About the Book:
Title: THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE
Author: Cheyanne Young
Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: KCP Loft
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world — the best friend in the whole world — has died of cancer. Raquel can’t imagine life without her. She’s overwhelmed and brokenhearted.
And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from the afterlife?
In fact, Sasha has planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for Raquel, and when she follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha—and now Raquel—knows.
This boy, Elijah, might be just what Raquel needs to move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?
If you follow me on GR (which you totally should…) you would have seen the brief updates I gave while reading this story. There were only a few as I devoured this book. This was one of those books that I tore through. I wanted to read it when I wasn’t reading it because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. That is the sign of an incredible story. As this is an ARC review, I will do my best to not give anything away but I will be hard pressed to contain my love for Sasha, Rocki, and Elijah.
This story broke my heart, put it back together, shattered it again, and then helped me heal. I will never be the same after this wonderful and heart-breaking story. I admit the characters are what really stole the show in my eyes. There are elements to the overall story that had me shedding tears within the first 20 pages, and many more times as the adventures continued. But it was the depth and development of the characters themselves that really captured my heart. Sasha herself was incredible. While she had a short presence in the beginning of the story, she most certainly did not fade away. She was ever-present and the way she loved Rocki and Elijah was the she did everything – fiercely and without regret. Who doesn’t want a friend like that? Who doesn’t want to be like that? Rocki, aka Raquel, was a powerhouse player herself. She also loved with no shame and with no fear. I adored her and wanted to be friends with her in real life. She was powerful and complex, I couldn’t get enough of her. And we also had Elijah, who I will secretly covet and swoon after. (Do you hear that, Cheyanne?! Claiming him as a book boyfriend NOW.) He was a bright and shinning star that helped make this story so magical.
Now you already know the premise of the story, how Sasha left tasks and adventures for these two people to complete. I am not going to give any of them away because please believe me when I say you want to experience them for yourself. I was grinning like a fool in public and crying tears of happiness at the same time. It was just breath-taking to be a part of.
The way the entire scavenger hunt plays out and the overall story unfolds was spellbinding. I knew Young could write but this blew my hair back. I was captivated the entire time and tried like hell to savor every page. This story went by too fast and I only say that because I loved it so much I didn’t want it to end. And talk about endings! HOLY CROW! I was laughing, crying, and screaming in frustration but in the best ways possible. I don’t say this often but that ending was perfect.
If you want a story that will stay with you long after you put the book down, this is what you want to read. I did not know I needed this story in my life until I read it. I know that sounds cliche but I promise you this book will make you think, it will make you feel, and it will touch your heart. This book needs to be on your list because you don’t want to miss out on getting to know Sasha Cade.
Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults. She also runs a bookish Etsy shop.
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world. Her newest book, The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, releases in 2018.
Cheyanne is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary.
3 Winners will receive a finished copy of THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE, US Only.
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