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Lyra Selene

Autor/a de Amber & Dusk

3 obres 469 Membres 11 Ressenyes

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Obres de Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk (2018) 309 exemplars
A Feather So Black (2024) 123 exemplars
Diamond & Dawn (2019) 37 exemplars

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Gènere
female
Nacionalitat
USA
Llocs de residència
New England, USA
Agent
Ginger Clark
Biografia breu
Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes.
Lyra grew up on a steady diet of Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper and Ursula K. LeGuin, scribbling in book margins and tapping on typewriters. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at music.

She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. AMBER & DUSK is her debut novel.

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{My thoughts} – Sylvie is an interesting character. Ever since she was a child she longed to be a part of a place where she felt she belonged. She has never truly felt is if she belonged where she was being raised out in the Dusklands. She has always assumed that she belonged in the Coeur d’Or, the palais of the Amber Empress. She came to this conclusion because like many other’s that live in the palais she also has a gift.

She finds her way to the palais of the Amber Empress and she presents herself. She is filthy and ruined and a mess. But she is some how able to prove that she at least deserves a chance to live in the palais like others that have been born with gifts. She gets to stay on a trial basis and in the time span that she is there she changes her name to Mirage, because that is more or less the definition of her gift and she moves forward with training so that she can better control her gift.

There are so many different twists and turns in this book that it is going to have you wondering what is up and down. The description within the pages is so well done that you can easily visualize what is happening within your mind. It’s one of those story’s that is sure to stick with you long after you’ve read it.

I have read many books like this one in a similar sense. It has the appeal and feel of books similar to X-Men, given that the characters have special gifts and or powers that can effect those around them as well as their day to day activities.

When I’d started reading this book it wasn’t at all what I’d thought it was going to be. It had started out slow, but then it pulled me in and I didn’t want to put the book down. I wanted to devour it in one go. It is brilliantly written. I found so many quotes within the pages of this book that were incredible. I really cannot wait to devour book two in the very near future!
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Zapkode | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jun 1, 2024 |
{My thoughts} – Sylvie is an interesting character. Ever since she was a child she longed to be a part of a place where she felt she belonged. She has never truly felt is if she belonged where she was being raised out in the Dusklands. She has always assumed that she belonged in the Coeur d’Or, the palais of the Amber Empress. She came to this conclusion because like many other’s that live in the palais she also has a gift.

She finds her way to the palais of the Amber Empress and she presents herself. She is filthy and ruined and a mess. But she is some how able to prove that she at least deserves a chance to live in the palais like others that have been born with gifts. She gets to stay on a trial basis and in the time span that she is there she changes her name to Mirage, because that is more or less the definition of her gift and she moves forward with training so that she can better control her gift.

There are so many different twists and turns in this book that it is going to have you wondering what is up and down. The description within the pages is so well done that you can easily visualize what is happening within your mind. It’s one of those story’s that is sure to stick with you long after you’ve read it.

I have read many books like this one in a similar sense. It has the appeal and feel of books similar to X-Men, given that the characters have special gifts and or powers that can effect those around them as well as their day to day activities.

When I’d started reading this book it wasn’t at all what I’d thought it was going to be. It had started out slow, but then it pulled me in and I didn’t want to put the book down. I wanted to devour it in one go. It is brilliantly written. I found so many quotes within the pages of this book that were incredible. I really cannot wait to devour book two in the very near future!
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CrimsonSoul | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jun 1, 2024 |
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I enjoyed the world, the magic and illusions, and the inclusion of LGBT characters who were portrayed well rather than being excessively flamboyant or bitchy. But unfortunately I hated everything else.

I couldn't stand the main character, she is annoying, entitled, demanding, and an absolute idiot. Almost everything bad that happens in the book could have been avoided if she had just done what people were telling her to do rather than her deciding that she knows best and doing things her own nonsensical way.

The author is far too descriptive and wordy, which seems like a strange complaint to have about a book but every single little thing is described in painful detail, and on top of that most of her descriptions sound pretty but they don't actually make sense. She also repeats phrases and descriptions constantly! By the time I finished the book I lost track of how many times Sylvie "clenched my jaw so tight I feared it would crack", felt "icy fingers gripped my spine" or "an icy hand ran down my back". Another problem I had with the writing was that rather than show events happening in the book, the author chooses for a lot of it to be explained by having a character, well, explain it. There are too many times when a character tells Sylvie something, she responds with "I don't understand, explain it to me" and they oblige. So a lot of the book is told to us through another character telling Sylvie rather than the events unfolding in front of us.

There is a lot more that I didn't like, but if I wrote about it all then this review would be as wordy as the book. I may read the second book at some point just so I finish the story as the ending of this one is..... Pointless. But I wouldn't recommend this at all.
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egge | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jul 16, 2022 |
I soooo badly wanted to give this four stars, and was right there until the last third, when the story veered into the cliché and expected "chosen one" trope.

Amber and Dusk is a fun read, a strange mishmash of French aristocratic culture, the malevolence of faeries, and the wonderful and wasteful opulence of a good courtly setting (seriously: a Blood Rain, on which the nutrition of the world depends on? Gates made out of gems and water? Gorgeous and eerie). Admittedly, some things were so strange and outlandish that I had trouble envisioning or grasping them and got a little lost in the world building, but that's not something I mind too much. I will cop to taking a long time to sort out the color of kembric in my mind's eye, and am still not exactly sure. I think it's just because gold is so precious here that to imagine a world where it's just another mineral is hard. The abundance of overly ornate and purple prose didn't necessarily help, either. A few times I had to check if the author was male or female, because the way Mirage described her body seemed very male-gaze-y to me.

I liked Sylvie's character, full of ambition and willingness to do literally whatever she had to in order to become what she desired. When she became Mirage, she didn't lose that fierce ambition at all; she just learned how to hone it. I actually wish Selene had really leaned into the darker aspects of Mirage's character- there were hints of Sylvie's cruelty and anger in the first part of the book, when she was traveling with Luca or thought she wasn't going to be accepted to court. A heroine who is incredibly ambitious, ruthless, and willing to do absolutely anything and ignore all other concerns in her quest for power is very rarely seen in YA, and by embracing that Selene would have really added to the uniqueness of the book. When she rejects Luca it's great, and her attempts to reject Sunder are as well, but then of course she has to surrender to his charms, which is where the book became overly predictable.

Actually, I want to talk about the boys for a bit. For one (and I acknowledge that this is completely subjective), I didn't think Sunder seemed attractive (which might have been, again, my confusion over the actual color of kembric, so I imagined his hair simultaneously pale gold and almost white). But mainly because he seems legitimately dangerous. He tells Mirage that he believes gifts are linked to the person they manifest in, and his is because he wants to cause pain, even to things he loves. That is not a normal way to feel! He's manipulative and casually cruel, and a few tender moments does not excuse that. And I HATE when people leave others out of the details of their important plans when those details concern that person - everything would be so much easier if Sunder had tried to actually warn Mirage instead of tricking her and forcing her to follow him everywhere.

I liked Luca originally, when he was with the convoy, as he seemed kind-hearted and caring. I understood completely why Sylvie rejected him, and while I knew he was going to turn up again, I wished he wouldn't. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that Mirage didn't like the drastic changes he had undergone, and was no longer interested.


The little hints that something isn't right in court are deliciously creepy, and Mirage willfully ignoring them is perfectly reasonable in terms of her character and development. I could have done with a little more explanation of a few of those things, but the rush of the climax didn't allow for it. What is the purpose of the Gauntlet? Merely entertainment for the Empress? How, exactly, do the legacies she chooses as "weapons" get used in battle? Are the powers she absorbs hers forever, or do they fade away?

I could see from a mile away that Mirage was going to join the rebellion, and that Sevrine's legacy was stealing other's legacies (though I did entertain the thought that she had none), which I was actually dreading. I enjoyed reading about the court intrigue (a weakness of mine) and Mirage's seemingly endless struggle for acceptance and power, and wanted to continue along that path. But, generally, I was entertained.
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Elna_McIntosh | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Sep 29, 2021 |

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Obres
3
Membres
469
Popularitat
#52,471
Valoració
½ 3.4
Ressenyes
11
ISBN
23

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