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Review by Suze
It's the evening of the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Julie runs away from everyone she knows because she needs time on her own and space to breathe and is being swept up in the party atmosphere. There she meets someone wonderful, he has blue hair and they instantly feel a connection. Julie calls him Miles. They don't know anything about each other, but it feels like they've always been friends.
In the whirlwind of the celebrations Julie thinks about her brother. When he came home from the army he was damaged because of the atrocities of the war he fought in. He doesn't talk and Julie doesn't know who he is any longer. In the arms of Miles Julie can forget everything that happened to her, which is exactly what she needs. She and Miles are having a great time. Only then the festivities in New Orleans come to an abrupt halt. A storm suddenly becomes a hurricane and now they have to fight for their lives.
Even if the Sky Falls is a fast-paced story about two strangers who instantly like each other. I'm a big fan of stories about love at first sight and immediately loved this story. Everyone in New Orleans is dressed up, they're dancing and they're having a good time. Mia Garcia perfectly describes the beauty and the chaos of the event. Her vivid descriptions make the city come to life very well. Julie and Miles are perfect together which makes it believable that they fall in love so quickly. Of course Mardi Gras enhances feelings and possibilities which is the perfect basis for an intense romantic story.
After the dancing comes the storm. The transition felt natural, but at the same time it's shocking that something that's so much fun can turn into something that's really scary so easily. I liked how Mia Garcia uses that contrast to write about strong emotions. The story is a rollercoaster of events and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I had find out what would happen next as fast as I could and let myself be sucked into the feverish tempo completely. Even if the Sky Falls is a real page-turner and at the same time it's romantic and sweet, which is a fabulous combination. I absolutely loved this fantastic unique story.