Amber & Dusk
So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.
The Actual Review
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The Young Adult Checklist - Aspiring Authors Edition
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Some of you may remember our earlier course How to Write a Hit YA Novel 101...but what about the author on the go?
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because this book is a straight up dream for any YA fantasy lover. it basically takes every trope imaginable and uses them shamelessly. and because of that, because of the familiar aspects from other novels, it makes the story a ...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
CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVE SUNDER. HOLY SHIZ. TUUUT
Sunder, Sunder, Sunder.
Sunder, a boy who makes Cardan seem like a gentle, gentle, gentleee flower.
Sunder, Sunder, (灬ω灬) Sunder (灬ω灬)... oh, how I love thee. ...more
WHY COULDN'T YOU JUST BE A BETTER BOOK?!
To whoever is reading this review: Imma need to warn you of three things before you scroll any further: 1) This is an angry review, don't come here looking for niceties--you'll find only anger and expletives, 2) There's some harsh language involved(I'm sorry, kind of, but my anger supersedes my apologetic nature), 3) This is clearly an unpopular opinion, as this books seems to be pretty ...more
From what I read, I hated the purple prose writing, lack of character development and horrible world building. This book just wasn't for me. Too bad, it has such a pretty cover.
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 ...more
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 miserable, but she’s like a cult victim, and completely naïve ...more
Me staying up late to read this book:
But honestly, this was such a delightful read.
Now, I won't go as far as to say this book is free of tropes. Because it isn't. However, it manages to use some of the typical tropes while still keeping the story fresh and interesting.
One such way it does so is our heroine Sylvie/Mirage. She is not our usual YA heroine. No one arrived to rescue her and take her to fulfill her destiny. Instead, she takes ...more
1) Big fan of the beginning.
2) Sylvie wants a man, yes, but she wants a strong career first. You go, Glenn Coco.
1) The ...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. There can ...more
Prose that is too elaborate or ornate.
That’s straight off google, baby!
I recently criticised The Gilded Wolves for having writing that leans too much toward style over substance. Purple prose. Here’s the thing: I think there are stories where purple prose works, and stories where it doesn’t.
I think the reason why the incessantly flowery writing annoyed me less in this book than it did with other books is because, unlike the aforementioned, this book isn’t trying to say anything ...more
Things I loved:
~The legacies (though the name reminded me of the Lorien Legacies lol), I liked what each one could do & the names they earned because of their legacies
~I found many of the ...more
Author is initially developing the story in a slow pace, but afterwards it gets faster and stronger.
A great debut novel full of color, hope and magic!
+ Beautiful, rich language that matches the romantic, fantastical setting of the world. Each description painted a beautiful picture that was a lush treat to imagine.
+ Although Amber and Dusk looks like most YA fantasies on the surface, it has the marks of a great in its blood. The court politics remind me of the “Under the Mountain” arc of ACOTAR. Anything similar to some SJM gets love from me. In fact, it also reminds me a lot of The Cruel ...more
Unlike the last 3.5 I gave out, this I would round up to 4 stars on a whole number scale! Which is all the more important when we're looking at my crazy rating subtleties.
I guess the first thing I should admit is that I did not have very high expectations for this. Which is kind of terrible, because I'm on the blog tour and I do think it looks cool, but historically fantasies like these have been huge let downs.
But Amber & Dusk, despite it still being similar to those fantasies, ...more
This summarizes my feelings for this book and here's why : when I first started reading this book, I was intrigued by the promising world building and the fast pace of the story. But there were so many confusing elements that were never explained. For example, this world lives in eternal daylight. Or dusk, guessing from the title? It remains unclear. I also feel ...more
character motivations were thin on the ground. the worldbuilding was nonsensical. other characters telling the protagonist how powerful and good she had become didn't just feel unearned but instead read as laughable. and to top it all off, the writing was cloyingly overwrought, relying heavily on the constant and clumsy use of similes to present characters and ...more
The story was gripping from early on, with an extremely promising plot filled with magic. The romantic tension and villain building were on point, and ultimately allowed me to overlook aspects of the world that didn’t fully live up to its potential.
From the start, Sylvie was a firecracker of a main character. She was stubborn and entitled and at times I honestly struggled to like her. However, it was these faults and the mistakes that she made that kept me rooting for her - because she ...more
She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. AMBER & DUSK is her debut novel.