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Review: Lending Light by Rose Christo

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Title: Lending Light
Author: Rose Christo
Publisher: Amazon
Publication Date: August 2012
Series or Standalone: Gives Light #5
Format: Ebook, 306 pages

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“Sometimes my imagination bleeds into reality.”

Eleven years ago a serial killer menaced the Nettlebush Indian Reservation. Rafael Gives Light is his son. A loner, Rafael relies on his startlingly overactive imagination to escape the distrust and vitriol of his peers.

In the summer of 2000 an exceptionally blond boy moves to Nettlebush. Rafael learns that the boy is his father’s last living victim. The boy wants to be friends.

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I had the idea that maybe kissing Sky was my natural, default state, and the reason I’d been such a disagreeable person all my life was because I hadn’t been kissing him all my life.

This review almost goes the same with book one. Because this story is in fact based on the first book and the only difference is that Rafael narrated this. Oh, how I loved that guy. It’s very heartwarming to see Sky through Rafael’s eye. How Sky changed Rafael’s life and how Rafael tried to be that person.

So let me just tell you why I freaking loved this series. Let’s start with the characters. Probably this series has one of the best set of characters in young adult contemporary. Everyone has depth. Everyone is remarkable. Every single main or secondary ones tugs your heart. Rose Christo doesn’t need to make her characters to be too perfect to gain a strong connection with them. You’ll love them just the way they are.

And for the romance, it just so happened that we’re introduced to a society where a boy who likes a boy is not a crime by law, a disease, a sin, or whatever ridiculous name they call it. So this is not me-and-you-against-the-world or i-love-you-you-love-me-but stuff. This is a fresh take for us to the mm genre where no one give a damn who you love.

“I have a boyfriend,” I said

Meredith smiled warmly at me. “That’s wonderful! What’s his name?”

“Not telling” I said

“You made him up,” Holly accused

“Bite me,” I said again

Why so adorable, Rafael?

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Review: Looks Over by Rose Christo

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Title: Looks Over
Author: Rose Christo
Publisher: Rose Christo
Publication Date: August 27th 2012
Series or Standalone: Gives Light #2
Format: Ebook, 372 pages

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“There’s nothing wrong with trying to get to know my son’s boyfriend.”

Skylar knows he’s lucky to have an open-minded father. It’s not just that Skylar and Rafael are both boys. Between their families exists a dark and turbulent past: Rafael’s father was the first serial killer in the history of the Nettlebush Indian Reserve, and Skylar’s mother was his last victim. Skylar is ready to put the past behind him. But Skylar’s future is tenuous at best. Skylar is still a ward of the state, and foster care can take him away from the reservation at a moment’s notice.

Voiceless and powerless, Skylar learns firsthand what it means to be a Native American in the 21st century. And when Skylar stumbles across his father’s best-kept, twelve-year-old secret, not even Rafael can shield him from the fallout.

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Gives Light Series is definitely my favorite mm series. I’m really fond of it. I’ve been reading books with the same genre and this is my very first time encountering a gay series who doesn’t give a damn about being one. No discrimination. No labeling. No raising of eyebrow. Everything is normal. No big deal. Just like reading a love story between a boy and a girl, whose gender is not the main conflict of the story.

Love is in every corners of this book. Rose Christo didn’t just focus between the two characters Skylar and Rafael. But also to Sky’s loving dad, Paul Looks Over. I was too overwhelmed with the great affection of Paul to his son. I haven’t even noticed that I was already shedding tears. And as always, Rafael who never failed to fascinate the readers with his love for Sky.

Rose Christo also shows in her work how the native americans struggle to fight for their rights. I’m just hoping for them to have the victory of their goals.

This is such a great story that everyone should know about.

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Review: Gives Light by Rose Christo

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Title: Gives Light
Author: Rose Christo
Publisher: Rose Christo
Publication Date: July 10th 2012
Series or Standalone: Gives Light #1
Format: Ebook, 315 pages

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“Skylar is my name, tragically.”

Sixteen-year-old Skylar is witty, empathetic, sensitive–and mute. Skylar hasn’t uttered a single word since his mother died eleven years ago, a senseless tragedy he’s grateful he doesn’t have to talk about.

When Skylar’s father mysteriously vanishes one summer afternoon, Skylar is placed in the temporary custody of his only remaining relative, an estranged grandmother living on an Indian reservation in the middle of arid Arizona. Adapting to a brand new culture is the least of Skylar’s qualms. Because Skylar’s mother did not die a peaceful death. Skylar’s mother was murdered eleven years ago on the Nettlebush Reserve. And her murderer left behind a son. And he is like nothing Skylar has ever known.

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I’m very happy to have this book. Gives Light probably the best mm series ever written. I mean this book is not just only for those who love glbt genre. But this very book everyone out there.

“He knew what I was feeling, if not what I was thinking. He made me feel like I had a voice.”

This book undeniably demonstrates to every reader what a true love is.

Don’t get me wrong. Its not what you think. Its not the poor-pretty-girl-meets-young-handsome-prince way. But the love in general.

“Getting Raphael to smile always felt like a personal victory.”

I learned from this book that love is not just a word with four letters;  L- O-V- and E. But the love that sees no fault and the love that loves unconditionally.

If you want to feel whay I’ve felt. Just buy the book and fall in love with. And be prepared to be overwhelmed because the author filled the story with great characters, especially Skylar that dumbass Raphael. Every chapters is heartwarming. And at the end of the book, allows a single tear to shed and brace yourself for the next book.

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