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Amber & Dusk

(Amber & Dusk #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies.

So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press
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Cait • A Page with a View
This was seriously one of the greatest surprises I've ever found in a book! I wanted to read faster so I could start fangirling and shoving it at everyone asap, but the writing was so gorgeous that I had to appreciate every single line... pretty sure Lyra Selene's writing style is one of my all-time favorites now. (But everyone has different taste, so don't go into this with absurdly high expectations that could lessen your enthusiasm for what is a SERIOUSLY AWESOME STORY).

First of all - I love
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Roshani Chokshi
Full disclosure: Lyra is a dear friend of mine and also one of my brilliant critique partners. Which means that I was lucky enough to read this book in draft! It's outstanding. Lyra's characters are full of heart. Her setting (think sexier Versailles) brims with enchantment. The worldbuilding is literally drenched in beauty. And the ROMANCE. Y'all know that's what I'm here for 99% of the time. AHHHHHH. That is all I will say/can say >:)

Cannot wait for this to hit shelvesssss
Hannah Greendale
Dec 10, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
DNF at 32% (page 118). The writing is periodically pretty, but the cookie-cutter protagonist and whisper-thin stakes aren't compelling enough to keep the pages turning.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the cruel prince and dark YA fantasy

“I will not sit idly by while the world changes around me. I don’t know whether my blood is a gift or a curse. And I don’t relish breaking the world in order to remake it the way I see it. But I will if I have to. Does that make me a monster?”

Such moments make me wish I was a poet, so I could transcribe my feelings into a melody of words. Alas, I am not, and you are stuck with my numerous attempts to praise the book I loved and would want to shove up my every friend's face, so we would sing ser

Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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While I have some complaints about the heroine, I absolutely LOVED this book. Political scheming, a damaged antihero, and twists in the story combined to slingshot me through this novel. I’m officially willing to devour whatever this author will write next.

The plot:

The story is full of politics, scheming, and secrets, and an evil empress who uses her court as her own personal Mean Girls Coliseum. The people around Sylvie are misera
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc
I LOVED all the machinations and court intrigue that drove the plot and kept me guessing. Sylvie is at once a cunning and ambitious character who is still somehow sympathetic and endearing.

I absolutely couldn't get enough of the world origin story - the sun chasing the moon and Meridian getting caught up in the drama. It was captivating and really gave so much insight into motivations and games.

The only thing I wished for was either 1. a second book or alternatively 2. an epilogue showing more d
Rebecca Wash
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved! So much happens and I'm dying for the next book. Sunder was an amazing character!
Kris Brekker
Sunder, Sunder, SUNDER.

Sunder, who makes Cardan seem like a gentle, gentle, gentleee flower.

Sunder, Sunder, SUNDER... oh, how I love thee.
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Amber and Dusk stars Sylvie, a poor orphan, who has been raised by very strict nuns. We are told from the outset that she has been bullied and tormented by others because she is different. She has special powers that she believes means that she is meant for greater things. The good: the prose is pretty good, especially for a debut. The magic and the world building is interesting. The not so great (and this may be a lot personal): I just didn't feel like it was any different from any other fantas ...more
Sep 14, 2018 is currently reading it
Shelves: 2018, arc
Thank you to Scholastic Press for sending me an ARC for review.
Andria Sedig
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing blend of magic and court politics that was full of action and intrigue and romance. The world building was well done and I literally could not put this book down. If you love books full of court politics AND magic this book would be for you! It also features LGBTQ+ characters whose sexual identity is not the only part of their character, which is a neat bit of representation in the fantasy world if that's what you're looking for as well! More thoughts to come.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Amber & Dusk is a young adult fantasy romance by author Lyra Selene. Amber & Dusk is a novel that features awesome secrets and intrigue, a really cool world setup, and characters that pull you in. Honestly, I loved pretty much everything about this novel. I really hope there is going to be a sequel. I wasn't sure by the ending of Amber & Dusk if there would be one or not. I think there is certainly room f
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
Okay, I definitely wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much I did. The world building is fantastic! I love how the author doesn’t waste time in explaining all the new terminology (e.g. tides for years, spans for months) but leaves clues for readers to figure them out. Unlike most YA fantasy books that is heavy on world building, the author also doesn’t forsake character development in favor of a grand magic system. That is such an essential element to any unforgettable story!

And every time I expec
Emma (Miss Print)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-vine
Sylvie has always known that she was destined for greater things. She is certain that her life as an orphan with the Sisters of Scion is only a small blip on her path to greatness. When she comes into her legacy--a magical talent that is believe to only belong to the upper class--Sylvie knows it's a sign.

Sneaking onto a caravan Sylvie makes her way from the very edges of the Dusklands when the darkness of the Dominion constantly looms into the Amber City's palais Coeur d'Or at the heart of the A
Oct 08, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book to be everything I want to read:

Prose that tastes like sugared secrets.

An impossible, intoxicating world--bright to look at but dark to behold.

Ball gowns and courtly politics and sarcastic banter and hidden motives.

A plot that fits together like broken mirror glass, sharp enough to cut.

And a heroine with teeth. An ambitious, complicated, stubborn girl who dreams of an impossible world, glossy as the colors spilling like jewels from her fingertips.

Oh, and kissing. LOTS of kis
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Interesting fantasy world, but just a little bit predictable.

Before I get into my thoughts about the book, I have to say, I love this cover! It's so pleasing and I adore the font.

I loved the idea of the powers/legacies in this book, it reminded me a little bit of the Darkest Minds.

Slyvie is just a little bit entitled, which didn't exactly help her especially in her quest in this book. It's hard to root for a character who's been told several times to stop doing what she's doing.

The world buildi
Aug 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. From the beginning I was drawn in by the unique descriptions and captivating imagery, it's clear this author is a very talented writer. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book bored me to tears. Literally. And the MC is a TSTL selfish bitch of the highest order. She thinks she deserves everything because she can make illusions. It's her birth right, you see. People should just accept/respect her dusty ass because she's a poor man's "8" from Stranger Things. Um, no. Respect is earned. Not given, you entitield, egotistical gamine. She leaves good people--even a sweet love interest--just go to the Amber City where everything is not all silks, champagne, magic, ...more
Nov 21, 2018 marked it as maybe
Not feeling this right now...may pick it back up later
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-giveaways
*3.5 stars* for me, and probably *4 stars* to people who like overly lyrical writing.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I bothered. The main character is unlikable. The love interests are mildly unlikable. The writing is bogged down with metaphors that aren't necessary.
Lauren the Book Slayer
Here’s what I thought about Amber & Dusk:

The world was new and consuming. I devoured every new detail! I especially loved it’s creation myth because it was original and fascinating.

The progression of the story was spot on. This book was a quick read, but didn’t lack in detail.

Even though the romance burned slower than I would have liked, I was glad that Slyvie/Mirage and her love interest *no spoiler here* didn’t succumb to insta-love. There was a lot of sarcastic, an at times, insulting ve
Story Eater
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-2018
***Can't wait to get my hands on this. Any interested in getting their hands on it earlier than 27 November can order through a Scholastic book club online.***

Meanwhile, after reading...

I bought this book from a Scholastic book club sale before it hit regular shelves. I’m sorry I spent money on it. To start, it is a bit unbalanced. It takes 52 pages for Sylvie, our MC, to get to the Amber palais but only 28 pages for the climax to begin and end. For a pretty huge lead up to a supposedly huge sho
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was entranced by Sylvie. She is a magical orphan who travels to the city to try to find her legacy, to be among people who understand her - who don't lock her in the darkness - and to find the answers to all her unanswered questions. But what Sylvie doesn't know, is that she is just one small piece in a much larger story, in a court full of thinly veiled punishments, and in a world of unrest. Sylvie is thrown headfirst into the action, into her quest to prove herself, and take control of the d ...more
Amanda Marquart
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
The worst part about ARCs is that you have to wait even longer for the second book (if there is one??).

The writing is so fantastic I was immediately drawn into this wonderfully complex world that Selene has created, and was never taken out! I loved how the story weaved in it's own mythology and used it in the story. The plot was well developed, fast paced, and kept me guessing! I really enjoyed this book. I hope there is a second one, but if not, I do like how it ended and keeps you guessing.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Sylvie, a girl with the power of illusion, knows that she is destined for greater things then that of the slow life in the Dusk lands. So she sets out for the Amber city, and gets wrapped in the power and royal intrigue of The Amber Empress and her legacies. But it is more than she bargained for, and the Amber Empress and her legacies have more to them than meets the eye.

Beautiful! The writing, the world, and of course, the Palais. This is more like four and a half stars.
The writing has descrip
Stacie Boren
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Amber Dusk by Lyra Selene. This YA read is full of fantasy, magic and adventure all buildt in a very beautifully described world! Sylvie has always wanted more than just her regular life in the Dustland, so she and her gift (maybe a curse) of illusion set off to find her future. Only something or someone has other plans for her and it is wicked. A star crossed love story tied into a suspenseful ...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
"Perhaps you want to show the world something only you can see. Something lovely and strange, and just a little bit monstrous."
~Sunder, AMBER & DUSK

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Looking for a debut YA fantasy novel that remains its own world even while containing some of your favorite tropes? The closest comparisons I have for you are A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J Maas (In particular, that time spent Under the Mou
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~

~~~~ just shy of 4 Stars ~~~~

This book...oh this book... this was a mixed bag of emotions for me. If you have ever read any of my more verbally flamboyant reviews you'd know of my devout love affair with lyrically verbose literary musings. This type of author usually has me waxing poetic (or trying to). Amber & Dusk was undeniably picturesque! It was eloquent in ways I am not and the writing was equal parts delicious... and...well... loquacious. The Character and World developments were both
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Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at painting.

She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. AMBER & DUSK is her debut novel.


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“So what? What’s wrong with being ambitious? I do want a world full of beauty and grace. I do want power. And what’s more, I deserve it. It’s my birthright, and I’ll be damned if I don’t claim what’s mine!” 0 likes
“I curled my hands into fists, and made myself a promise. If this world liked games, then I’d learn the rules. If intrigue bought friends, then I’d collect secrets. If Dowser could teach me to control the kaleidoscope of colors blooming like jeweled flowers from my fingertips, then I’d endure the tabak stench of his gloomy chambers. I would not falter.” 0 likes
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