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Such A Secret Place (Stolen Tears #1)

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She is their protector.

In an emotionless world, tears are a precious commodity, valued for their magic and sold on the black market. When Ambry stumbles across a vial of these enchanted tears, she finds herself the target of not only the tyrannical Arcaian army, who is stealing her people’s magic left and right, but of handsome, battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who seeks the
Paperback, 412 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by CreateSpace
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Magic, war, discovery, strength, romance.

This was an interesting read, and one I got quite sucked in to. It was difficult to put down and easy to pick up.

This story was set in a very unique world, one that I struggled to get my head around at first. For all it being so different, it was also so so familiar. Just instead of electricity they seemed to use magic.

The protagonist did annoy me at times, but I was cheering for her all along. So something must have clicked at some point.

I don't
*Thank you to Victory Editing for my copy of this book*

I wanted to like this book, I really did. And at times, I almost did. But not quite.

Such A Secret Place follows Ambry Csille, who lives in a world where her people had magic - until a spell took away their ability to cry, which stripped them of their core human emotions. This left them succeptible to having their magic essentially mined by another race, and that's exactly what happens. Everyone is basically a husk of a person who doesn't car
Such a Secret Place is book 1 in the Stolen Tears series.

The book follows Ambry Csille, a 16 year-old who's powers still haven't awoken. She tries to find herself some tears which she thinks might help her find her power. But when she does find a vial of tears, they don't let her drink them but also won't part with her.

I found this book to be quite intriguing with a good concept. Ambry was quite annoying but the mysterious Talon Haroway kept me going and the book did get interesting. There were
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A long time ago, a wizard cast a spell over the world so that everyone would feel very little emotion-next to none. A while later, the Arcaians came from another world and started stealing the people's magic. Problem is, with their lack of emotion, they can hardly bring themselves to care even though they are treated mostly like slaves and hunted. Ambry is the only girl who hasn't got her magic yet and still has her emotions. You can't say the same about her parents and her best friend, Gwynn. t ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Verdict: Brilliant but inconsistent fantasy concept.

Sink or swim is an apt description of this book. The opening chapters were mainly exposition which made it hard for me to get into. Lots of terms were mentioned, some explained better than others. I still have many questions about the world, and I felt like not enough of it was shown.

I decided to cling to some driftwood and go with the flow. After all, this is by no means a bad book. The creativity of the concepts knocked my socks off, from s
Morgan Shamy
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! The tension never stopped. Seriously, the story just propelled itself forward and there were periods I forgot I was reading. I was so caught up in Talon and Kiana's adventure... I was there in the hot moments (Talon is HOT!!!), the heart wrenching moments, the plot twisting moments... I think I stood up and screamed at one point. It's been a LONG time since I've read such an original fantasy story. Love the world building. Love the concept. Highly recommend. :)
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was a really great, entertaining book! I loved the characters and the world, and the ending was just pure evil, I need the next book!
Darque  Dreamer
I really wish I had loved this one. Such a Secret Place was one those books that gripped you in the moment, but left you the minute you stopped reading it. This was another buddy read, so I did not read it in one sitting. I would read a few chapters here and there, and finished it over the course of about half a month. Every time I would return to the book, I would forget just about everything I read from the time before.

The writing was nice while I was in the moment, though it had a lot of met
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Angala Fox
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.
The author did a wonderful job of creating a YA fantasy with magic. I loved this book from the beginning to end. I wanted to be part of the story and thanks to the author's wonderful writing, I felt like it. I definitely recommend.
Ayse Nur
May 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't enjoy the book as much as other reviewers did, but I cannot say there were not things I like.

The good: The slowly building romance was good. I liked how Ambry wasn't obeying every thing she was told, but questioning them first.
Though I am not a particularly emotional type, I could feel how depressing it would be to live in an unfeeling world.

The theme also had potential, a world with magic but unnaturally restained feelings.

Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: requested
3.5/5, rounded up.

Cortney Pearson is one of those authors whose name I see all over the blogosphere, but whose books I had never read. I was excited to get a chance to read Such a Secret Place for the review tour. I'm a big fan of both fantasy and young adult literature, so I thought this would be up my alley. All in all, this was a decent read.

I wasn't really a big fan of the main character throughout the novel, but I didn't hate her either- I still was rooting for her throughout the book. It j
Tonja Drecker
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Magic, tension, a rising tyranny and romance--this story propels the reader into a wondrous world which grabs and doesn't let go.

Ambry Csille is one of the few left who feels emotions, but even she can't shed a tear. A powerful magician rid humans and other creatures of their tears years before, leaving behind barely any emotions at all. The rising tyranny uses this to their advantage, and with the use of a magical claw, sucks the magic out of the people. leaving the with not much more than the
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
-ARC kindly offered by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review-

In this book there is all I can wish for: adventure, action, magic and romance to no end. Cortney has created a world in which it is difficult to separate. After reading, you will not want to return to reality and rather you will have the temptation to take a one-way ticket to the world of Ambry and help her in her venture.

Ambry Csille is a girl who apparently might seem like a lot but she is actually much more.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I loved this book. The world building was amazing. I enjoyed how the author brought in so many different mythical creatures that were familiar in a way that worked.
The journey that the two main characters took was amazing. I thought that their relationship built up realistically. There was no sudden change in opinion as often happens in young adult books.

I thought that the premise of the book was very original. The idea o
Mark Gardner
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
When I saw the cover on NetGalley, I was going to keep browsing, but I came back for the description. I liked the story, but I did have a few issues with it. We all understand that Ambry is special – that’s kinda how these types of stories work, but oh, the angst! Ambry is angsty, her friends are angsty, even though their emotions have been stolen. I know that book titles don’t always represent the story contained within, but I never got the reference to a secret place. There were one or two pla ...more
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A very unique story, with not-so-obvious magic powers and secrets to be revealed.
Good writing, settings and nice characterization of the protagonists.
I appreciated the invention of a new currency, not the usual "gold" we find in fantasy stories ;)
This k
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book. This book was, in one word, amazing. I absolutely loved every second of it. It was such an adventure, I can’t wait to see what happens next, I need the second book. The plot, the characters, the setting, it was all just unbelievable. I couldn’t get enough, I finished quite fast and decided to write this review as soon as I was done reading it, instead of going to bed. It was so good that I’ve chosen it over sleep tonight. I recommend it, it comes out tomorrow, so you don’t have to wai ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great kick start to a kick butt series! I loved it from the beginning. The author has found a way to write a unique story in the crowded YA dystopian genre. Our heroine, Ambry, Is strong and determined and her hero, Talon, evolves wonderfully over the story. It keeps you engrossed throughout and requires close attention due to the unique world of magic. I cannot wait for book two! I loved the ending, but the cliffhanger is painful. How long will I have to wait? If you are YA fan, espec ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, lost-interest
Nope. DNF--75% (starting skimming at 36%)

Blaming the other girl when your boyfriend didn't tell you he had another girlfriend: always, always a deal-breaker for me.

This MC is complete garbage.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Wow” that was certainly a butt clenching read. This author has produced a book with a Fantasy/Dystopian feel. There’s no real slow introduction to the world & character building for this storyline, as you are immediately thrown into the fast paced action. “Intense” “Ingenious” are just a few words that comes immediately to mind. Cortney Pearson has created a fresh, inventive novel that showcases her great creativity and Imagination. Each character was clearly outlined as they was introduced ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The prequel was amazing , so I was looking forward to picking up the first one. Let me tell you, THIS DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. Like, OMG, this novel was so good! I was absolutely obsessed from page one , and could not stop reading until the end. Here, in book one, we get to know another character, Ambry . We also are introduced to more aspects of the magic-powered world as we follow , including the black market for tears, and why Ambry must hold the vial that she has discovered away from Talon at al ...more
Sairaika Naidoo
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sizzling read!

Enchanted tears...
A man on a quest for personal vengeance...
A woman who is their protector...
She needs to save them all...

Such a fun, exciting, enjoyable and lovable read! Whoa! Absolutely amazing - just perfection!

This book had all combinations that make a novel breath-taking - a rising tyranny, a heroine, magic, action, mystery and, of course, love.

This world was fantastic - loved learning about this world. Totally original and exquisite!

Full of enchanted tears, rebellion, ma
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was quite an interesting read and different from any other book I've read. Very original and unique. It was a little slow and confusing in the first chapter but I am so glad that I continued. The book was written in first person which is not the most common form but the author did a good job. I thought that the book was well written with an unusual plot and interesting characters. I received a reader copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was a bit lost at the beginning of the book. It felt like there needed to be more world explanation to help understand what was going on. Bits and pieces were given throughout the book as to the background of the story. Ambry and Talon's relationship was built up and I liked their chemistry. The book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and with a lot of questions about their relationship left unanswered. I received a free ebook copy in a giveaway. This in no way influenced my review.
Ola Adamska
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2017
The author created really interesting World where people don't feel emotions and use Magic.
The heroine is a girl that can't use Magic at All. One day she and Her friend decide to get tears (here They are magical). She met a boy Talon. He wants only one thing from her - teras.
Join them in their adventures against an army. Is our protagonist that weak?
Interesting beginning.
Emily Moore
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I absolutely love Cortney's writing style. She's a true artist. I also feel very connected to her character and enjoy a unique premise for this series. Interesting world and clashing cultures. Looking forward to the next one in the series and I have become a fast fan!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Leuk en spannend boek, het is alleen jammer dat het boek stopt midden in een verhaal/gebeurtenis. Hierdoor wordt je dus verplicht om het 2de deel te lezen om te kijken hoe deze spannende gebeurtenis afloopt. Daarom maar 3 sterren.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Kindle e-book

I can’t wait to read book 2. The story line is perfect and I loved the characters. Who needs anything else when magic and romance are involved.
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USA Today bestselling author Cortney Pearson is a mother, a musician, and a lover of all things pink and sparkly. She is the author of Phobic, about doors that shouldn't be opened, and the Stolen Tears series, about an enchanted vial of tears and the girl chosen to wield them.

Cortney lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town. She loves chocolate, romantic books, and classic
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