Don’t bother going to Amazon for this one, my darlings, because you won’t find it there. It doesn’t exist on Amazon, because K and Danielle are taking advantage of a new romance store called Eden Books. Eden Books is really set up for the romance community as a whole, both readers and authors. It’s a great way indie authors to get exactly what they want out to their fans without worrying about what anyone else is going to think. It doesn’t matter what kind of romance you write or read, it’s pretty easy to find it on Eden Books. It’s just getting started, but there is quite a good selection there already. I supported its Kickstarter, and I am seriously excited about this.
Anyway, back to Like Dragonflies. The reason that this book went on Eden is because the book is taboo. There is pretty much no way ever that Amazon or any of the other book sites would take this one. I personally think that KWeb likes to thumb her nose at Amazon, so I’m glad that there is another place to get the taboo stories that she likes to write. But, taboo or not, it’s a fantastic story. It’s gripping and engrossing, and heartwrenching. I was drawn in and just couldn’t put it down at all.
So, the basic story is this, we have Sage who is the good girl from the right side of the tracks whose parents have given her everything. We also have Mars, the boy from so far on the wrong side of the tracks that he can’t see the tracks. His dad is a drunk and his mother died of an OD. He wants to get out the dead end world that he has found himself in, so he’s working pretty much every hour that he can and going to college.
Sage is going to college too, and it’s pretty much the only time she’s ever away from her overbearing mother. Mommy Dearest is very much the society lady. She lunches, she throws charity events, she goes places to Be Seen, and she makes Sage go with her. Sage hates them. She’d rather be in a pair of jeans and a concert tshirt painting in her room. Her beloved dad made sure that she had space and the supplies so that she could paint, and that’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a stone wall is crushing her. Then, she meets Mars at her favorite coffee shop, where he’s just gotten a job, is incredibly friendly, and he makes a dragonfly in the foam of her drink. And thus is born the theme of this story.
This was an amazing book. Seriously, it really just smacked me upside the head. I couldn’t get away from it at all. I felt like there was something so sacred and spiritual in the love between Mars and Sage. It’s truly beautiful, and something that deserves to be celebrated. I loved how they interacted and how they truly brought each other to life in a way that no one else ever had.
The story was heart wrenching and gutted me more than once. I couldn’t leave it alone and I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t get it out of my mind for a couple of days. Mars and Sage were so real and so rich and so nuanced to me. Their story left me feeling fulfilled through everything that happened. Truly, just wonderful.
I love Sage’s dad and how he supports and loves Sage, no matter what. I don’t know why he stays with Sage’s mom, because she was just a nasty piece of work from the very beginning. I never liked her. And I liked her even less as the book went on.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this one today. Go check it out! Happy reading!