Below Northern Lights, by Ashlee Cowles

msethna's review

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#belownorthernlights - another great adventure

Ashlee Cowles has done it again. I loved her first story, Beneath Wandering Stars, and this continuation was worth the wait. Such a sweet and optimistic story about family and friends looking out for one another. Cowles delves further into the topic of PTSD and gives those on the outside a bit of perspective on the struggles our veterans face when they return home.

mademoisellebookish's review

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Beneath Wandering Stars is one of my favourite contemporary novels that I read this year. When I heard about Below Northern Lights I was highly anticipating its release. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author for an honest review.

This book follows the story of Lucas, a nine-teen year old Army veteran and his sister Gabi Santiago taking a journey across Scotland to find Seth before he jeopardizes his military career. Along the way they meet Skye Reid, a War veteran with a haunting past.

Lucas is figuring out how to go on with his life following his injury that left him in a wheelchair. Skye has a prosthetic leg. Both of them are trying to navigate through their pasts. I liked that even though Skye was the love interest she had her own story to tell.

This is a great story about self discovery, knowing what you’re capable of and leaves you with a feeling of hope. It includes romance, action and elements of Scottish history. It’s a light, and enjoyable read. I recommend it.

If you’re a Gabi and Seth fan, fear not, you’ll be happy to see them here.

lifeofaliterarynerd's review

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3.5 Stars
“Hiraeth is a kind of longing - a sad, almost powerful yearning, yet it’s a pain that actually feels good. Or at least true. What’s strange is it’s a longing for a place we’ve never been. Almost like we’re missing a home on another place of existence.”

This was such a quick and light read. It was heartfelt and happy and a perfect pick-me-up. Below Northern Lights follows Lucas and Gabi Santiago as they decide to trek across Scotland to find Seth after his solo self discovery journey threatens to end his military career. Along the way they meet Skye Reid, who like Lucas, is battling a past they can’t quite escape from. This was such a nice re-discovery story that is filled determination, strength and laughs.

Things I Liked
I really liked getting to know Lucas more. I liked seeing him learning to live his life post his injury. It’s also awesome that we got to see representation for latinos in Lucas and his family, and people with different levels of physical abilities in both Lucas, who is wheelchair bound and Skye, who has a prosthetic leg.

Skye was immediately likeable. She’s spunky and fearless, and even though she’s fighting a difficult past, she has the courage to face it head on. I also thought her journal entries were great. They really let us get to know her and her mindset. We get to see her journey clearly.

Things I Didn’t Like
I really wasn’t the biggest fan of the reveal that happened around two-thirds of the way through the book. I completely understand the reasoning behind it, but it just made me like quite a few character less that I did. It felt really manipulative and while the intention was honorable, I just didn't love it.

Below Northern Lights is a great story of finding yourself and rediscovering what you’re capable of. It’s a great story of resilience, perseverance, and hope. It was a lot of fun to read and it really flew by. It was really nice getting to see what was happening with these characters again.

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

daylafm's review

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3.5 Stars!

Review will be coming soon!