Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY - Painting Sky by Rita Branches

Painting Sky 
Rita Branches

Publication date: April 25th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Nobody ever said life was easy…

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don’t always go as planned…

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants–even if it hurts everyone she loves.

Painting Sky is like a "everything is not what it seems" type of story. Jane is starting a new phase in her life; moving away from home, starting college and staying with a whole new set of roommates: her brother, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend's brother. One she loves. One she thought she loved. One she thought she hated. As she tries to adjust to a new lifestyle, everything changes and she doesn't know who or what to believe. She'll begin to doubt her own art skills and the people around her. When she truly discovers herself, it's the start of a new beautiful story. 


PLOT LINE - The story will get you hooked from the beginning and you'll get to the ending before you know it! When Keith comes into the picture, you'll want him to keep coming back. Although the story is from Jane's prospective. Keith brings a little something extra to the plot because he influences Jane in different ways. Throughout the story, Jane will unravel different sides of herself, ones she never thought she had. Then, she'll look at the world through a different set of lens. Once she starts to understand her past and present, she can think about her future. 

CHEMISTRY - Everything about Keith is intense! So, everything between Keith and Jane is bound to be just as intense. Sometimes you will feel like you're getting whiplash from Keith. One day, he'll be all angsty and broody. Another day, he'll be kind and understanding. You'll never know what to expect, which can be kind of exciting. There is one thing you will get from Keith and Jane's relationship. You need someone in your life who can help you discover new things about yourself. Sometimes, changes in your life are for the better.

Overall, I liked the book! I hope the author will write another book because there is still some unanswered questions. Once you get to the will see! 

3.5 Sky Stars


When I pulled the door open, the last person I wanted to see was sitting on a stool, sipping his morning coffee. He didn’t acknowledge me.

I poured some coffee in a random mug, since Keith was using my favorite one, and tried to reach the last package of cookies on the top shelf. I really didn’t want to use the stool in front of Keith.

What was the least humiliating decision? Trying to reach it by jumping on the counter or getting the stupid stool? I almost decided on just eating something at school when a throat being cleared sounded just behind me. I knew that, if I turned around, he would be invading my personal space. I had no intention of letting him ruin my birthday, so I stayed put with my arms crossed over my chest.

“Were you deciding between the cookies, the canned peas, or the rice? Because I can help with either one of them, just not sure which one you get in the morning.” Keith snickered. I could smell him, and the fact that such a pleasant smell could come from such an unpleasant person puzzled me.

I had the strong urge to turn and flip him the finger. I had never done that in my life, but could now understand why people did it. Instead, I turned slowly, thinking about how to have the upper hand this time.

I was right about the personal space: I leaned back and rested my hands behind me on the counter. He was standing so close to me that I had to look up to see his eyes. For a second, I saw the indecision there, as if he knew he should step back.

I had to think of a witty response fast, but then I noticed he had shaved— that was where the amazing smell was coming from. He had a small cut on his throat.

Keith wasn’t smirking now; he was genuinely waiting for me to do something. I wished I could read his thoughts so I could do the exact opposite of what he was hoping for.

I quickly took the wish back. It was my birthday, after all, and we never did know when a wish would be granted. This was one I really didn’t want to come true. Hearing his words hurt enough without having to hear his thoughts, as well.

“Next time you shave, try standing an inch or two closer to the blade,” I whispered, leaning closer to his shoulder.

I was so pleased with my joke that I pondered going upstairs and writing it down. I smiled triumphantly at my quick response and did a little happy dance inside.

“Did you have to think on that one this whole time, or were you just checking me out?”

My smile faltered and then completely disappeared. That had been a good one. Okay, I must have thought about it a little longer than I realized. Maybe I had been kind of checking him out—not in a “you’re so hot” way, but more of a “if you could just be a statue and never speak or move, I would thank the powers that be” way.

I stuck my chin out to try to appear taller. “That was a good one and you know it.” I crossed my arms again and brushed against his chest in the process.

Rita Branches is an independent YA (young adult) author who enjoys spending every free moment (when she´s not reading) writing emotional stories. Visit:

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Christine! This sounds like a fun read and the romance sounds very well written, too!