Amber & Dusk (Amber & Dusk, #1) by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk (Amber & Dusk, #1)

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 (Amber & Dusk, #1)

TitleAmber & Dusk (Amber & Dusk, #1)
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Amber & Dusk (Amber & Dusk, #1)

  • Miranda Reads
    Psst. A new video is up - all about the bad books I've read this year! Now that you know that this one is on it, check out the Worst Books of 2019 video to see what other ones made the cut! The Actual Review Buckle up b*tches - I'm taking you for a ride. The Young Adult Checklist - Aspiring Authors Edition ~Courtesy of the Miranda Reads School of Writing ~Some of you may remember our earlier course How to Write a Hit YA Novel 101...but what a...
  • jessica
    this appears to be one of those books that is flying completely under the radar at the moment. i probably wouldnt have even read this, let alone known about this, had it not been the book choice for decembers owlcrate. but this honestly deserves sooo much more attention.because this book is a straight up dream for any YA fantasy lover. it basically takes every trope imaginable and uses them shamelessly. and because of that, because of the familia...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Owlcrate Unboxing! Click link below the picture to see the awesome goodies! THE GOODIES LINKI reckon I will leave it at 3 since I cant really decide. Sigh....Happy Reading!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Owlcrate Unboxing! Click link below the picture to see the awesome goodies! THE GOODIES LINKI reckon I will leave it at 3 since I can’t really decide. Sigh....Happy Reading!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Nastassja
    I will not sit idly by while the world changes around me. I dont know whether my blood is a gift or a curse. And I dont 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 want to shove u...
  • Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
    2019's first installment of: I READ THIS BOOK SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO!WHY COULDN'T YOU JUST BE A BETTER BOOK?!To whoever is reading this review: Imma need to warn you of three things before you scroll any further: 1) This is an angry review, don't come here looking for niceties--you'll find only anger and expletives, 2) There's some harsh language involved(I'm sorry, kind of, but my anger supersedes my apologetic nature), 3) This is clearly an unpop...
  • Kris
    07/12/19: CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVE SUNDER. HOLY SHIZ. TUUUT01/12/18:Sunder, Sunder, Sunder. Sunder, a boy who makes Cardan seem like a gentle, gentle, gentleee flower. Sunder, Sunder, (灬♥ω♥灬) Sunder (灬♥ω♥灬)... oh, how I love thee.
  • 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...
  • Rylee Richard
    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. Im 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 Girls Coliseum. The people around Sylvie are miserable, but...
  • 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...
  • Cindy ✩☽♔
    We are only as blind as the things we refuse to see. Me staying up late to read this book: But honestly, this was such a delightful read. Now, I won't go as far as to say this book is free of tropes. Because it isn't. However, it manages to use some of the typical tropes while still keeping the story fresh and interesting. One such way it does so is our heroine Sylvie/Mirage. She is not our usual YA heroine. No one arrived to rescue her and take...
  • Minni Mouse
    If you liked The Cruel Prince, I can almost guarantee you'll like this one as well. For a debut YA fantasy author, it's a good book with an engaging beginning, a decent world building with a both cultural and dystopian-esque tone, and an admirably subtle shift toward a feminist approach to ambition. Similar vibes also included Red Queen and The Diabolic. THE GOOD1) Big fan of the beginning. 2) Sylvie wants a man, yes, but she wants a strong ...
  • Tara ☽
    Purple Prosenoun Prose that is too elaborate or ornate.↑ Thats straight off google, baby!I recently criticised The Gilded Wolves for having writing that leans too much toward style over substance. Purple prose. Heres the thing: I think there are stories where purple prose works, and stories where it doesnt.I think the reason why the incessantly flowery writing annoyed me less in this book than it did with other books is because, unlike the afor...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
    I'll admit I had high expectations for this book and it didn't entirely deliver. I wasn't blown away or wowed out of my chair. That isn't to say that I didn't still enjoy it, because I did. I just wanted/hoped for a bit more. It still gets a solid 4 stars and I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel!Things I loved: ~The legacies (though the name reminded me of the Lorien Legacies lol), I liked what each one could do & the names they earned be...
  • Vaso
    Sylvie is an outcast. Because of her power to create illusions she's been called a witch. Therefore, she is trying to earn her place in the Amber court. Is any of what she finds there what she was hoping and aching for? Author is initially developing the story in a slow pace, but afterwards it gets faster and stronger.A great debut novel full of color, hope and magic!
  • 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 ...
  • Sophie Gabrielle
    Why👏arent👏more👏people👏talking👏about👏this👏book?Positives:+ Beautiful, rich language that matches the romantic, fantastical setting of the world. Each description painted a beautiful picture that was a lush treat to imagine. + Although Amber and Dusk looks like most YA fantasies on the surface, it has the marks of a great in its blood. The court politics remind me of the Under the Mountain arc of ACOTAR. Anything similar to som...
  • 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 ...
  • Geneviève (thefreckledbookworm)
    "[...] an ignorant, unreliable, loudmouthed provincial with delusions of grandeur and an entitlement complex as big as this château?" This summarizes my feelings for this book 😂 and here's why : when I first started reading this book, I was intrigued by the promising world building and the fast pace of the story. But there were so many confusing elements that were never explained. For example, this world lives in eternal daylight. Or dusk, gu...
  • Adela Cacovean
    So lyrical and serene, full of wonders and... mirage. :)Also... where is the FANART? I need that in my life, for reals.
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  • Molly
    This book is all kinds of ridiculous. I honestly should've DNF'd this thing and moved on but I'd already read more than half the book before I realized I was starting to despise it and I figured I should just finish it to see how weird the ending would be. I'm still salty about this book so my review is a little scathing, but sometimes you just gotta vent, you know?The Characters "You are neither as brave nor as clever as you imagine yourself to ...
  • mo
    everyone has their own opinions with books and writing styles. in the case of amber & dusk, mine is this: it is stunningly bad. character motivations were thin on the ground. the worldbuilding was nonsensical. other characters telling the protagonist how powerful and good she had become didn't just feel unearned but instead read as laughable. and to top it all off, the writing was cloyingly overwrought, relying heavily on the constant and clumsy ...
  • 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 didnt 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 sh...
  • Taylor
    My Rating/Score: 4 out of 5 Stars on Goodreads' rating system. 8 out of 10 on my own personal scoring system.