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Beneath the Citadel

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In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Amulet
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شيماء ✨
if you’re:
⚪ a man
⚪ a woman
🔘 tired of occupying a human form

and you’re looking for:
⚪ a man
⚪ a woman
🔘 a fun & unputdownable heist book with a multi ethnic group of rebels consisting of plus-size ace girls and bi boys teaming up, despite nigh-impossible odds, to achieve the unachievable, featuring also the most wholesome friends-to-lovers gay romance and the most nerve-wracking ending

Then you better SMASH that “want-to-read” button because this was FUCKING GREAT.

Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.”

Beneath the Citadel really impressed me throughout. Not only is this a really solid and satisfying standalone, and not only does it have some pretty amazing rep, but the story is also so unique. Every time I opened this book up, I never wanted to put it down.

The book starts out with four of our main characters being thrown into the dungeons, after being senten
may ➹
4.5 stars

opens with a heist featuring a diverse cast of characters who banter
me: Six of Crows, is that you?

I know I shouldn’t compare this book, or any book, to Six of Crows, because no book is truly like that one, but as soon as I started reading this, I could feel the Six of Crows vibes just dripping from it. If that doesn’t make you want to pick up this book right away, I honestly have no idea what will (I mean, besides the great rep, unique premise, and engaging storyline).

This book is
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria is a young adult fantasy read. This one has been compared a bit to Six of Crows and I can see that comparison in the somewhat rag tag group of teens coming together and going against their society.

The story takes place in the city of Eldra where a group of teens have come together as a last effort in a rebellion against the council. Told from their different points of view the book starts as each have been captured after an attempt to sneak into the citadel a
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
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I struggled. So damn hard. It had way too much information! Way too many POVs. I felt no connection with any of the characters. The only thing this book got going is that it had a somewhat mystery in it. I felt no love between any of the characters; I just feel like they don't really know or care for each other, they are just there. Hell, I barely felt any brother-sister bond between the siblings! And that's when it's bad. Maybe it's because it's YA? It's been
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

E-ARC provided by NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids in exchange for an honest review.

Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria is a YA, fantasy standalone that follows a group of friends as they uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, and fight to save the city of Eldra from it's supposed fate.


❇There was a lot to love about this book! First of all, going into this I had no idea there would be bisexual (as well as asexual) representation, and talk of panic attacks (which is s
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
↠ 4.5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I got my hands on this at YALC, I wasn't too sure what it was about? But once I saw it was a diverse and inclusive novel with queer rep, I was delighted. So whilst I'm still not too hot on this cover, the story inside is excellent. 

The one thing that stood out to be about Beneath the Citadel - besides the rep, yes - was the absolutely stunning worldbuilding. There was so much history worked in, and there were so many
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beneath the Citadel follows a ragtag group of rebels as they attempt to infiltrate the citadel. They believe the government is hiding the reason that citizens of the city keep falling dead and they are determined to uncover the truth. This book is full of diverse characters fighting a corrupt government and has a plot that will keep you flipping the pages.

The cast of characters are all very three dimensional. There are flashback scenes that show memories of each character that have shaped them i
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I don’t know anything about this besides a brief reference to it having bi characters and my current is thought is basically who’s sending me an arc

Arc received from the publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review. [ releases: October 2018.]
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
Date Reviewed:
15 September 2018
This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I first received an eARC for this novel, I was really interested in the story and was excited to start. However, I did have to wait a bit to begin and dedicated the month of August to read the book. Unfortunately, when I did start Beneath the Citadel, I didn
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent YA high fantasy with alchemy, magic, and mystery.

Really enjoyed all the twists and turns in this YA fantasy novel. Narrated by 6 different characters, all keeping secrets, readers slowly learn of the history of the Citadel, its religious leadership, and the relationships between these characters. Though this allows the plot to unfold slowly, this is a very character-driven novel, and so understanding each of their histories and motivations is key to following the plot. As most of the n
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciate the attempt of bringing an interesting and diverse group of characters into a somewhat interest world. However it didn't actually work for me.

I didn't feel any urgency to story, Maybe because I didn't really get why they had to do what they were doing.. Sadly this meant I wasn't sucked in like I would have liked.

As for the characters, they ARE a great cast. But they just don't really get to show off how interesting.they could be until maybe their last chapters each.
I didn't feel muc
Y’all. Omg. Read this damn book. Full review to come. 🖤
The Nerd Daily
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha Leigh

In the city of Eldra, the people live under the constant and watchful eye of the Council, a group of elite citizens organised to maintain control of the city after a rebellion that lasted 100 years. Guided by the infallible prophecies of powerful rooks of the bygone age, the council have been unstoppable and unrelenting in their quest for power. Now however, the events of the last prophecy have come to pass and their future is unknown
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, own
Well it wasn't as dark as I was expecting/hoping it to be but that's fine. I freaking LOVED these characters and the romance was so cute! The pacing is really strong and consistent. The magic aspects was REALLY cool and probably my favourite thing. I find a lot of fantasy standalone a fall flat but this one did not so I'll have to checkout the author's previous work.
J.A. Ironside
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Beneath the Citadel was a pleasant surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this fast paced adventure story about the importance of choice and the consequences of believing you have none. There are five viewpoint characters - wildfire Cassa, daughter of dead rebel parents trying desperately to live up to their legacy; Plump and clever Alys, supremely disdainful on the outside , a maelstrom within; Evander, her h
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Here's the deal I am willing to make. Your lives in exchange for one task. There is a monster beneath the citadel. I need you to kill it."

─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───


Eldra is a city that has been dictated by prophecies since it's establishment, prophecies that often dictate life and death for it's people. Rebellion was foretold within it's city walls and the council quickly stamped out the fire it brought with it, but it never crushed it's spirit.

Evander, Newt, Alys & Cassa are four
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
IT'S FINALLY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay that was one of the best things I've ever read. I loved every word, every syllable in this absolutely EPIC story of time and truth and friendship and legacy and rebellion and love and loss. I will be rereading this till the end of time and possibly longer.

Claudie Arseneault
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asexual, fantasy, ya, lgbt
Prophecy books usually aren't my cup of tea, but BENEATH THE CITADEL is a deeply engrossing take on them that touches directly upon fate, accountability, and the power of the future. I enjoyed the world depicted here and grew to love all the characters. But especially Newt and Alys and Vesper. I guess I love my thinkers more than I love my sassers!

One of my favourite thing about this book is that it features ex-lovers who are now very close friends, and it works very hard to dispel the idea thi
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this, the Six of Crows feels were so real. But what I quickly realized is how much more diversity, more rage, and more broader political implications that Beneath the Citadel has. It features characters who are gay, bi, fat, ace, and suffering from panic attacks/anxiety. Not all of those at once! And Cassa has this delightful rage that I empathized so much with. It's this band of misfits who are up against a deeply unjust system. And the world building here makes the ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
That was...different. In a good way!

You see, I'm sorta in shock after the ending. It was BRILLIANT and painful and purely perfect for this book. The first half (maybe a little more than half) of the book I had set at 3 stars but the last bit just blew me away.

FIRST OF ALL. The characters are such Six of Crows material it's not even funny???They're very complex, and each character has plenty of perspective time. I also loved the flashbacks, they added a certain depth to the story as a whole.

Elle Maruska
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

First of all, this book gives such a nuanced and careful treatment to the old fantasy trope of resisting a powerful, oppressive government that's propped up by mystical prophecies or abilities. The resistance, in this case, is comprised of five teens, all of whom are connected in some way to a failed rebellion that resulted in thousands of deaths.

Nothing in this book is clear cut. There are monsters on all sides, and there are people working toward th
Cassie Stever
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
“there was a monster beneath the citadel, and it had to be stopped.”

this book has everything i’ve ever wanted in a book. amazing and loyal friend group? check. diverse cast of characters? check. AN ASEXUAL FAT CHARACTER? CHECK. amazing plot? check. an ending that made me cry? double check.

god, this novel was brilliant. it was heart wrenching. it was fast paced. i truly have all the feels now.

i fell in love with our main characters and was rooting for them all. they deserved a better life, e
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Beneath the Citadel was so good!  This book is fast paced and hard to put down.  I read it slowly, but only because there was so much to take in and pay attention to.  I apologize now for my mess of a review.  It's kind of hard to talk about much without giving things away. 

The book is narrated by multiple characters.  We mostly hear from Cassa, Evander, Alys, and Newt.  But also from Vesper at times.  The world building happens throughout the book.  We find out some things early on, but other t
We are not foretold.

Galley provided by publisher

Rep: brown mcs, bi mc, ace mc

Beneath the Citadel has been high on my to read shelf since pretty much the first moment I heard about it. The synopsis gives off vague Six of Crows vibes, so I'm fairly sure if you liked that, you will also like this one.

The story follows five points of view - Cassa, Evander, Newt, Alys and Vesper - five teens who are fighting against the corrupt council of the citadel itself. Cassa is the daughter of two rebels who
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
I had high hopes for this book but it sadly fell flat. The main characters were likable enough and the concept of rooks who can control memories was an imaginative one, but there were so many plot holes that the story lost a lot of cohesion. The flashback chapters weren't integrated well either, and
the narrative had far too much telling and not enough showing. One of the book's redeeming features was its diversity: there are black and POC characters, a character who's bisexual, a gay romance,
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was impressive in two ways:

1.) It threw the reader right into the action and didn't blather forever about who our main characters were or what their goal was. We learned that in the course of the story, through their thoughts about themselves and each other and flashbacks. We were right in the middle of their big plan from the beginning and it was refreshing.

2.) It had an unsympathetic main character (Yes, there are four main POVs, but Cassa Valera is clearly the main charact
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I struggled a little bit with how to rate this one. I think this is a case of a story and world with lots of potential and an execution that is good, but not great. Beneath the Citadel is a YA fantasy set in a world where prophecies rule everything via a self-interested council. It follows a group of teenagers whose parents were involved in or adjacent to the (now crushed) rebellion, as they seek to take down the council and become embroiled in political intrigue and dark
Nicole Alycia
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Such a fantastic book!
“Four people were supposed to die at sunrise.”
If that’s not a great way to start a book I don’t know what is.
For too long the council has ruled over Eldra interpreting the prophecies of the seers. Cassa, Newt, Alys, and Evander want nothing more than to finish what the rebellion started ... bringing down the council. But their plan is foiled before it even begins and an even darker plot begins to unfold in front of them.
The story is told from the perspective of 5 characte
3.5 stars

CW: panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, death of parents

[E-arc provided by Netgalley. This doesn’t reflect my opinion or the content of my review.]

This was my introduction to Destiny’s work, and while it wasn’t especially great, I did enjoy it. I went in basically clueless, and I think that’s the way to do it. This was a fun fantasy read that I’m sure others will enjoy as well.

All of the protagonists were flawed and interesting, which is a good thing since they’ve all got POV chapters through
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Destiny Soria writes Young Adult fiction. Her debut novel IRON CAST was published by Abrams/Amulet in Fall 2016. Her second novel BENEATH THE CITADEL is slated for Fall 2018.

Destiny lives in Birmingham, AL, where she spends her time trying to come up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. She has yet to succeed.
“She couldn’t be like Cassa, with unquestioning tenacity for a single cause. She could only do what she thought was right, even when it felt like shifting sand.” 1 likes
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