The Cerulean (Untitled Duology, #1)
Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.

The Cerulean (Untitled Duology, #1) Details

TitleThe Cerulean (Untitled Duology, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherHarperTeen
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt

The Cerulean (Untitled Duology, #1) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    “You are not like other girls, Agnes McLellan.”“No,” she said. “I’m not.” 🙄 I really dislike giving 1 star reviews. I usually try to find something good about a book to justify bumping it up to 2. I gave The Cerulean every chance to change my mind and I kept reading right to the end, but I really didn't enjoy this book at all. It's not just one thing, but a combination of many different things that didn't work for me.I was drawn in by the promise of an all-female sapphic society where each girl “You are not like other girls, Agnes McLellan.”“No,” she said. “I’m not.” 🙄 I really dislike giving 1 star reviews. I usually try to find something good about a book to justify bumping it up to 2. I gave The Cerulean every chance to change my mind and I kept reading right to the end, but I really didn't enjoy this book at all. It's not just one thing, but a combination of many different things that didn't work for me.I was drawn in by the promise of an all-female sapphic society where each girl has three mothers. This was a big selling point for me, but what the author does with this atypical premise is... strange. She has Sera, one of the protagonists, discover that she is the only straight girl in her society. This was not magic. This was attraction. She wanted this male, the way she had tried to want Koreen or Treena or any of the other girls her age and failed. The thing she had longed for above all else, the one secret she had kept from those she cared for . . . she had been wrong. This whole time. She was not incapable of love.She loved males. Even if this made sense, it seems an odd choice to introduce a "straight twist" to a supposedly sapphic society. However, it does not even make sense. These women who live in the creatively-named "City in the Sky" are a blue-blooded, silver-skinned alien species, they are not human, and males do not exist in their species. It makes absolutely no sense for Sera to be straight.I would like to point out that this is NOT a reverse oppression story. Sera is not oppressed for being straight because straightness simply doesn't exist among her species. Which, again, is why it doesn't make sense.This is actually only one small part of the problem, though. So many parts of this fantasy were weak and simplistic. Apparently it is possible to be both convoluted and incredibly vague at the same time. By this I mean that we are treated to lots of long and boring info-dumps, but it all adds up to a universe that felt very vaguely-sketched. I came away with little understanding of what this world looked like and I never fully understood the sacrifice/tether aspect.The obvious names of everything - "City in the Sky", "Great Sadness", "Choosing Ceremony", "Sleeping Sickness", "orange/green/purple mother" - made it seem like a book suited to a younger audience, and also gave it no unique flavour of it's own. These names could have been from any other YA fantasy.When Sera is chosen to be sacrificed so her people can break the tether that ties their floating city to the planet below, something goes wrong. Instead of dying, she finds herself wandering among the humans of Kaolin - one of the planet's two countries. Enter biracial twins Agnes and Leo. The former is dark-skinned, queer, and "not like other girls"; the latter is light-skinned, seemingly straight, and greets Sera by kidnapping her for his father's "theater". Hopefully it is addressed with more nuance in the sequels, but the light-skinned Pelagan's are seen to be kinder and more progressive, as opposed to the dark-skinned Kaolin's who are ruthless and oppress women.There were so many things that didn't work for me. Even without the questionable choices made about the characters' sexualities and skin colours, it was honestly just quite boring. There are four third person perspectives warring with each other, lots of wordy but vague info-dumping, and two stories in one that just don't go together very well (the story of the city aliens and the story of the humans below). It's a real shame. Both the premise and the stunning cover suggested great things.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Savannah Winchell
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 50%- One Of the coolest worlds/concepts ive ever read BUT- NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I BEEN QUEER BATED SO HARD- THE MC IS THE ONLY STRAIGHT GIRL IN HER ENTIRE CULTURE OF POLY LESBIANS- THERE IS ANOTHER LESBIAN MC BUT SHES “NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS” THIS IS LITERALLY A LINE IN THE BOOK-DISHONOR ON U AND UR COW- THIS CONCEPT DESERVED BETTER. WE DESERVED BETTERI'm also updating on Dec 7 bc I realized I never mentioned the blatant racism bc i was so wrapped up in the homophobia. But yeah the brown pe DNF @ 50%- One Of the coolest worlds/concepts ive ever read BUT- NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I BEEN QUEER BATED SO HARD- THE MC IS THE ONLY STRAIGHT GIRL IN HER ENTIRE CULTURE OF POLY LESBIANS- THERE IS ANOTHER LESBIAN MC BUT SHES “NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS” THIS IS LITERALLY A LINE IN THE BOOK-DISHONOR ON U AND UR COW- THIS CONCEPT DESERVED BETTER. WE DESERVED BETTERI'm also updating on Dec 7 bc I realized I never mentioned the blatant racism bc i was so wrapped up in the homophobia. But yeah the brown people are oppressive and evil and the literal glowing white people in the sky are pure or whatever.THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    I strongly believe in not rating DNFs but man, I skimmed enough of this book and I need y'all to pay attention to this mess.This story is about a STRAIGHT girl, part of a species that doesn't even have males. She grew up in a polyam sapphic society.Due to circumstances she gets to this other planet and sees males for the first time. AND OF COURSE she's actually been attracted to "males" all this time. IT LITERALLY DOESN'T EVEN MAKE SENSE."This was attraction. She wanted this male, the way she ha I strongly believe in not rating DNFs but man, I skimmed enough of this book and I need y'all to pay attention to this mess.This story is about a STRAIGHT girl, part of a species that doesn't even have males. She grew up in a polyam sapphic society.Due to circumstances she gets to this other planet and sees males for the first time. AND OF COURSE she's actually been attracted to "males" all this time. IT LITERALLY DOESN'T EVEN MAKE SENSE."This was attraction. She wanted this male, the way she had tried to want [..] any of the other girls her age and failed. The thing she had longed for above all else, the one secret she had kept from those she cared for.. she had been wrong" (Quote from the ARC, might be changed in the final copy)CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? I could've gotten behind this if the character had been asexual and/or aromantic but.. straight? It's ridiculous and made me feel really icky.BUT then, it got even better. We get more POVs later on in the story and guess what? One of the other POVs is a girl living on that other planet and we find out basically immediately that she's exclusively attracted to women. The society she lives in is so heteronormative that literally in her first chapter she talks about the fact that she could get killed for even thinking another woman is attractive. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS?It also feels really wrong that these are brown people, whereas the main character's society, that's kinda portrayed as a "perfect society", are light-skinned people. Just saying.This story has got to be a parody. I can't believe this is getting published. I've rarely ever been this upset about a book. I wanted to finish this and write an essay about it but man, this shit is disgusting. I'm not doing this to myself. LET'S PRACTICE SELF CARE IN 2019 MY FRIENDS!
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    im so tired
  • Tori Kiersten Frost
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at p. 391 of 483The title character is the only straight girl from an all-lesbian alien society. She has a straight coming-out scene. No, really.Oh, and her all-lesbian society decides she needs to be ritually murdered in order to save their floating city. Which definitely does not play into homophobic fears about queer people being dangerous to children or anything.I gave this an honest try because I wanted to make sure the MC in question wasn't a bi or ace character being misrepresented in DNF at p. 391 of 483The title character is the only straight girl from an all-lesbian alien society. She has a straight coming-out scene. No, really.Oh, and her all-lesbian society decides she needs to be ritually murdered in order to save their floating city. Which definitely does not play into homophobic fears about queer people being dangerous to children or anything.I gave this an honest try because I wanted to make sure the MC in question wasn't a bi or ace character being misrepresented in reviews as a straight character, but no. She's straight.Credit where credit it due: there is another POV character who is gay, but her storyline is about suffering through a homophobic and misogynistic society until she can escape to another continent. It's a painful "pity the gays" narrative that makes straight people feel better about themselves, but it can be triggering to LGBT+ readers, so be aware of that if you decide to pick this one up.The human culture this gay character and her brother are from is made up of imperialist religious zealots with brown skin whose religious symbol is a crescent moon, so there's that, too.To the best of my knowledge, Amy Ewing is not part of the LGBT+ community. I would really like to see straight writers and their publishers not do this sort of thing anymore, especially if they're trying to court LGBT+ readers. This is sloppy and offensive -- and avoidable. This book really highlights how badly marginalized people are needed in publishing.
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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “Males looked sort of like females, except they had no breasts and were taller and hairier and meaner.”🌟 Time to confess that I primarily requested this book because of it’s cover and because I thought it was a standalone (We need more Fantasy Standalones). I liked the synopsis initially but after a few weeks of requesting this I started to have second thoughts and started to lose interest in the synopsis!🌟 That being This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “Males looked sort of like females, except they had no breasts and were taller and hairier and meaner.”🌟 Time to confess that I primarily requested this book because of it’s cover and because I thought it was a standalone (We need more Fantasy Standalones). I liked the synopsis initially but after a few weeks of requesting this I started to have second thoughts and started to lose interest in the synopsis!🌟 That being said, the book had a good start so I thought it was worth giving a chance! I was bored after a few chapters, but then was interested again and tbh I didn’t consider DNFing it so it must have been good.🌟 The world building was good too and although I had some questions at first and some things that were not convincing for me medical wise, it was explained later which both helped convincing me and adding to my knowledge. Bonus points for that!🌟 Plot wise, I felt like I have seen the twist and I had expectations after knowing just a few things. It was entertaining but it never blew my mind! That being said, I can’t say that I wanted to know what was going to happen and how will things unfold. I wanted to see if my theories were true. I may give credit to all the books that I have read before for this.I actually liked the romance way more than I expected to and that may have been the best part! It was kind of typical but the world building gives it a whole new context which makes it interesting if you take the time to think about it!!!! I am sure many readers will miss the point and will criticize it but that’s why it is OK to have different opinions.🌟 The characters were average YA characters, I am pretty sure that they will be among the characters I forget after a few months. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I like my characters to be more distinct and more unique!🌟 Summary: I may have been disappointed by the fact that this is a duology because this book is huge and it could have been shorter! I went with lower expectations and it was slow at first but the story picks up as you progress and becomes more captivating. The book didn’t blow my mind but it exceeded my expectations and I may consider continuing this series!ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kiki
    January 1, 1970
    I'm really interested in this but the plot sounds so unrealistic lmao. The people live in "a Sapphic utopia" and yet the heroine questions it? Ahahahahah why?
  • Lala BooksandLala
    January 1, 1970
    wtf this is the weirdest sounding plot! haha
  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    January 1, 1970
    "The Cerulean tells the story of Sera, who lives in a Sapphic utopia where all women have three mothers and a young woman is chosen every 100 years to be abandoned on the planet below as a sacrifice."Oookaaaaay.Why not?
  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Edit (3): Stillll untitled duology.Edit (2): It's officially published and STILL UNTITLED DUOLOGY.Edit: It's still untitled. COME ON HARPERCOLLINS SHAKE A LEGThis book comes out in a month and it's still an untitled duology. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER PEOPLE
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  • Christian
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so the Lone City trilogy was pretty mediocre, but HOLY FUCK TAKE ALL MY SECOND CHANCES BECAUSE THAT COVER.
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    God, THE JEWEL was such an outrageous clusterfuck that I feel obligated to read this and report back after chronicling that first saga of um-wtf-is-going-on-here.I see that this is promoting itself as a Sapphic society but I'm having visions of GATE TO WOMEN'S COUNTRY meets ROMEO AND JULIET, so let's not hold our collective breaths just yet
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    it's queer AND it has THAT cover. You will not hear me complain.
  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    January 1, 1970
    This book better have a blue cover, is all I'm sayin...
  • Seema Rao
    January 1, 1970
    Books are part of society. Writers don't get to step out of our norms, and they need to conscientious about the inadvertent racism and homophobia their stories suggest. This is not a world where your book can just be. There is no world like that. When you share racism and homophobia, you are complicit. This book is definitely not for any queer POC reader (or really for any conscientious citizen of the world.)Seema Rao Write : Instagram| Blog| Twitter|
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    I GOT AN ARC FROM EDELWEISSEDELWEISS ACTUALLY APPROVED ME FOR AN ARC AND IT'S FOR ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF THE YEARfor the record this comes out jan 29 not feb 5
  • Benjamin
    January 1, 1970
    I will postpone this reading for now...
  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    fuck's sake
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet. But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet. But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life...The short review...This was a really intriguing read for me... first of all it had four points of view! Yes, I said four and I enjoyed each of them for different reasons that I'll explain below. Needless to say that the POVs really made the story more dynamic than it would have been in one or two POVs. The other thing that really stood out about The Cerulean is the intriguing diversity. Sure there is a f/f relationship with one of the main characters that was fun and showcased sexual attraction. Then there are the Cerulean, the female only race, really a religious sect that floats above the planet, not on a ship, but on a large disc. The details as combined really worked well even if it was quite odd and not something you'd read about everyday.At first I was just curious where all this lesbian love and veggie only eating was going... Many of the things hinted at in the beginning were quite obvious to me and developed about as I expected. Then the other POVs came in... Once we left Sera and got to Leo and Anges I found the story finally here. I really fell in love with the creatures that are in this part of the story... And then Leela came onto the scene. In the beginning you assume she is just the BFF left behind to show Sera is normal if a little wild... but she gets her own part of the story and its super intriguing!I really enjoyed the contrast of the two societies (the Cerulean and the Kaolins) even if you aren't really certain where this all is going. The world building is such that even though the plot is rather formless its a journey that you willingly explore.Cover & Title grade -> A-I really love the cover of The Cerulean! I love the cool dual nature of it showing both the heavens and the trees. I love the city that is peaking above or is it jutting below?! And the small girl falling... GAHHHHH so gorgeous. It really draws you in and hints at the secrets that the Cerulean holds. However its a tiny bit static and does reflect the multiple POV nature to the narrative. Still I think its quite good and does its job well.Why did the four multiple POVS make the story in The Cerulean really enjoyable?-SeraShe acts as the catalyst to everyone else, bringing change and forcing them to choose sides. I really loved how her bold nature worked well in this role and how she learned to embrace her magic. She's not to most captivating but she certainly knows how to enter a scene!-LeoHe is a bit of a spoiled brat that idolizes his father... I love that he experiences that time where you realize your parent is human and you may have to choose a path different from what they want for you. He steps out into space for the first time gives us an incredible character arc!-AgnesShe secretly pursues her hearts greatest desires and even though she has faith in people she doesn't really know will be there for her. She is caught between the quite decent but totally platonic Ebenezer and the terribly saucy pirate chick Vada, leading them all into hot water...-LeelaSera's BFF who just wants her friend back... or if not that to uncover what is going on in their utopia... the most intriguing of the POVs with a mystery that by the end I was dying to learn with her. She is who I need to catch up with in the sequel!!As a Writer...Because there are so many POVs the actionable plot is quite shallow and mostly developed through later characters, Agnes and Leo, and not Sera, the protagonist (though Leela has a really great part all her own.) Sera acts as an instigator for all the drama that the other three go through due to her being in their lives. It's quite a fascinating way to develop the central character. Sure, when provided a way Sera gets all bold and does her part, but otherwise she just goes along with whatever the other characters tell her to do... From the high priestess to Agnes and eventually to Leo and the others who help her. This isn't really how a protagonist should react, but it works because the other POVs are autonomous and act for themselves.The Cerulean is an intriguing look at multiple POVs and why/how they can enliven a story and give dimension to an otherwise basic plot. The world building will keep you reading ahead as you wonder what's going to happen when the Cerulean and Kaolins meet the ?!⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ World BuildingThanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter...Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!
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  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    January 1, 1970
    This is officially the biggest disappointment of 2019, and it's only a month in. Can someone explain to me why this book has been hyped as a sapphic utopia for so long so, and now the official blurb has nothing about this sapphic world, and what we're actually getting is a boring fantasy about a straight girl???Oh I know, it's so this book gets all the credit of being diverse and giving us a glimpse of this poly sapphic society of all magical woman in the beginning of the book, but then gives us This is officially the biggest disappointment of 2019, and it's only a month in. Can someone explain to me why this book has been hyped as a sapphic utopia for so long so, and now the official blurb has nothing about this sapphic world, and what we're actually getting is a boring fantasy about a straight girl???Oh I know, it's so this book gets all the credit of being diverse and giving us a glimpse of this poly sapphic society of all magical woman in the beginning of the book, but then gives us a different story and doesn't do any of the work to make a quality diverse story. The queer character this book does give us, instead, is stuck in a ridiculously homophobic and misogynist community, and she's "not like other girls." An actual line from the book.I DNFd this one @ 40%. I kept reading on after realizing it was actually a story about a straight girl, but the story I was getting was ultimately boring and not capturing my attention either. This book is too long to continue reading to just be mad at what this book isn't and what it could've been. ARC provided by the publisher for an honest reviewReview can also be found on my blog!
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for the E-ARC.Okay. *deep, ragged breaths* What in the world did I just read?There may be some spoilers so read at your own risk.First off, we have one of those apparent protagonists. She doesn't quite fit in. She wonders about things she shouldn't be wondering about. She doesn't like girls they way others do-I'll back up.Sera lives in a floating city in space. I have dubbed this place, Floaty City. That is the jist of it. Her society is made up entirely of fema Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for the E-ARC.Okay. *deep, ragged breaths* What in the world did I just read?There may be some spoilers so read at your own risk.First off, we have one of those apparent protagonists. She doesn't quite fit in. She wonders about things she shouldn't be wondering about. She doesn't like girls they way others do-I'll back up.Sera lives in a floating city in space. I have dubbed this place, Floaty City. That is the jist of it. Her society is made up entirely of females that reproduce all parthenogenesis style. Cliff notes version: They don't need males to produce offspring. They don't even know what boys are. Their city is held on to planets below by tethers. When they feel it's time to move on, a sacrifice is made to cut the tether and release the city to find a new planet to latch onto. Floaty City is basically a parasite. Oh, and their blood can heal, and it's magic and stuff.Are you still with me?Now, it's obvious who the sacrifice is going to be. But Sera doesn't die like she's supposed to. She lands miserably on the planet below. Sera. You fail.Let's welcome twins Agnes and Leo. They live in a Victorian-ish society. I think. I can't quite pinpoint it, but I was horrible at history and worse at geography so...I don't know. It's not Earth. They have weird animals and stuff, but also fancy dresses and cars. Leo is kind of an ass-hat, and I really hated reading his POV. Agnes was better. She at least was interesting. She is in the same boat as Sera, but for her society, liking girls are taboo. But we have some queer story-telling, and I'm down for that.By the first half of the book, I was a tad jarred. I was in one world and then another, and I was like, whhhhaaat is haaaappening? Then, as I felt all comfy on the planet, we are sent back up to Floaty City into the POV of Sera's best friend. This part of the book was super exciting, and I kind of wished it stayed there. I didn't want to go back to Sera's POV. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaOk, I'll continue.So, basically, Leo brings Sera to his crazy father who is prepping to run some sort of freak show. Leo becomes less annoying as the story progresses. Much to my surprise, there is next to no romance as I thought there would be. I was all like, I bet Sera is going to fall in love with Leo. I bet you 256,899 dollars.By the time I finished this book, I kind of had to sit down and eat some Fritos and drink some iced-tea and wonder what goes through Amy Ewings mind when she thinks up book ideas. Did she say, hey, I have this idea about a floaty city and all women society and trees with faces and it's going to be EPIC. EPIC I TELL YOU.The story was different. REALLy different. And the cover is spectacular so kudos to that designer. The book is open ended so gear up for a second. I mean, this book was so weird and all over the place that I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen. This book has four POVs. That's a lot of POVs. But it worked out and got me away from annoying Leo.I guess I liked the book? I'm having one of those moments where you eat something different, and you can't quite make out what makes you want to eat more of it because it looks funny and has a weird texture. But somehow you're still eating it. That's this book.
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  • Anna 'Bookbuyer'
    January 1, 1970
    This was a 4.5 for me. Review to come.Okay so this is my first time writing a non spoiler review. Not sure if it will still contain spoilers so I'll caution any readers now.Sera was an amazing MC. I absolutely loved her. I loved her so much I couldn't see any flaws in her but she was also not a Mary Sue character. Take from that what you will.There were a lot of POV's in this book and that is one of the main reasons it got knocked down from a 5 to a 4 1/2. While I do deem it essential I don't li This was a 4.5 for me. Review to come.Okay so this is my first time writing a non spoiler review. Not sure if it will still contain spoilers so I'll caution any readers now.Sera was an amazing MC. I absolutely loved her. I loved her so much I couldn't see any flaws in her but she was also not a Mary Sue character. Take from that what you will.There were a lot of POV's in this book and that is one of the main reasons it got knocked down from a 5 to a 4 1/2. While I do deem it essential I don't like multiple POV's. Hence the 1/2 star mark down.Now on to the other POV's. Oh and before I forget this story also has multiple parts. Mostly involving a POV change. Anyway. No wait. It might be spoilery. Shoot. NM.The world building was wonderful. It left me with a lot of questions as I was reading but it was always answered. So it left me hanging by my fingertips often. Oh and fair warning the ending will make you desperate for the next book. lol.Also I could do a 5 paragraph gush about the cover! OMG. It is an absolutely amazing cover. Whoever designed it I give you 5 thumbs up. It's what really drew me to this book in the first place. That and then the author and then the plot.
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  • chloe
    January 1, 1970
    why do straight ppl wanna be oppressed so bad ??? get a hobby
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to have an early copy of this book from HarperCollins Canada. Thank you for this!! I was psyched when I received it, because the synopsis was so promising, and I really liked the book! The story is told from four different characters point of view, enabling us to know the thoughts of Agnes, Leo, Sera and Leena. It touches different kinds of love, as well as different kinds of magic. Everything is unfolding very fast in the second part of the book, so much that I was constantly lo I was fortunate to have an early copy of this book from HarperCollins Canada. Thank you for this!! I was psyched when I received it, because the synopsis was so promising, and I really liked the book! The story is told from four different characters point of view, enabling us to know the thoughts of Agnes, Leo, Sera and Leena. It touches different kinds of love, as well as different kinds of magic. Everything is unfolding very fast in the second part of the book, so much that I was constantly looking at the pages left and panicking: I wouldn't know all I want to know in such a few pages! Well, I didn't! I can't wait for book 2!
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  • Edward
    January 1, 1970
    Boring at best; homophobic and racist at worst. It's such a shame. The cover is so pretty. "Don't judge a book by its cover" never gets old.
  • Biz (Formerly Rachael)
    January 1, 1970
    the cerulean said het rights**fuck this book I was so excited
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....The Cerulean is a fantasy that I tried really hard to get an advanced review copy of because I loved Amy Ewing’s previous series. I was so thrilled when I got a copy from Edelweiss. The cover s absolutely stunning and I really liked Amy Ewing’s first two books in The Lone City series, so I went in with super high expectations. I am pleased to say that it was not a disappointing read.I loved the characters. Sera was intrig You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....The Cerulean is a fantasy that I tried really hard to get an advanced review copy of because I loved Amy Ewing’s previous series. I was so thrilled when I got a copy from Edelweiss. The cover s absolutely stunning and I really liked Amy Ewing’s first two books in The Lone City series, so I went in with super high expectations. I am pleased to say that it was not a disappointing read.I loved the characters. Sera was intriguing as she really stood out among people from her city. She was bold and outspoken, but also curious and brave. I loved the relationship that she had with her three mothers and also how loyal and dedicated she was to her best friend Leela. The two main characters from the planet, Agnes and Leo, were interesting as well. I immediately liked Agnes, who was kind of an oppressed woman, but fought for a better life for herself. She was also clearly a morally good character. Leo, on the other hand, took a while to grow on me. In the beginning I hated him because of his actions, but as his character changed throughout the story I really started to like him more.The world building was absolutely amazing. There was a floating city, which Sera was from, above the planet and it was attached to the planet by a magical tether. The floating city was fascinating. It was filled with only women, who were blue. Sera had three mothers and there were no men in the city so all of the citizens married other women in groups of three. Ironically Agatha, who was from the planet, was a lesbian and Sera, who was from the city filled with only women, was straight. The descriptions of the world were so vivid and fantastical. I am so glad that this is going to be a series because I would love to return to this world with these characters.While the characters and the world building made this book shine, the plot brought my rating down from 5 stars. The beginning was kind of slow, but once it picked up it was a really good read, but not because of the plot. I wanted there to be more interesting stuff happening once Sera was on the planet. I felt like the climax of the story was kind of lame, it wasn’t built up enough and I felt like it could have been executed way better than it was. The ending also felt a bit abrupt. I understand that it was setting up for the second book, but it just didn’t feel completely finished to me.Overall I would say that this was a great fantasy. I loved the characters and the wold building. The plot could have been better, but with such great characters it was still a wonderful book. It was a bit slow paced, but if you are looking for a vivid fantasy world to dive into, this would be a perfect choice. After reading I would really love to continue the series and also revisit Amy Ewing’s last series.
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight One thing I must say about this book, before we get into its entirety, is that the first say, 15% had me crying, smiling, in awe... and then lots more crying but look, emotions are good! I was in freaking love with this magical world in the sky. In. Love. And okay, I don't read synopses before starting a book, but some of the stuff is easy to predict regardless. That was okay, it didn't You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight One thing I must say about this book, before we get into its entirety, is that the first say, 15% had me crying, smiling, in awe... and then lots more crying but look, emotions are good! I was in freaking love with this magical world in the sky. In. Love. And okay, I don't read synopses before starting a book, but some of the stuff is easy to predict regardless. That was okay, it didn't really have any impact on my reading experience. Plus, twists happened later anyway, yay!Anyway, around 15-20% is where the location change happens. And I still really, really liked the book, but it did lose a bit of its magic for me at this point. Also, I need a map. Like desperately, and I hope there is one in the finished copy, because this world was a lot. And not in a bad way! Really, the author did a phenomenal job of creating such intricacies in several different cultures within the book, it's quite impressive. But maps help.There are four POVs, and this did not bother me at all- I daresay they were necessary. Sera, who is the character we first meet in Sky Places (and I adored from minute one) stays with us throughout. Ground-dwelling siblings Agnes and Leo each have a POV, with quite differing views of the world around them. Leo is kind of a typical-seeming dudebro at first but you can tell he's really not underneath the machismo. Agnes is fabulous from the start ha.  Sera's best friend Leela rounds them out, and she's lovely and I really enjoyed what she added to the mix.Speaking of characters, their interactions with each other are really the crowning jewel of this story. The lengths they'd go to for each other in some cases; the tension in others. The family dynamics between Sera and her mothers is one of the loveliest I have read about in a long, long time. And the friendship Sera and Leela have is so strong and inspiring!I don't want to say too much about the plot, but Sera wants to know what has happened to her people, and will do just about anything to save them, as she thinks she's failed her mission. Agnes and Leo are dealing with a dad who is basically the grossest of all time and has a sentient zoo I guess and honestly he is the worst. They need to figure out what they truly want out of life. Leela just wants her bestie back, and to uncover some truths about her people that will send her (and everyone else) reeling. But it kept me completely invested and I definitely need more! Bottom Line: Such lovely and unique world-building, and characters that I am fully invested in coupled with some really heavy emotions make me certain to return for the sequel!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    *review to come*
  • Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    So, I didn't even know this was a thing until everyone was dogging it on twitter. When I saw that it was triggering people, I just had to read it and oh boy, do I have my opinion to share. Because I read the book, I didn't just go off what someone else said because I'm a thinking human with my very own brain! Shocking in today's world when some take another's review as their own opinion without even reading the damn book themselves.Anyway, rant over. Let's talk about the book.This book follows f So, I didn't even know this was a thing until everyone was dogging it on twitter. When I saw that it was triggering people, I just had to read it and oh boy, do I have my opinion to share. Because I read the book, I didn't just go off what someone else said because I'm a thinking human with my very own brain! Shocking in today's world when some take another's review as their own opinion without even reading the damn book themselves.Anyway, rant over. Let's talk about the book.This book follows four different characters, Sera, Leela, Leo, and Agnes. Sera and Leela are best friends that live in the City in the Sky until the day that Sera is chosen to break the tether that keeps her world connected to Kaolin and Pelago. Which means, she's going to die. Only she doesn't die. She's taken by Leo and Agnes and used by their father for his greed. While Leela is left to unravel the secrets of the City in the Sky. This wasn't a bad book at all. The characters are well fleshed out and the world was great, more so the City in the Sky, while Kaolin seemed more like a land that we would live in and that's fine just not nearly as cool as Sera and Leela's world. I loved reading when we were in the City in the Sky, the world was rich and vivid and sounds so freaking pretty! Leo is an ass through most of the book and even in the end.... I still didn't really care for him. Agnes is fine... just a little... dull? I mean for the most part, she lets everyone treat her like crap and then when she should be helping Sera, she wants her hair instead or she just lets Sera get hurt. So I didn't really like either of them as characters and their POVs were painful to get through. I did love Sera and Leela and their parts of the book were great! Though honestly, I think the main problem with this book is how long it is. A third could be cut out and it would flow better, maybe even half of this book could be cut and it would work much better. There are parts that I really feel was there for filler. The parts that were good really had me hooked, like the end with Leela. I wanted more of her POV. I think I would've loved this book more if we'd just stayed in the City in the Sky. The world was so different and cool. Three mothers? No fathers? Clothes made out of clouds?! I mean, that's cool, that's what I wanted. Not dropping down into a world like ours that is rather dull and boring. _____________________________This one sounds really weird and awesome. Can't wait to read it!
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