The Sky Above Us & Between Two Shores {Yet Another Dual Book Review}

The Sky Above Us

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can't stay buried forever.

Bestselling author Sarah Sundin returns readers to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother prepares to face the past--and the most fearsome battle of his life.

This book is set during World War II a bit before D-Day. One of the main driving forces of the plot is the fact that D-Day is approaching. I really liked the authentic feeling of the book! You never really (or at least I didn't) know much about how life was like for those American soldiers in England on those bases. I didn't even know that there were different clubs for the soldiers, much less what an aeroclub was! But everything felt very real and it was very cool to have sorta an "inside look" on what it was like on those bases. And whenever the pilots were talking in "pilot-lingo" (idk what to call it xD) it all felt very realistic! I also loved how the pilots named their planes and Nick was amazing.

I liked that each of the characters felt alive to me. They all had their problems and doubts and sorta felt like people that I could run into in the street. While I liked Adler's character arc more, Violet also had a good one! The ending was also good, and I liked what happened to the characters there.

I really enjoy stories that give me a certain feel, like I was present in the story. Sundin did a very good job at making you feel as if you were on that base, or in the clouds along with the pilots. It really brings the story to the next level and makes it ten times more enjoyable!

I'm actually kinda iffy on this romance. I liked how they helped each other grow and there were some very great parts! I think that showing how they helped each other's character arcs was really great and important!

Like I said in the previous section, there was just something that I really didn't like about the romance for some reason? I still gave this book a high rating because I liked it but I never really found myself rooting for the romance.

I think part of this is due to the fact that sometimes the two protagonists had a horrible lack of communication and this made me want to slap them over the head with my copy of the Count of Monte Cristo. Like. Talk to each other. I really don't like when this happens but in some instances, it can work in favor of the story but here it sorta felt as if things were never really resolved when they were supposedly resolved.

It was a generally well-paced story but it kinda draggggggged in the middle.

Violet's attitude towards the soldiers really bugged me and actually caused me to like her a little less. Some of the other characters' attitudes also caused me to dislike this book a bit.

Adler had a really sordid past, and it is another thing that drives the plot. Without spoiling too much because this is a major plot point, but there is mention of a skirt getting higher and someone tossing clothes on him and yeah. Not many details are given but you kinda know what happens and then something is revealed that happened because of that. He also attempts to murder a brother and says that he wasn't the best person at college. And yeah, just not the best past.

Some of the soldiers also have some *coughs* not amazing behavior towards women.

And there are some more intense kisses that I could have done without.

I still really liked this book despite my dislikes and that's what I'm giving it

4 stars

I was given a free copy of this book by Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. 

Between Two Shores

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel's life convince her he's in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She's risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

Okay, I really liked this cast of characters. They were all so diverse and amazing. I liked how they all had their own issues and ghosts to overcome, and how a certain character that you don't really like gets turned around into someone you really do root for. One of my favorite parts about each character is that they were each struggling with something, and seeing how each dealt with and overcame it. 

I really enjoyed how both the French and Mohawk culture was incorporated. Since Catherine is a mix, you could really feel how being half French and half Mohawk impacted her lifestyle and it was also really cool to see both people side by side (in a sense).

The plot was really interesting! You don't really hear much about the 7 years war except for what part George Washington played in it and the fact that Samuel was part of the British army and yet Catherine and the rest of the characters were kinda going for the French (most claimed to be neutral) was also very riveting and got me even more hooked on the plot!

Most of the romance was in flashbacks, and I enjoyed seeing Catherine and Samuel's progress. I can't give away much more, because #spoilers but I liked how there really wasn't a romance besides the flashbacks. It's hard to explain without giving too much away, so you'll have to read it for yourself!

I really enjoy reading about siblings relationships, and this one was no different. It was rocky in the beginning, but I liked how it developed! AND JOSEPH. UGH. WHYYY.

Honestly, I don't actually think that there was something notable enough that I disliked!

Gabriel (Catherine's father) has a drinking problem and sometimes hits/bruises Catherine.

There are also some other characters who have drinking problems.

Joseph is said to have been born out of an affair of his mother's while she was still married to Gabriel.

I really, really liked this book! So that's why I'm giving it

5 stars

I received a free copy of the book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read any of these? Do you want to? What have you all be reading recently? 

Yep I'm Alive...... //Telling y'all about the only thing I've done worth mentioning\\


I disappeared off the face of the earth for a bit.....

I suppose an apology is due right about now?

But yeah, school got really hectic since it was the end of the semester and guess who completely lost her mind for a week?


Why would you guess that?

But tis true.

Anyways, HOPEFULLY I'll get back on top of blogging but we shall see.

I haven't been doing much except for the usual school, violin, and dance, BUT, I DID DO SOMETHING SUPER EXCITING LAST MONTH THAT I GUESS I'LL TELL YOU TO GIVE SUBSTANCE TO THIS POST

I went.....






I'm just gonna go through my visit day by day (ish) XD

Wednesday {January 16th}

I flew out from a local airport at around 7:30 to Charlotte. There my gate was on the OTHER SIDE of the airport from the gate where I landed -_- so just picture me walking across that airport with Starbucks and Burger King in hand. From Charlotte, I flew to Harrisburg where my best friend picked me up and we went to her house.

Thursday {January 17th}

We drove to DC! When we got to the hotel (which was named "The MODG Hotel" by us crazy modgers), we freaked out every time we saw someone we know. Guys, this part was AMAZING. I'd only met two of my amazing modg friends, but here I met SOOOOOO many more and let's just say that there was a lot of hugging and screaming. Then we went and got ready for the MODG Prom! The dance was also AMAZING! It's hard to explain how great it was! The table I sat at was the "RAAC" table and I was told that we were the loudest table.......We were laughing a lot xD. After the dance, we went back to the hotel and the after party commenced.

this is a picture of the whole dance! 

MoDG class of 2020!

Pope Leo XIII NHS Chapter!

The RAAC <33

the after party xDDD

Friday {January 18th}

After breakfast, we talked with peoples for a while before heading over to where the rally was. Oh my goodness, the rally itself was an amazing experience! If you didn't see it, I would really recommend that you go and watch it! We were standing with the MODG group, and we had hats that had our school colors and we also had a banner. After the rally, we stood in the street for about an hour while waiting for the March to start. While that could have been totally boring it was not because I was with my amazing friends (it's hard to describe them with any word that is not amazing). When the March started, we were in a "train" and that was so so so great xD. Marching in the March was an experience that I will never forget. To see so many people marching for those who cannot march was amazing! It was so peaceful and the people were great! Unfortunately, we did march at one point next to these "pro-lifers" who were awful! They were pro-life, but they were not peaceful. They were extremely anti-Catholic and kept telling us that we were going to hell. Their signs said that the abortion doctors were also going to hell (which they might if they don't repent). But it was interesting because marching right behind us was a seminary and their banner was about God's mercy, and you could really see the difference between us peaceful marchers and those other ones. But yes, I did do the whole March and after that, we went back to the hotel and hung out till 1 in the morning :P We were low-key stalking each other as we had a "photo battle" which was basically get the randomest pictures of people xD

the MoDG group!

another one! 

me and my fwends <3333


Saturday {January 19th}

We went back to my friend's house on this day. I cried so much saying goodbye to various people. I've never cried so much in public and I'M TEARING UP JUST THINKING ABOUT IT GAH

The rest of the days were spent at my lovely friend's house and those days were so much fun! We chatted so much with our peoples that we had left and it was amazing! I went back home on Tuesday the 22nd, and cried in front of my whole gate #noshame

Anyways, that was my March 4 Life experience. I will hopefully be more active and organized from now on, but no promises xD (and just know that I started out with 200 pictures on my camera roll when I went to DC and came home with over

~ Ceci