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Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan

nalaban's review against another edition

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challenging emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

whatcha_listening_to's review

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5.0

Book 1 was fabulous book 2 is even more, I loved getting more Emmett and Jeremey. No, they don’t live happily ever after life continues to be a struggle but it how they tackle it that is the true beauty.

This story was uplifting and sometimes real I mean would it have been easier for the author to make everything happy go lucky sure but she didn’t and I respect the way the book went. Hope it was a beacon of hope for anyone who is different than what society deems as normal.

The power of social media in a good way, I loved that she shows us this and how it can connect people far and wide.

What Emmett does for Jeremey my heart couldn’t take it! I swear. And the ending was perfect.

I loved Iggy’s performance he really did these audiobooks justice.

bellsbooksandwritings's review

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5.0

I didn't think it was possible but I loved this book even more than the first one!! I cried, I laughed and I cried some more, but right now the smile on my face is bigger than ever because of that perfect ending.

I am going to miss Emmet and Jeremey so much! I seriously need a third book. Pretty please?

prioryofpages's review

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4.0

Początek był cudowny, myślałam nawet, że ta część będzie lepsza od pierwszej, ale jednak czegoś mi tutaj brakowało; czegoś, co znalazłam w Carry the ocean. Końcówka średnio przypadła mi do gustu, ale mimo wszystko zaliczam tę serię do jednej z moich ulubionych <3 (I oczywiście czekam na kolejną część).

kiki124's review

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3.0

I needed to know
If it got better, or just
More. Yes; both; I'm done.

cewhisenant's review

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5.0

"This story is about how we undid those complications and got ourselves the rest of our happy ever after anyway."

This series is so important. This book is so important. This series gives you a glimpse into the way lives differ for those that don’t fall under our screwed up umbrella of neurotypical. Not only is it eye opening and informative, but it’s a lot of fun as well.

When I read the first book in this series, I was really worried that is would portray mental illness and autism in a way that irritated or annoyed me. You know what I’m talking about; the recent influx of books that romanticize mental illness and things like it. Thankfully, that wasn’t what this series was about at all.

I can’t say too much about this one, because it’s the sequel and still follows the same couple from [b:Carry the Ocean|23110300|Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt, #1)|Heidi Cullinan|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1489167400s/23110300.jpg|42657999]. Take notes, authors; this is how you write a book about an established, steady couple. Especially when said couple is too cute for words.

I can’t wait for the next books in this series. In the words of Thor: another!

alyssadokusho's review

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5.0

[4.5] i needed to know what happened next for Emmet and Jeremey and how their relationship would grow, and i wasn't disappointed! Iggy Toma once again brought this worthwhile sequel to Carry the Ocean to life :)

mental health is an ongoing battle, and for a good portion of the book, Jeremey is going through a rough patch with his depression and anxiety. for Emmet, the grand problem solver that he is, it doesn't sit right to simply sit there and not try to come up with a solution. his answer
to making Jeremey feel better by arranging a surprise service dog for him was sweet in theory albeit not entirely realistic, but i'll excuse it as i'm sure the lengthy trial and error process when it comes to finding the right match was glossed over for the narrative, and because Mai is perfection 😍
Emmet absolutely shines and his unwavering support for his lover, friends, and family restores my faith in humanity.

while Jeremey doesn't necessarily perform as many overt acts of service (completely understandable considering his headspace), i appreciated seeing plenty of examples of the emotional support he provides Emmet when he's off busy being his superhero self. words of affirmation and quality time cannot be discounted!

in a world where often money and power take precedence over the well-being of fellow human beings, their struggles with icky, maddening politics struck a resounding chord in me, enough to have me fuming in frustration and questioning society time and time again for its sometimes shocking stupidity. but while injected with a matter-of-fact dose of realism, the story still carries a message of hope through the Roosevelt Blues Brothers Movement that resonated with me on a greater level perhaps because of what's happened in the States during this pandemic.

when it feels like nothing is going right, the only thing we can do is come together and Try Everything.

shile87's review

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4.0

5 stars for the Audiobook
3 stars for the story


It was ok, but i didn't feel the zing of book 1, it felt too political but that is just me.

Emmet and Jeremey will forever be on my best couple list.

chocolatemeerkat's review

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3.0

Man the sequel did not live up to the first book. I have to say I enjoyed the first one a lot more. I found the beginning very repetative and like I was sitting in one of lectures at college on disability rights. (or like I was back in high school dealing with the sped department trying to screw me over). The politics got on the preachy side rather than a more nuanced level. The ending was a bit to cutsey for my taste. I loved pretty much when it was Jeremey with his service dog, darren and the few scenes of just Jeremey and Emmet being romantic. The first book had a special place in my heart.

suze_1624's review against another edition

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4.0

Another good strong emotional story - carrying on with Emmet and Jeremey as they continue to learn to live with each other, allowing for their unique requirements. And of their friendships within The Roosevelt and from without also.
There is a fairly hard hitting political element which whilst central to the story didn't take over from Emmet and Jeremey in my opinion.
What I appreciated is that life isn't rosy -
Spoilerthey don't get miracle cures, there aren't any. They don't win their fight.
But what they do get is that there are lot more people similar to them who are willing to fight, people 'on the mean' that are willing to fight with them. That awareness of them as people, not their outward signs, has happened. Though it was interesting to see from their realisation of Stuart that perception is an issue even for Emmet and Jeremey.
As an exercise for considering how I interact with others, these books have made me consider how I act - I am very touchy feely as a default. As a story, the depth of the relationship between these two is profound - because of their differences they have to consider so many more issues than others, so show a deeper level of relationship.
Moving, 4.5* - see there are more planned too!