Beyond the Surface: November Book of the Month!

October wasn’t the best month for me in many ways and I am so sad to say that I didn’t get a chance to read last months book of the month “The Art of Starving”. This book Club means a lot to me and I got really lost in so many other things that I just didn’t do as I needed to.

However, November is a brand new month and I am so excited to announce my November book of the month because this title is one I can’t wait to dive into!

Without further ado the Beyond The Surface book of the month for November is:

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

There is so much that I am looking forward to with this novel!

1. Lionel had bipolar disorder: a disorder that I have a lot of interest in.

2. Lgbt+ representation!

3. A intriguing, cute, and emotional storyline.

4. The fact that I have only heard amazing things about it!

I already have this book waiting for me on my shelves so I have no excuses when it comes to reading it! I’m so happy to finally get back to business with my reading.

If you are interested in joining Beyond the Surface click the Goodreads link here!

Thanks for reading! Let me know if your thinking of joining in for reading this month! Also, what are your thoughts on Little & Lion?

-Till next time!

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I’m Back!

Honestly, it’s been a few days since I last posted (except for my most recent review) and I am a bit disappointed in myself. I am still reworking a lot of things in my life and finding a good balance has been a whole lot tougher then I thought.

Mostly what I have learned is this:

If there is a goal that you really want to accomplish then you must not only work hard towards that goal, but something has to be sacrificed in order for it to be achievable.

For my goals there are a few things I need to do:

  • Do all my class work well ahead of time so I can free up time to read and write later.
  • Stop watching so much Hulu/YouTube/Chrunchyroll (these are honestly the reasons I haven’t been posting as much and I am actually really disappointed about it… I had been doing so well for so long that I fumbled and went off the deep end and now I am trying to climb out of that hole)
  • Sleep and sleep well.. nothing is ever going to get done properly if I don’t rest up!
  • Wake up earlier! (Especially if I want to exercise I need to get up at least at 7! No more 12 o’clock times for me!)
  • Be more forgiving of myself. (At the end of the day no one is perfect. We all fumble at times… if I fumble then I can’t wallow in my weak moments I need to take a breath, re-evaluate, and come back to myself. There is a LOT that I want to accomplish and baby steps are so so important, but most important is I keep on going through it!)
  • Have fun! What’s the point if in the end I am not happy? Doing things that make me happy and put a smile on my face are really important to my emotional health. I need to make sure that no matter what I can find a reason to put a smile on my face.
  • Go with the flow! One of my most important life models, I always employ this motto in every aspect of my life. Sometimes things don’t go our way (it’s inevitable) but it is up to us how we choose to react!

So for now I am just hit the reset button on my life and start anew. There are so many cool things in store and I am so excited to go after the things I want to accomplish in this life!

Thanks so much for reading! This was such a late night post (it’s 1:38 a.m. for me right now) so I’m off to get some rest! Any encouragement that you may have is appreciated!

-Till next time!

Bad Girls With Perfect Faces: A Review

Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

My Rating: 5 twisted stars!

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publish Date: October 31st, 2017!

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls comes a stylish thriller about the darkness that lurks inside all of us.

When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said.

I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.

I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now.

He squeezed my hand again. He couldn’t begin to imagine what this actually was. He had no idea what I’d done. What any of us had.

When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.

But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…

Musings:

Beautifully twisted “Bad Girls With Perfect Faces” is a fun and dark look into the mind and the lengths we could go if it meant protecting the ones we love the most.

This book was so so good and I think I was so hooked by it because of how real it was. The characters in this book could have easily been people I know in the world and the decisions they made (though awful) could have logically been made if you were under similar circumstances. The characters were both likable and unlivable at the same time. They were flawed and reckless but undeniably human and that’s what made this story so good to me.

In this life, technology and social media make things so much more personal yet impersonal at once. It’s so easy to abuse it and do as you like that sometimes the line gets so blurred you don’t know what is right or what is wrong anymore. Stories of people getting catfished are all too common and you have to wonder what sorts of things cross a persons mind to the point where they think that getting to that point is ok?

I’m so drawn to this book because it makes me think of things in such a philosophical way yet I am still completely entertained. I love a good morally twisted story and this one was done amazingly well. Gosh, I can’t get over how much I absolutely loved it! The actual storyline was amazing, filled with so many WTH moments and OMG moments and Holy Cow moments that blew my mind.

Anyway, if your still here reading this post you shouldn’t be because you seriously need to be reading Bad Girls With Perfect Faces! You won’t regret reading this twisted contemporary thriller brimming with twisted grey areas of our reality.

Thank you so much for reading! Be sure to check out Bad Girls With Perfect Faces and let me know what you think down in the comments!

-Till next time!

Anime Romance VS YA Romance

One thing that I have never talked about on this blog is the fact that I watch anime and I watch a lot of it. The other thing about this is that I am OBSESSED with Anime Romance in a way that YA Romance never quite gets to.

So let’s put these two together in a face off Anime vs. YA Romance in a way you’ve may or may not have thought about.

Anime Romance:

There is something about Anime Romance that is just deliciously addictive. Every time I watch it I feel so warm on the inside and I often feel like I’m wishing for the kind of romance that anime has to offer.

For one thing characters take forever to finally get together:

Every time I watch an anime Romance I know I am in it for the long haul. After a while you just feel like pushing the two love interests heads together screaming at them to kiss already. Romantic animes are so good at building romantic suspense in a realistic way that while it can be extremely frustrating, I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The comedy:

In romantic anime characters seem to always get into the most awkward, cute, and hilarious situations. I love that aside and even part of the romance comes hilarious and generally happy situations. Sometimes the cuteness of the weird and outlandish things that happen are enough to bring a smile and maybe a bit of a giggle too.

The random sadness:

When something sad happens in a romantic anime you get hit hard. There will be tears and your heart will feel like it is being split in two. Something about the stark contrast between the lightness of everything else that is happening and the “WHAT? NO! WHY?” of the sad parts simply break you in a way that you never realized you wanted to be broken. It feels so real and you then realize how much you deeply care about all the characters.

The romantic parts are just so good!:

When something romantic happens and characters do something that makes your heart skip a beat you feel like the world is whole again. With a look or a touch or even a simple gesture Anime Romance can melt your heart into a gigantic puddle and I absolutely adore it!

VS.

Ya Romance:

*disclaimer* “I know the above are not contemporary ya Romance, but they are some of my favorite romances and just because they all happen to be fantasy-esque in one way or another means nothing!” “Also I know ACOTAR is not quite considered a ya, but the romance in it is just to good to not include so it’s here to stay!”

Anyway, I love a good Ya Romance and in a way if you love ya you know that they are everywhere and are prevalent in every single ya genre. However, ya takes a very different approach to romance then anime tends to.

Insta Love:

One of the biggest (love or hate it) tropes in ya is insta love. The time line in ya fiction tends to be short and so when love happens it burns fast and it burns hot. In ya when characters are attracted to one another they don’t waste much time in getting together. Honestly, I still get sucked in with these romances and as talked about as they are there is something totally alluring about a whirlwind romance that just can’t be denied.

The love triangle:

Some of the most popular of Ya Romance have this sometimes hated sometimes loved trope. From Twilight to The Hunger Games to (one of my personal favorites) The Splintered series, the love triangle happens a lot for better or for worse. I think the one thing that makes me love this trope (at times) is the passion it ensues in readers fighting for their own ships regardless of its inevitable sink or swim. I know that in the Twilight days I definitely raised my voice in favor of team Edward and that I still raise my voice in undying affection for Team Morpheus in the Splintered series. From tumblr to talks with friends you can’t get away from the ships (especially ones where love triangles are concerned) because there is nothing like fighting for the love that you believe in!

The teasing romances:

This is something both anime and ya romances gets and gets well. We all know those characters that love each other and tease each other to no end and a lot of the time that teasing turns into something hilariously beautiful. From the way that Rhysand teaches Feyre to read to the playful and nerdy albeit often cynical conversation in The Fault in Our Stars we all know that kind of arrogant I know you love me kind of banter that makes our hearts beat just a little bit faster.

It’s the romance of my childhood:

The book that got me into reading in general was Twilight and that first taste of YA Romance has stuck with me long after the series completion. It’s that imperfect love that drew me into a whole new world of fun and I will forever have a soft place in my heart for everything that Ya Romance is and all that it could be.

It’s an adventure!:

Ya Romance is an adventure of self-discovery, hope, attraction, and figuring out that yes we are all deserving of a fantasy kind of love. A lot of the time it’s not just about falling in love, but how we find ourselves at that point. It’s not always logical and it almost never makes sense, because in the end it’s our hearts that are taking the reigns.

Who Wins? You Decide!

I could not go without either of these types of romances in my life. They speak to different parts of me and I am hopelessly in love with both! Who knows maybe one day I could write a novel that incorporates a anime kind of romance. I wonder what it would be like to see those two worlds collide?

Thanks for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!

Mick & Michelle: A Review

Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing

My Rating: 2 Stars

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Publish Date: October 31st, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. Having always been the perfect, good boy, Michelle is terrified that the complicated truth will disappoint, hurt, or push away the people closest to her. She can’t continue hiding for much longer, though, because her body is turning into that of a man’s, and she is desperate to stop the development—desperate enough to consider self-medicating with hormones.

Most of all, Michelle fears that Grandpa, who is in a nursing home after a near fatal stroke, won’t survive the shock if he finds out that his favorite grandchild, and the only boy, is a girl. If she kills her beloved Grandpa by leaving Mick behind, she isn’t sure embracing her real identity will be worth the loss.

Opening Sentence: “I SPOT a cute guy, third one today, by the newsstand.”

Musings:

I really, really, really wanted to love this book. I wanted to be happy to see another book representing lgbt community in a great way, but that isn’t really what I got with Mick & Michelle.

Why I didn’t really like this book:

The writing in this novel felt off.

The writing itself felt disjointed from what a realistic situation would have been like. No matter what the author tried to do to make this feel authentic for me, I just couldn’t see it, because every so often a character would say or do something that seemed pretty off to me and I couldn’t get into the story.

Weird Situations.

There is a part in this novel where a guy catcalls a girl in the street and Mick (truly Michelle) wishes she would one day be catcalled… which paired with the guy (who originally catcalled) basically telling Michelle that girls feel good and enjoy being catcalled because they feel wanted came off as extremely disturbing. This situation and many others made this book a very uncomfortable book to read.

Redeeming Qualities:

The ending was kinda cute.

I liked the ending a bit. If anything it was my favorite part of this novel.

Imperfect Humans:

So while a lot of this story didn’t really make sense to me, the one thing that did make sense was that in the end this story was an imperfect one about imperfect people and while I may not have enjoyed it in the way I wanted to and that’s ok. All human experience is different and even though parts of Michelle’s journey didn’t ring true for me, they could ring true for you.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!

WWW- Wednesday

This is something I haven’t done in a very long while, welcome to WWW- Wednesday! Where I answer three questions. What is the last book I finished reading? What book am I currently reading? and What book do I think I will be reading next?

Last book I finished reading:

The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman

You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her—and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren’s papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren’s story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

Read my review here! This book was so compelling and I loved it!

Currently reading:

Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing

Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. Having always been the perfect, good boy, Michelle is terrified that the complicated truth will disappoint, hurt, or push away the people closest to her. She can’t continue hiding for much longer, though, because her body is turning into that of a man’s, and she is desperate to stop the development—desperate enough to consider self-medicating with hormones.

Most of all, Michelle fears that Grandpa, who is in a nursing home after a near fatal stroke, won’t survive the shock if he finds out that his favorite grandchild, and the only boy, is a girl. If she kills her beloved Grandpa by leaving Mick behind, she isn’t sure embracing her real identity will be worth the loss.

I am not sure how to feel about this book yet and I am hoping to get a better feel for it by the end, but I’m almost afraid of not rating it properly due to being unsure of the representation.

What I hope to read next:

Sienna McKnight by R.K. Syrus

Her war, her rules.

The heroine no one expected in a sci-fi technothriller you won’t want to put down.

A YEAR AGO Sienna McKnight, fresh out of West Point Military Academy, led her Special Ops team through a frozen hell at the bottom of the world to bring back something they wanted.

TODAY, March 19, she is on her way back to the Gulf of Oman and its hostile shores to challenge her own destiny.

TOMORROW, March 20, Sienna will fall. She will rise again. She will be reborn. She will become the heroine no one expected.

I am very intrigued by this superhero origen story of sorts. I really don’t know what to expect with this one, but I’m excited to see where it goes!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your currently reading in the comments below! What book out of these three most interests you?

-Till next time!

The Innocence Treatment: A Review

The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: October 17th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her—and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren’s papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren’s story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

Opening Sentence:

EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION

“2031 doesn’t seem like that long ago to me.”

Musings:

There was something irresistible about this novel and I can´t quite figure out what that was for me. I don´t know if it was the format or the morally ambiguous characters, the unique plot or the government behind the scenes. Or maybe it was all of those things combined. All I know is that somewhere along the way I fell in love with this book and I don´t think I will ever turn back.

The Innocence Treatment fascinated me in a way I hadn’t been fascinated in along time. I got caught up in these characters lives and how controlled everything is. I even got caught in the increasing violence and outbursts of action. This book slowly but surely completely sucked me into its world. I can’t sing this books praises enough.

This book is best when most of it is a mystery so all I am going to say is that I loved it and if you love books with unique formats mixed with terror and mystique then you should definitely pick this book up. I 100% recommend it.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. Do you think you will be picking up this ya thriller anytime soon?

-Till next time!

Huge Life Update: Blogging, Writing, and All the Things!

Ever since I got a job a couple months back things have been changing and I am still trying to balance everything that I want to do in my life on a daily bases.

First and foremost, the blog:

I have been reading a ton lately because I have been keeping up with my challenge to read a book a day and as proud as I am my. Blog has become a swamp of review after review and as much as I love writing reviews that is not what this blog is all about and I am going to make sure things start going back to where I want them to be. Plus, I have not been remotely as envolver in the blogging community as I want to be and I am going to work on changing that as well.

So my new proposed blogging schedule is this:

In the morning: Reviews (Whatever I read the day before gets reviewed the next day in the morning)

At Night: Random posts that could be anything: writing, discussions, poetry, top ten posts, inspirational posts, Interviews, tags and anything that I feel like posting about at the time. These are the kinds of posts that were at the heart of my blog The Book Raven not too long ago and I miss the spontaneity of it.

Any time I can: checking out other bloggers posts, commenting, and generally supporting the community that I love. I don’t do nearly enough of this and I miss it dearly.

Health wise:

I am just starting to exercise again and I want to make it a morning habit. If I can commit to even 3 times a week I will be happier for it. I have been starting to gain a little weight and i want to feel healthier and stronger then ever before.

Language learning:

I want to do my best to devote some time everyday to learning a language other then my own. I hate only knowing English fluently and I want to expand my knowledge. First and foremost I wish to become fluent in Spanish (which I should already be fluent in already) and I also want to have at least a working understanding of Japanese (I watch enough anime that the culture is utterly fascinating to me and I really want to travel there someday)

And most importantly, Writing:

My dream for myself is to become and author and write books that I can be proud of. I want to write something inspiring and full of hope and everything that I am. I want to write many books and I dream of being a published author. However, I do not write nearly as much as I should be (most of the time, other then blog posts, not at all) but I am slowly starting to change that. I have a book idea for something that I can’t wait to flesh out (which sits right now at about 4,000 words) and recently the ideas for it have been soaring and it has started to become something I would be dying to read if I saw it on my shelves.

So in order to motivate myself (and make it so that my time is stretched towards some sort of robotic efficiency) I am joining in on Nanowrimo this year. That’s right, the thing that I’ve tried and failed in Camp and the real deal probably over ten times now. I’m going for it one more time. Every time I say I am going to win this time I believe I will (something I say every time I try this but I digress). The book I will be writing is a Sci-fi novel I have talked about before on the blog, but since the ideas inception I have chosen a completely new direction for the novel and I gotta say I am really proud of it already. I am going to try not to talk about it too much till it is complete, but I know that drafting it is going to be a huge mess, but a ton of fun. (Plus the truth is I am terrified of writing it, but now that I’ve been plotting it and getting ideas for it for the past two months or so, I feel like it’s time to really put words on the page).

Anyway, my biggest challenge for all my goals in managing my time and writing 2,000 words, reading a book a day, writing blog posts, exercising, working, and learning Spanish and Japanese on a daily bases sounds almost impossible, but a majority of these things I’ve already been managing from day to day, so I wanna see if I can make all these this a reality for a better me, mentally, physically, and in a lot of ways spiritually.

Thanks for reading! What are your goals and aspirations? Is there something you want to do daily for a better you?

-Till next time!

Feminism, Manosphere, and All the Diverse Feels: Let’s Talk The Nowhere Girls: A Review

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

My Rating: All the stars in the sky! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: October 10th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

Chosen Opening Quote: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.” -Alice Sebold, Lucky

Musings:

The very first chapter gave me chills and I knew then that this book would change something deep inside of me and it did, it really did. The Nowhere Girls are the epitome of modern feminism. They are girls who dream and girls who work day in and day out. They are girls who just want a bite of pizza and girls who are discovering themselves. The Nowhere Girls are every girl. You (guys too 🙂 ) and me and everyone who believes in woman and who they are at there core.

This book is about acceptance beyond gender identity, color of skin, equal orientation, political association, or disability. Because we all should cheer each other on despite any stigma that parts of what we are could have. We are more then our parts. We all live and hope and dream of better lives. We all want a world thats better so why not start with ourselves by accepting those around us and making change when it is in our power to do so.

As much as I loved this book for its beautiful diversity and strong and real female characters I loved it even more for the anger it awakened in me. It was an anger that made me want to go out and actually take action for the things that I believe in and that was one of the biggest gifts that a book could give me.

Let’s talk about the root of my anger: sexism and manosphere. Manosphere is something I wasn’t aware of as being a real and prevalent thing on the internet, but now that I am aware I am filled with complete and utter hatred for it and all that it stands for. Manosphere is basically a blog where a man writes about woman and how to get into her pants among other undesirable concepts. It makes my skin crawl to think that there are a lot of men out there that subscribe to manosphere and its ideals and actually believe what is being said is right. Manosphere is degrading towards women, in feminist, and downright appalling and I am not ok with its existence. The way women are degrading to less then objects on these sites makes me want to puke and after reading some of their posts on my own out of pure curiosity I found myself hating that as time moves forward and we all try to change there are till many out there that want to keep woman as playthings worthless except for their bodies and the pleasure they can provide and I can’t stand the thought of it.

What makes this book really special for me though is how the power of its message is conveyed through lyrical and at times poetic prose with unflinching truths that literally gave me goosebumps. This novel is GORGEOUSLY written and it made me want to rave and cheer and cry all at once. Grace, Erin, and Rosina are my personal heroes. There nonstop hope and pride for themselves made this story evolve into something I couldn’t stop reading. This book has definitely made my top favorites of 2017 and I am so happy to have read it.

Thanks for reading! Please read this amazing and incredible novel. It does have themes of rape, extreme sexist thinking, and all around hard things to think about, but it is also beautiful and will call out to something inside you that you never before realized you needed to heal.

-Till next time!

Amber Sky: A Review

Amber Sky by Claire Warner

My Rating: 4 Stars

Publisher: Raven Press

Publish Date: October 8th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

““You thought I did this out of the goodness of my heart?” He gave a short mirthless laugh. “Not a bit of it, this is going to be dangerous for me. What are you offering for my help?”

Beneath the Amber Sky, the nobility control the food, education, and the mysterious C.O.I.L.S of Copper and Brass. To Tay, struggling to keep her siblings alive, the ideas of rebellion and freedom are distant and unreachable.

But when her father is arrested, she begs Darius James, the son of the Overseer, to save his life. Darius agrees, but his help costs her a favour, one he can call in at any time.

Darius’ favour will bring her to the Palace, and the perfect position to help the growing rebellion. But the court has games beyond anything she has seen before, and Darius’ secrets will add to the danger.

Tay is now able to make a difference, to join the rebellion, find the C.O.I.L.S and discover the secrets of the Amber Sky. All she has to do is survive.”

Opening Sentence: “It was November, and soot-laden fog obscured her progress as Taya strode along the busy street.”

Musings:

Every time I had a Goodreads vote on what to read next this book won. I didn’t understand why until after I finished reading when I realized that this book had one of the most intriguing concepts I have ever read and it was executed very well.

What I found to be most interesting was the unique class systems based around ratings even among the wealthy. This made for some interesting social dynamics where no matter who you are your rank is never safe and it is possible for you to loose all your status.

I also loved the imagery of the Amber Sky in this book and the fact that the sky ever having been blue was almost one thing of myths for them. It was almost difficult to grasp in my head because all my life I have thought of the sky being blue and to think of it being any other color was a bit strange. What I liked mot about the Amber sky however was that it is almost a representation of the secretive and oppressed state of the people in this story.

Our heroine in this story is also a bit of an unusual one because she does not seem to even want to be a heroine. She was mostly coerced into it because she did not want any more of her family getting hurt for the resistance cause anymore.

This book for me was a mix of political and octal intrigue, mixed with a rebel cause and a little bit of romance to make for one of the most unique storylines I have ever read. Amber Sky has a lot to offer and I am so excited to see what happens next in book two!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!