Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk

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...

Details Amber & Dusk

TitleAmber & Dusk
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Amber & Dusk

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This was seriously one of the greatest surprises I've ever found in a book! I wanted to read faster so I could start fangirling and shoving it at everyone asap, but the writing was so gorgeous that I had to appreciate every single line... pretty sure Lyra Selene's writing style is one of my all-time favorites now. (But everyone has different taste, so don't go into this with absurdly high expectations that could lessen your enthusiasm for what is...
  • Nastassja
    “I will not sit idly by while the world changes around me. I don’t know whether my blood is a gift or a curse. And I don’t relish breaking the world in order to remake it the way I see it. But I will if I have to. Does that make me a monster?” Such moments make me wish I was a poet, so I could transcribe my feelings into a melody of words. Alas, I am not, and you are stuck with my numerous attempts to praise the book I loved and would wan...
  • Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
    For added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =)Preface:While I have some complaints about the heroine, I absolutely LOVED this book. Political scheming, a damaged antihero, and twists in the story combined to slingshot me through this novel. I’m officially willing to devour whatever this author will write next.The plot:The story is full of politics, scheming, and secrets, and an evil empress who uses her court as her own personal Mean...
  • Lisa
    I LOVED all the machinations and court intrigue that drove the plot and kept me guessing. Sylvie is at once a cunning and ambitious character who is still somehow sympathetic and endearing.I absolutely couldn't get enough of the world origin story - the sun chasing the moon and Meridian getting caught up in the drama. It was captivating and really gave so much insight into motivations and games.The only thing I wished for was either 1. a second b...
  • Kris Brekker
    Sunder, Sunder, SUNDER. Sunder, who makes Cardan seem like a gentle, gentle, gentleee flower. Sunder, Sunder, SUNDER... oh, how I love thee.
  • Allison C
    Overall, I found the book's concept and everything interesting, but it was too predictable to be as enjoyable as it could have.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Amber and Dusk stars Sylvie, a poor orphan, who has been raised by very strict nuns. We are told from the outset that she has been bullied and tormented by others because she is different. She has special powers that she believes means that she is meant for greater things. The good: the prose is pretty good, especially for a debut. The magic and the world building is interesting. The not so great (and this may be a lot personal): I just didn't fe...
  • Erin ღYour YA Readerღ
  • Wilde
    This book bored me to tears. Literally. And the MC is a TSTL selfish bitch of the highest order. She thinks she deserves everything because she can make illusions. It's her birth right, you see. People should just accept/respect her dusty ass because she's a poor man's "8" from Stranger Things. Um, no. Respect is earned. Not given, you entitield, egotistical gamine. She leaves good people--even a sweet love interest--just go to the Amber City whe...
  • Kelli Fischer
    3.5 starsThe story was gripping from early on, with an extremely promising plot filled with magic. The romantic tension and villain building were on point, and ultimately allowed me to overlook aspects of the world that didn’t fully live up to its potential. From the start, Sylvie was a firecracker of a main character. She was stubborn and entitled and at times I honestly struggled to like her. However, it was these faults and the mistakes that...
  • Rebecca Wash
    Loved! So much happens and I'm dying for the next book. Sunder was an amazing character!
  • Bookish_Opinions
    I really wanted to like this book. From the beginning I was drawn in by the unique descriptions and captivating imagery, it's clear this author is a very talented writer. (view spoiler)[ The book has LGBTQ+ representation which is a big draw for me (although it did feel a bit like a check in a box since it was essentially just one central character and his boyfriend). However, I quickly found the main character unsympathetic in her goals and the ...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3.5 starsUnlike the last 3.5 I gave out, this I would round up to 4 stars on a whole number scale! Which is all the more important when we're looking at my crazy rating subtleties.I guess the first thing I should admit is that I did not have very high expectations for this. Which is kind of terrible, because I'm on the blog tour and I do think it looks cool, but historically fantasies like these have been huge let downs.But Amber & Dusk, despite ...
  • Andria Sedig
    This book was an amazing blend of magic and court politics that was full of action and intrigue and romance. The world building was well done and I literally could not put this book down. If you love books full of court politics AND magic this book would be for you! It also features LGBTQ+ characters whose sexual identity is not the only part of their character, which is a neat bit of representation in the fantasy world if that's what you're look...
  • Kiersten
    This book was good and bad. I'll start with the positive. The writing and settings of the book were unique and perfectly detailed; There weren't any points were I thought the author took to long to describe, but it was enough to get a decent mental picture. Most of the characters were enjoyable and had a certain amount of depth and backstory for them to be intriguing. Now for the negative... Mirage was one of the most horrible and irritating char...
  • Brenda Drake
    Amber & Dusk is an enticing book with beautiful world building, magic, twists, and romance. Sylvie is a fierce and flawed heroine who owns her story. And Sunder! I'm still swooning!
  • Caroline
    Interesting fantasy world, but just a little bit predictable. Before I get into my thoughts about the book, I have to say, I love this cover! It's so pleasing and I adore the font.I loved the idea of the powers/legacies in this book, it reminded me a little bit of the Darkest Minds.Slyvie is just a little bit entitled, which didn't exactly help her especially in her quest in this book. It's hard to root for a character who's been told several tim...
  • Kiki
    *3.5 stars* for me, and probably *4 stars* to people who like overly lyrical writing.
  • Michelle
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Amber & Dusk is a young adult fantasy romance by author Lyra Selene. Amber & Dusk is a novel that features awesome secrets and intrigue, a really cool world setup, and characters that pull you in. Honestly, I loved pretty much everything about this novel. I really hope there is going to be a sequel. I wasn't sure by the ending of Amber & Dusk if there would be one or ...
  • Jean
    Okay, I definitely wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much I did. The world building is fantastic! I love how the author doesn’t waste time in explaining all the new terminology (e.g. tides for years, spans for months) but leaves clues for readers to figure them out. Unlike most YA fantasy books that is heavy on world building, the author also doesn’t forsake character development in favor of a grand magic system. That is such an essential e...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    Wow...what a cliffhanger!!I have to start by saying that the story was easy to guess what would happen but it did have 1 or 2 surprising twists I didn't see coming. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I will be anticipating the next book in the series.
  • Manon
    This was such a good book! I enjoyed every bit of it!
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    Sylvie has always known that she was destined for greater things. She is certain that her life as an orphan with the Sisters of Scion is only a small blip on her path to greatness. When she comes into her legacy--a magical talent that is believe to only belong to the upper class--Sylvie knows it's a sign.Sneaking onto a caravan Sylvie makes her way from the very edges of the Dusklands when the darkness of the Dominion constantly looms into the Am...
  • Petrichorus
    I don't know why I bothered. The main character is unlikable. The love interests are mildly unlikable. The writing is bogged down with metaphors that aren't necessary.
  • Kaitlyn
    While I do have a significant number of complaints about the protagonist, this book was still good. Amber & Dusk revolves around Sylvie, an orphan girl who dreams of a better life. She has a gift of creating illusions and she picks up her belongings and travels to the Amber city to find her legacy. There, she's surprised (and not in a good way) that there's a lot of shit going on: politics, secrets, scheming, and a very evil queen. Sylvie is anno...