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Shatter the Sky

(Shatter the Sky #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  866 ratings  ·  285 reviews
A determined young woman sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor in this stunning fantasy debut that’s perfect for fans of Margaret Rogerson, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Rebecca Kim Wells This is a hugely relatable question! Ok--if I'm feeling like I WANT to be writing but just am having trouble focusing/making time to write/just don't …moreThis is a hugely relatable question! Ok--if I'm feeling like I WANT to be writing but just am having trouble focusing/making time to write/just don't feel like writing, I try to think more about my longterm intentions than whether I'm feeling the short term "I wrote!" payoff. I'm building a career as a writer, and sitting down and writing regularly serves that longterm goal, even if it sometimes feels like a drag.

Also, I try to remind myself that in a week, I won't be able to tell which words felt glowingly inspired and which felt more like I was banging my head into the keyboard.

PS: To me, feeling uninspired is not the same as feeling creative burnout. Burnout is real and if you do feel this way, taking a break and refilling the creative well is really important!(less)
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Elle (ellexamines)
Apr 10, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
being gay is about stealing a dragon to save your girlfriend from a corrupt empire
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
sapphic girls and dragons???


this was written with me, specifically, in mind so just go ahead and jot that down

Update 02/20/2020:
Welp. DNF at chapter 4, possibly my fastest ever DNF. I’ve been going through this unfortunate thing recently where I just can’t get into YA fantasy. I keep putting it all off because every introductory part sounds exactly the same as most other books of the same genre/age group. Maybe this would be a fine read, but ultimately this i
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.
Lex Kent
3.50 Stars. This was a pretty good story. It feels more on the surface and not as deep as I was hoping for, but I read through it very fast. I didn’t know much about this series going in except for Sapphic and DRAGONS which was enough for me. I’m reading the sequel in a few days so I had to read this one to catch up. I liked this but I didn’t love it like I was hoping to.

The main premise of this story is about 17 year-old Maren losing her heartmate to a secretive society of women. Not much is k
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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A girl who loves girls going off on a mission to steal a dragon in order to save her girlfriend? YES.

I'm happy to say that this book mostly lived up to the hype. It had some problems, but not with the execution of the premise and more with nitpicky things that bothered me as a reader of the fantasy genre. And honestly? That's a good sign. Because if I liked the book enough to be able to focus on the more genre-specific errors, that means
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: poc cast, bi mc, sapphic li, side sapphic character, side wlw parents

Review also on my blog.

When people recommend Shatter the Sky as a sapphic fantasy novel, they’re very much right but at the same time, it doesn’t explain just how sapphic the book. We’re not used to being fed this well, and yet it’s exactly what we deserve.

The book opens with the (bi!) mc talking about how much she loves her girlfriend. That’s revolutionary. And that love is used as a catalyst for all future events. Qu
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: gimme
book synopsis: girl steals a dragon to save her kidnapped girlfriend
release date: 2019
me: *sliding the author my life savings under the table* spring 2018
Lea | That_Bookdragon
1/5 ⭐

I am DEVASTATED to say that I didn't like this book. It sounded so good and amazing but unfortunately I just couldn't and wanted to DNF it but it is a short book so I decided to continue reading it, my mistake. First, it did not feel like a YA book but more like a Middle Grade one. I didn't like the writing at all.

When I say that I'm sad for not enjoying this book, you have to trust me. It has dragons, queer characters (the MC is bisexual, we'll come back to that later), rebellion and
Mel (Epic Reading)
The introduction to Shatter the Sky is absolutely adorable. We meet two girls, clearly in love, who are kissing in the woods. How cute right?! Sadly these two girls are almost immediately separated. Although that is the plot of Rebecca Kim Wells story; so I suppose it's hard to critic (lol). Unfortunately the remainder of the story isn't written as smoothly as the opening chapter. Many times Wells goes from stilted plot points to convenient happenings to confusing the heroine's goals throughout ...more
rachel ☾
pls give me all the sapphic dragon fantasies

May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

An interesting worldbuilding and a perfect story for fans of The Dragon Prince, which was ultimately just a little too forgettable for me.

This book starts with a really great premise, a QPOC girl who decides to go save her girlfriend and undertakes a journey in a very interesting fantasy world with dragons that can bond to humans.

I thought the execution was okay for a
Apr 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
put “her girlfriend” and “dragon” in the same sentence and that’s it. that’s it you got me
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I didn't know anything about Shatter the Sky except that it was about a queer girl in love with her girlfriend. And DRAGONS! Yes, I'm a dragon fan and am always down to learn dragon lore interpreted by a new author.

Shatter the Sky is a neat title especially for a dragon book, even though I'm not sure the story lived up to the name. And the cover is quite ho-hum as well. I do find the colors incredibly pretty and it makes for a great Ins
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Buddy Read with Nana and Faith for The Procrastinators Book Club

When Maren's girlfriend Kaia is taken by the Aurati to join their evil ranks, Maren decides to save her girlfriend the only way she knows how—by infiltrating the emperor's dragon fortress, stealing a dragon, and then storming the Aurati stronghold. It's impossible, but Maren is determined to be reunited with her love.

This is a story that I probably would have adored 4-5 years ago.

Dragons. High stakes. Rebellion. A bisexual heroine i
julianna ➹
there's kind of a love triangle in this and i'm hardcore not here for it. or am i?

There's something about this writing that is really easy-to-follow and engaging, but not lyrical in the way that would let me pull beautiful quotes? Which is sad. Because I like quotes.

I feel like I've said this for a lot of books, but this really just gave me that Classic YA feeling in terms of its structure and plot. I also felt like maybe this book felt slightly like it could have been middle-grade?

I'm going to
2019 is the year that QPOC are showing up in YA to burn the system to the ground and I could not stan harder if I tried.

This dragon didn't smell like anything I recognized, I realized... Maybe the smell I'd been associating with dragons all this time was the scent of their fear. Maybe all the things I'd learned about dragons were half-truths, words misshaped by the mouths of their captors.

This is a gloriously fresh take on dragons and magic and oppression. Maren's journey is a familiar one,
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Dragons and a f/f romance! This was what drew me into this book and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed this!

- Follows Maren, a bisexual teen who sneaks away from the mountain she calls home to find and save her childhood-friend and girlfriend after she is taken away by the emperor's servants.
- There's dragons! I liked this book's take on dragons - how scents and herbalism were important to dragons, and how they tied politically to the book's world.
- I liked Maren well enough as a protagonist. She
Dragons and a sapphic romance. What more could you ask for? (more of the romance, probably)

The plot of Shatter the Sky revolves around Maren trying to rescue her heartmate, Kaia, from the Aurati by stealing a dragon.

This was a fun and quick read, though a bit predictable. I wish the characters had been more developed and nuanced, especially Kaia, since she was barely present in this book. I think the next book centers more around her and Maren rescuing Sev, though, so I hope she becomes more of
hey quick question why the HELL did I think it was a good idea to read this seven months before it's released
why did I give myself seven EXTRA MONTHS of waiting for the sequel
I am suffering

(or: it was really good, but I just want! more!)
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I’m sorry but this sounds SO DARN LIT that I might actually cry out of sheer delight

I feel truly blessed to live in an era where such delightful stories are being told 😭
Xiran Jay Zhao

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Personal Rating: i’d follow Maren in an uprising against any tyrant. i don’t care which one. i’m down for any. hit me up.

Reasons to Read: Clever protagonist, unapologetic BI REP!!, unpredictable plot, transportive worldbuilding rich with detail

Are you one of those people sick of queerness always being portrayed as a subject of discrimination and struggle, even in fantasy settings? Well, HERE’S THE BOOK YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. The world of Shatter the Sky has an imperialism probl
Feb 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
Lesbians and dragons?????
Aah that was so satisfying (despite being a trilogy opener), so immersive, and so much fun. Great for fans of Audrey Coulthurst's Inkmistress, of which I definitely count myself. Long RTC. ...more
I am so disappointed.

I went into this book having no expectations, but I was reading for the pre-established romance. The moment I read "to save her girlfriend" I wanted to read this. I would've read it if it was "save her boyfriend" or whatever because I love when characters start off the book in a relationship and we just follow them in their relationship. I love that.

I also really liked the cover. And I feel like an idiot because it literally took me so long to notice the freaking dragon
Julia Ember
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one! Lesbians and dragons! A super fast, short read which I always appreciate in fantasy. I loved the incidental queerness of the book, and really related the protagonist who didn’t want to be a heroine, she just wanted to stay home, but hurt her girlfriend at your peril!

The pacing especially reminded me a lot of the YA books I read when I was a teen, like Tamora Pierce.
Then let them burn.

On my blog.

Rep: bi mc, wlw li, Asian inspired characters (? definitely poc)

Galley provided by publisher

So you want a book with a bi main character? So you want a book with no white characters? So you want a book with dragons and a quest to rescue your girlfriend from the villains? This is the book for you.

Shatter the Sky opens with Maren’s girlfriend, Kaia, being taken from her by agents of the empire and forced to join them. And, in the process, establishes something
I like this book a whole lot. It surprised me. I hope they pick a different cover by the time it comes out because I don't know a lot of teens that would give it a shot based on this one. Review to come.

Previously On This Review:
My ARC bills this as an "angry feminist bisexual dragon YA fantasy novel" and I can't tell if this word salad is a meaningful statement, but I guess we'll see.
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shatter the Sky was an intriguing young adult LGBTQIA fantasy novel that contained the following : kingdoms controlled by a tyrant, fulfilling prophecies, young women ripped from their homes and loved ones, a daughter of dragons, and of course, dragons. It was also a story of love. When Kaia was taken from her home, her heartmate Maren was determined to do anything to get her back. Undeterred by the mounting dangers that awaited her in her quest to steal and then bond with a dragon, Maren raced ...more
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
Feb 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF at 46%
I don't know what to rate this book since I didn't really read that last 26 percent... I did physically read this book, but pretty much just left my brain as soon as I read it. I don't know if it's just my state of mind, but this book got me in a bit of a slump and I don't see the point in forcing myself to finish it since it's due at the library tomorrow.

The whole time I was just waiting for the plot to make sense, and it never did. Certain things happened far too easily, and other th
michelle (magical reads)
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I am a dragon girl without a dragon. But what if I got one? What could I do then?

I first heard about Shatter the Sky from Twitter and was intrigued because it had a bi protagonist. Then I read the summary; a quest to get your girlfriend back using dragons? Sign me up. Shatter the Sky was an intriguing read, with strong worldbuilding and great character development.

The whole concept of dragons was really interesting in this book. I will say that it didn’t have maximum dragons,
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Rebecca Kim Wells is the author of Shatter the Sky, Storm the Earth, and Briar Girls (forthcoming in Fall 2021). When not writing, reading, or talking about writing or reading, she sells books at a fiercely independent bookstore in Massachusetts. She can also be found drinking tea, singing along to musicals, or playing soccer. (Usually not all at once.) If she were a hobbit, she would undoubtedly ...more

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