Date of Publication: September 3rd, 2019
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
A heartbreaking mature YA novel from the author of the bestselling contemporary romance, Harley & Rose.
Cancer sucks … and then you die.
Alaska Stone is a walking wet dream.
My wet dream.
For years, I’ve watched her in the halls, wanted her, but she never knew I existed.
Not until she walked into my chemo session.
For me, it was love at first sight.
For her? It might take a little longer.
But hey, it’s not like we’re on a deadline or anything.
“Come here,” Styx says, giving my arm a weak tug.
“Come lie with me.”
I laugh and shake my head. “I can’t. I’ll squash your lines.”
“They’re plastic; they’ll bounce back.” His face turns serious, and the desperation in his eyes claws at my resolve. “Get your sweet ass up here, Stones. I wanna hold my girl.”
It takes a little maneuvering with his central line and heart-rate monitor, and my IV, but eventually I settle in against his side and he wraps his good arm around me, holding me as tightly as his weak body will allow.
I wish we had the power to make time wait for us.
I’d make it wait forever, right here. I’d use up all of the seconds it’s stolen from me, from us, and the lifetime it’s going to steal from our future. If I had the ability, I’d hit pause right here, and I’d never let him go.
Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author.
A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first …because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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Cancer sucks.Styx and Stones by Carmen Jenner
It is difficult to read books that involve kids and terminal illnesses. Having lost a family member to a terminal illness, I tend to stay away from these types of books. They are too depressing for me to read. They also remind me of my brother and his final months with his illness. Styx and Stones‘ blurb caught my eye. It made me laugh. So I decided to read Styx and Stones. I am glad that I did. The author did a fantastic job with this book.
Styx and Stones had a wonderfully written plotline. It was fast-paced with no interruption to the story flow, which was vital because the book goes between Styx and Alaska often. There was a tiny bit of lag in the plotline towards the end of the book, but I expected it.
I loved Styx. He was a snarky wiseass. His one-liners had me cracking up laughing at points in the book. But, at the same time, I was sad. His form of cancer was terminal. I loved that he was going to be there for Alaska, whether she liked it or not. He even went as far to talk to Alaska on Instagram but not tell her it was him.
I wasn’t too sure about Alaska at the beginning of the book. She came across as self-involved. But, that initial first impression was wrong. She was as snarky as Styx was. I liked that she was able to forgive Styx for his deception. She also had some pretty awesome one-liners.
The romance angle of the book was bittersweet. I loved watching Alaska fall in love with Styx. It was sweet and innocent. The trip that they took to go to Disneyland highlighted how they felt about each other.
There was sex in Styx and Stones. I enjoyed that the author had Styx and Alaska both be virgins. There was no real heat in the sex scenes, but there was a sweetness to them.
The end of Styx and Stones had me in tears. I can’t get into (significant spoilers), but it was one of the most emotional endings that I have read. The epilogue was what killed me, though. I loved it, but it made me cry even harder.
I would give Styx & Stones an Older Teen rating. There is sex. There is language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.
I would reread Styx & Stones. I would recommend it to family and friends.
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**