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Such A Secret Place

(Stolen Tears #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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
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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
Violet Stone
Mostly a DNF, I just couldn't get into it. I found Ambry annoying. She was too talkative and pushy. Moments when she should have been listening to what people were telling her to do she found it to be the perfect time to stop and ask questions. It was irritating.

Now, the thought process behind this story is very unique. There were new elements I had never seen in a book before. I found the claws used to rip magic from people to be the most interesting. I couldn't quite get on board with the emot
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
Ri v
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
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
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!
Ashley Lewis
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

Real Rating: 4.5/5

My thoughts while reading:
💧 It took me a minute to get into it but once I did, I practical flew through it
💧 Enemies to lovers to kind of enemies again trope
💧 Contains action, adventure, magic, and wizards
💧 I kind of wanna strangle Talon
💧 I noticed that there were some grammatical errors, mostly typos
💧I had to do a double take on some sentences because they looked like they had been worded "weird"
💧 I think Harry Potter
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.
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
ARC kindly offered by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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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 kind
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
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.
Maberan Potato
Again, mediocre fantasy shows its face! Let's have all the things and do nothing new with them!

Ambry has no magic! I love that trope! And it's super badly done, again! Because she does have magic, and it's the most powerful of the land, and she's also the chosen one who'll save everyone from the evil Arcs taking over everything. Talon is dark and secretive and also a dick but Ambry'll forgive him for everything because "true love". Love triangle! Girls hating each other over boys and no actual r
Debbie Turk
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Very Different World!!🌎🌟

This is a strangely gripping story. It's hard to categorise it - it's a romance, there's magic but it's not set on this version of Earth, as far as I could tell, and could be set on a different planet entirely, but it doesn't say & to be honest it doesn't matter - it just made it hard for me to decide if it was sci-fi or fantasy, ya know? 🙈

The story is based on a number of different races of people, all have magic innately except for one, the Arcaians. They in turn conq
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, wi ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I would give this one a solid 3.5, good enough to continue the series.

It was pretty enjoyable. Fast-paced, plenty of mysteries to keep the pages turning, and Ambry was enjoyable to read. I liked the whole concept with the magical tears, and it was fun seeing a jar of tears with a personality and goal of its own.

It was nice that all the characters had their own goals that ended up conflicting more often than not. The whole system of magic was interesting and I wanted to know more about it, and
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, it was an enjoyable read! This is a fantasy book where most people have magic, and the magic powers electronics etc. I really liked the prologue as it had so much potential. It was a really well written part of the book. At chapter 1, it got kind of slow, but not boring. My one "issue" is that for maybe 60% of the book, the main character didn't care much about her parents or finding her brother, and instead was distracted by her crush and how attractive he is. Too much romance when the ...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
Michelle Fritz PA
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How entertaining and well written this first book was!! It is the first that I've ever read from this tremendously talented author! I'm left with baited breath desperately wanting to begin the next book. The cliffhanger wasn't the most painful I've ever read, but it's definitely torturous! The world that Ms. Pearson created is so imaginative and unique. It's both a brutal place and also such a very sad existence. When what your meant to be is stripped bare you need a saviour. Along comes these a ...more
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
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Cortney Pearson is the USA Today bestselling author of the Stolen Tears series. She writes fantasy worlds brimming with adventure, loyalty, and romance, from wizards, to ghosts, to pirates. She is the mom of four cuties, loves classical music, chocolate, slow-burn kissing scenes, and sparkles. Not necessarily in that order.

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