Hey everyone! The Amber & Dusk blog tour stops at Book Slaying today, and I’m excited to share my thoughts on this soon-to-be-released fantasy book. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to enter for a chance to win a copy for yourself! US Only.
Here’s what I thought about Amber & Dusk:
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 verbal sparring between the two, which made their chemistry white hot.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering why I only gave this book 3.5 stars when everything I’ve said so far has been positive, well it’s because I couldn’t stand Sylvie. She was entitled, shallow, selfish and ignorant. I felt sorry for her because she was abandoned as a child, abused by this book’s version of nuns, and made fun of by the local children, all because of her magical ability. Did she deserve a better childhood, one filled with love and kindness? Yes! But she thought she deserved even more than that. She believed that she was entitled to riches, prestige, and power, just because she had a magical ability known as a legacy. She didn’t think that she had to work or prove herself, because her bloodline automatically made her a chosen one. She was also very dense. Multiple times she was told, and shown how horrible the royal court could be, the poisonous people and their cruel games, yet she was still dead set on joining. All she talked about was the beautiful gowns, gardens, and people. I kept hoping she’d outgrow her unsavory personality, but it never really happened.
Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene
Published by Scholastic Press on November 27, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies.
So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.
But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in only as part of a wicked wager among her powerful courtiers. Sylvie must assume a new name, Mirage, and begin to navigate secretive social circles and deadly games of intrigue in order to claim her spot. Soon it becomes apparent that nothing is as it appears and no one, including her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, will answer her questions. As Mirage strives to assume what should be her rightful place, she'll have to consider whether it is worth the price she must pay.
About the author
Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at painting.
She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. AMBER & DUSK is her debut novel.