Thursday, 29 May 2014

FIRST LOVES GLOBAL BLOG TOUR! featuring Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor

Welcome to the First Loves Global Blog Tour, hosted by Bloomsbury!

Author Bio:
Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from The University of Arizona. She is the author of award-winning novels for teens and adults including, most recently, the critically acclaimed MARGOT, which was a Library Reads pick for September 2013 and also featured in O the Oprah Magazine, People, Ladies Home Journal, and Her next book for teens, SEARCHING FOR SKY, will be published by Bloomsbury US on 5/13/14 and Bloomsbury UK on 7/3/14. 

Find Jillian:

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First Love themed question: What’s your favourite book and/or movie about First Love and why?
Answer: I always enjoy reading and watching movies about first love in high school. (Maybe this is because I’m married to my first love/high school sweetheart?) But I feel like there’s something unique and life-changing about falling in love for the first time and my favorite love stories remind me of those feelings. My favorite movies about first love are the ones I grew up watching, Say AnythingPretty in PinkCan’t Buy Me Love, to name a few.
Searching for Sky
Released: 1 July 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Australia
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At the Other End:
River means everything to Sky. They have lived alone together on Island for as long as they can remember. The two of them hunt for food, wash in Falls and curl up together in Shelter. Their life is simple and safe. Until River sees a boat . . . 

Across Ocean is California, a place where nothing makes sense to Sky. She is separated from River and taken to live with a grandmother she doesn’t know. Lost and heartbroken, Sky searches for him so they can return to Island, only to find out that their paradise wasn’t as perfect as she thought, and everything she’s ever known and loved may have been a lie.

A gripping and beautifully told story of love and survival in a hostile world – ours. 

Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek:

A beautifully written and heart wrenching tale, of an island girl, stuck in our world. Brutally honest, this book makes you see everything in a different light.

Behind the 288 Pages
I absolutely, positively loved this book. I love Sky, and the only problem I had was that she didn't have much backbone. She didn't stop River from chasing down the boat and didn't stop everyone from calling her Megan. It got me annoyed because of how angry she got because of it, as well as what happened because of not speaking up. Seriously, I loved every part of this book. I laughed and I cried (yes, I cried) and I screamed and I was shocked from the truth of it all.

The story was completely unique, and I wasn't sure if I would actually like it, especially it being something that I've never read before. I didn't expect to get this emotional over this book. Everything being so unfamiliar to Sky and River, as well as slowly finding out the truth. How they came to be on the Island, and why. We see the horrors of our world thrown right in our face, even though that kind of thing isnt very common here is Aus, it's still relatable. I had a feeling of what Helmut did when Sky and River got to California. I guess I was kind of right, but then at the same time I wasn't. I kind of tried to hate River at the start, and a bit through the middle, bit just like Sky, I couldn't stay mad at him, even though he is definitely a "dreamer". the truth about everything is a real shocker, but it also makes me not hate River, but everyone else. Damn skeletons.

The romance in this book, doesn't actually show up until the very end. But it only makes the book that much better, because it HAD to happen. I knew it would happen, and I loved that it did, at the time it did.

I really really hated the grandmother. I know that she was trying, but she wasn't listening to Sky and she was keeping the truth from her. She was trying to turn her into someone that SHE wanted her to be, not to just by Sky. Because of this, it also made me hate the Mrs Fairfield and Dr Banks. They completely overwhelm Sky and try to turn her into some good little American that will be 'normal' (ewww...... Who wants to be 'normal). The three didn't take into account of what Sky wanted, and how unfamiliar everything is to her. Sure it may be easy to say things, and to force her into things, but they should have been able to see how unhappy she was, no matter how much it was "for the best". These characters didn't bring my rating down for this book, they actually made this book the one that it is. And I wouldn't be the same without these hate-worthy characters.

I think it's hard to explain this book. No matter what I say, it won't give this book justice. It is amazing, and even though it turns into a love story, it's also about the two surviving in this harsh and cruel world of ours.
This is a definite read. And I absolutely loved every moment of it.

This novel was received for review via Bloomsbury Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. I'm so happy to see that you loved this one! I read this book not too long ago and my heart cried for both River and Sky and everything that they had to go through. The grandmother indeed was frustrating... she expected Sky to understand so many things at once about her new world when she didn't even bother to try understanding the world she has knew for the majority of her life :( But they indeed were necessary for the lessons this book wanted to impart.

    Awesome review and I loved everything that you had to say!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

    1. It was amazing! How could you NOT love this book! It's so different, yet it connects with us so so easily. Haha, I'm glad that you understand where I'm coming from with the grandmother etc. Thank you!

  2. It sounds phenomenal Gina. I love books about self discovery, especially since Sky is thrown into a world so different her own. I was waiting to read this one closer to the release date, but I'm going to have to squeeze it in asap. It sounds incredible. Loved the review :)

    1. It really is, you should definitely read it! I think you will really like it, especially the underlying themes to this novel, other than Sky being very much out of her comfort zone. You can borrow my copy if you like! Thanks :)


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