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The Aviary

(The Uncaged #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  583 ratings  ·  84 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 e

Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Clean Teen Publishing
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Patience Cruise
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Camryn Lynn
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
Cassie Melchior
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 10, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, series-start
That was rough. The story literally did not make sense and nothing even happened until the last 20 pages. Not sure when diving and swimming became such a draw, but the thought that it is drawing all these people is just ludicrous. Pretty sure there is more than one tiny big breasted girl out there. They probably could have gotten one a little less stupid too. I could have overlooked that ridiculous plot and maybe even still enjoyed the book, but the writing was atrocious. I don't mind descriptio ...more
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
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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
Lynn Robin
Jan 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I am nobody's Swan.

The start of this book hit the ground running—and then kept on running, twisting, surprising me at every turn, as I met new characters, the plot thickened, and I soon found myself lost in a maze of truths and lies.

This book. Oh man.
The last book that has made me feel so many conflicting emotions regarding characters and managed to turn me into a paranoid ball of fear and nerves must've been The 5th Wave (and sequels). Since then, I've never felt like this again.

Until The Aviar
Lisa Jeffers
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it

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
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
Brooke Lago
Jan 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
First off, let me start by saying I have not read the entire book. The first fifty or so pages were available as a free sample and I wanted to check it out before committing money to buying the book.

I am so glad I read the sample before buying it! Frankly, this book reads a lot like bizarre, confused propaganda. I understand the author has worked with sex trafficking victims and that a portion of the proceeds go to help women rescued from sex trafficking. However, my issue is that within the fir
Sandra "Jeanz"
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, favourites
This book, for me, was undoubtedly one of the cut-and-bleed variety.

Both as beautiful as it was haunting, painting a tale with lush, magical prose, that covers—yet not masquerades—a cruel, wicked world that should not exist, but I inevitably does.

Every character somehow burrows under your skin, Serenity the most, as she tries to navigate the labyrinthine ways of the Aviary, as well as the heart and mind of its director, Luc. Both him, and her childhood friend, Sky, pulled at my heartstrings as
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Tonja Drecker
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Atlanta Adams
Mar 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
This story reminded me a lot of The Selection Series by Kiara Cass, which I absolutely loved. If you enjoyed The Selection I would highly recommend this book as it is the closest comparison I have found.

Serenity/The Swan is our heroine. I have mixed feelings about her. On one hand, I love her strength and gall, in fact she made me laugh quite a few times. On the other hand, I was getting really annoyed with her vacillating feelings about Luc and her inability to trust him; he did many things to
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Erin Darnick
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
Genre: dystopian, YA

What a unique take on the suppression and exploitation of women in a dystopian world. This says it is geared towards the YA crowd, and even though there is no explicit sex, but I would hesitate to suggest this to anyone under 18. Even with that critique, I really loved the story. It really is an exploration of identity and how society and class affect who gets exploited and who has power/control. I think the back story of Serenity's family is interesting in that they hide all
Feb 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was terrible. The introduction started with "I set out to write The Aviary with one question in mind - what would the world look like if prostitution were legalized?" It continues "... It is not my intention to glamorize the world of prostitution/sex-trafficking/sexual exploitation...." If that was the author's goal she failed horribly.

This book is nothing but the glamorization of sex trafficking. Pretty costumes. The girls who want to do it because life is better at The Aviary. A traf
Jun 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
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
Sarah Grace
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Jennifer Billings
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's hard to know how to rate this. The writing itself was weak. It feels like this author was trying too hard to write beautiful prose and it just became overburdened with too much fluff. The plotting was also a little meh. This would have been stronger without a love triangle. (view spoiler) ...more
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