I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I literally cried through the last 20% of Art & Soul. Not because of sadness. It’s not that kind of book. But I was SO overwhelmed with emotions. This book touched me on a level that I never anticipated. It did more than made me feel. It moved it’s way into my heart. It left me breathless.
“Was Levi Myers real? Did he really exist? Or did my sad, black heart create him because it longed for a little bit of color?”
Aria Watson is invisible to those around her. She simple coaxes through life unnoticed. Until a decision changes that. But even then, people don’t see her. But the new boy in town Levi Myers? He sees her. He sees through her. Ari isn’t used to this and pushes him away. Her world is black and white. She has no room for color. Until she finds that she does.
“You’re nothing but a dream. And I’m not the guy who gets to dream. I only get the nightmares.”
On the outside, Levi is put together. He smiles and girls want to be with him, while the guys want to be him. But on the inside, Levi is lost and broken. Life has thrown a lot his way and his spirit is shattered. He recognizes his broken self in Aria. He is drawn to her. You feel the moment his soul recognizes hers. And that maybe. Just maybe, her soul can heal his.
“You can be sad with me. You don’t have to hide it anymore.”
Art & Soul has so many layers. While I am being very vague in the plot, there is a reason. You must go into this story with an open heart as this book will fill your heart and spirit. The connection between Aria and Levi is undeniable. And you understand Levi’s need to get to know Aria. Despite her circumstances, she demonstrated such strength. He saw through the darkness. He sees HER. For everything she is. Through the brokenness. He sees HER.
“I see you, Levi Myers. And I’m lonely too.”
The friendship between Aria and Levi slowly develops into something more. You don’t watch these two fall in love. You FEEL them irrevocably fall for each other. Their love shattered every obstacle life put in their way. They both lived in brokenness, but their love made them whole. They loved through it all. Levi Myers? You have the most beautiful soul I’ve ever met in any male character ever. His soul is so pure. His heart? It’s so good. He will make you truly look into yourself as a person. He is compassionate and we need more people in this cruel world like him.
“But Aria? She made sense in a senseless world. She was the rainbow to my everlasting thunderstorms.”
Through the happy façade, Aria sees the real Levi. She also recognizes her own broken spirit within him. She sees him through his shattered heart. She wants nothing more than to slowly put him back together. But her life at the moment does not allow her to do so. For life isn’t fair. But even in an unfair life, love trumps all. We all make mistakes but we are worthy of love. We deserve to love and be loved. And Aria? She loves Levi deeply. Wholeheartedly. With her entire soul.
“But his heartbeats? I felt sure I would always feel those against my own.”
Let’s talk about the writing in Art & Soul. It’s mesmerizing, brilliant, and every single word was put in this story to give it depth and meaning. This story is deep. It will bring out emotions you never expected. The author breathes life into her characters. They are not one dimensional. Pardon my use of the word, but these characters have soul. Every character will touch you.
“But my heart...my heart believed in a quiet simple kind of love. A kind of love that was bigger than any limitations the word placed upon us. It was the type of love that had no age limits, no boundaries...”
Art & Soul truly gives a VOICE to every single person that ever thought they were insignificant. That they didn’t matter. It’s for any person that does not think their small existence makes a big difference. But it does. This story attests to that. Your existence matters. YOU matter. You are not alone in this big world. And this big world needs you.
“I love you so much. Let me be strong for us right now. Let me hold you while you fall apart.”
So it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t finish writing my review with tears in my eyes, just like I did finishing the book. Again, it’s not sadness. Not sure if it’s happiness either. But this book gave me LIFE. THIS BOOK. This is WHY I read. The human spirit is beautiful. So love hard. Love loudly.
“Love the struggles.”
“Love in the moment.”