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The Aviary

(The Uncaged #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  49 reviews
"Gentlemen, we have a special treat for you today. Feast your eyes on this pure-blooded beauty!"

Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding to protect her from this exact moment. In a world where beauty is bought and sold on the streets like a corporate commodity, Serenity's natural assets are more like liabilities. Despite her parents' best efforts, she'
Published March 5th 2019 by Crimson Tree Publishing
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Patience Cruise
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and frightening

In a world where prostitution isn’t a crime women’s rights are basically the right to please a man, Serenity must overcome her biggest fears and relearn who she is and discover who she will become. Emily writes an attention grabbing story with lovable characters and a unique storyline.
The aviary is a cautionary tale of what could come. So many times prostitution or sexual situations are glamorized/hollywoodised we lose sight of the big picture. The Aviary is a stark and
Wow! Rarely do I ever read the blurbs on books, but I go by the cover and title as well as word of mouth. The cover pulled me in but little did I know that this book would be set in a world where sex trafficking is the norm. (Disgusting!) Of course, that doesn't mean that people like it nor that parents don't do all they can to protect their children from it. Such was the situation with Serenity (kind of an ironic name for this book). She is only sixteen years old and she is like most typical te ...more
Cassie Melchior
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Aviary, by Emily Shore, is such a good book. It started off as if it was a romance book, which I personally don't like, but then it got into more psychological and really dug into Serenity's brain. Serenity has been hidden for her entire life. Her family and best friend Sky were the only interactions she had until the day she gets caught and brought to the world of beauty. The world of beauty is completely different than what Serenity thought. "One thing Sky taught me well: never use my real ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A breath of fresh air

Emily takes you on an amazing journey that's foreign but to close to reality. She makes you fall in love with a girl who trying to stay true to herself while discovering who she is, a protector who was never allowed to love and a demon who must chose between family and love.
Camryn Lynn
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
The writing is beautiful and strong, the prose poetic even, but I felt at times more focus was given to the words and not enough to how to weave the story. While the analogies were brilliant and often hauntingly beautiful, there were just too many and they were used too often, and as a result I didn’t feel like there was any real build up of the characters or story to really suck me in.

While I appreciate the purpose of the story and the attempt made, I had a really difficult time sympathizing wi
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May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Aviary is a young adult romance...but it is also so much more. Set in a dystopian future where women are a traded commodity and being beautiful is a curse that attracts the eyes and lust of men who inexplicably no longer have any respect or self-control (or maybe it's that this futuristic society normalises such behaviour such that it became acceptable), the story revolves around Serenity Lace, a girl who has spent her whole life in hiding until she is kidnapped and sold to the highest bidde ...more
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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"Gentlemen, we have a special treat for you today. Feast your eyes on this pure-blooded beauty!"

Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding to protect her from this exact moment. In a world where beauty is bought and sold on the streets like a corporate commodity, Serenity's natural assets are more like liabilities. Despite her parents' best efforts, she's been taken—ripped from her home and the only life she's ever known—to find hers
Lisa Jeffers

This was a fairly quick read. I liked the idea of the story but don’t feel like it was pulled off...some aspects were confusing and the whole world was disjointed to me...I also wasn’t a huge fan of the main character and found both love interests weak and “soft”
Jacqueline Eagan
Totally missed the point about sex trafficking. Just ridiculous with the bird stuff.
Lorrie (Clockworkbookworm)
Trigger Warning: This is a difficult read. The author provides a content note that states "the goal of The Aviary Trilogy is to raise awareness about the devastating effects of sex-trafficking. The Aviary's major theme is a struggle with identity.

These books brush on themes of abuse and manipulation, dissociation, pornography, Stockholm Syndrome, drug use in the industry, and various other subjects. Stories were inspired by real-world truths from survivors and rescue workers. A portion of The A
Sandra "Jeanz"
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I had seen this book cover and fell in love with it quite a few months ago, whilst on a dystopian book group on Facebook. The beautiful ice blue hues of the cover with the silver white blonde-haired female dressed in an outfit made with white feathers, complete with wings made from feathers. As you read the book you realise the image on the cover is in fact the main female character of Serenity, when she is made into the Swan by Luc Aldaine, the director of the museum of birds. Once I read the b ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just recently found this author and I'm blown away. The maturity of her writing is amazing. The worlds that she has created are so vivid and bright that you can't help but visualize yourself in her world. Serenity is forced into a world that no other would want. A world so bright and different than some of the others she could have been forced into. A world of Birds and beauty with a darkness hidden beneath. A world her parent's tried to protect her from until she was ripped away from them and ...more
Brigitte Frantz
Sucks you in

I love the way the author has of taking you for the ride of your life at first page. The story is so full of anticipation. It's hard to put down. You so want to root for Serenity and Sky. I am going to buy book 2 now.
Kate Mary
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a very difficult book to rate.

On one hand, I appreciate the effort and the reason behind the story, and I understand it’s a very complicated story to tell. I can only imagine the things women have to do to survive this world, the sacrifices they have to make physically, mentally, and emotionally, but as much as I appreciate the effort, for me the story wasn’t developed enough. The characters weren’t developed, the world wasn’t developed. BUT because this has such a good message and suc
Elizabeth Mathis
Rating: 5/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: frighteningly realistic glimpse into human trafficking....with a dystopian twist; this book HURT to read, and I can't wait to pick up the next one!; these characters will crawl under your skin and stay forever; gorgeous purple, poetic prose

Melancholia etched in her gray eyes, with their fog of secrets. She doesn’t have the same fierceness as I do, but every once in a while, I catch warships passing through her irises. Like she’s still fighting some unknown d
Vivian Lee
Oh man. I wanted to give this book 5 stars but I just can't, on principle. I'm going with 3.5 stars but I'll round up to 4 for Goodreads.

The good things:

1. As far as dystopian novels go, this is a very unique setup. Long story short: human trafficking is legal in the future, and the most prestigious form of human trafficking is "Museums", where women are displayed as living art. Men then place bids on them for the usual illicit activity.

2. The world creation is fascinating. The Aviary is a bird
Tonja Drecker
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I read the blurb on this one (and saw the gorgeous cover), I knew I had to read it. And I was not disappointed.

Serenity is sixteen and lives in a society where sex-trafficking is a part of daily life. So far, her parents have been able to keep her safe from kidnappers, but when she sneaks down to the pool one evening without her body guard, she's snatched. Luckily (if it's indeed lucky), she's purchased by one of the top 'museums' and soon is being prepared through high-tech adjustmen
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love young adult books, and I wanted to love this, but it is horrible for many reasons. First, the actual writing. It is like a teenager who loves prose wrote it - meaningless and overly ambitious metaphors weigh down the writing and story. An editor should have really worked this story over. The concept intrigued me. But really this is a story about sex trafficking. What should be a scary and disturbing story, instead romanticizes it all. Our main character is supposed to be against it, but i ...more
Jennifer Billings
Very interesting and unique

This was a great read. Having read the intro from author I know she was trying to make an enjoyable read while also warning or the threats to young runaways and others in the sex trafficking world. This I believe was done in a way that will pull the reader into a fantasy world but being made aware of potentials and make young be aware of their surroundings all without, in my opinion, glorifying that crime world.
What this also reminded me of, was a pastor in NY in the
Valerie Roberson
This was so good! The author captured what a true brothel is all about without going into graphic detail. This is the world of the future, no girl has a chance. The thing I liked the best was the description of the girls exhibits and how creative they are. The characters are awesome! The mystery behind all the going on’s was great and you never see what is coming next. The storyline is a mix of the future and the old west with a lot of twists and turns and surprises throughout the whole book. Th ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Hard to know how many stars to give this book, because although I found it objectively terrible, there was something compelling about it that enabled me to read the whole thing. Sort of like Twilight in that way (yes, I read all of Twilight also.) The idea is an interesting one, although I don't think the author takes the worldbuilding far enough, and of course we have a tedious love triangle plot thing that gave this reader, at least, a fair amount of whiplash. Every copy of the book sold suppo ...more
Amanda Cardenas
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ive been sick with a nasty respiratory virus and finally got good meds for it. I was supposed to be using that to my advantage and getting some rest but someone made an irresistable book recommendation. Still, I meant not to read it yet. I had to take a peek though. I just finished reading the entire book and it was SO GOOD!! Captivating, enchanting, breathtaking, and mesmerizing.
Aviary is a dystopian like none other. It poses questions about a future chillingly possible.
May 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to 1 star this, but a DNF means a 1 star for me.

I liked the beauty of the setting - the spectacular dresses, costumes, decor, and performances. But the characters were one-dimensional and not all that sympathetic (and for a story about legalizing the sex trade, you need characters to connect to).

The story just...didn't go anywhere. It meandered.

After reading 40% and leaving it alone for more than 2 weeks and not feeling at all compelled to come back to it to find out what's
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly engaging and somewhat scary idea of the future. Great that the author donates to anti-sex traffic charities for each book sold. However if you need to spell out in the forward that one of your main characters should not be considered a good guy, maybe try not to paint him in such glowing colours. On the other hand, it does also demonstrate that sometimes the people you think are good are not.
I saw this one on the free book list on Amazon. I picked it up, and wasn't disappointed. Although the material is quite dark, it's contrasted by the beautiful environment that Serenity finds herself in. But don't go looking for 'true love' here. There's only Stockholm syndrome and a sprinkling of Lord of the Flies.

It ended on a cliffhanger, so I've already started reading the sequel.
Jennifer Alvarez
Serenity the Swan

Excellent story. Very well thought out and winding. Once I figured out all of the players, it played like a film in my mind. Definitely looking forward to reading the sequel!
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Aviary

This is written as pretty as the cover. Emily makes sure you are submerged in the descriptions of the outer beautification and creation of the Swan. The glamour that hides the ugly behind the show.
Belinda Clemons
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Serenity a lot. The cover drew me in and then the blurb. Serenity put up for sale and is bought by Luc a owner of an Elite museum, where girls with bird names are the art. She becomes The Swan. Will she be able to leave and find her parent or will she stay in the museum forever.
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Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. She is signed with Clean Teen Publishing for her anti-trafficking dystopian The Uncaged Series - #1: The Aviary. For every sale, proceeds return to trafficking rescue. She writes in multip ...more

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