Featured New Release Of The Week: No Place Too Far by Kay Bratt

This week we’re returning to a world I said just last year that the author could spend the rest of her career in and I would not be disappointed. This week we’re looking at No Place Too Far by Kay Bratt.

On the less-good front, my writer’s block for these posts is continuing. On the not-so-bad front, at least I was (hopefully) able to convey how I truly feel about this book in the Goodreads level review. Basically, I truly love this world and want much more of it.

Amazing Follow-up. I wrote last year of the first book in this series that Bratt could spend the rest of her career in this world, and that I would not be disappointed. Here, she comes back to the world ostensibly to give best friend Maggie her story… that Quinn plays an even larger part in than Maggie played in Quinn’s own story (where Maggie was present enough to be the obvious target of a direct sequel, but otherwise truly a secondary character). Bratt does a solid job of juggling both ladies, it just seems at times here that too much is being condensed into one book. To me, the tale here could have been told over three, maybe four, books rather than one and been more on par with the overall pacing and impact of True To Me. Going into specifics might get a bit too much into spoiler territory, so I’ll simply say that to me, the division is this: Quinn gets a dedicated sequel. Maggie’s story here gets its own dedicated book where Quinn becomes more of a secondary character rather than the co-lead she is here, and Maggie’s own story is then broken up into effectively the first and second halves of the story here.

I know, I know. I’ve complained in other reviews about books being cut in half in almost blatantly obvious cash grabs, but I don’t think Bratt would have done that in the above scenario. I think more time in each of these situations would have brought out much more of the depth of emotion that True To Me had, vs the constant “swinging for the fences” here.

But do not get me wrong: This is still truly an excellent book, one I am very proud to have read, and again, I want to come back to this world many, many more times. This is just me expressing my quibbles over pacing of a truly excellent book that to my mind *just* missed the “I can’t stop crying and my mind is blown” level of amazement that True To Me brought. Truly a great book, and very much recommended.

Featured New Release Of The Week: True To Me by Kay Bratt

This week we look at an excellent tale of finding oneself that is full of enough potential that the author could spend the rest of her career in this world and I doubt anyone would be disappointed. This week, we are looking at True To Me by Kay Bratt.

This was absolutely a world I’m looking forward to coming back to, which is a good thing since Bratt has already announced a sequel. But the richness of this world is unlike any I’ve seen lately and possibly in quite some time – there are simply so many threads set up here that Bratt could use to spend literally the rest of her career within this world, and yet this book itself is a complete and unitary tale unto itself. In other words, while those other areas are there, this book is a complete experience whether or not they are ever explored more deeply – and that is a testament to Bratt’s skill as a writer that she was able to pull this off.

My own overall experience with this book was perhaps enhanced by reading this tale of Maui and its secrets while on a cruise to the southern Caribbean Sea myself, and indeed much of this book was read while I was somewhere south of Hispaniola either on my way to Curacao and Aruba (where the pic to the right was taken) or on my way back to Miami from Aruba. Truly a perfect read for such a vacation, and I’m sure my experience with both was enhanced by the other.

As always, the Goodreads/ Amazon review:
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