Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
I went into Even if the Sky Falls with high hopes, eager for a light-hearted contemporary romance. It turned out to be a good read, but not a fantastic one.
Julie heads to New Orleans, re-building houses with her youth group in order to escape from the troubles at home. One day, after having enough of feeling trapped with her clingy, over-bearing team leader, Julie ditches the programme for the day and heads into the heart of New Orleans in the midst of Mardi Gras. There she meets Miles, and the two quickly connect, explore New Orleans, and fall in love. In the midst of a hurricane, however, things quickly turn dangerous.
What I really loved about Even if the Sky Falls was the atmospheric setting of New Orleans in the midst of Mardi Gras. The book placed you right there, singing and dancing, and like Julie, you fall in love with the vibrant city. I also really enjoyed the exploration of both Miles and Julie’s culture and background. These two aspects were the strongest points of Even if the Sky Falls.
However, I found that there was little time for any sort of relationship development between Julie and Miles, and thus it comes across as very insta-love, which I’m not a fan of.
For a quick summer read, I think this is a solid novel, as well as a solid debut, but I was hoping for a bit more from Even if the Sky Falls, which it ultimately failed to deliver.
Nonetheless, I will keep an eye out for Garcia’s future works.