Jessica is the 28 year old author of IF ONLY WE, a YA contemporary coming out in October 2013. You can often find her either reading or marathon watching TV on DVD, her favorites being Castle and Veronica Mars. She frequently mismatches her clothes and giggles uncontrollably. She knows almost every Billy Joel song by heart. She collects books and toys, and she has an intense love of cats and lemurs. Currently in the midst of her quarter-life-crisis, she is still takin' names and getting very close to reaching an epiphany.
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Not Until Tonight
by Jessica Sankiewicz
Haley spends her weeknights going to the bar across the street from her apartment. It's the only thing that winds her down at the end of a long day. She has a drink and talks to the bartender, Skylar. When Skylar asks Haley to pretend to be his girlfriend for one night, she doesn't hesitate to say yes. At the end of the night, will they be willing to turn a fake relationship into a real one?
If Only We
by Jessica Sankiewicz
Eighteen-year-old Adrienne is given a second chance to relive the summer after graduation. With all the mistakes she made, she just wants to make everything right again. She thinks she knows what went wrong the first time. But she has no idea what is really at stake.
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Smashwords book reviews by Jessica Sankiewicz
- Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology
on Jan. 21, 2012
Being the fan of poetry I am, I had to at least take a look at this anthology. It has an out of the ordinary approach (poetry to short story back to poetry) that can easily throw one off. Particularly the beginning might make the reader question what the author is getting at considering how simple the writing appears. When the story progresses, however, the childishness of the start makes perfect sense. This is a story of growth, after all.
The poetry in between short stories set the mood right. It consisted of numerous one word lines that culminated into one poem. The minimalism might cause a reader may mistakenly think it’s too effortless to be poetry. When you look at the whole poem, how the words tie into each other, everything comes full circle to the beginning. I really liked that. The short stories were appealing, but I didn’t get as much out of them as I did out of the poetry. There were elements of a paranormal nature threaded in and out that made them interesting though.
I have to say, I am glad I read Everblossom. Larissa Hinton’s voice combines her words into poems that convey the human emotion. It is a short read but it has a fascinating charm that makes you appreciate life in a new way.
Pretty Good: Stay up until your bedtime
- Blue Sky Days
on Jan. 25, 2012
That’s my review… just kidding! Seriously though, this novel was amazing. Purely and completely amazing. I used to wonder what made people say that someone had a remarkable debut, but with Marie Landry I wonder this no more. Believe me, I’m not just gushing because I’ve gotten to know Marie a little bit over these last few months. I am being truly honest--her work can speak for itself.
There is something about Emma that sincerely appeals to the side of me that wants to not only do more, but be more. The journey she has taken on is entirely new to her--a new place, new people, new life. She’s technically been an adult for a short time but it feels like much longer since she grew up fast. She missed out on so many of the little things, like a sunrise, and she learns to appreciate them.
Emma’s relationship with Nicholas is one of the most beautiful ones I have read. Even as I am typing up this review, I am tearing up thinking about it. Nicholas sees how amazing Emma is, despite the fact that she feels she has nothing amazing about her at first. He sees what she really is, the person she can be, the one that can break through the walls she built up over the years that hid that person. They fall head over heels in love, and can you blame either of them? No, you can see from the start they were destined for each other.
When the knowledge of Nicholas having cancer comes into play, the entire focus of the story remains. Emma is right by his side, and their love plays a role in how things progress. They face the ups and downs of the illness, hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel. Faint glimmers of hope appear and disappear. Through thick and thin, Emma and Nicholas pull through just as strong as they were over the summer.
The story isn’t just a love story between Emma and Nicholas. Emma’s aunt Daisy plays a huge role that impacts Emma’s very perspective. Nicholas introduces her to his friends Maggie and Vince, who are really cool people, and she meets his father Sam, too, who is just as sweet as Nicholas.
Along the way, Emma talks with her parents a little bit. Her mother is still attempting to control her in any way possible. Although her mother isn’t very nice, her father tries to stay in touch. The way things end up with her and her parents is a very accurate depiction of reality. Not everything can be tied up into neat and pretty little bows, some things come undone and can never be put back together again. It doesn’t matter what happens, but how you choose to react to these situations. Emma makes some brave choices that shape her into an incredible young woman.
Blue Sky Days is a journey beyond compare. A love story in every sense of the word, a larger than life lesson, a renewed sense of self. Marie Landry’s storytelling ability connects the reader to the story to the point where their eyes cannot stray from the page. Yes, you will cry (I did). Yes, you may even sob (oh boy, I certainly did). But, you will never regret reading this novel (and I mean never). I, for one, am anxiously awaiting what else Marie has in store.
Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM
- The Game Changer
on Nov. 17, 2012
There are those books where there is something about them you can’t help but love. That is this book. As I’m sitting down to write this review, I can’t pinpoint the exact words to express the feelings I am feeling after reading this book. Not that I can’t express myself. Because I can. I just don’t think I can completely do these feelings justice. It goes deeper, and is just that good.
Melody is a character you relate to immediately. I got pulled into her world and felt like I was changing right along with her. After being in a long term relationship that ends abruptly, it really does suck. That’s why best friends are amazing. And Olivia is no exception. She’s like the living embodiment of the bestest best friend a person could have. Olivia helps Melody break free from what used to be a relationship with her ex, Rick. They go to a local nightclub one night… and Melody meets Julian.
Oh Julian. Um, can you say swoon? Okay, I will. SWOON. I am in love with this guy. He really is a wonderful person in so many ways. I wish I could tell it to you in more detail, but I fear that if I do, I will end up going on for a whole chapter’s worth of words. My favorite part with him: the nose kiss. OMG.
As time goes on, Olivia is starting to spread her wings in a relationship with Cameron. Olivia and Melody seem to be drifting apart for the first time despite the fact they’re living in the same apartment. In the midst of it all, Melody has been reaching out to her niece, Ava, who is now living with her mother. Ava is a sweet little girl, and with all she’s been through, you just want to scoop her up in your arms. Melody keeps having run-ins with the ex, which are never any fun. Plus, Melody and Julian are trying to keep their relationship platonic, but it keeps getting harder and harder. Especially when they both keep fighting their true feelings.
The Game Changer is a book you won’t soon forget. Full of life and love and change and friendship. It’s one of those books that makes you rethink your own life and want to get out there and do something more. Marie Landry kept me glued to the page for hours. I would sit down with the intention of reading one chapter and ended up reading five. I had to force myself to step away and go to bed. That is how good this story is. And my bottom line: Get your hands on this book now. You will love it.
Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM
- Christmas in the Air: A 'Something in the Air' Short Story
on Dec. 11, 2015
Christmas in the Air is an absolutely adorable short story! I loved seeing Rose and Declan again, watching them in their new life together. One of my favorite aspects of this was seeing how much Rose has grown from the first book--how strong and confident she is. It absolutely gave me this warm and happy feeling inside for her. Thank you, Marie, for this lovely little snippet into one of my favorite couples!
My Rating: Very Good