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Painting Sky by [Branches, Rita]
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Nobody ever said life was easy...

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.
But things don't always go as planned...

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate - another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend's older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane's life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith's past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants--even if it hurts everyone she loves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Rita Branches; 1 edition (25 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DCRZ73M
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story, 1 June 2016
By ky - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
But I wanted to slap the girl crazy, so many times. Really even at 18 she had no common sense ..... I mean she was so blind she didn't have any idea her so called boy friend was not honest when he was never there? Weeding through her ignorance, the author could have given more back ground on Keith. My heart bled for him...I hated ( yes), hated both his parents and hers for the way they treated him. I loved the ending but had to skip some of the pages getting there. That is why I decided to give it only four stars. I'm not too sure that it shouldn't have been three, but I did like how it ended, and that the end it brought out emotions. Any way if you can get beyond the girl and move past the parents the ending love story is worth it.🙃
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Painting Sky so much. 28 April 2016
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Painting Sky is a new adult contemporary romance standalone from Rita Branches. It is hard to believe that this is Rita’s debut novel because she really captured the essence of the characters so vividly. I didn’t initially know what to think of the story. On one hand, I was immediately drawn into the little bubble that seemed to be created around Keith and Jane every time they came in contact with each other. But on the other hand, I was hoping for something a little more drastic from his brother. I mean yes he was a jerk, but it didn’t seem so clear cut to me. In the end, it didn’t matter because I was completely, head-over-heels in love with Keith and Jane, who seems so much more like a Sky to me.

Painting Sky is told entirely from Sky’s point of view, and while I loved watching her sort out her feelings for Keith and come into her own, I really really wanted to hear some snippets from Keith. He is such a deep individual, that I wanted to peak inside of his head so very badly. This book wrapped me up tight in their little bubble and whisked me away from the world. I very nearly was late coming back from lunch because I forgot all about the time. I had withdrawal symptoms when I had to tear myself away from the story. And even when I doing other things, my thoughts kept straying back to Keith and Sky. That is the mark of a great book. I love it when characters and their story can affect me like that.

The only gripe I had with the story was with the other character’s opinion of Keith. I hated how everyone other than Sky seemed to think he was the worst person on the planet. Even Sky’s brother, Ryan, who is supposed to be his best friend, thought he was no good. That really bothered me, because no one seemed actually interested in getting to know who he was as a person. I didn’t see anything to justify the kind of treatment he was receiving from everyone. It was disappointing, and unsupported with facts from the story, that Keith was portrayed that way to everyone. Obviously, you can tell that I am a huge Keith fan. I loved the way he was always looking out for Sky. It was very sweet.

Bottom line: if you love tortured character driven romances that will rock your world to its’ very core, read Painting Sky. This is a book that will deeply affect you. I want more from Keith. I loved Painting Sky so much. This is another one of my top picks for 2016.

P.S. I just found out that this is not a standalone and the next book will be about Sky’s brother Ryan. I hope we get to see more of Keith in that story.

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars 28 April 2016
By Shannon Giffen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Let's start with first thing you see, the cover. The cover of this book is absolutely magnificent. Even before reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read Painting Sky. It's breathtaking, and after reading the book I appreciate it so much more. I think I sat for a few minutes and just found small details to ponder while I reflected back upon what I read. There's few covers that I come across that are truly perfect for the story it holds, but this is one of them.

“He had caught my fake reassurance in the dining room. Keith barely knew me, but, beyond all reason, he’d understood me better than my own brother and boyfriend.”

If you don't like cliches, this might not be the right book for you. No it wasn't riddled with them and no they weren't over the top, but enough to be noticeable. It also seemed like the farther you got in the story, the more there were. Some I could overlook fairly easily and were even a little cute, but there were a couple in particular that I couldn't help but roll my eyes at.

The writing style seems to be more simplistic than I'm generally used to reading. Shorter, simpler sentences, with not as many are combined to create as much of a punch. This seemed to slow the pacing a bit because of how you generally read the punctuation. A lot of times these sentences could've been expanded upon or edited. For sample, taking two or three of them and rewriting into one new, stronger sentence. I also noticed a lot of misplaced and extra commas. I'm generally bad in the first place for using an excess of commas, so maybe I just picked up on this easier since it's something I have to edit myself for. This could easily be fixed by another round through an editor. After finishing, my first thought was perhaps English is not is author's first language. Now let me start by saying this: it is not obvious or glaring. There were just a few times I noticed phrases worded slightly differently than how I might say them. Then I remembered a time where I've seen this type of phrasing before, and came up with the English as a second language idea. Turns out, that's correct. BUT! The English is still fantastic and strong, she has an exceptional grasp of the language and I'm sure her vocabulary is even better than mine, there's just a few small things here and there that I picked up on.

Even if the writing style didn't completely drag me in, the story line did. You know how when reading, sometimes you come across a book that is like your specific brand of drug? Painting Sky was my drug and I needed hit after hit. This was addictive! I didn't want to put it down and even when I did, the characters wouldn't stop running through my mind. Their story, their actions, reactions, nuances, what were the hiding, etc. All of the above was running through my mind on a constant loop until I could pick it up again. Even for days after finishing, I kept thinking about this story. The only reason it took me a few days to finish is because I went out of town and didn't have time to read. Otherwise this could've easily been a read in one day type of book.

“You heal all my scars. [...] You are my Sky.”

The climax and lead up to the climax were quite abrupt and a little rushed. There were a few small details throughout that were weaved together nicely, but these I figured out quite quickly. The extent of the climax though I didn't guess and I will say it was surprising. But, back to the abrupt. It both started and finished in one chapter and the resolution was then quite quick as well. I would've liked to see both dragged out a little, get some more emotion and detail in both of these important plot events. Either more detail in the actual climactic moment, a longer scene or more of a lead in and mystery earlier on in the story could've helped make this moment more powerful.

“Every moment between us felt like it could be the last, and we both wanted to frame each one in our brains.”

Thank goodness for some character development, because at one point I was about to throw something. The heroine had no backbone and not only could she not stand up for herself, but she didn't seem to think there was something wrong with how she was being treated. How about demand a little respect? I made a Goodreads status that quite literally said "Screw this! I would've dumped the boyfriend, moved out, changed schools and left with my middle finger in the air." I was so angry that Sky did nothing. But then little by little, Keith showed her how to stand up for herself. How to have opinions and a voice, to believe in yourself and others. This was fantastic and thankfully it happened cause I was losing respect for her big time. She grew a lot by the end.

Keith was a really intriguing character. Without spoiling, the ideals of his character have been done before - it's not necessarily original but was still really good. He confused me, he hurt me and he fixed it all just to start the cycle over. But then when we got glimpses of what's in his head, of his past and what haunts him? It all made such perfect sense. He was so broken and lost, with only one person ever being able to see it and fix him. His brokenness broke me, his hurt was heavy on my heart. I felt for him the entire time.

“Why are you drawing us? Why are you here, alone, drawing us?”
“Because it’s the only part of you I can get, okay?”

I relished the concept of freedom and how it was sought after by our characters. Freedom from your past, your present, your family, your choices, all of it. How to live your life to your specifications and no one else's, how to grasp what you want and never let go no matter what others think. How you can find freedom, not only in yourself and your situation but in another person as well. This might have very well been my favourite thing about the entire story.

I really enjoyed the amount of angst and tension. Without getting too far into it, the other emotions are great as well but it's best to discover them for yourself. The self hatred and loathing though was tough. I felt for Keith. I wanted to help but while reading I felt almost as lost as he did. It's absolutely unbearable how some others treated him so I'm glad he could chase his freedom with Sky, he deserved that and so much more.

“You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me and you don’t even realize it,” he mumbled against my back, clinging to my body like a lifeboat.”

Almost every single scene with the majority of the family members angered me. Actually, more than that. Between the two families, Keith's and Sky's, and the multiple scenes with them present, I wanted to throw my iPad practically every time. There was so much hatred and judgement, I couldn't believe it. How could your family treat you that way? There is no occasion where any of this is right and it made me livid. I would've liked perhaps more of a conclusion with this issue, but I do understand that you can't always get what you want. While yes these secondary characters made me angry, you need to keep in mind they made me feel. Being angry is better than being indifferent, so kudos to Ms. Branches for a job well done in the emotional department.

I absolutely adored the art concept and how each of those scenes was portrayed. The imagery was extremely well done and I felt like I could see the painting or sketch come to life before my eyes (especially the mirror picture and the couple picture); I would love the see them in real life. The artwork in and of itself was extremely important to the story and I applaud how it was the focus and binding element of the novel, but it wasn't done in an aggressive manner. It was subtle and understated but important none the less. This is how Keith and Sky not only found the brokenness of themselves, but then how to heal and help each other grow.

“I turned to him and whispered back. “What secrets do you keep up here?”
He looked at my face, lingering on my lips. The tight feeling in my belly was back.
“My heart,” he whispered.”

After finishing Painting Sky, I both want and need to read more books from Rita. While it wasn't absolutely perfect in my eyes, it did have some strong suits and I'd definitely be interested in more from this author. I think she had a promising career ahead of her and as long as she can keep up these great concepts, she's got a fan in me!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it! 29 July 2016
By Poulami Ghosh - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
*I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.*

First of all, the cover is what drew me to the book in the first place. It's so freaking beautiful guys! And it kind of holds an appropriate meaning for the book as well. Painting Sky was a good read, though I expected a little more from it but I was satisfied in the end.

Jane or Sky as Keith calls her, has been the one who has abide by the rules all her life. She comes to stay with her boyfriend Cody who shares the house with his brother Keith along with her own brother as well. She has never gotten along with Keith but this time something seems different, but Cody has always been the one for her yet she finds uncomfortable crossing the intimate level with him and she also notices that he's not the same anymore. After the devastating breakup happens, she finds herself turning to Keith for comfort. It's not long before she finds herself falling for the wrong brother but she knows he'll end up destroying her.

The plot was nothing new but I definitely enjoyed the way it was executed in this book. Though I have to admit the first half of this book felt draggy as practically nothing was happening but the story picked up its speed from the second half and I really liked it. Sky has always been the good girl but she's finally rebels by choosing art as her subject in college, the subject that she wanted to study. She's doing okay in every class except one and Keith being an art student offers his help. I liked the friendship between them, though it can't be exactly called that because the tension was palpable from the beginning but I definitely liked how Keith helped Sky. Those were some pretty amazing moments and I loved the chemistry between them. The scenes in the art classroom was pretty humorous and I really enjoyed them!

I liked Sky, though I think she was an okay protagonist, I would have liked to see more layers of her. Nonetheless, Keith was quite mysterious and I liked him from the beginning. I loved it so much when Sky really began understanding Keith. I felt so freaking bad about him,not even his mother cared about him, Cody was their golden boy. I wish Sky would have told what Cody did to both the families when she went to visit on the holidays. They were unessential cruel to him. Although this book ended in a positive note, I would have liked to see the feud end for Keith and his family accepting him. I was quite shocked to see Ryan, Sky's brother's reaction at the end, I don't know how he could do that to Keith considering he is his best friend. I hope we get to know more about this in the next book which is about Ryan.

Overall, Painting Sky was a good read! Although the plot was predictable, I liked how it spanned out. The characters were interesting and I loved the romance between Keith and Sky. The writing was smooth and easy to read. I definitely hope to read more works of this author in the future,

Recommend it?

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!! 31 July 2016
By Saptarshi @ Read Write All The Time - Published on
***I received a review copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for my honest review***

I started out with this book by only reading a small sample from Amazon, but just by reading those few chapters I was hooked to this story and fell in love with it! This is not only a great contemporary romance story but also a great coming of age story in a sense. We start out by seeing Jane, the main character, leaving the shelter of her home and starting her college journey. And as the story progresses, you can really see how much Jane grows and becomes her own person, takes control of her life like she never had before, and really discovers who she is. But that's only part of the awesomeness that is this story.

Besides seeing Jane grow into her own person, I loved the whole romantic aspect. As cliché as it is, I have always loved the mysterious bad boy who actually turns out to be a very sweet, caring person with a vulnerable side. And it worked perfectly in this story. Not only was Jane a perfect match for Keith, but Keith also brought out the best in Jane. He helped her discover her true self and stand up for herself and her choices. They brought out the best in each other. The romance and chemistry between them was just perfect, and it was very clear from the beginning that they both cared about each other even though it took them a while to realize it.

Overall the story was pretty good and I enjoyed reading this book. The only thing that bothered me a little was the climax near the end. It felt kind of disconnected from the rest of the story and did not really seem to "fit" in that specific scene. It felt like it would have made more sense, or would have added more to Jane's and Keith's relationship had that scene ocurred earlier in the story. But like I said, overall this book was really good so if you are looking for a new contemporary romance story to read, I would definitely recommend picking up this book!

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