Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review and Giveaway: How I Fly (How I Fall #2) by Anne Eliot

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A two-book series by the bestselling author of Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy.
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*WHAT IF IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON...?* Over six months after an accident that broke her legs as well as removed her boyfriend from her life—because Cam Campbell left town and dumped her—high school senior, Ellen Foster, wants to move past her broken heart. She’s off to attend a summer photography workshop at a real university along with her best friends. Ellen’s determined to find a new love—or at least a summer boyfriend. In the dorm, she meets Harrison Shaw. He’s a handsome photography student, a charmer who likes her, and a perfect way to forget her past. *WHAT IF IT ALL GOES PERFECTLY...?* Ellen thinks she has everything she wants. Her summer program couldn’t be better. She’s half in love with Harrison Shaw, and she’s going after her next scholarship. But when she kisses Harrison, she can only remember how Cam Campbell used kiss her better, sweeter, and how he used to make her feel like she could fly… *WHAT IF SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT...?* When Cam shows up at the university it’s a shock, especially to Ellen’s new boyfriend. Cam’s distant, different and very afraid to hurt Ellen again. He asks Ellen if they could be friends despite the past and how they’ve both changed and Ellen agrees. But after all they’ve been through, can Cam and Ellen ever be just friends? *WHAT IF...?*       
Author Anne Eliot Anne Eliot is the author of the, How I Fall/How I Fly two book series, and bestselling, young adult teen issue romances, Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. She loves writing about teens who live outside the ordinary and she's devoted to stories about teens who live outside the ordinary but who also get to find sweet first kisses and first loves. Anne resides in Colorado with a very patient husband, two teens of her own whom she adores (an some teens near and far thanks to hosting many exchange students) who are all growing up too fast.   
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  My Review:
How I Fall was one of my favorite books of 2014 (my review here) so I was anxious to read its sequel, How I Fly.  Anne Eliot is one of my favorite YA authors and I have loved everything she's written.  I can easily say that How I Fly was no exception and it was the perfect complement and sequel (and conclusion) to the first book.

Ellen is just such a great character -- she is honest and she is in pain but she doesn't let that define her.  I loved being inside Ellen's head and especially the use of photography as a way for her to not let CP define her.  It is so refreshing to read about a character that is living with a disease and the reality of that life.  Although I loved Ellen in the first book and this book, I loved Cam even more in this book -- his character truly developed between the first and second book and I was rooting for him so much!  Without spoiling the book, I also have to say that the ending and the possibility (hope) between the secondary characters in the series -- Laura and Patrick -- was awesome.  Maybe there will be a spin-off???

I would recommend this to fans of contemporary YA, and especially YA that is different and that challenges you but is so incredibly honest and sweet.  Please read this book and enter to win a copy below!

I pull her in, but before I can even bend my head, her softly smiling lips cover and then press into mine.  While the tree branches creak against the breeze, and the leaves all around us flicker and dance pale, changing sunlight over our heads, I remember every bit of he heaven that is kissing and being in love with Ellen Foster.  She sighs against my mouth, and the beach glass necklace clinks gently between our hearts.

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