Nothing But Sky // It FELL A Bit Short For Me Haha See What I Did There

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

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!

Nothing But Sky comes out March 27!Have you read Nothing But Sky, or are you planning on it? What are some great historical YA you’ve read? Let me know in the comments!

Vengeance Road // Lots of Potential, But I Was Bored

Author: Erin Bowman
Genre: Western | Historical | YA
Series: Vengeance Road #1 (though it seems to be a series of standalones?)
Goodreads rating: 3.88
My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐

 

 

Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.I have some mixed feelings about this one. There were definitely things I liked about this one, but it wasn’t enough to make me fall in love. So let’s break this down in two nice lists of things I liked and disliked!

What I liked

💛 The overal plot! I really liked the idea of Kate wanting to avenge her father and travelling through the Wild West
💛 Kate!! She’s such a delight. I love how she’s allowed to be morally complicated, that she doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger and get her hands dirty, but that she still feels remorse. She’s kick-ass and goes through some great character development
💛 I also really loved Lilye, the Apache girl Kate met along the way
💛 The brothers Jess and Will have a fun relationship to read about and it’s nice to see them bond with Kate
💛 The romance was cute, but it didn’t really leave a mark on me? I’m pretty sure I’ll forget about them soon. Still, considering how many unhealthy relationships there are out there in YA I appreciate this one
💛 The actions scenes were really intense. When shit was going down, it was really going down. It was hard to put the book down during these scenes and they were vividly described

What I didn’t like

💛 I was bored quite a bit, which is the reason behind my mixed feelings. As you can see above I liked quite a few things about this one, but I was bored a little bit too often for me to rate this higer than three stars. The action scenes were really well written like I mentioned before, but the scenes in-between weren’t always that interesting to read
💛 Despite liking the characters, afterwards I still felt like I didn’t really get to know the characters that well. That may also be why I wasn’t really feeling the romantic relationshipHave you read Vengeance Road? What did you think of it? Any YA Wild West books you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!