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Where Sea Meets Sky: A Novel by [Halle, Karina]
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A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.

Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go—even when you know you have to say goodbye.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2517 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (30 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest examples of descriptive writing I have ever read, and I absolutely loved it! 31 March 2015
By Robin Segnitz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am thrilled to be able to share with you about the latest novel from author Karina Halle. It’s called Where Sea Meets Sky, and it’s her first foray into the New Adult genre. Before I even begin discussing the plot or characters, I need discuss the writing. Imagine taking a tour around the country of New Zealand in an orange Volkswagen Bus. Picture the gorgeous Southern Alps and volcanoes. Clear blue lakes and white beaches. Glaciers. Unique foliage and wildlife. The sights. Sounds. Smells. Maori culture and language. Where Sea Meets Sky is one of the finest examples of descriptive writing I have ever had the pleasure of reading!

The narrative. This is where Halle blends a beautiful story about two people on the journey of their life with her descriptive style of writing. Halle is unusually creative when she develops a story. Her imagination seems boundless. Whether it be a paranormal horror romance or contemporary romance or romantic suspense, Halle knows how to blend the perfect amount of drama and tension with her trademark descriptive writing which makes her stories so vivid and authentic.

Where Sea Meets Sky is told in first person opposing points of view. Josh Miles is in his twenties. He’s been living with his mother in Vancouver and working dead-end jobs. Josh lacks motivation or energy, and he longs for something he doesn’t understand. Gemma Henare is at the end of a backpacking tour that has taken her across Canada and the United States. She is invited to attend a traditional Halloween party in Vancouver where she meets Josh. Josh and Gemma are naturally comfortable around each other. They have an instant connection when they meet, but Gemma has to return to her native New Zealand following their one-night stand.

After Gemma returns to New Zealand, Josh can’t seem to get her out of his head. She is exotic and full of life. Josh is an aspiring graphic artist. He learns he has been accepted to the art school where he applied, but Josh is also deeply intrigued by the adventure and freedom Gemma experienced on her backpacking trip. Weighing the circumstances of his life, Josh makes an impulsive decision. He quits his job and catches a plane for New Zealand to seek adventure, to search for Gemma, armed with a backpack of his belongings, cash and Gemma’s first name.

This isn’t your typical romance novel. Josh and Gemma are both in the midst of self-discovery as they tour the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Gemma has experienced great loss in her life, and her sense of self-worth is low. She has very low expectations of the people in her life. Josh is completely uninspired until he meets Gemma. He sees something very special in her, so he decides to place his heart in her hands, even when he knows Gemma could destroy him. Where Sea Meets Sky is about taking risks. Self-discovery. Putting your heart on the line.

New Zealand is such an unusual setting for a romance novel. It’s different from the typical settings of Europe or the United States. When I finished reading Where Sea Meets Sky, I was left with a longing to travel to New Zealand. I want to zip-line into the mouth of Waitomo Caves and ride inner tubes on the underground river. I want to hike the Routeburn Track in the Southern Alps. Dive with dolphins. See Franz Josef Glacier. Witness the first sunrise of the world at the remote East Cape. If you pick up a copy of Where Sea Meets Sky and begin reading, I can promise you will embark on a journey which will not only appeal to your senses, but will take you far away from the reality of your life. I have read at least twenty-four novels written by Karina Halle, and Where Sea Meets Sky is decidedly one of my favorites. The writing is impeccable, and I absolutely loved this 5-star novel!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story about love and self-discovery 1 April 2015
By Misha - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Review originally posted at The Book Enthusiast:

I am pleased to be able to leave my shame corner now that I have finally read a book by Karina Halle. The first word that pops into my head when I think about Where Sea Meets Sky is fantastic. Truthfully, I found everything about this book to be exactly what I want in a story. Before I discuss the characters and the plot (both of which I loved), I have to take a minute to say that I found Halle’s writing and ability to set the scene incredibly impressive. It was as if I was right there in New Zealand with her characters. The writing was beautifully vivid and expressive. I wanted to take a reading break about a dozen times so I could go book a trip for myself. It wasn’t only the setting, though. I felt every minute of Gemma and Josh’s journey. The emotions were intense and palpable.

I was quickly drawn into the story from the first chapter. Those who have read Love, in English will remember Vera’s brother Joshua. He is an aspiring graphic artist working a dead-end job and living at home with his mother. Josh meets Gemma, visiting from New Zealand, at a party. One night with her ends up being the catalyst for a major change in his life. He embarks on the adventure of a lifetime by heading to New Zealand himself. I was impressed that both were brave and confident enough in themselves to travel on their own, especially Josh. It took major guts to do what he did, but I definitely remember what it was like to be in my 20s and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I could absolutely relate to the uncertainty Josh and Gemma were feeling.

The chemistry between the pair was undeniable. Even during their first meeting I could sense something more between them. There seemed to be a genuine connection, and I was excited to see what would happen. As the book progressed the angst factor was definitely high. I loved watching where their trip took them and being a part of their adventures. Everything felt so real: the beautiful scenery, the range of emotions Josh and Gemma felt, and their individual struggles to find themselves. Not only was their story touching, but it was also quite funny. I frequently found myself laughing aloud, especially when I was in Josh’s head. Where Sky Meets Sea was a wonderful story about love and self-discovery that I would highly recommend.

*An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful adventure 31 May 2015
By Southern Belle Book Blog - Published on
What an adventure. That’s the word that keeps coming to my mind right now. An adventure for the characters, as well as for myself as the reader. Where Sea Meets Sky is everything you love about a road trip story, multiplied many times over, with emotion that will demolish and mend your heart.

I love love loved the tension and angst in this book! It’s palpable, and you’ll feel it on every single page. The connection between Josh and Gemma is undeniable, and the underlying question of whether they’ll truly pursue it or let it go is killer. Of course, you’ll expect them to have their happily ever after, but let’s be honest – Karina Halle can wreck you as a reader, so never assume with her. The up’s and down’s, the what if’s, the arguments and denial, along with the moments of pure bliss? They all fit together just right. This story is just plain emotional, in every sense of that word.

We all remember that lonely, heartbreaking feeling of time closing in on the characters, and choices needing to be made in Love, in English, right? Time for round two, my friends. These characters are on a trip that will make or break them, but along the way, it becomes so much more. It’s finding true happiness in life. It’s finding what’s important and hanging onto it for all it’s worth. It’s finding your home, wherever and with whomever. You’ll feel Josh and Gemma’s romantic tale deep in your bones, and you’ll want that fairytale outcome for them. They’re perfect for each other, and you’ll want to shake them for not opening their eyes and accepting it sooner. But when they do? Ahh, swoon.

One major element that stands out more than anything is the visual that Halle creates. You’ll be able to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and swear you’re standing on a beach in New Zealand. I’ve never been to the country described, but I feel as if I have after reading Where Sea Meets Sky. She paints a beautiful picture of the mountains, lakes, beaches, cities, and culture. All of it was amazing to me, and I found myself Googling terms and locations as I read. To say I need to visit New Zealand now is a massive understatement. That will happen one day, and it’s all thanks to Karina Halle.

Overall, this is a tension-filled story that has no lack of romantic moments that will make your heart flutter or break you into pieces. No matter the emotion felt at any given time, the knowledge that Halle will pull everything together in the brilliant way she does made the story that much more enjoyable for me. The passion and intensity within their story will sweep you off of your feet, and you won’t be asking to come down any time soon.

<3 Erin
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Will You Destroy Something Before You Have A Chance To Lose It? 13 May 2015
By Nelta M - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Karina Halle's writing since taking a chance on her first book in the EIT series....I fell in love with her style of writing and how well developed her characters and story lines were....but with that said.....WSMS just did not make me sit up and want to devour every page because I couldn't wait to see what was on the next page.
Her experience as a travel writer was evident as I felt I was backpacking my way through New Zealand and found myself googling some of the I have New Zealand on my vacay bucket list!
Josh and Gemma.....hmmmm....there were some beautifully written moments shared by these 2 young adults and then there were times when I wanted to toss them off the side of those cliffs they were hiking on.
I'm don't consider myself a prude but the opening sentence of WSMS was an instant turnoff....I know sex sells but,

Some of my favorites....

"I think I ache for things I may never get. I long for purpose, for life and yet sometimes I think I’m too afraid to live ."

“Some people may expect nothing. Most people expect something. But you, you , should expect everything."

"But I will say this . . . if you find that person who makes you feel like everything going forward is worth living, hold on to her.”

"Will you destroy something before you have a chance to lose it?"

"I love you , I think as my heart seems to expand inside me. And you’ll hurt me. You’ll burn me. You’ll mark me."

"However much in love with her I was a few moments ago, I’m more in love with her now. And with each radiant smudge, each beautiful design, the feeling grows. And grows. And grows."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exception writing but lagged at times 19 April 2015
By Danica Page - Published on
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I thought that this novel was intriguing and well written, but several parts of the story seemed to lag for me. It wasn't quite as gripping as I wanted it to be.

Having said that, I did enjoy the novel. I thought it was well written, and I loved the travel aspects behind this novel. I loved the backdrop of New Zealand and how the book showed their travels throughout the country. Halle really dove into the culture of New Zealand and I loved that.

As far as the characters go, I really liked Josh. Yeah, he was kind of crazy to go to New Zealand for a girl, but hey crazier things have been done in the suit of love.

Gemma was a more complex character. At parts, I wanted to beat her over the head and knock some sense into her, in other moments I perfectly understood her, and so forth. She was interesting to read about.

This book had me laughing out loud at moments which is always something that I highly enjoy.

This is one that I'd recommend for fans of travel books or new adult.

So why 3 stars? It lagged in some parts. I felt like the pacing could have been faster.

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language, sexual content, and drinking. For 17+.

The Wrap-up: A fun book about traveling, adventures, love, loss, heartbreak, and self-discovery.


Danica Page

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