Author: Amy Trueblood
Genre: Historical // YA
Goodreads rating: 4.23
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she’s dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.
No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.
After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.
Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest review
I really wanted to love this one, but alas, it fell a bit short for me. There are a lot of things to like about this book, but I didn’t really enjoy the writing and I found the characters a bit flat. There are two guys on Grace’s crew who I couldn’t tell apart until the end, nor did I have any clue who was who when it came to her two best friends. At some point I didn’t even remember a character when they showed up again. In the end, I just didn’t find the characters that memorable. As for the writing, there was way too much telling. At first I didn’t mind, but at some point I got so frustrated that I just left a note for myself saying ‘stoppppp’. So much was spelled out for the reader. It just felt pointless to me – there was no need to tell us, since the dialogue or the scene just showed it to us perfectly fine.
Because of the flat characters and the writing style I got bored at some point, and when things got tense I didn’t really care since 1) I didn’t care for the characters and 2) I knew everything was going to be fine anyway, so I even started to skim read. That said, I did enjoy it at first, and there are a lot of good things about this book!
💛 While I found Grace a bit flat like the other characters, I did like how fierce she was, that she stood up for herself and how determined she was to keep her family together
💛 Grace fought sexism throughout the book
💛 Henry’s portrayal of PTSD was really well done! And something we don’t get to see too often
💛 I may not have really known the difference between like,, half of the crew,, I still liked how much they cared for each other. The two guys* were like big brothers to Grace, and I liked how they helped Henry cope with his PTSD
💛 They are all just so proud of Grace??
💛 I did like that Grace had two best female friends who just looked out for her, though I wish they had played a bigger part in the book. They barely appeared and while they sort of had an arc of their own, they were mostly just there to help Grace**
💛 I liked reading about … wing … walking …? Is that what it’s called? I don’t remember I am terrible adsgh But yeah it was interesting! I’ve never read about it before but it was a really cool setting, especially seeing a girl in that profession.
* I don’t remember their names dsjhdg I didn’t even know which one was which for most of the book and now I don’t even remember their names I don’t know if it’s the books fault or mine because I have the memory of a goldfish
** I’m WHEEZING I have two notes on my Kindle App during the first scene they appear: ‘Gay???’ and ‘??? Gay???’ I’m still disappointed that those girls didn’t get together sdjgh
My biggest problems with this book are the writing and finding the characters a bit meh, but those are very much ‘it’s not you it’s me’ things. I can definitely see a lot of people loving this one (and they already are! The ratings on Goodreads are good) so definitely don’t let me stop you from picking this one up!