Amber & Dusk
So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.
First of all - I love ...more
Cannot wait for this to hit shelvesssss
“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
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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
And every time I expec ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Beautiful! The writing, the world, and of course, the Palais. This is more like four and a half stars.
The writing has descrip ...more
~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 ...more
~~~~ 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 ...more
She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. AMBER & DUSK is her debut novel.