I’ve always followed my dreams with ruthless determination.
My life was going well. Success was at my fingertips.
Until it wasn’t.
All it took was three seconds to send my world crashing down around me, ripping my dreams to shreds.
Then I meet her, with her large hazel eyes that slay me at first glance.
And everything starts to make sense again.
I try to keep my distance.
To remind myself I am her mentor.
That we can’t be more,
but every time I push away, I’m pulled deeper into her.
The line between student and teacher is blurring.
They’re all it would take to cross the line.
The thing I regret most about my experience in reading this book is that I didn’t reread Fall Back Skyward right before I started. These books have overlapping timelines and I hadn’t read Nor’s story since shortly after it released in May of 2016, understandably I had forgotten a lot of what had transpired in that book and I feel like having that all fresh in my mind would have made Breaking Gravity so much more impactful. Throughout the story, I continually regretted my decision to not do a reread. I will definitely be scheduling a series reread before the next book in the series comes out. Just for clarifications sake, I would like to assure you these books are interconnected stand-alones and can be read without having read the other books, but I would highly recommend reading the books in order and the series in full.
Elon and Nathaniel had both been horribly scarred by love, both physically and emotionally. Elon, however, made the decision to continue living whether she was destined for love or not. Nathaniel chose to live in his pain, grieving the loss of the things he loved most in the world became the crux of his existence. They were so similar, both so damaged, so alone, yet wildly different in the ways they faced the world after the events that changed their lives so terribly. It was these differences, these completely different world views, coupled with the acuity of their pain, that made Elon and Nathaniel such perfect partners. Each of their strengths and weaknesses were perfect counterpoints to the other.
Breaking Gravity was deeply moving and quite different from other student/teacher romances. There were honestly times when I forgot Elon and Nate had a student/teacher relationship at all because they seemed on a completely level playing field outside of the classroom, if anything Elon often had the upper hand in matters of the heart. I have a deep appreciation for how Autumn Grey depicted the quiet strength Elon possessed and how she used that strength to both her own heart and Nate’s.
I would have loved to have seen the end of the book explored more thoroughly. I appreciate that the loose ends were tied up as well as they could be, while still leaving room for the next book in the series, but it felt rushed to me. After an otherwise well-written and purposeful book the last few chapters didn’t have the same feeling or tempo as what had come before. I always prefer a show, don’t tell approach to storytelling and that aspect of the ending feel short, for me.
Autumn Grey has proven to me, over the course of the two books of hers I’ve read, that she is someone to pay attention to. Her stories are important and fresh, her writing allows me to get lost in words that I love. I am sure that her artistry will continue to provide poignant and innovative storylines. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next and the ways she’ll make me feel those words deep in my heart.
Fall Back Skyward (Fall Back #1) by Autumn Grey
Autumn Grey is the author of Havoc, Obliterate, Mend (Havoc series) and Fall Back Skyward. And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.
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