Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When the Stars Align - Jeanette Grey

I'm not even sure I can form a proper review at this point, because I am just so in love with this book, I think I might start it over and read it again. I was attracted to the cover and the summary grabbed my attention right away, so I'm grateful I had the opportunity to read this enchanting story.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Forever Yours for providing an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review

Publish Date: September 1, 2015
Stars: 5 Stars

"For Josephine "Jo" Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world's preeminent scientific facilities, she'll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam.

For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it's women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . ."

Jo is not my type of character, I understand the bad boys or the minor characters that are brooding, but never the main character. I don't understand the mentality of brooding, I don't get changing an appearance to push people away, or being so defensive you don't let anyone in. Jo was a treat however, her brooding came with a cause, she was beyond brilliant, she grew over time, and I rooted for her from start to finish. Adam is exactly the type of guy a girl really does dream about, he wasn't just looks, he had the smarts and cared in ways a guy on a summer fling rarely do. I enjoyed reading from both perspectives, because they had depth, history, brains, and finally their relationship to focus on. That's what makes an amazing character for me, that they aren't so focused in the now that "real life" in a book doesn't exist. Plus, the minor characters brought the story to life even more, with drunken nights, meals, and trips in Puerto Rico when they weren't working. I felt like I was there, I could see the differences between all the characters, and how they fell into friendships and relationships during their 10 week interning at the world's largest telescope.

"She was a star. Maybe they both were. A binary system, two points of light circling around each other and spiraling closer. Drawn in by gravity, fueled by a fire as old as the universe itself."

The growth of the characters was incredible, Jeanette Grey could have easily been watching two young adults and just writing what she saw, it was that on point. The time spent focusing on the actual work being done as astronomers wasn't dull, I understood the setting, the character's goals, and how it all fit together in the end. I genuinely enjoyed every part of this, from start to finish. There was no insta-love or pure smut, it was a relationship between two people that grew like one naturally does. The writing was done very well and flowed perfectly for a multi-perspective book. I highly recommend this book, especially to my friends who enjoy New Adult like I do.

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