Book Review: Skygods by Sarah Latchaw + Giveaway!

Skygods (Hydraulic Level Five, #2)
Title: Skygods
Author: Sarah Latchaw
Expected publication: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romance

Kaye Trilby and her ex-husband, world-famous author Samuel Cabral, vowed to fight for their rekindled love in rain or shine. They didn’t realize they’d be caught in a deluge so quickly. A near-fatal skydiving accident shows Kaye how her reckless behavior affects the ones she loves. But while she knows Samuel is afraid to lose her again, she isn’t ready to give up the thrill of the wild backcountry. Something darker is slipping into Samuel’s mind, though. Just as all of Hollywood is bracing for his blockbuster book-to-movie adaptation, his polish seems to be deteriorating. When he appears on Kaye’s doorstep late one night in a rumpled tuxedo, erratic and agitated, it seems that romance with her ex might be her biggest leap yet. A string of failed relationships has pushed Samuel to the brink, the fall-out leaving him in a dark place—a place where Kaye is powerless to help him. She is reluctantly drawn back into Samuel’s glittering and backbiting world of celebrity, all the while clinging to the steadfast peaks of home. Can Kaye risk her heart with Samuel a second time? Will they ever find their blue skies?

Samuel and Kaye are trying to balance everything out and figure out exactly where they stand in this new chapter in their life. The long distance thing is never easy; add to the fact that they are still trying to figure out who they both are again after seven years apart. The journey they take in Skygods is not an easy one. It’s so hard trying to put all of this into words for two reasons. 1) I don’t want to spoil anyone and 2) I can’t seem to come up with the right words to describe everything. Skygods is much darker than Hydraulic Level 5 in the sense that we dive head into the troubles that have always been beneath the surface. We get to see Samuel in a new light that I don’t think Kaye ever imagined seeing. It’s like she’s always known, but she’s been naïve about it and blocked it out. 

Latchaw knows how to tell a story, her writing is truly incredible. We have so many different emotions being thrown at you that you really don’t even know how to recover from the last one. She manages to go into the nitty-gritty of many issue, yet doesn't gloss over them three pages later. I absolutely love that because real problems aren't solved with a wave of a wand. You take them on and see where they lead you. In saying that, we literally become these characters and take on their pain. It’s so gut wrenching to watch, yet you manage to stick it out with them because you just want it to all come together and hope these characters can get to a place in their lives were all the curve balls are no more. 

I’m not exactly sure how I feel about Skygods. It took a much darker turn than I originally thought it would. It almost reads as something completely different than Hydraulic Level Five in the sense that in HL5 I had all these cheerful moments with the pranks they had and so on, but with Skygods I felt like there was so much heavy emotions being thrown at you that at times I felt like I needed to walk away from it all. It’s not to say the story itself wasn't great I just guess I wasn't in the right mind set to jump into this book. The ending leaves you very satisfied with the way Latchaw decided to wrap everything up. I will for sure be picking up the next installment of Samuel and Kaye's story just to see what happens to these wonderful characters. 


  1. Thank you so much for reviewing! The book is a tad darker, but all part of maturing and life--losing a bit of that innocence. I hope you'll be on board for the third and final book, Fourteeners.


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