by Tarryn Fisher
Release Date: July 13th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Yara Phillips is a wandering muse.
She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.
David Lisey is in need of a muse.
A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he's found what he's been looking for.
Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential:A broken heart.
David’s religion is love.
Yara’s religion is heartache.
Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.
“Atheists who kneel and pray, the voice sings. Begging for just anything. Non-believers bitten down to the core. Pass them a word, give them a string. When you’re dying you cling. Yara, Yara, the god of disbelief. I worship between your legs. Pray to your fallacy, pray to your winter. You kill everything.”
I was so excited when I was contacted about reading and reviewing Atheists Who Kneel and Pray. I absolutely love Tarryn Fisher and have been blown away by her words before. Just this title intrigued me and I could not wait to begin reading Atheists Who Kneel and Pray!
Yara never stays in one place long, she is a nomad traveling from place to place and person to person. She finds herself in the role of “the muse” often. The men who seek her out often find themselves very successful once she has moved on. The pain from losing her so great that it inspires their art. But Yara moves on, never forming attachments and never truly loving. Until David, but does this musician with the heart of gold have the power to change Yara and keep her like no one else has?
As soon as I began this book I was pulled in. Tarryn is a poet with her words… or maybe a lyricist is a better term. I found myself highlighting so many passages because I was so inspired and moved by her words. Here is an example…
“My drug was wanderlust. I got high by starting over. We always had a drug. We could replace one with another, but humans were addicts.”
She amazed me with her words and her characters. Both Yara and David were so beautiful and yet so flawed. I found myself both liking and disliking them at so many points throughout the book. Yara infuriated me and at times I wanted to scream at her, yet somehow I loved her. I yearned for her to take down her walls and let go and most importantly to LOVE! I didn’t know if I could trust David at the beginning, but the more I got to know him, the more I began to love him. He was this struggling artist, with the warmest heart and the sweetest smile. I absolutely fell for him!
Together Yara and David were a beautiful disaster, at times their loved made my heart warm. The simplicity and the passion of it. At times, I found them both to be so selfish and full of pride. Somehow. despite all of their flaws I found myself loving both of them and wanting them to have their Happily Ever After.
“That’s when I realized that David was who I wanted to be. Someone who hadn’t necessarily mastered his art, or his life, but was god damn trying with everything in him.”
Yara and David were the main focus in this book. There were other minor characters that definitely added to the story. Friends, band mates, families. They helped add to the story and to the development of these characters. I loved that they were minor characters and that this book largely focused on David and Yara.
When this book ended I was in a bit of a slump. I wanted more, I needed more. I didn’t want it to be over! Tarryn took me on this journey with David and Yara and I found myself wanting to be a part of their lives forever and to see what happens in their future. Tarryn Fisher never ceases to stun and amaze me with her writing. I will always come back for more, just because her words give me ALL the feels. Her characters are this perfect combination of real, flawed and beautiful that always inspires me. I am a Tarryn fan for life!
“That’s good. You don’t forgive because they deserve it. Most of the time they don’t. You forgive to keep your heart soft. To move forward without bitterness. Forgiveness is for you.”
Imagine my excitement when I opened my email and found an eARC of Atheists Who Kneel and Pray in my inbox. I’m such a huge fan of Tarryn’s, so I was very excited to check out her newest work. I honestly didn’t even know about this one until a few weeks ago, but I was instantly draw in by the synopsis and, well, the fact that it was by Tarryn Fisher. Yeah, I’m a fangirl. No shame.
As with all of Tarryn’s work, it’s impossible not to get attached to the story and characters right from the first chapter. Though her writing style always takes a bit for me to get used to, I consistently find myself falling for her characters and their lives.
Right from the beginning I liked Yara. She wasn’t the easiest character for me to relate to, honestly, but i did feel for her and admired her sense of adventure, willingness to constantly relocate, and her strength upon living her life almost completely on her own. Though I have absolutely nothing in common with Yara, I did find myself drawn to her in a way. That, however, changed as the story progressed, and I found myself disliking her quite a bit. Not in a now-I-hate-this-book kind of way, just that I wasn’t a fan of hers anymore and felt that a lot of the choices she was making were quite selfish. When I come across characters like this, I really yearn for a whole lot of character growth, and I’m happy to say that at least Tarryn delivered in that regard.
David, on the other hand, I actually the opposite. When we first meet David, it’s under a somewhat weird circumstance and I can’t say that he made a very good first impression. That having been said though, he did prove himself to me as I flipped pages, and after a pretty short amount of time I was a fan. Go David!! He had such a good heart, and though he wasn’t perfect, he really did mean well.
These two together was honestly a tough pill to swallow. I wasn’t sure that I would ever enjoy their relationship… but guess what? I totally did!! The ups and downs, ins and outs of these two was such a roller-coaster, and I quite enjoyed the ride.
I also enjoyed how the story played out. I had no idea how this story would turn out at the end, and I did like the way it came about. I have to say the ending felt just a tad rushed, but overall I was happy with how things went down.
Another great read from Tarryn! If you haven’t read any of her books yet, I’d strongly recommend you do. As I stated earlier, she has this really interesting writing style that always takes me a bit to get into. But I adore it, and her words always seem to hit pretty hard, and pretty deep. She’s writes the most gorgeous sentences I’ve ever seen. (See Becca’s quotes above. They’re just gorgeous!!) This is one to add to your TBR’s for sure!
Are you a Tarryn Fisher fan? What’s your favorite book of hers? Have you read this one yet? Thoughts??