Monday, June 5, 2017

Mother-Daughter Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Title: Words in Deep Blue 
Author: Cath Crowley 
Source: Publisher 
Publisher: Knopf 
Expected Publication: June 6th, 2017 
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. 

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough. 

Reasons we think you need to read Words in Deep Blue

1.  If you’re reading this post, it’s because you are a reader. This book is filled with characters who are readers.

2.  You are on a book blog because you love books, and this book mostly takes place in a fabulous second-hand book store called Howling Books, where books are loved.

3.  The dual POVs of Henry and Rachel.

4.  Henry and his family have a cat named Ray Bradbury.

5.  The Letter Library. Everything about it. The letters themselves. The way it’s formatted in the book. Everything.

6.  It made us cry a little. More than once. You might not cry. But you might. It made us smile more. It will definitely make you smile.

7.  Because you’ve had a broken heart, will have a broken heart, have broken someone’s heart, or will break someone’s heart.

8.  Because we all deal with grief in different ways. We can try to distract ourselves from it, we can try to hide from it, but the hurt is inevitable. There’s no timetable for grief. We can think we’re all cried out, but like Rachel says, “I’ll think I’m at the end, but then I realize there’s more to go.” This book is about grieving, but it’s also about healing.

9.  George and Martin.

10.  Best friends.

11.  Young love. Not-so-young love. New love. Lost love. Rediscovered love.

12.  Cal.

13.  Cath Crowley’s writing is captivating and stunning.

14.  Because having characters and secondary characters who will steal your heart is one of the best parts of a book. Having a character to loathe is fun, too (hi, Amy).

15.  Frederick.

16.  Because when Henry talks about a particular poem, he says he could eat it – “Just peel the words off the page and stuff them in my mouth.” And lovers of words understand that feeling perfectly, and we could make a feast off of Words in Deep Blue.

17.  Because it’s filled with so many books and authors – a smorgasbord of literature.

18.  Because it’s not just for young adults. It’s for all of us.

19.  The ending is wonderful, and we don’t get enough of those.

20. Because beautiful things happen in the most unexpected places but almost always in the pages of a book.

Reasons we think you should not read Words in Deep Blue


Thank you to the publisher for providing us with a copy of this book in exchange for our honest review. Quotes used in this review are from an ARC and are subject to change. 

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  1. This post is phenomenal! The last list made me giggle snort. I love you two more than you will ever know! *smooshes and cuddles*

    1. Awww, thank you, lobster! We love YOU! *cuddles and squishes*

  2. I am so happy that I got a copy of this one. I loved Graffiti Moon when it came out years ago. I have this coming up within the next week and I can't wait after reading this adorable review. You two made my Monday with this one. I think it is time for a reread of Graffiti Moon!

    1. We grabbed Graffiti Moon on your rec, and we cannot wait to read it! We can't wait for your thoughts on Words in Deep Blue, and we hope you love it as much as we did. *hugs*

  3. I'm glad to see that you loved this one! I really want to check it out. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Thank you so much -- we hope you will and that you'll love it, too :D

  4. Those are some good reasons! 😃

  5. What a great post! The reasons are awesome and thanks for sharing them.

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! We think you would enjoy this book very much :)

  6. I like how you guys did this review. Very nice! :) And especially for reasons 7 and 17- and heck 19 and 20 too. It's a gift when a book is that meaningful, and a great ending is one of the best things. Thanks for sharing. Adding to the TBR.

    1. Aww, thank you! Those are some of our favorite reasons, too. We're thrilled you're adding this to your TBR; we know you're going to love it :)

  7. Yep, I need to read this! I love your review and thoughts.

    1. Thank you, Kim! We know you'll love this one.

  8. OMG!!! This has got to be the MOST original, unique review I've ever read!! GREAT JOB, Michele & Mckenzie!! And you have SO made me WANT to read this novel!! Man, I could kick myself now.....I was at B&N just last Friday, saw this book, and did NOT pick it up.... So your review has now given me the impetus I needed to do so!! YAAAAAASSS!!!

    I must admit that the whole thing about grief hits too close to home... You guys know what I mean. But still, the fact that the plot revolves around books, and takes place mostly IN A BOOKSTORE.... Oh, YEAH, I gotta have this one!!

    Thanks for convincing me to add this book to my collection!! LOVED the review!! SUPER SMOOOOOSHY TACKLE HUGS!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 :) :) :) :)

    1. Thank you SO much, Maria! You made our day! We know you will love it! There are a few parts that are going to hit very close to home, but my hope is the beauty, hope, and healing that are within these pages will make it worth it. And even if now is not the right time, maybe one day in the future will be. We're so thrilled you're going to add this to your collection -- you will adore the Letter Library :) Thank you again for such kind words! SUPER SMOOSHY TACKLE HUGS FOR YOU <3 <3 <3


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