Friday, March 18, 2016

6 STAR SPOTLIGHT REVIEW.... She Dims The Stars by Amber L. Johnson + GIVEAWAY!!

Who is Audrey Byrd? 

Ask her ex-best friend, Cline Somers, and he’ll tell you that she’s the girl who inexplicably stopped talking to him when they were fifteen years old, leaving him with nothing but questions and bitterness for the better part of the next six years.

Ask his roommate, Elliot Clark, and he would say that Audrey is the enigmatic girl who randomly showed up outside a window one day and turned his whole world upside down in a matter of moments. 

Ask Audrey herself and she’ll tell you that she has no idea who she is, because her entire life is a lie. However, the older she gets the more she needs answers about who she really is. 

What she discovers is a tangled web of secrets better left in the dark. 

Some truths do more harm than good. 

***Recommended for readers 18+ due to sensitive subject matter, language and situations

*ARC copy received in exchange for an honest review*

This Book Nerd Says: 
I finished this book less than an hour ago and I had to shoot to the blog because I have a bone to pick with Amber L. Johnson. Why? Because she's making me out to be a liar lol. Every time I read a book of hers I am certain that it's the best of hers, then I read another and I'm certain that one is the best... and so on and so forth. So I guess I really shouldn't have been surprised when I picked up her soon to be released SHE DIMS THE STARS and found myself completely transfixed by the story unable to do anything else until I finished (and when I finished I immediately ran to gush about it!). 

Let me get the rating out of the way, I'm giving this story all the stars and then some! 
I've repeatedly spoken of Amber's magic, and I'm going to do it again. STARS made me smile, laugh, cry, and it made me feel. Why is this special? I'll tell you. It's special because she crafts this story that made me feel SO MUCH using characters that are very much like you, me, the girl at the grocery store, or the boy you went to school with. Her characters are extraordinarily ordinary and that's where the beauty lies. 
Don't misunderstand me, they go through painful things that give them those fantastic personality layers but the things that leave the scars aren't far-fetched or overdone. Their problems are just as relateable as the rest of the story and it's why I love them so. 

Who is Audrey Byrd?
Audrey is my favorite character I've read in a long time. Her search for truth and her barely concealed vulnerability captured me from the start. Audrey's story isn't the easiest to read as I felt her own struggle come alive off the pages, but it isn't hard to read either. I found myself cheering her on as she took steps to get answers for herself, and I felt proud of her as she opened up bit by bit. Yeah Audrey Byrd made me feel all the feels. 

The story deals with some serious conversations and issues but it's not a dark story by any means. There is laughter and happiness, even especially with Audrey and Cline's bickering and so many things that will leave you giggling aloud (this is your reading in public disclaimer). The serious and the silly were both so perfectly balanced and tasteful I wouldn't wish for anything to be different. 

I feel like I'm babbling (and I probably am) but the fangirling is for an amazing reason. SHE DIMS THE STARS releases on 3/20 and you can preorder it right now for only .99! 
Do it! If you love this one only half as much as I do, it's still going to be a lot of love flowing. 
I laughed, I cried, I fangirled over it... and then I went to preorder my paperback copy to put on my favorites shelf with the rest of my Amber L. Johnson books!

6 STARS!!!

Oh and if you're reading this Amber... Thank You for allowing us the gift of reading your incredible stories. Thank you for making me laugh and cry. Thank you for touching my heart time and time again.
Thank you for your magic...
I'll be waiting for the next one with a heart full of appreciation. 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing your review, and thanks for the giveaway!