a child baited with her ultimate favorite treat, and just when I was to savor the last bite, it gets pulled away from me. And the last bite is always the sweetest!
I read another review saying we could use an epilogue and I couldn't agree more. I need some time for bliss before leaving this kind of heart-wrenching story! Other than that, this book is the type of story that works as if it's made for me, and I can't help but notice that there couldn't be a title more fitting than In The Stillness