Book Talk: Painting Sky by Rita Branches

Posted July 22, 2016 in 5 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Book Talk: Painting Sky by Rita BranchesPainting Sky by Rita Branches
Published On: April 25, 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary
Maturity Level: Young Adult - Some mature content
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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.


I know, I know, you don’t see this genre in my reviews very often but when a book is this great I need to share! Especially a book in a genre that I don’t normally like. That should tell you something right there. I’m not going to lie, this was a huge cover read for me. I mean look at that cover!! It’s gorgeous and that’s what initially hooked me in. I was also dying for a new adult romance book for whatever reason and I just so happened to get a request to review it. It was like fate!

I really didn’t like Sky at first but her character development made a huge leap and I liked her a lot more after that. I thought that her interactions with Keith were kind of hilarious at times but also really sweet. I also adored Keith from the first scene we saw him in. I felt like I could relate to him a lot more because I’m also a painter and I just felt an immediate connection with him. I liked how we saw Sky struggle a lot in her classes and even in life because that made her feel like a real person. I liked it even more when Keith was around to help her out though.

The writing in this book is just plain gorgeous. I couldn’t tell you why I loved it but it just sucked me from the moment I started reading. The writing just made me feel lighter even though there were some darker themes in this book.

Bonus points for being about art students! It’s so much fun to be doing the same things your character does!


My teeny, tiny complaint is that I found the little action scene at the end to be a little random. I felt like I was thrown into this situation and I didn’t know what to feel about it. Other than that, it was really a great book.


I’d recommend this to any YA fan looking to dive into some new adult books. This book makes an easy transition because it’s not heavy on the things that make a book new adult. It has a sweet but tortured romance and shows you just how not perfect everyone really is.


An easy book to fall head first into. We experience so many different things with these characters that it makes the book impossible to put down.




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