The Cerulean (Untitled Duology #1)
In this first book in an epic YA fantasy duology, New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing brilliantly conceives a magical, idyllic world with a dark and mysterious underbelly.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
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherHarperTeen
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt

The Cerulean (Untitled Duology #1) Review

  • Lala BooksandLala
    January 1, 1970
    wtf this is the weirdest sounding plot! haha
  • Christian
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so the Lone City trilogy was pretty mediocre, but HOLY FUCK TAKE ALL MY SECOND CHANCES BECAUSE THAT COVER.
  • 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?
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    wait please tell me this won't be one of those “what if straight people were the oppressed ones” stories... it probably won't be but What If
  • 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...
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
  • Benjamin
    January 1, 1970
    I received ARC in exchange for an honest review. JUST. LOOK. AT. THIS. COVER. GIVE IT TO ME!!!
  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    looks like ewing has responded to criticism of The Jewel as being unoriginal and derivative (which totally isn't true btw and you should read it, it's good) by writing a book with the fucking craziest plot ever. god, i love her.
  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I just got the arc for this and I am thrilled to start it!! 🙌🏻
  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    "sapphic utopia"me: *slams that mf Want-To-Read button*
  • falling asleep reading
    January 1, 1970
    AMY EWING ALWAYS HAS THE WILDEST PLOTS I'M SO READY FOR THIS
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the strangest sounding plot o.OThat cover is so pretty <3 And it has a publication date for February!
  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    January 1, 1970
    What a strange book. I didn't know what to think but overall I did enjoy it and will read the sequel. You dive into the minds of Sera, Leo and Agnes, our narrators. Twins Leo and Agnes are rich kids from Earth, both wrapped in their own problems when a Cerulean, Sera, literally drops from the sky. They will both develop different bonds with Sera and will try to help her when their father enslaves her in his circus.I find it hard to explain what it's about because it would reveal too much informa What a strange book. I didn't know what to think but overall I did enjoy it and will read the sequel. You dive into the minds of Sera, Leo and Agnes, our narrators. Twins Leo and Agnes are rich kids from Earth, both wrapped in their own problems when a Cerulean, Sera, literally drops from the sky. They will both develop different bonds with Sera and will try to help her when their father enslaves her in his circus.I find it hard to explain what it's about because it would reveal too much information about the magical Cerulean people. If you're into strange stories, you'll definitely find something interesting in this book.
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  • rachel • typed truths
    January 1, 1970
    cause of death: this cover reveal
  • jaroda
    January 1, 1970
    I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but all that's going out the window for this one. I need to check this out when it publishes. How can you resist a beautiful cover like that?
  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds SO weird, but I'm SO down for a sapphic utopia.
  • Cassie James
    January 1, 1970
    The publisher gave me an ARC in exchange for an honest review and this doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Cerulean by Amy Ewing is a book I've been ecstatic for ever since I heard about it. I loved her previous trilogy so I've been looking forward to the next book from her.Sera Lighthaven has a very curious mind. Born in the City Above the Sky, a realm of sorts that's tethered to a planet by a magical thread, she's always wondered about everything. The welfare of the planet belo The publisher gave me an ARC in exchange for an honest review and this doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Cerulean by Amy Ewing is a book I've been ecstatic for ever since I heard about it. I loved her previous trilogy so I've been looking forward to the next book from her.Sera Lighthaven has a very curious mind. Born in the City Above the Sky, a realm of sorts that's tethered to a planet by a magical thread, she's always wondered about everything. The welfare of the planet below them, the old Cerulean (the name of her people) customs and stories. This makes her an oddity among her kind, with their blue hair and silvery skin Cerulean girls have specific talents that they contribute to the growth of their realm.Sera never had any specialty but she always could wonder, her life changes when she's chosen by a magical spell from the Mother Sun (the Cerulean Goddess/Creator) to be the Chosen one to break the tether keeping the City bound to the divided planet below.The Chosen One breaks the tether by sacrificing her life, falling from the City above with her blood mixing with the tether.The Ceruleans are of a matriarchal kind. A Cerulean household is made up of three married mothers, they have no male kind and can give birth by themselves. Their magical kingdom has to move from planets to planets once the planet they're inhabiting can't sustain their City anymore (the magical tether absorbs certain qualities from the planet). All that's known of the current planet before them is that it's made of two countries Kaolin and Pelago.Sera was surprised to be chosen, she wasn't pious or remarkable in anyway.A state of shock ensued, her mothers struggled with the decision and her best friend Leela stood by her side. A parting gift from Leela is a moonstone Leela once found, Moonstones are rare and are rumoured to contain magic.Sera is honored by her people and sacrificed after a ceremony, She is let go from the City along the lines of the tether into the planet below.Fortunately for Sera, she is saved by the magic from the moonstone as she plummeted below. After a long crash, she is found by aristocratic twins Leo and Agnes. Leo and Agnes are the children of an important Kaolinian Patron of the theatre Xavier McLellan. Xavier has began a new vocation of capturing exotic magical creatures from Pelagos and using them for his own nefarious purposes. Leo along with their father's men eagerly capture Sera happy to present her to Xavier. Agnes is not so ecstatic as she sees the intelligence in Sera and bonds with her. Thanks to the magic in Sera's blood, she can understand any language and in due time communicate in it. Her path crossing with Leo and Agnes forces a change, It makes Leo see his life for the meaningless existence that it is, and strive to be a better man than his father, It makes Agnes fight harder for her freedom in a Patriarchal kingdom that stifles women and subjugates them.These three characters are so amazing, I love their bond as it changes them and matures them in various ways. The three of them scheme on how to escape the claws of Xavier and the stifling Kaolin with it's oppressive people to the mode accepting Pelagos.They're so many amazing developments tackled, Agnes coming to terms with her sexuality, Leo letting go of his blind devotion to their father and seeing things for how they really are, Sera learning about life (this is important because the Ceruleans are sheltered to a fault) etc.While all this is going on, I enjoy the backstory of the feud between Pelagos and Kaolin, the two differing kingdoms have a rich history ripe with many mysteries.There is no way I can give justice to the different amazing points of this book as it's so vast. I literally couldn't put it down.Other aspects I like is the various bonds established, they're beautiful to read about and inspiring. There is so many original brilliant themes that shine through.Also, as Sera is saved, the tether does not break and the City Above is thrown into Chaos. Leela is an interesting addition as she finds out that many things they've been told are lies and sinister things go on underneath the facade of perfection. The different species featured in this series are just simply genius, I liked the way Amy Ewing shaped them to be.The ending is exhilarating as things are turned up a notch and the stakes got a lot higher, there's still like a million questions but the journey ahead promises to be nothing short of exciting.The characters are superb and badass, the magic is unique, the worldbuilding is phenomenonal, the cover is perfection etc. The Cerulean is certainly Amy Ewing's most ambitious book to date and she successfully pulls it off.I can't wait to see what's next for this amazing characters.P.S: I love that the Ceruleans have so many moms!! You can never have too much, after all, it takes a village to raise a child.
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  • ♠️ Tabi = 타비 ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    LOOK AT THIS PRETTY, PRETTY COVER!!!
  • Celia Whimsy)
    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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  • ★MC's Corner★
    January 1, 1970
    Love it! Thank you Harper Collins for the Advance Readers Copy!!!
  • Serethiel
    January 1, 1970
    THAT. COVER. 😍😍😍
  • Aryssa
    January 1, 1970
    So so good and I’m so excited for the next one but also slightly angry at myself for reading this now when I know I won’t get the sequel until at least 2020.
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Literally gasped reading the blurb! Need this in my life *hands outstretched*
  • Victoria Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Wtf is this plotline...I'll still read it though sounds cool
  • Moxxi (the mean dyke)
    January 1, 1970
    THE COVER IS FINALLY HERE AND IT’S GORGEOUS I CANNOT WAIT
  • Kirra
    January 1, 1970
    This is the weirdest synopsis I've read in my life. I can't wait to read the actual book. Bring. it. on.
  • Candice Lee
    January 1, 1970
    3 Stars***FULL REVIEW FOLLOWING RELEASE DATE TO AVOID SPOILERS****This advanced readers copy was provided to me by the publisher via Edelweiss*The Cerulean was an overall good story. I felt as though it was lacking I'm character development a bit. We did not see enough world building in the start to truly connect with Sera. I loved Agnes! She was by far my favorite character. However, I don't feel that he story arc was completed. Without giving too much away due to spoilers, you have the Cerulea 3 Stars***FULL REVIEW FOLLOWING RELEASE DATE TO AVOID SPOILERS****This advanced readers copy was provided to me by the publisher via Edelweiss*The Cerulean was an overall good story. I felt as though it was lacking I'm character development a bit. We did not see enough world building in the start to truly connect with Sera. I loved Agnes! She was by far my favorite character. However, I don't feel that he story arc was completed. Without giving too much away due to spoilers, you have the Cerulean who live in a floating city in the sky. They use magic to tether to different planets. They have attached themselves to a planet, and need to break the chain that binds them to move their city. Sera ends up on the planet, and is exploited in Agnes's Father's theaters. He's a ruthless man, and it is a man's world she lives in. Although the story abruptly ended, the upside is that it is a duology. I do hope that we get to come full circle to learn more about the Cerulean, and see some happiness for Agnes! Thank you Ms. Ewing for another dark themed book, characters with potential, and a desperate want to finish this story!!
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  • Charlotte Robbins
    January 1, 1970
    I found the premise super interesting and unique for this one. After a slow start, it was cool to watch all the pieces fall into place. It was a bit heavier into science-fiction than I usually like, but I'm invested in these characters now and I'd definitely read the sequel!
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