Monday, April 1, 2019

Review- Into This River I Drown- TJ Klune

Review- Into This River I Drown- TJ Klune

Blurb: Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father, Big Eddie, who drowned when his truck crashed into a river. All called it an accident, but Benji thought it more. However, even years later, he is buried deep in his grief, throwing himself into taking over Big Eddie's convenience store in the small town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day by day, struggling to keep his head above water.
But Roseland is no ordinary place.
With ever-increasing dreams of his father's death and waking visions of feathers on the surface of a river, Benji's definition of reality is starting to bend. He thinks himself haunted, but whether by ghosts or memories, he can no longer tell. It's not until the impossible happens and a man falls from the sky and leaves the burning imprint of wings on the ground that he begins to understand that the world around him is more mysterious than he could have possibly imagined. It's also more dangerous, as forces beyond anyone's control are descending on Roseland, revealing long hidden truths about friends, family, and the man named Calliel who Benji is finding he can no longer live without.

5 Stars

So angsty, but yet so good. TJ has such a versatile writing style and I think for me, this was his most angst-ridden book I've read (and I've read almost all of them). It just seems like Benji is never going to catch break....and even at the end, we don't know if that will ever really hold true. But this book is also about hope and faith, in yourself, in a greater purpose and in those who you surround yourself with. Calliel is a bright beacon in this story, but even he has his moments of doubt. Nina is pure joy and she's a fierce little thing, too. I adored the people of Roseland (with a few exceptions) and I can only hope that their strength carries them through whatever may come their way.

And this cover...I just absolutely adore it.  It makes more sense after having read the book, but it's beautiful nonetheless!

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