All the Skies I Will Not See

A Novella (A Touch of Cinnamon Book 2)

Young Adult - Social Issues
35 Pages
Reviewed on 09/07/2021
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Author Biography

Petra March is the Award Winning Author of the A Touch of Cinnamon Series, and a Library Journal Select Author. Her book, All the Skies I will not See, is a Library Journal SELF-e Selection. The book won the 2016 Pacific Book Awards for Best Short Story, and was a Gold Medal Winner (Fiction - Short Story) in the 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards. In 2015, the book was a Finalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Novella, earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and received a 5-Star Review Seal from Readers' Favorite. The literary magazine Shelf Unbound listed All the Skies I will not See amid the 2015 Top 100 Notable Books.

The multi-award winning All the Skies I will not See features characters from Petra March's other works: A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition), and A Dream of Lilies:A Novella.
A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition) was a Finalist in the 2016 I Heart Indie Contest (New Adult), organized by the Las Vegas Romance Writers of America, and was featured in the June 2015 issue of the literary publication InD'tale Magazine.

Petra March graduated summa cum laude in Theater and Cinema Studies at University of Rome 3, and earned a MA degree from the Catholic University of Milan. She studied Screenwriting and History of American Cinema at UCLA and NYU, and worked as screenwriter in Italy and France, where she also taught Creative Writing in elementary schools and junior high schools.
Presently, she keeps traveling and dreaming through her novels and stories; just like Petra, her characters are deeply in love with Europe and the USA.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

All the Skies I Will Not See by Petra March is a delicious book. Delicious? An unusual way to describe a book for sure, but it's delicious in that, like a beautifully prepared meal, all the dishes served work perfectly together. While the possibly slightly implausible plot line i.e. a young man writing this story as he draws close to death after a car accident might be unacceptable to those steeped in realism, All the Skies I Will Not See is actually quite feasible. If you look at this novella from the point of view that any person, in the last moments of life, may "write" a key part of their lives in their minds, then what happens in this book is acceptable.

And what a beautiful story it is! Through the protagonist, David Matthews, Petra March tells the sad tale of a young man who discovers he is gay in an unexpected way. After becoming close friends with Lily, who falls in love with him, he realizes that while he loves her as a friend, he doesn't respond to her sexually. But when he meets Lily's male friend, the artist, Ari, David feels drawn to him in every way. Ari captures the essence of David through his artwork, but when the two part, neither tells the other how they feel about each other.

What makes Petra March's book so delicious is her almost poetic descriptions, her ability to create an almost unearthly mood throughout the story, yet all the while depicting characters who are very real. All the Skies I Will Not See is classified as a Young Adult, but quite frankly, this is a story that will touch hearts of any age.

Kat Loves Books

I was lucky enough to read an arc of this book back in June and it was absolutely amazing. It made me cry but I loved every second of it!