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I am wavering on how many stars...
4 Freeing Stars
I can't decide between 3, 3.5, or 4, so lets just go with 4.
First of all, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this. The blurb, for me, wasn't very informative, but I thought... what the heck, lets do this.
In the beginning I knew I was going to hate this book. The characters and the whole atmosphere of the story was just.... depressing, and slow, and depressing. However, once the story really got started I was hooked.
I wavered in my ratings because of the beginning and the ending. The majority of the book was great.
Sparrows for Free is the story of Ezra and Aysa. They both have lived through some tragic events in their pasts and are just basically stuck. Ezra is stuck with the guilt and obsessed with what happened, so much so that he has stopped living any sort of life. He is surrounded by equally depressing friends who enable his never ending pity party.
Aysa is a girl who has been beaten down by everyone, especially the people who are supposed to love her the most mainly being her family. Everyone treats this girl like dirt, and she just takes it. She over analyzes everything people say and do to just continue making herself feel bad for her station in life. She has no friends. Her parents are mean. Her life sucks. However, instead of growing a pair, she hides. Her coping mechanism is hiding. I really wanted to grab her by the arms and shake her and tell her to grow a pair, but at the same time my heart was breaking for her.
Ezra and Aysa are both broken when they find each other. Yet somehow together, instead of being more broken together, they are good for each other. Together light is entering the darkness, laughter is found, and life begins to happen. They each begin a journey to find out who they really are, and what it is they really want out of life.
This turned out to be a beautiful story of overcoming loss and tragedy and learning to live again. I really enjoyed the story.... until the end.
That ending!!! I really wanted to shout at Lila Felix and ask her "why why why" in my most distraught and tearful voice. I mean really... why? I should have paid closer attention to reviews and realized that this was a cliffhanger. But not any cliffhanger....but the mother of all cliffhangers
The story is really good, the flow is amazing and BAM the story ends... just ends... and there is no release date for the next book!!!
If you don't mind a cliffhanger then read this book. It really is a captivating story. If you don't like cliffhangers, wait for the next book!
Before they meet, Aysa and Ezra are pretty much in the fight for their lives. They have to heal from their own wounds, inflicted by unfortunate circumstances, before they even have a chance at being together. That journey is not full of rainbows and sunshine. But love is all about taking risks. Going through hurts as well as joys. It is about taking your needs out of the equation and putting the other person’s needs in their place. It’s about letting people “in”. It’s about growing in yourself, so that you can be that strong tower for someone else. That definitely happens here.
It was such a breath of fresh air to see that these characters were all so real and flawed. I was so happy to see that this was not an immediate love relationship. They both struggled with themselves while trying to figure out each other. You literally watched this relationship start on very insecure ground and eventually grow into something you were really rooting for. I honestly felt a weight on my chest and my heart squeezing the entire time. I couldn’t read it fast enough.
I absolutely loved watching the growth Aysa was able to experience. She is such a symbol of strength and hope for any girl out there with self-esteem issues. She is a fighter. I felt every single emotion she went through. Every single one. I cried with her. I laughed with her. I definitely swooned with her. We certainly can’t forget the anger and betrayal.
My heart has definitely taken a beating. It is no longer in my body. It lays on the floor smashed to smithereens. I don’t know what to expect now. What a book hangover! I absolutely love them together. I have had so many tears and deep breaths but also so many giggles and sweet sighs. This is so brilliant and smart and honest and raw. Lila continues to leave me breathless and in awe. Her books just keep getting better and better. I can’t wait to watch this bird soar.
I had read Lila Felix’s Love and Skate book a few months ago, and while the story line was really good and I did like the characters, the whole book felt a little stiff and needed quite a bit of editing; my lesson from this is never judge an author by their first book, and honestly I never would have pegged myself for doing something like that but I know that is exactly what I was doing every time I scrolled past Sparrows for Free on my kindle and bumping it down the line of my TBR pile; thankfully a friend talked some sense into me and told me I would really like this book, and she was right! The story of two messed up people and the road being paved for them to their recovery was beautifully written and the characters were people I wanted to get to know. Asya, was a character I could realate to in some ways; not necessairily in the hiding from life - but growing up there were moments when I felt like despite talking people looked right past me. I loved her gradual increase of self esteem and standing up for herself; she didn’t wake up one day and decide to be different – it was a process. If nothing else, Sparrows for Free will trap you into a story that you absolutely have to finished, if for nothing else than to see Asya and Ezra find themselves and begin to move past who they are and into who they should be.
Rated: PG-13 - Mild cussing
Genre: New Adult - Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
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