Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia | ARC Review

May 16, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 13 Comments

Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia | ARC ReviewEven If the Sky Falls
by Mia García
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 10th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
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2.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

All she needs is one night to be anyone she wants.

Julie is desperate for a change. So she heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses and pretend her life isn’t a total mess. But between her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions, Julie feels more trapped than ever.

In a moment of daring, she ditches her work clothes for DIY fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, where she locks eyes with Miles, an utterly irresistible guy with a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. She jumps at the chance to see the real New Orleans, and in one surreal night, they dance under the stars, share their most shameful secrets, and fall in love.

But their adventure takes an unexpected turn when an oncoming hurricane changes course. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos she finds pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

Mia García’s Even If the Sky Falls is a whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of life’s greatest danger: love.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Even If the Sky Falls is about two teens who meet in New Orleans and for the course of one night, they won’t share anything personal about them—no baggage at all—not even their real names.

“No interruptions, just you and me and New Orleans.”

I was intrigued by the beginning of the story and how Julie escapes the missionary trip and ends up in Mardi Gras. When she met Miles, I was definitely liking him and his smile. I don’t know why but his smile in my head was perfect. From then on, it kind of took a downhill for me in terms of the characters plus the going back-and-forth between chapters.

[…] This guy is pure charm.

I had problems with the characters because even though this story spans over one night, there wasn’t much depth to the characters so I couldn’t feel any form of connection towards them. I was actually expecting the connection to happen because my thought was, “It’s one night so the character’s lives will go into a lot of detail and a lot of depth.” Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, which led me to struggle with liking the characters and enjoying the story.

As I said, this story goes back-and-forth between chapters, meaning flashing back to the past and then back to the present but there’s no indicator in the chapters title to let you know when it’s talking about the present or the past. I had to guess a few times and this also led me to struggle with it.

What I did like was the vivid description the author gave of New Orleans. I could picture myself being there, listening to the noise, enjoying the view of the festivity. At times, it got to be too much and that’s why it took me a while to finish this story.

“[…] And New Orleans—she’s alive, she’s a person. Hard to settle on how to describe her, but once you’re in it, once you’re here, you get it.”

Overall, this one had the potential to be exponentially great, but the lack of depth of the characters and the story took away from my enjoyment. Still, if you’re in the mood for a New Orleans story, then I recommend this one for you.

About Mia García

M. García was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York where she studied creative writing at The New School, worked in publishing, and now lives under a pile of to-be-read books. Her debut novel, Even If the Sky Falls, from Katherine Tegen books (an imprint of Harper Collins) comes out May 10, 2016.

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  • Oh man lack of character depth is so not a good thing!!The New Orleans angle sounds fun but I am not sure if it would be enough to pick it up. Great review!!

    • It really isn’t. But the New Orleans setting was very nicely put.

  • I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you! I love New Orleans so the setting sounds awesome but I am with you and the lack of character development would be hard for me. Great review!!

    • The setting was really nice. But the lack of depth put it off for me completely.
      Thank you 🙂

  • I wanted to read this one and got an eARC for it on Edelweiss, but with my hiatus I never got to it and now I think that might not be such a bad thing? I might try it someday but I’m not sure.

    • You could like it since a few others are loving it but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, especially with not connecting to the characters at all.

  • Yeah, this fell flat for me too. And the MC irritated me at times, so … meh.

    • I couldn’t deal with her a few times.

  • I pretty much had the same reaction to this one as you did. I couldn’t connect to the characters at all because they were so one-dimensional. I did like the setting though, but that wasn’t enough to make me enjoy the books.
    Sorry this was a disappointment, Gen! It always sucks when you don’t love a book.

    • Yup, it really wasn’t enough. I’m not giving up on the author though so we’ll see. I know she’s writing another book or about to write it. So I really want to see how she improves.

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  • Hate it when the concept of a book grabs me, but the characters just don’t. Sorry this one wasn’t great for you!

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    • I know :/ The setting was good, though.