I’ve previously read different books by Carmen Jenner (Cake, Bittersweet & Closer) and enjoyed them. When I read about her new book, Styx & Stones, I was really interesting. I knew it was going to hurt, but I was curious to see how it all played out. A big thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing me with an ARC to read and review. Today I have my review and a little excerpt for you to read! Let’s take a look!
Cancer sucks … and then you die.
Styx and Stones an all-new emotional, mature young adult romance from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is available now!
Alaska Stone is a walking wet dream.
My wet dream.
For years, I’ve watched her in the halls, wanted her, but she never knew I existed.
Not until she walked into my chemo session.
For me, it was love at first sight.
For her? It might take a little longer.
But hey, it’s not like we’re on a deadline or anything.
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Styx & Stones is a book that hits you in all the feels. It sucks you in and doesn’t let you go once you start reading! I’m sure this isn’t an easy book to read for everyone, but I would definitely recommend it to the readers who don’t mind the more difficult reads.
Styx has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, again! He’s beat it once, but he’s not so sure that will be able to happen again. Styx has the habit of joking about the cancer and maybe being a bit dark with his jokes, but we all have our own way of coping right? I really enjoyed Styx. He may seem really tough, but he’s actually pretty sensitive. Styx is afraid and seeing his school crush walk into chemo was the last thing he expected. This definitely changes his life.
Stones has just been recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and is really scared. She’s trying her hardest to fight this disease and cope with how her life is now. Having two best friends who don’t seem to really understand is hard, but her big Instagram following is keeping her going. Just like Styx, Stones never expected to see him there at chemo. Even though he clearly wants to connect, it scares her, because he makes fun of everything, while she’s trying to survive!
Styx and Stones getting to know each other was an emotional roller coaster ride. Their story had me laughing, crying, hoping they would get all the time in the world and really just enjoying the ride. Even though they connect pretty fast in this story, I think that’s normal seeing how they don’t know how much time they actually have. I love how they joke around and even reference The Fault in Our Stars. And even though how dangerous it was, I loved their adventure to Disneyland. Just two kids off on a fun and exciting adventure.
There are a few things I needed a bit more of in this story. Stones has issues with her friends and even her art are two things only briefly mentioned. I would’ve liked to have learned a bit more. Also, I would’ve liked to have known a bit more about what Styx dreamed of. I felt that we learned a little more about Stones than him. I understand why the story went the way it does, but I would’ve loved to have just a little more. Sometimes weeks passed between chapters and I felt I would’ve connected just a bit more with more to read.
All in all, this book was unique in its own way. No matter how young you are you can love, even when illness gets in your way. Maybe even more so, because you don’t know how long you’ll be around. Definitely always tell the people you love how you feel! Styx & Stones doesn’t end like I thought it would, but I can definitely accept how it ended. This author knows how to get you to feel and connect with her characters. I always love when an author can make you feel something with such a difficult story!
“Come here,” Styx says, giving my arm a weak tug.
“Come lie with me.”
I laugh and shake my head. “I can’t. I’ll squash your lines.”
“They’re plastic; they’ll bounce back.” His face turns serious, and the desperation in his eyes claws at my resolve. “Get your sweet ass up here, Stones. I wanna hold my girl.”
It takes a little maneuvering with his central line and heart-rate monitor, and my IV, but eventually I settle in against his side and he wraps his good arm around me, holding me as tightly as his weak body will allow.
I wish we had the power to make time wait for us.
I’d make it wait forever, right here. I’d use up all of the seconds it’s stolen from me, from us, and the lifetime it’s going to steal from our future. If I had the ability, I’d hit pause right here, and I’d never let him go.
Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author.
A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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I really enjoyed these characters and their time together! Styx & Stones could’ve been a lot longer and I wouldn’t have minded at all! I loved how the author combines some serious subjects with humor! After reading this, I really want to pick up Harley & Rose. If you’ve read anything by Carmen Jenner, let me know in the comments!