Nothing But Sky
A 2018 Junior Library Guild selection.“Trueblood's action-packed first novel explores the post-World War I époque with visceral period detail, and Grace's ambition carries the story about fighting for one's dreams, seeking stability in some form, and a team becoming a family.” —Publishers WeeklyGrace 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.

Nothing But Sky Details

TitleNothing But Sky
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherFlux
ISBN-139781635830163
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Nothing But Sky Review

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    January 1, 1970
    This novel is simply darling!Nostalgically set in the 1920’ Midwest USA, Grace, a spunky female barnstorming girl ahead of her time, will make your heart soar.Grace is part of “The Soaring Eagles” barnstorming team. Although she is only 18 years old, she is all daredevil up in the sky when she performs her stunts in 500 feet above the ground. She knows her biplane “Jenny” inside and out. Her uncle Warren has taught her all the mechanics involved and the tricks of the trade. Warren and his niece This novel is simply darling!Nostalgically set in the 1920’ Midwest USA, Grace, a spunky female barnstorming girl ahead of her time, will make your heart soar.Grace is part of “The Soaring Eagles” barnstorming team. Although she is only 18 years old, she is all daredevil up in the sky when she performs her stunts in 500 feet above the ground. She knows her biplane “Jenny” inside and out. Her uncle Warren has taught her all the mechanics involved and the tricks of the trade. Warren and his niece share the same passion for biplanes and flying. This sport is not for the faint of heart. He has tried to keep Grace planted on the ground for as long as he could but soaring into the sky runs in her blood. He uses all his skill and experience from WWI piloting to keep her and himself safe. Grace’s dream is to attend and win the 1922 World Aviation Exposition in Chicago. In the next 2 months they need to come up with the entrance fee, new parts for the plane and a new mechanic.The competition in barnstorming is fierce. Grace is receiving taunts and threats because she is a girl. Shouldn’t she just be a pretty girl? Wearing skirts instead of pants, boots and overalls? Well, not her! She is thinking up new daring stunts and dangerous maneuvers to perform at the Expo.Warren in the meantime has hired a new mechanic and it takes Grace a long time to adjust to his approach of repairing things. Henry has a keen eye for every little detail and spots things amiss on the plane easily. He keeps an impeccable order in the shop and with time they become good friends. Henry gains Grace’s trust in his workmanship. He vows to keep her safe in the sky and as a team they work side by side for hours on end. But then, right before the Expo, the government safety inspector raises some concerns they were alerted to by another team. Will they still be allowed to compete? Is there sabotage at play? What chances and risks are they willing to take?***There are many moving parts to this novel. Since this takes place post WWI, most of the characters have backstories affected by the war in different ways. I did not include these intricacies in the review as they were well thought out and would make this review very long. All in all, it is a very refreshing, clean well thought out novel with surprises and a hint of romance. It was very enjoyable to read. A breath of fresh air in the YA genre. I want to mention that I very much appreciate the author’s note in the back of the novel. It always interests me where a writer’s inspiration stems from, what they have learned about the subject matter and how it has influenced their own life. I am so glad Amy Trueblood happened to stroll through the Field Museum that summer of 2013, that sparked her interest to write the novel we now can enjoy and share.I received a digital copy of “Nothing But Sky” from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you!You can also find my review here: https://scarlettreadzandrunz.com/blog...
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  • Paul Falk
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Trueblood took me on a whirlwind adventure of barnstorming post World War 1. It was the Roaring Twenties. Time of speakeasies, home run King Babe Ruth and silent movie star Douglas Fairbanks. From chapter to chapter, the compelling tale remained focused, never straying from the storyline. There were no digressions to different scenes or time periods. A welcome relief being easily swept away in a narrative so easy to follow. The main characters were well drawn out. The author set me back in m Amy Trueblood took me on a whirlwind adventure of barnstorming post World War 1. It was the Roaring Twenties. Time of speakeasies, home run King Babe Ruth and silent movie star Douglas Fairbanks. From chapter to chapter, the compelling tale remained focused, never straying from the storyline. There were no digressions to different scenes or time periods. A welcome relief being easily swept away in a narrative so easy to follow. The main characters were well drawn out. The author set me back in my chair with an ending that would not let go. Beginning to end - a great read.Lincoln, Nebraska, summer of 22', eighteen-year-old wing walker Grace Lafferty, is the star of the show. The headliner of the troupe known as "The Soaring Eagles". Barnstorming. A Flying Circus. Her Uncle Warren was the pilot of a World War 1 army surplus plane known as a "Jenny". A biplane. They performed stunts and tricks to wow many audiences across Nebraska and neighboring states. Two other members, Nathan and Daniel, rounded out their team with another plane.Back in the day, barnstorming like many other businesses had its competition. Grace was always in search of new tricks to outperform the others. The ones that stayed on top drew the crowds, made the money. Wing walking was a risky proposition. For some, it proved deadly. During the early years of barnstorming, there were no government rules or regulations. So anything went. There was just as great a risk of engine failure as there was for human error. Anything could go wrong.The 1922 World Aviation Exposition in Chicago was just over two months away. The best Barnstormers from around the country would be competing. The only thing standing in her way, their way, was the $400 entry fee. Quite a piece of change back then. First prize winner would receive a one-year contract with highly recognized Palm Coast Studios of California. That meant steady employment for The Soaring Eagles. A first. It also meant their close knit group would be staying together. That was most important to her. They were like family.Grace felt that she had to come up with a new trick that no one else had done before. Found it. Called it the Showstopper. That's entirely what it was. Total daredevil risk. Some might say bordering on suicidal. She figured that if they made to the Expo, they'd be a shoo-in with that new trick for first place. Before that could happen though, they'd have to hustle up some extra shows to make the bucks. Easier said than done. Time was running out.This ARC was received from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Gratitude sent to North Star Editions - Flux for allowing this pre-release made available.
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  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    January 1, 1970
    I am so pleased that I was accepted for this book on NetGalley. It's a complete gem, and it makes me want to go out and splurge on loads of historical fiction novels. Amy Trueblood's writing is so addictive. It is completely immersive; there were times where I felt like I could hear the sounds of soft jazz music and smell cigar smoke. Amy did a truly wonderful job of transporting me to 1920s America. The story follows Grace, a wingwalker who is determined to make a name for both herself and for I am so pleased that I was accepted for this book on NetGalley. It's a complete gem, and it makes me want to go out and splurge on loads of historical fiction novels. Amy Trueblood's writing is so addictive. It is completely immersive; there were times where I felt like I could hear the sounds of soft jazz music and smell cigar smoke. Amy did a truly wonderful job of transporting me to 1920s America. The story follows Grace, a wingwalker who is determined to make a name for both herself and for her team in the world of barnstorming. In order to do this, she pushes herself to try new and daring tricks in the air, so that they can get to Chicago, compete in a competition that will win them a Hollywood contract. Grace is such a strong character. She lives in a world where she's constantly put down and threatened for her gender, constantly told that her job in the air isn't proper for a lady. She's stubborn to a fault, but you can't help but admire her spirit and determination. No matter how many set backs she faces, she keeps going. Henry is a mechanic, back from the war, and looking for a way to make money to achieve his own dream. He suffers from PTSD and flashbacks, and fights on a daily basis to keep them at bay. In his world of darkness, he soon comes to rely on Grace (or Gracie, as he calls her, which just melts my heart) as his light. Hate to love romances are so much more satisfying than love at first sight. Grace and Henry constantly rub each other the wrong way. I loved seeing Henry go from questioning Grace's career choices to trusting and respecting her fully. Their romance is so sweet, it had me sighing dreamily.I adored this book. I'm so pleased I requested it, and I'm also incredibly thankful to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this wonderful novel.
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  • Lia
    January 1, 1970
    The story follows Grace, who is a wingwalker, which means she does tricks on airplane wings while it’s in the air. I was immediately impressed by her daring but also by her character. She is, in many ways, ahead of her time. WWI just ended and wingwalking is not exactly the most common job for a young woman to have. But despite everything, she still gets on that plane, because she wants to and she loves it. She’s strong, independent and fierce and I loved that about her.“Men loved to use their h The story follows Grace, who is a wingwalker, which means she does tricks on airplane wings while it’s in the air. I was immediately impressed by her daring but also by her character. She is, in many ways, ahead of her time. WWI just ended and wingwalking is not exactly the most common job for a young woman to have. But despite everything, she still gets on that plane, because she wants to and she loves it. She’s strong, independent and fierce and I loved that about her.“Men loved to use their height to try and intimidate me. It happened at shows across the nation. Whether they wanted an autograph, a photo, or just a chance to show their distaste for the life I’d chosen, it was a tactic that never worked. I battled rain, wind, and thunderstorms at 500 feet; men didn’t frighten me.”Grace and her crew are trying to earn money participate in a competition, and I loved how the author showed this struggle within the team, but also showed the external struggles and the changing situation in the world. I loved the setting and how the author described it. I could dream away in cloudless blue skies, stuffy hangars, and cigar-smoke-filled bars and I loved it! It makes me want to pick up historical fiction more often!“This life we’ve chosen is full of risk. Every day we go up into those clouds knowing there’s a chance we may not come down alive.”A couple of other things I loved were the romance, which wasn’t take a huge part of the story but added to it really nicely and it was so adorable, and the plot twists: these were so well-done, I really didn’t see them coming.“May your skies always be cloudless and blue, Grace.”Overall, I’m giving this book 4.5 stars because it was just so much fun to read! I loved reading about Grace and her crew and all that they were going through. The writing was great and the story kept me really interested in the story at all times! I definitely recommend this book if you are a bit hesitant about picking up historic fiction (like me) but want to try to read more! And also for everyone who already loves historic fiction, of course!
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Nothing But SkySeries: StandaloneAuthor: Amy TruebloodRelease date: March 27, 2018Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Barnstormer Grace Lafferty was everything I could want in a heroine and more. She redefines the limits and roles of women in post-WW1 America with her inspiring strength and perseverance. One of her best qualities was her tenacity in the face of adversity. She had to work twice as hard just to be taken seriously in her male-dominated field, yet she was alw Title: Nothing But SkySeries: StandaloneAuthor: Amy TruebloodRelease date: March 27, 2018Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Barnstormer Grace Lafferty was everything I could want in a heroine and more. She redefines the limits and roles of women in post-WW1 America with her inspiring strength and perseverance. One of her best qualities was her tenacity in the face of adversity. She had to work twice as hard just to be taken seriously in her male-dominated field, yet she was always the one encouraging everyone to never give up. Even her own uncle doubted her abilities to pull off the death-defying stunts that she performed in The Soaring Eagles' show. Though honestly, you couldn't really blame the man for being protective of his niece. His heart was in the right place, and he only wanted to do right by her and her parents. No one knows the evils of war more than the men who’ve faced them.Henry Patton is a talented mechanic and veteran of the Great War who's struggling to acclimate himself to civilian life. Injured and suffering from PTSD, he's a bit growly and prickly with Grace during their first meet. First impressions were not the greatest, and it set them on the wrong footing early on. What I loved about Henry was his respect and chivalry towards her even when they were at odds with one another. There was an old-fashioned wholesomeness in how they interacted that really transported me to another time. Ms. Trueblood's skill in setting the scene created such a realistic narrative. Her detail was impeccable: the music, clothing and hairstyles, speech patterns, and current events. It gave an authenticity to Nothing But Sky that readers look for in historical fiction. But I digress...back to our handsome fella Henry. He was gallant. Supportive of Grace's aspirations. He hopes to own his own garage one day, and isn't afraid of working hard to get there. Taking a job for Grace's uncle is the first step in making his dream become a reality. My heart went out to sweet Henry for the emotional conflict he was going through. The battlefield had left an indelible mark on him, and there was a certain amount of shame that came with that. Henry eventually connected with the survivor in her; and respected her all the more because of it. It was only one of the things they found to have in common.“You said before that you thought I was brave, but after what happened to your family I believe you’re the one who is truly brave.”“Let’s not call it bravery. Perhaps we can think about it as pure survival.”“The will to live,” he added quietly.Grace may be just eighteen, but she's already experienced enough tragedy and heartache for a lifetime. Being up in the air and soaring through the clouds is the one place where she's at peace. It's a place that feels like home after losing the only home she'd ever known. Now her one ambition in life is to make it to the World Aviation Expo in Chicago, where she'll compete for a coveted Hollywood contract. It means security for herself and the entire team. Without it, her future in barnstorming may end before it really started. Bad luck begins to plague the group, and after a horrible accident up in the air, Grace must learn to put her own I thoroughly enjoyed reading this refreshing and feel-good story. The romance was quite nice, but it wasn't at the forefront of the story, which I was on board with. Grace and Henry had a gradual progression from friendship that felt really natural and solid. It took some time to get there, but when they did, they had some beautifully poignant moments. They both accepted each other just as they were and supported each other as equal partners. They were one of the sweetest couples I've read in quite a while. “Tell me the truth, Grace. Can I ever be enough for you?” Our lips hovered only inches apart. Our breaths synchronized in perfect time. “You already are.”This is the kind of YA story that we need more of. A book with a positive message and empowering themes for women. Highly recommended! FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    This book was something completely unexpected and wonderful. While it somehow manages to be under 300 pages it never feels rushed, in fact, I quite enjoyed the pacing. *Detailed review to Come*
  • The Captain
    January 1, 1970
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult historical fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .The beautiful cover led me to looking into this one. It is about a female barnstormer in the roaring twenties. What is a barnstormer ye ask? Well a barnstorming act is basically a flying circus. The pilots do aerial tricks and sell airplane rides. Some of these acts had wing-walkers, like Lillian Boyer, who would do car-to-plane transfers, w Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult historical fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .The beautiful cover led me to looking into this one. It is about a female barnstormer in the roaring twenties. What is a barnstormer ye ask? Well a barnstorming act is basically a flying circus. The pilots do aerial tricks and sell airplane rides. Some of these acts had wing-walkers, like Lillian Boyer, who would do car-to-plane transfers, walk on the wings while the plane was in flight, and do parachute jumps.This story tells the fictional account of a wing-walker named Grace. Orphaned as a child, she grew up with her bachelor pilot uncle. Under duress, she became his wing-walker at the age of 13. Now 18, Grace has plans for her team to make it to the World Aviation Expo in Chicago and from there earn a contract to work in Hollywood. But competition is fierce and one team owner in particular seems determined to poach her or otherwise ruin her shot at Chicago. Can Grace’s dream come true?This book was a lovely look into a slice of American history. It was a quick read that I read in one sitting. While I had heard of barnstorming before, I didn’t know that much about it. Grace was feisty, hard-working, determined, stubborn, loyal, and sometimes had a wicked temper. I was immersed in Grace’s story and the details of the planes and aerobatics. I have to admit that I was surprised by a couple of the plot twists. Though I don’t prefer romance, it was handled well.The author seems to have done a stellar job at research. Better yet this book led me to further reading on figures who appear in the book like, Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman and Native-American descendant to earn a pilot license. I love when historical fiction makes me interested enough to do factual research. I recommend this one if any of the above sounds interesting.So lastly . . .Thank you Flux!Check out me other reviews at https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Grace is a wing walker for a barnstorming team and she only feels truly alive when she's 500 feet in the air. She is determined to prove her team's skill against other flashier teams by getting into the World Aviation Expo, and earn a coveted Hollywood contract. No one has questioned the reasons behind the death defying stunts she performs until Henry, a kind and loyal young man scarred from his tour of duty on Great War battlefie I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Grace is a wing walker for a barnstorming team and she only feels truly alive when she's 500 feet in the air. She is determined to prove her team's skill against other flashier teams by getting into the World Aviation Expo, and earn a coveted Hollywood contract. No one has questioned the reasons behind the death defying stunts she performs until Henry, a kind and loyal young man scarred from his tour of duty on Great War battlefields a few years earlier, joins the barnstorming team as their new mechanic. With each trick, he pushes her to consider why she's such a daredevil. Despite her annoyance with his interference, she realizes she's beginning to like him and she continues to push her limits in the air. When one of her tricks saves a pilot's life, her team is invited to the Expo and she jumps at the opportunities it offers. After a stunt goes wrong, however, she is forced to reevaluate if whether her life, and Henry, are worth risking for their final trick.Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood was one of my most anticipated 2018 YA debuts. From the moment I heard about it, it sounded exactly like something I needed in my life. I mean, YA historical fiction set in 1922 about a barnstorming team trying to make it big? Sign me up! If you don't already know, barnstorming was a popular type of entertainment during the Roaring Twenties featuring stunt biplane pilots performing aerobatic maneuvers and aerialists doing wing walking, stunt parachuting, and midair plane transfers among other things. A major part of why I wanted to give this a try is because I've been to quite a few modern airshows and have seen quite a few amazing stunt biplane pilots perform (sans wing walkers). In fact, I live fairly close to a small airport and I sometimes have the opportunity to see one of my favorite stunt pilots practice his craft. It's really cool (and kind of nerve wracking) to see a biplane do an epic tailslide right over your backyard. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to looking to trying this debut and luckily I was not disappointed in the least. In fact, Nothing But Sky may be one of my favorite reads of 2018. The world of the Roaring Twenties that Amy Trueblood develops in this YA historical fiction debut is completely riveting and immersive. The author has clearly done her research to make her story as accurate as possible. I loved seeing the real life people and places from the time period. My favorite cameo was easily the moment Grace and Bessie Coleman (an aviation pioneer and accomplishing barnstorming pilot) share. Although the story is primarily set ninety-six years ago, the story still feels quite timely. In regards to our cast of characters, Grace, our leading lady, is absolutely fantastic. I wouldn't have been surprised if could have soared right off the page. She's determined, vibrant, tenacious, and also a bit stubborn - and honestly, I can't say I fault her for that. She's exactly the kind of character I love. As for her budding, slow burn relationship with Henry, it's sweet seeing them get to know one another. The two don't start off on quite the right foot, but it's wonderful seeing them come to trust each other on a personal level and as members of the team. Their romance isn't at the center of the story, but it's refreshing to watch them grow both as individuals and together. Overall, Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood is a brilliant YA historical fiction debut. I'm so lucky to have been approved for this title on NetGalley and it was an honor to stay awhile in this author's world with her characters. If you're interested in historical fiction set post-WWI during the lively Roaring Twenties, early aviation, death defying stunts, women like Bessie Coleman, Lillian Boyer, Ethel Dare, and Gladys Ingle, truly vivid characters, and Flygirl by Sherri Smith, then you will absolutely need to try this new release. I expect this novel will be one of my favorite debuts of 2018, and perhaps even one of my favorite reads of year as well. One thing's for sure, I am certainly looking forward to Amy Trueblood's future projects. Thanks again, NetGalley!
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  • Joshualyn Prater
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you netgalley and publishers.This story is about wing walking, Not only was this just an amazing book but my great grandparents were wing walkers so this story was extra special for me ♡ It's also not something that people write a lot about, so this was very well done and I want to say a big thank you to the author for telling such a beautiful story but also giving life to my ancestors and what they might have don I received this ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you netgalley and publishers.This story is about wing walking, Not only was this just an amazing book but my great grandparents were wing walkers so this story was extra special for me ♡ It's also not something that people write a lot about, so this was very well done and I want to say a big thank you to the author for telling such a beautiful story but also giving life to my ancestors and what they might have done when they were wing walkers ♡♡   Grace was such a strong independent woman that was determined to do everything she could to make her dream come true so she could give her family a secure future. She was a little headstrong and stubborn but so is my family so it just made me picture my Great Grandparents even more ♡  Overall, this is a great book to read if you like historical fiction or just cute stories about kick ass ladies.I don't want to say much more so I don't give the story away but this was such a good book!This was my first book from this author and I can tell you it won't be my last! Well done! 5 stars ♡
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  • Jennifer Blackwood
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come closer to release. Loved Grace and Henry <3 Trueblood's writing is beautiful and I can't wait for everyone to read this book!!
  • Carlisa Cramer
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful historical fiction. I'm excited for the world to get to see this one!
  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    January 1, 1970
    The one thing I really, really hated about this book was that I really want to love it instead. It's a story about an 18 year old stunt performer in the 1920's who walks on planes for a living, this should be one of my favourites of 2018. Unfortunately it was bogged down by bad writing and a subpar romance plot that I just didn't care about.I feel like romance in YA has changed and readers want the romance to be less forced and obvious. I also hate overflowery words and crap like "his lips drew The one thing I really, really hated about this book was that I really want to love it instead. It's a story about an 18 year old stunt performer in the 1920's who walks on planes for a living, this should be one of my favourites of 2018. Unfortunately it was bogged down by bad writing and a subpar romance plot that I just didn't care about.I feel like romance in YA has changed and readers want the romance to be less forced and obvious. I also hate overflowery words and crap like "his lips drew me in with the force of a thousand suns" (it didn't actually say those exact words but you get the gist). It was obvious the moment that Henry stepped in that Grace would fall in love with him and I was pretty bored by the whole fake angst thing going on.The relationships between Grace and her makeshift family really worked though. We learn that she was sent to her Uncle at 13 after her own parents died and now at 18, she has her Uncle and war veterans Daniel and Nathan as her family. They make a great team and I wish we could have had a little more of that relationship.The story does suffer from bad writing unfortunately, sentences seem to be repeated within the same chapter and Grace often thinks the same things over and over, making the story feel repetative. It felt like each chapter played out like an episode of a soap opera to be honest. I also did not like the portrayal of PTSD and I think readers would be insulted to find that Henry basically overcame his PTSD episode at one point because he wanted to protect Grace or some rubbish.The historical side is clearly intensely researched and I really appreciated that. You get plenty of 1920's slang and terms I've never heard of which really did make me feel like I was in that time period. The descriptions of Grace's stunts were vivid too and easily the best parts of the whole book, and often gut wrenching at times.Blog | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A good historical novel doesn't make you stop and want to look up things, or perhaps it does. There were several times that I wanted to know if the person in the story, that had just been introduced, was real, and was pleased when I found out they were. That is the best kind of historical novel, to me, spinning in real events, around your fictional story.This is a story about wing-walking and barnstorming. These are feats done by men and women after the first world war, hanging from bi-planes, w A good historical novel doesn't make you stop and want to look up things, or perhaps it does. There were several times that I wanted to know if the person in the story, that had just been introduced, was real, and was pleased when I found out they were. That is the best kind of historical novel, to me, spinning in real events, around your fictional story.This is a story about wing-walking and barnstorming. These are feats done by men and women after the first world war, hanging from bi-planes, while people watched from below. That is the main plot, of Grace, who is a wing-walker, who performs these stunts in the midwest, in the 1920s. This part is all realistic, and a bit of fun. There is also a sub-plot involving her two waitress friends at the diner, who want to go to Hollywood, and are running from an arranged marriage. The only problem I have with this book, and it is relatively minor one, is that while you can tell she did some amazing work on getting the barnstorming part of the story correct, she doesn't seem to have done as much research on the Hollywood part. And this probably won't bother most people.But it bothers me.You see, my grandmother worked for Disney and Warner Brothers. My father worked for RKO, (which became Universal), and Warner Brothers. There is some amazing history there, some amazing people, especially in the 1920s, when this story took place. If she can throw in real people in Chicago, why can't she throw in real studios in Hollywood? Why can't she name areas of Los Angeles? It would make the story just as real when it was in Lincoln, Nebraska.So, good, strong protagonist, and good strong story. So, other than that minor thing with the movie studios, I would recommend this good, and exciting, and surprising story.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Liv
    January 1, 1970
    The best book I have ever read!!
  • A.J. Pine
    January 1, 1970
    I was super lucky to read an early copy of Nothing But Sky and cannot wait for it to be out in the world. I adore Grace, Henry, and basically everything about this book.
  • Caro
    January 1, 1970
    CW's: Panic AttacksActual Rating: 4.5 StarsThank you to Netgalley & Flux for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest review!Nothing But Sky is going to be released March 27th 2018 and you should totally get your copy because this book was marvelous! Ever since I added it to my virtual TBR on Goodreads, I have been excited about the premise for this new release, so I was super happy and grateful that I got an advanced copy via Netgalley 😍 My initial interest did not fail me, CW's: Panic AttacksActual Rating: 4.5 StarsThank you to Netgalley & Flux for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest review!Nothing But Sky is going to be released March 27th 2018 and you should totally get your copy because this book was marvelous! Ever since I added it to my virtual TBR on Goodreads, I have been excited about the premise for this new release, so I was super happy and grateful that I got an advanced copy via Netgalley 😍 My initial interest did not fail me, because this turned out to have exactly what I love in books: interesting historical fiction setting, fierce main character, female friendships and a slow burn enemies to friends to lovers romance!I do have to say that this feels a bit more New Adult than YA for me, since the main character is 18 years old and most characters even older e.g. the love interest ist 24! This book could potentially fit both age ranges, but I would lean towards NA for this one personally.✈️ Grace was a fantastic character to root for! I love (1) fierce wingwalking girl. Where do I even begin with Grace? She was such a fantastic character, that I rooted for the entire time! The author really did a great job making me care about her main character, as I was on Grace's side from the very beginning. She is incredibly fierce and determined, which I loved to see, as she wouldn't be fooled or swayed by everyone. Grace has one mission and that is to attend the World Aviation Conference to win a one year contract for her team of barnstormers so they can stay together and have financial stability. I loved how she was so set on her goal and how much Grace cared about her team, she always wanted the best for them. Grace is definitely not someone to give up easily, she stands her ground and I loved that! However, she does take a lot of risk, something that makes for a serious flaw and that is called out by her team. I understand her willingness to take risks and I loved that we saw how flawed she was.✈️ Female friendships + Feminism & I'm sold! Ethel and Mary are Grace's friends and I loved how strong both of them were in their own way. Ethel is very confident and headstrong, she never lets anyone hurt her best friend Mary and above all is a very kind friend to Grace. Mary herself escaped from an abusive engagement and still suffers from the trauma that followed, never truly feeling safe and I think dissociating whenever she spots someone similar to her fiance. I loved her arc of healing and becoming more confident! Generally, I was a huge fan of the dynamic between the three ladies, because they were very different. Grace is working in a male dominated field and constantly has to prove herself to anyone who doubts her capability. She's not really down for flirting or parties, but never looked down on her friends for that - Grace rather does not understand the appeal. Like I mentioned Ethel and Mary more feminine and do try to encourage Grace to go out with them, but never in a pressuring way. I loved how all of them supported the other and confronted the sexism that they face daily. It was beautiful to see that they inspired each other to stand up for what they believed in!✈️ I loved Henry and seeing his struggles with the war. Henry really grew on me. He had his moments when I was joining Grace in being a bit angry at him, as he can be grumpy and a bit protective, but he's gladly not one of those alpha males. I quickly began to like him, because Henry is kind, loyal and a true sweetheart, really being interested in the team succeeding, even though he just joined and hasn't dreamed their dream for long. What we also see is his PTSD, trauma and physical injury (his limp) that was caused by his involvement in the first world war. I appreciated having this perspective explored and seeing his panic attacks that are triggered by loud noises that remind him for gunshots. At first Grace is not really sure how to deal with this, even though she tries her best, but later she gathers a better understanding about his situation and supports him.✈️ Romance = slow burn + enemies to lovers.  Yes hello this is exactly the kind of romance that I adore, because it contains two of my favorite tropes. First, we have a bit of enemies to friends to lovers, as Henry and Grace initially dislike each other, but grow closer together when they have to work as a team. Even more important their developement is steady and realistic, making for a great slow burn romance that left my heart aching for more. From the beginning I shipped them and enjoyed their dynamic! It was touching to see them getting to know the other more and following their way to mutual understanding. I loved how Grace and Henry supported each other, it melted my heart and made me want to shove them together, so they would finally kiss. Oh and was that kiss perfect and brought me all the feels. My love for these two is endless, I love them so much! They are definitely among my favorite couples this year already.✈️ The setting was fantastic!  Barnstorming? The 1920s? World Aviation Conference? Planes? Yes I was very interested in this setting and seeing Grace wingwalking. It did make me a bit anxious to read about her stunts, because she's literally in the air, with no safety and could fall to her death with only one wrong step - so yes this was rather stressful. Still the setting was very intriguing and I could not help be be fascinated to learn about her life on the move, constantly going to new shows, dreaming up new stunts and trying to make a living from this. While I sometimes had troubled with Nathan's and the others overprotectiveness, I loved Grace team and how they worked together! However, I have to say that I really didn't like Nathan, he was always so overprotective and trying to put Grace ideas down - it began to annoy me. He was always standing in her way. Later on in chapter 24 he's even worse, pressuring Grace, being so aggressive and ugh. I feel like this setting is perfect for people trying to get into historical fiction, because this book is pretty easy to read!✈️ I loved the high stakes and plot. I cannot believe that this book is under 300 pages long, because there are so many things that happened and I loved that the plot had lots of suspense, action and was moving along nicely. The stakes were always so high with Rowland constantly trying to win Grace for his team and trying to sabotage hers, I was always on edge, waiting for his next move. Then there was the struggle to get enough moe for the conference so they could enter the competition, so there was a lot going on!IN CONCLUSION: Nothing But Sky was a fantastic, unique historical fiction book about planes and barnstorming! The main character Grace was so easy to root for because she was fierce and determined - making her a new favorite character. Furthermore, the slow burn romance stole my heart and the high-stakes plot swept me off my feet. This is definitely a book for people trying to get into historical fiction!
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  • Megan (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers via NetGalleyGrace Lafferty is a post-WW1 wing walker. She makes a living doing dangerous stunts 500 feet high in the sky. One mistake could mean death. Grace is determined to prove that her team is just as good, if not better, as the flashier barnstorming teams. She sets her sights on the World Aviation Expo. No one has ever questioned her ambition until the infuriating Henry Patton comes looking for a job. When Grace saves a man’s life in a Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers via NetGalleyGrace Lafferty is a post-WW1 wing walker. She makes a living doing dangerous stunts 500 feet high in the sky. One mistake could mean death. Grace is determined to prove that her team is just as good, if not better, as the flashier barnstorming teams. She sets her sights on the World Aviation Expo. No one has ever questioned her ambition until the infuriating Henry Patton comes looking for a job. When Grace saves a man’s life in a risky manoeuvre, she gets her and her team an invitation to the World Aviation Expo. However, when a stunt goes wrong and secrets are revealed, Grace must decide what to risk for her dream. I initially requested Nothing But Sky because of a few reasons. One of which is that I really love historical fiction, especially when they feature ladies pushing against boundaries and expectations and especially when they involve planes. Some of my favourite historical fiction books are about female pilots, such as Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (I highly recommend both). So, with this in mind, I really did think that Nothing But Sky would align with my interests perfectly and that it would be another favourite. However, it really did fall short of my expectations and it was just an average read for me.I did like the characters in Nothing But Sky but they didn’t really capture my attention and I never really rooted for them and they fell a little flat for me. I would have also loved to have seen Grace interact with more female characters, but eh. The romance was also a little insta-lovey but was cute at times.My favourite aspect though in Nothing But Sky was the topic. I really enjoyed the whole barnstorming thing because it was interesting and it was something that I’ve never seen in a book, especially a YA book. So that was definitely a positive. Overall, a decent read but it didn’t really wow me.
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  • Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully written and researched historical novel. The time period, setting, and world of barnstorming are presented meticulously, while the story and characters carry you along. Recommended!
  • J❆sephine (TheSeventhCrow)
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley, thank you AGAIN!4 stars.Whewww!I've not read anything like this before, but I loved it. Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and this book just confirmed how wonderful it can be. We head into 1920s America, a society that frowns on independent women breaking societal norms, where men are back from WWI with PTSD and shell shock, and people perform tricks on airplanes. Like, literally on top of airplanes. How sick is that?Although I thought the writing was a bit 'off' here a Netgalley, thank you AGAIN!4 stars.Whewww!I've not read anything like this before, but I loved it. Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and this book just confirmed how wonderful it can be. We head into 1920s America, a society that frowns on independent women breaking societal norms, where men are back from WWI with PTSD and shell shock, and people perform tricks on airplanes. Like, literally on top of airplanes. How sick is that?Although I thought the writing was a bit 'off' here and there, and Grace annoyed me a tiny bit on occasions, it was nothing that bothered me much at all; just barely enough to notice.- I adored the characters and their relationships. I thought Grace had great character development through the book, and I loved her for her headstrong and fierce behaviour. The family dynamics were heartwarming and I felt love and disappointment and betrayal along with the characters we meet here. I love it when that happens, so thank you Amy!- The storyline was so unique and so interesting. I love it when authors pick up on actual things that have happened and people have done through history that most of us don't actually know a lot about and tell stories about them. It makes for really fun reading 😁To all those who enjoy a good historical fiction story, I definitely recommend checking this out 😊 This is a quirky and seemingly random topic to write about, but I'm so glad this book exists and I can't wait to buy it when it comes out!
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me from the first chapter. Grace is the type of protagonist that I love, strong and daring, in a time when that was looked down upon. This was beautifully written, I loved the family dynamic and the love/hate romance and that it was unlike what I've been reading or ever have read. Highly recommended.
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  • Olga
    January 1, 1970
    I chose this book because I had nothing to read and now that I finished it I can say it was one of my favorites of this year. I’m a lot into aviation so I also knew this historical novel was for me. I found barnstorming – I’d never heard of that – a very interesting way to attract readers like me and I also can say it was a good choice to focus the story. The characters were well constructed and I saw an evolution on each of them. I absolutely loved Grace and all her thoughts because she’s a str I chose this book because I had nothing to read and now that I finished it I can say it was one of my favorites of this year. I’m a lot into aviation so I also knew this historical novel was for me. I found barnstorming – I’d never heard of that – a very interesting way to attract readers like me and I also can say it was a good choice to focus the story. The characters were well constructed and I saw an evolution on each of them. I absolutely loved Grace and all her thoughts because she’s a strong woman and always fights against society stereotypes. This isn't a quick story which you can read in a few hours but a story you should take with calm. Though, I wasn’t bored in any time. There’re lots of words related to aviation which can lead you to think it's a difficult read but it’s not. The author makes all that easier so we can enjoy the read. I can only say I will probably always recommend this book. Book requested via NetGalley. Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity.
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  • Lunireads
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun novel about brainstorming and wing walking which I had no idea was even a thing before I read this book! Amy’s writing was really good and I felt like I could see everything really clearly.Grace was such a strong independent person that was determined to do everything she could to make her dream come true and give her family a secure future. She could at times be a little headstrong and stubborn but it added realness to her character so I didn’t mind. There was no instalove o This was such a fun novel about brainstorming and wing walking which I had no idea was even a thing before I read this book! Amy’s writing was really good and I felt like I could see everything really clearly.Grace was such a strong independent person that was determined to do everything she could to make her dream come true and give her family a secure future. She could at times be a little headstrong and stubborn but it added realness to her character so I didn’t mind. There was no instalove or triangles in this book either and I really appreciated that. It was mostly focused around the team raising enough money to compete in Chicago and not letting obstacles get in their way.Overall, this is a great book to read if you like historical fiction or just cute stories about kick ass ladies.I recived a copy of this book from netgalley in excange for an honest review.
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  • Stephanie Elliot
    January 1, 1970
    You have not met a character quite like Grace Lafferty, who is fearless, fierce, strong willed, and who doesn't conform to the norm. A wing walker who attempts daring acts on planes, she is in a business not meant for women. This story will have you 'soaring' through the pages and will take you to new 'heights.' Ha, I couldn't resist! But seriously, Grace and Henry will get under your skin in the best possible way and they will be characters you will not forget. Admittedly I am not a historical You have not met a character quite like Grace Lafferty, who is fearless, fierce, strong willed, and who doesn't conform to the norm. A wing walker who attempts daring acts on planes, she is in a business not meant for women. This story will have you 'soaring' through the pages and will take you to new 'heights.' Ha, I couldn't resist! But seriously, Grace and Henry will get under your skin in the best possible way and they will be characters you will not forget. Admittedly I am not a historical fiction reader, but Trueblood does so well with the character's dialogue of the times, her descriptions of their clothing, and the setup of how things operated back then, it was fun to experience something new for a change and I truly enjoyed my time with Grace and her crew!
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  • Kate Larkindale
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!I really enjoyed this book and the main character, Grace is a spunky, strong heroine. The prohibition era/1920s is one of my favourite time periods and I loved the inclusion of real-life people alongside the fictional ones. The historical details are well drawn without being self-conscious.Definitely reccommended!
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  • Joanna Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing But Sky is vibrant, warm, and filled with heart. Vivid descriptions and crisp, intricate details bring the settings alive—not only could I see them, I could practically hear and taste them! Grace is plucky and passionate and fierce, one of the bravest heroines I’ve ever encountered.Highly recommended!!
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounded up because "historical fiction with women and airplanes" is basically my favorite super-niche genre.Full review to come closer to release.
  • David G
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating read. Great historical details with an unexpected ending that tied up the story well. Highly recommend!
  • Christina (christinareads_)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 starsReview also on Christina Reads and BlogsNothing But Sky is honestly a brilliant story. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. If you don't have it on your radar, you really need to check it out as soon as possible, because Grace's story will be staying with me for a while. In the 1920s, eighteen year-old Grace Lafferty works as a wing walker for her uncle's team, the Soaring Eagles. She performs insane stunts that grow bolder with each show in the hopes that the suspen Rating: 4.5 starsReview also on Christina Reads and BlogsNothing But Sky is honestly a brilliant story. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. If you don't have it on your radar, you really need to check it out as soon as possible, because Grace's story will be staying with me for a while. In the 1920s, eighteen year-old Grace Lafferty works as a wing walker for her uncle's team, the Soaring Eagles. She performs insane stunts that grow bolder with each show in the hopes that the suspense and crowds will lead them to a spot in the World Aviation Expo. When Henry joins her team, Grace grows frustrated with him as he pries more into her life and her thoughts. But when her tricks grow more dangerous and affect not only her life but those on her team, she needs to decide if this is the life she wants and what she is willing to sacrifice for it. Before this book, I knew nothing about wing walkers. Thanks to the author's note at the end of the story, I have so many resources to check out! There's so much history here that I wasn't aware of. Now I'm going to research as much as I can. You can tell this author did her research. The writing is so descriptive, and I could really imagine the tricks Grace was performing in the story. I love how many references the author included, as well as the names! Bessie Coleman! I wish I knew more about her before reading this book, but oh man did I enjoy reading about her afterwards.Grace is a brilliant character. While there's a lot to commend her for, she has many flaws. She knows she does too. But while she may seem boisterous and self-serving in some moments, she is actually kinder than she lets on. She will do anything for the family she has found and the dream she's had since she was young. I really enjoyed all of the characters. They were all well-developed and offered so much to the story. I will say that there were romances I was really pining for. Won't say anything else, but as I got closer to the end, I wanted certain people together more and more. That's really the only reason I took off half a star... This story does tackle some of the mental health issues that really developed in soldiers after the war with Henry. As a WWI soldier, he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. After the war, he works as a mechanic for the Soaring Eagles. However, he suffers flashbacks and the certain noises can set him back into a panic attack. After WWI, this was called "shell shock". I've never liked that term. I think the author did a brilliant job describing Henry's trauma as well as Grace's attempts to calm him and center him in the present. With most of my reviews, I discuss the romance. Here, I applaud it. It's not rushed, and it's not random. Both sides take the time to trust one another, and I love them all the more for it. While Henry does want Grace to have a safer occupation, I don't think he holds her back like other men might in his position. Nor do I think Grace sees some kind of massive flaw in Henry for his trauma, like maybe some women would. I think they both see the best in the other without having rose-colored glasses on. It really made me root for them while all the other drama was happening.I haven't read many, if any, historical fiction books this year so far, so I'm glad I started with Nothing But Sky. If you're looking for a brilliant post-WWI book about wing walkers, you need to pick this book up. I have so many relatives who enjoy stories from this time period or love it when there's a woman they can root for. I'm recommending this to everyone! Make sure you grab a copy when it's released.************************ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.************************
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*This was a great book, and I really enjoyed reading it. I had never heard of barnstorming and wing walking before, so it was fascinating to learn about that part of history and the people who did it. Personally, I would be terrified of performing tricks on airplane wings, especially the ones that Grace came up with. I still can't figure out how the Showstopper worked without her losing all her teeth. Or, yo *I received a free copy of this ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*This was a great book, and I really enjoyed reading it. I had never heard of barnstorming and wing walking before, so it was fascinating to learn about that part of history and the people who did it. Personally, I would be terrified of performing tricks on airplane wings, especially the ones that Grace came up with. I still can't figure out how the Showstopper worked without her losing all her teeth. Or, you know, falling to her death.I really liked the characters. Grace (18) was strong and stubborn, but she wasn't infallible. I appreciated that she eventually recognized and admitted her flaws and then tried to overcome them. She reminded me a lot of Sonora in Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, to be honest. Henry (24) was both tender and gruff, which was understandable considering his history. He managed to be . . . I don't know, a damaged character without being a typical damaged character. He was still strong and whole, even though he may not have seen himself that way. The other characters (Uncle Warren, Daniel, Nathan, Rowland) were also well written and distinct.How it ends: (view spoiler)[Just before Grace performs the Showstopper during their turn in the Expo, something goes wrong with Uncle Warren's plane. He forces Grace to jump, using her parachute, while he tries to guide the failing plane to a safer landing/crashing location. Grace ends up breaking her arm and collarbone in her landing. Uncle Warren is also injured (broken leg and I can't remember what else). The plane is done.In the hospital, Nathan accuses Henry of sabotaging them and being the person who leaked information to Rowland. When he doesn't defend himself, Daniel and Grace believe Nathan and tell Henry to leave.Grace takes a job at the diner to try to raise money to fix the remaining airplane. Nathan and Daniel pick up odd jobs for the same reason. One day, Daniel (all beat up) goes to the diner and tells Grace she has to go with him to the jail, where Nathan is. Henry is there, too, as well as Louis (Rowland's goon)--they had all been in a fight. Henry had overheard Louis bragging about the sabotage and confronted him. Everything comes out . . . Rowland had offered $500 to the person who brought Grace to work in The Skyhawks. Henry had declined several times. Nathan gave in--he was the leak. Louis had tampered with the plane, and Nathan had intended the problem to show up early enough in the flight that Uncle Warren would land the plane safely.Grace apologizes to Henry, but he walks away from her.Rowland gives up the contact with the studios and tells Knickerbocker to give The Soaring Eagles a chance. They're given a week to get their plane flight ready. Grace consults with Uncle Warren and Daniel before agreeing to it because she realizes that her dream is not necessarily everyone else's. They need Henry, though, so Daniel and Uncle Warren convince him to help. He says he will, as long as Grace keeps her distance from him. Eventually, they're alone in the hanger and reconcile. He had walked away because he was hurt and didn't feel like he'd be enough for her.They get the contract with the movie studio and go to Los Angeles, where they perform before movie openings. Henry is given a chance to run the garage for another studio, which would take him away from Grace more. He tells her he's just using it as leverage to get a garage with their current studio. He has also earned his pilot's license. The two of them skip out on the movie premier to go flying. (hide spoiler)]Note: Can't recall anything bad.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing But Sky has a unique historical setting in the sky. I didn't realize how popular (and death-defying) these daredevils were.Grace is an orphan who lives with her Uncle who is also her pilot. Grace wants nothing more than to make a career as a barnstormer, but she will need to prove she's the best since the skies are becoming crowded. Her unwavering goal is to win the World Aviation Expo in 65 days in Chicago. This victory will lead to a Hollywood contract with a movie studio.Grace and her Nothing But Sky has a unique historical setting in the sky. I didn't realize how popular (and death-defying) these daredevils were.Grace is an orphan who lives with her Uncle who is also her pilot. Grace wants nothing more than to make a career as a barnstormer, but she will need to prove she's the best since the skies are becoming crowded. Her unwavering goal is to win the World Aviation Expo in 65 days in Chicago. This victory will lead to a Hollywood contract with a movie studio.Grace and her team are working feverishly to raise enough money for the entrance fee. Grace is being recruited by one of their stiffest competition, and it seems they will stop at nothing to get Grace to join their team.However, Grace's team is like her family. And when they hire a new mechanic, she finds herself in an unwanted romance. She has no time for romance when she's working on perfecting more dangerous and spectacular stunts in the air.Nothing But Sky is a quick read that is paced well. There is always another challenge facing Grace and she refuses to be thwarted. In fact, she's so determined that maybe she needs to do a little soul-searching. Awful things happen, and it seems all hope of competing is lost. And with a surprising twist, the romance may be over too.The ending is sweet and satisfying, even if it relies on a bit of luck. Teens who enjoy historical settings with one of the most determined women I've read about will enjoy Nothing But Sky.
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  • Kim Chance
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely ADORED this gorgeous debut by Amy Trueblood! I'm a HUGE fan of historical fiction and I have a special spot in my heart for the 1920s, so I was SO excited to pick up this book! I immediately connected with Grace and her fierce, determined mindset. She is certainly no damsel in distress and I loved that about her! We need more characters like her, and personally, I wish I had her gumption! I also made an instant connection with Trueblood's writing style. You can really tell that she I absolutely ADORED this gorgeous debut by Amy Trueblood! I'm a HUGE fan of historical fiction and I have a special spot in my heart for the 1920s, so I was SO excited to pick up this book! I immediately connected with Grace and her fierce, determined mindset. She is certainly no damsel in distress and I loved that about her! We need more characters like her, and personally, I wish I had her gumption! I also made an instant connection with Trueblood's writing style. You can really tell that she did her research and that she was passionate about her subject matter. That passion and attention to detail really showed up in her writing and I found it so easy to imagine myself in Grace's world.And when Henry shows up....ahhh! I just love slow burn, enemies to lovers romances and this one was RIGHT up my alley! Overall, I have to say that I simply devoured this book in every possible way and I can't recommend it enough! It's a fantastic novel and a shining star in what is surely going to be a bright career for Trueblood. If you love historical novels with strong, ambitious female protagonists, a dash of romance, and a little bit of danger then this book is for you!
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    Grace is a strong, independent, daredevil, who has no fear. She is a young women with a love for performing daring feats with her team, whom she considers her family, as a Barnstormer performing for county fairs and special events. She feels most alive when she is walking on the wings of an airplane flown by her uncle. Her parents and sister died of the Spanish flu when she was a young girl so she was sent to live with her uncle in Lincoln, Nebraska. The storyline was good, I didn’t really reali Grace is a strong, independent, daredevil, who has no fear. She is a young women with a love for performing daring feats with her team, whom she considers her family, as a Barnstormer performing for county fairs and special events. She feels most alive when she is walking on the wings of an airplane flown by her uncle. Her parents and sister died of the Spanish flu when she was a young girl so she was sent to live with her uncle in Lincoln, Nebraska. The storyline was good, I didn’t really realize there were several young women that truly performed in these “Flying Circus” shows. The writing style was done well, the characters were developed with enough background to understand their lives. Grace’s main goal was to get to the World Aviation Expo in Chicago in the early 1920’s with the winner receiving a contract from a California movie company. I grew up not far from Lincoln Nebraska so I could easily imagine a county fair with a special aerial acrobatics show. This was a really quick read, I listened to it on my Kindle. I thank Net Galley and North Star Editions/Flux for allowing me the opportunity to read this book for my review.
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  • Prerna Pickett
    January 1, 1970
    I don't read enough YA historicals, I've decided. But I'm not sure they'd live up to the perfection that is Nothing But Sky. It's clear that Amy did her research because everything is explained in such great detail that you never even question whether or not she knows what she's talking about. Because it's so obvious that she does. Grace is absolutely fearless and is my new hero. The descriptions of her flights, the tricks she practices, it was almost like being up there with her. Not something I don't read enough YA historicals, I've decided. But I'm not sure they'd live up to the perfection that is Nothing But Sky. It's clear that Amy did her research because everything is explained in such great detail that you never even question whether or not she knows what she's talking about. Because it's so obvious that she does. Grace is absolutely fearless and is my new hero. The descriptions of her flights, the tricks she practices, it was almost like being up there with her. Not something I would do in real life because fear of heights is a real thing. This book is the perfect blend of action, adventure, and romance and will definitely transport you to a different time, maybe not necessarily simpler, but that's a good thing because it keeps the action going. All in all it was one of my favorite reads of the year.
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  • K.A. Wiggins
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: reviewing advance uncorrected proof via NetGalleyThis is a solid historical fiction debut with an interesting and unique premise. An orphaned teen is determined to win a contract with a film studio to keep her found-family together and hold onto her dangerously exhilarating job as a wing walker - an acrobatic who performs stunts on (and off of) flying ex-WWI planes.I thought there was a good balance between period-accurate tone and characterization, and of-the-moment attitudes and va Disclaimer: reviewing advance uncorrected proof via NetGalleyThis is a solid historical fiction debut with an interesting and unique premise. An orphaned teen is determined to win a contract with a film studio to keep her found-family together and hold onto her dangerously exhilarating job as a wing walker - an acrobatic who performs stunts on (and off of) flying ex-WWI planes.I thought there was a good balance between period-accurate tone and characterization, and of-the-moment attitudes and values. Language use wasn't totally jarring, and especially at the beginning, there was a noticeable effort to avoid anachronism. Based on true-to-life examples, the wing-walking girl's fierceness and her (and her friends') push back against traditional expectations for women weren't totally out of left field. The structure of the story is not unlike a sports story - the big game coming up, the secret early morning training, the big snag etc. There is a fairly significant romance subplot that didn't really hold my attention, but that's just the way it goes sometimes. Very good twist at the end - some excellent slight of hand helps it land effectively, and if the wrap-up was a little pat, that's just the way of engaging storytelling. Generally an enjoyable read.
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  • Ashton Reed
    January 1, 1970
    OMG!!!!!!! This book has made me so happy! I'm so impressed and cannot be more thankful to Amy Trueblood for blessing me with such a thrilling read!The story centers around an AMAZING heroine named Grace Lefferty. She is one of the rising female barnstormers in the Roaring Twenties, a time when pilots from World War I decide to continue flying and pursuing their dreams in Flying Circuses. She and her team, the Soaring Eagles, are saving up for Chicago's World Aviation Expo, and the prize is a mu OMG!!!!!!! This book has made me so happy! I'm so impressed and cannot be more thankful to Amy Trueblood for blessing me with such a thrilling read!The story centers around an AMAZING heroine named Grace Lefferty. She is one of the rising female barnstormers in the Roaring Twenties, a time when pilots from World War I decide to continue flying and pursuing their dreams in Flying Circuses. She and her team, the Soaring Eagles, are saving up for Chicago's World Aviation Expo, and the prize is a multi-year contract with the famous Palm Coast Studios. And when the team recruits a new mechanic, Henry Patton, Grace starts to wonder if she can have both the life of a female wing-walker and have the love of a man who sees her as an equal.I LOVE how Trueblood layers her characters!!!! I was so entranced and felt EVERYTHING the characters felt, almost like I was living out their stories with them. That's how you know a book is amazing, my friends.The writing is also phenomenal. I was so impressed by how well everything was developed; the plot, characters, setting, EVERYTHING was so fleshed out and beautiful. Every time I had to stop reading, I was so excited to pick my book back up. The plot is a tad predictable and there were a few conversations that were a little cheesy, but I loved what little predictability and corny-ness (that's totally a word) there is. Honestly, guys, it's either unnoticeable while reading or it just made the story better, I can't tell which one.I have to say, I struggle with getting out of my comfort zone, and books are no exception. YA fantasy and science fiction are my go-tos, but I know I should read more contemporary romance and historical fiction. I love romance and I love history... so don't ask me why I'm so dumb because I don't know why. But I am so glad that I received this book from NetGalley. SO GRATEFUL.I can't stress to you guys how much you need to read this book! It's so frickin amazing and thrilling, but it's not just a light read - it's deep and sweet and just great.Please, PLEASE, go get this book! Au revoir, my fellow bookworms.Thank you SO MUCH NetGalley, Amy Trueblood, and Flux for bestowing this gem upon me in exchange for an honest review.For more awesome book stuffs, visit my blog at http://ashtonread.blogspot.com .
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know much about this era, so I loved the immersion into the time-period and was swept away. Everything from the clothing to the way of speech was so fun to read. All of the character's lives were formed by what was going on at that time and it felt so genuine. And I know some people see the word history and think BORING, but oh my goodness, this story was so the opposite. It was riveting through each page but also had those tender lines that made you feel and grow as a person. I loved Gr I don't know much about this era, so I loved the immersion into the time-period and was swept away. Everything from the clothing to the way of speech was so fun to read. All of the character's lives were formed by what was going on at that time and it felt so genuine. And I know some people see the word history and think BORING, but oh my goodness, this story was so the opposite. It was riveting through each page but also had those tender lines that made you feel and grow as a person. I loved Grace. I could never do what she did, I am not a dare-devil. But she did it so well and it really played in to her character arc to spread her wings and be daring in other areas that maybe aren't so easy for her. And the way Henry fits into her storyline only makes her stronger and brings a smile to my face.This story inspires readers to be brave and follow dreams and to get through life when plans aren't what you thought they were. Such a gem of a story and I couldn't be happier to recommend.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsGrace Lafferty is a wing walker after the Great War and she's determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, prove her scrappy team's worth, and earn a coveted Hollywood contract.Henry Patton, a Great War veteran and mechanic, joins her barnstorming team and he questions her ambition, but Grace continues her test of the powers of the sky despite her attraction to Henry and others' urging.I really enjoyed this one. Historical fiction is such a rare commodity just because I know a lot of peo 4 starsGrace Lafferty is a wing walker after the Great War and she's determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, prove her scrappy team's worth, and earn a coveted Hollywood contract.Henry Patton, a Great War veteran and mechanic, joins her barnstorming team and he questions her ambition, but Grace continues her test of the powers of the sky despite her attraction to Henry and others' urging.I really enjoyed this one. Historical fiction is such a rare commodity just because I know a lot of people are not ready to go to that extra degree of intensive research.I personally have grown bored of the 1800s etiquette and novels (Sorry, Jane Austen) and have moved my attentions to other periods in history, post World War I as one of these.I could definitely see how much effort Trueblood put into shaping the era of this novel and it made the time period so vivid and rich for the reader. It definitely wasn't one of America's brightest moments in history, but it was like you, the reader, were plopped in that time period experiencing that thrill of sneaking alcohol.It's a time period some people aren't too familiar with, but I think Trueblood did a great job of establishing the setting and customs without being too lush or descriptive.I also thought that Grace was an admirable woman and her personal character growth, although not as easily detectable for most of the novel until the end, was a good story and a good lesson learned. She becomes a better person by the end yet still keeps her independence and ambition--the modern woman truly can have it all.There were a few things I wasn't too peachy-keen on just with plot. The "government" was an antagonist for a good section of the novel and sometimes it almost felt like the government was a caricature--that's literally the only way anyone addressed an aviation regulation department, and I would have liked it to go more into how the people who work for the government aren't necessarily as evil as the government.This idea of the government was just a little too simplified in my opinion.Despite this, the other antagonists had a nice sort of redemption arc and I enjoyed reading about them because they didn't feel as cartoon-villain-y as the "government" did.Also, for a large part of the novel, it did feel like not a lot was happening and all the characters were trying to do was get more money so they could finally get to that aviation expo Grace had been dreaming of.Things definitely got a lot spicier at the end, but the beginning was a little slow for me even though there was a solid amount of character interaction and buildup.I also thought the action scenes were a little short and not as thrilling as they could have been. It felt like they were over with one flip of the ebook page, but I wanted my heart to be pounding and Grace participated in death-defying tricks. I wanted to be scared and short of breath as I hoped she was okay.I didn't really get that and although it keeps some of the mood, I was kind of expecting a little more excitement in the novel.But one of the things I really loved was the portrayal of PTSD in this book. Henry and a couple others, like one of Grace's friends, experience this and it's depicted in the novel very nicely. I can't comment on the realistic nature of this, but I did think this was executed well and was not only interesting and tactful, but helpful for the reader to understand what a lot of people from that time were going through.Overall, I really enjoyed Trueblood's debut, Nothing But Sky, as it is a well-written slice of what life was like after the Great War, as well as an overall entertaining and interesting novel. I would definitely recommend to those looking for historical fiction from less-written about time periods!Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Chloé
    January 1, 1970
    * I was provided an arc by the publisher but this in no way affects my opinion*4.5 stars This was incredible. I love historical fiction - it’s my favourite genre and this is one of my new favourites . This was an amazing well written adventure about a determined young woman called Grace following her dreams. The setting of 1920’s America was well researched and the plot was interesting and had me addicted ! Grace is a wingwalker and I’ve never read a story about a wingwalker before so this was s * I was provided an arc by the publisher but this in no way affects my opinion*4.5 stars This was incredible. I love historical fiction - it’s my favourite genre and this is one of my new favourites . This was an amazing well written adventure about a determined young woman called Grace following her dreams. The setting of 1920’s America was well researched and the plot was interesting and had me addicted ! Grace is a wingwalker and I’ve never read a story about a wingwalker before so this was so interesting and I loved the detail that the author went into to describe how each and every trick was done which had me on the edge of my seat. Grace was an incredible character that showed that hard work pays off. She challenges the stereotypes of women in the 1920’s by showing her daring and impulsiveness. Most of the other characters in the book treat her like a child when she is clever and she deserved to be treated like an adult. Another thing I love about her is that she cares about her team so much - she would do anything for them.Henry was super sweet. He is a talented young mechanic who has PTSD from fighting during the war and he frequently experiences flashbacks. The romance was so cute and I love Grace and Henry together. The plot of this book was really interesting and I loved all of the twists and turns that the team faced trying to get to Chicago and win the Hollywood contract. Thank you to Flux Books for providing me with a copy!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    A determined eighteen-year-old female main character with a backbone of steel, and the stubborn will to succeed. For Grace, there is no glory without risk; the safe life is far too dull to even contemplate.Told first person perspective through her eyes, when male protagonist, Henry, steps onto the scene, it’s for the reader to question through her defensive viewpoint whether his behavior and reactions are of a chivalrous hero, or of “this is a man’s world” sexist-chauvinism.Now, I am not a fan o A determined eighteen-year-old female main character with a backbone of steel, and the stubborn will to succeed. For Grace, there is no glory without risk; the safe life is far too dull to even contemplate.Told first person perspective through her eyes, when male protagonist, Henry, steps onto the scene, it’s for the reader to question through her defensive viewpoint whether his behavior and reactions are of a chivalrous hero, or of “this is a man’s world” sexist-chauvinism.Now, I am not a fan of in-your-face feminist agenda, and thankfully this story does NOT overstep that line. There is a good balance to the strength of Grace’s character in a historical timeframe where most careers beyond housewife, child-rearing, or office secretary were not considered fit for females—most especially a dangerous one such as wing-walking. She is not without her vulnerabilities and gentleness, but she admirably faces life’s challenges without dissolving into a helpless puddle of tears and despair either.Henry quickly proves to be one of two extremes—the quiet mechanic going about his business or the short-tempered, opinionated war veteran. Although at first Grace and he seem destined to rub each other the wrong way, there is reason to his stubborn ways: He’s seen how mistakes cost dearly—and still faces the reminder through his PTSD. The subtle glimpses of his gentleness testify to his good intentions, even if they rarely seem to come across in the right way. This “flaw” in his character only serves to make him endearing and relatable. I liked him very much.Grace seems determined to walk as close to the edge of danger as she needs to achieve fame. Henry admires her bravery and determination, but yearns to protect her. I loved seeing their relationship grow; how they learned about each other through conversation and circumstances—and were able to understand and respect each other as that relationship grew. The spark between them was realistically built, not on a shallow foundation of physical attraction alone, but on who they were as hoping, dreaming individuals each with their own past and future to face.The softly growing romance between them takes the passenger seat through most of the book, in a story driven primarily by The Soaring Eagles performances in the sky, the competition with another team determined to destroy them, and Grace’s dream of securing her team’s future in those skies. The pace moves swiftly from location to location, following their shows around the country, with moments of character development and danger and intrigue in-between to keep the story moving and interesting. It was well-written, and the characters were believable and interesting.The romance does build stronger and more intense later on. Some mild violence and a couple of swear words, otherwise it is a clean read that encourages the bond of family and the pursuit of dreams.The title really says it all. For Grace, there is “Nothing But Sky.” But with great risks, dreams and trust come at a high price. People are complex and not always who they appear to be; their actions have reasons beyond the surface. The author did a wonderful job of showing this through good character development.I finished this book feeling content and glad for the lessons learned and the strength Grace had to never give up. I would highly recommend it!I received an advance reader copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a big fan of the 1920's era. The clothes, the glitz and glam, the wish to have fun and enjoy life after a devastating war; thinking of that vibe alone transports me to Hollywood or New York. But this was a different kind of setting for that era, being Lincoln, Nebraska. Not some place I particularly want to visit, but an enchanting setting for a fantastic historical novel. My experience with the term 'barnstorming' is limited. AKA the goofy themed Barnstormer coaster at Walt Disney World. Ne I'm a big fan of the 1920's era. The clothes, the glitz and glam, the wish to have fun and enjoy life after a devastating war; thinking of that vibe alone transports me to Hollywood or New York. But this was a different kind of setting for that era, being Lincoln, Nebraska. Not some place I particularly want to visit, but an enchanting setting for a fantastic historical novel. My experience with the term 'barnstorming' is limited. AKA the goofy themed Barnstormer coaster at Walt Disney World. Never did I dream it was a way of life in the 1920's. And what a life it was, walking on the wings of an airplane five hundred feet above the earth and kicking in to a handstand. Fearless is the word that came to mind while reading this book, and that is exactly the word to describe Grace Lafferty. An 18 year old orphan with big dreams, Grace is a brave and stubborn character I adored. She knows what she wants and damn any man who is going to try and stop her. She is a character many of us women should aspire to be like in this day and age. In fact, a lot of the characters were very much likeable. Each one stood out on their own and had their part to play, which I appreciated. No wasted space. Even the villain was a neat character one wouldn't expect to find in Lincoln. Historically, I saw nothing wrong with this book. You can tell the amount of research that went into this was astronomical. From aviation terminology, to the news of the day, prohibition, to the fashion and speak, it was like being inside an old movie. I was pleased to find that several characters mentioned were in fact real people and pioneers in the aviation field. Likewise, the emotions and feelings of those who had experienced war firsthand were heart-breaking and highly believable. The magic of the era shone through very easily, even if it was set in the atypical setting of the rural mid-west. The plot itself was a delight. Considering how unique this premise is, I thought the story might fall into that usual rut of being predictable and boring, relying entirely on that magical premise to keep it afloat. That was not the case here. It moved along at the perfect pace and walked that line of being exciting and repetitive just right. Taking into consideration how much of the novel involves Grace in the air, it did not come across as boring. And I'm pleased to say that the major plot twist reveal at the end threw me for a loop. I never came close to guessing what would go down. The ending itself was a little too ... perfect, but that's Hollywood for ya, I suppose. An easy 5/5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for a copy.
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  • Kester Nucum
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: Thanks so much to Flux Books for sending me a free electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! This will not affect my review in any other way.Whoo! What a ride! Nothing but Sky is an exhilarating historical fiction debut that will make you feel as if you are riding a plane yourself, feeling the wind caress your skin and the adrenaline pump through your body. Certainly, I was greatly impressed by Trueblood’s heart-pounding debut, for I literally could not put it dow Disclaimer: Thanks so much to Flux Books for sending me a free electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! This will not affect my review in any other way.Whoo! What a ride! Nothing but Sky is an exhilarating historical fiction debut that will make you feel as if you are riding a plane yourself, feeling the wind caress your skin and the adrenaline pump through your body. Certainly, I was greatly impressed by Trueblood’s heart-pounding debut, for I literally could not put it down. I was placed onto a roller coaster ride of emotions, from cheers and triumphs when Grace pulled through and fear and dread when death or failure lingered closely. Grace’s story of perseverance against her enemies, her fears, and the prejudices against women at the time inspires readers to never give up and to always be strong in the face of danger.I knew I had to request this book when I found out that it was set in post-World War II America. The Roaring Twenties was such an exciting time, and learning specifically about the barnstorming and rise of female aviators at the time very much intrigued me. I became dazzled by the wing walkers and the death-defying acts, and what I find interesting is that barnstorming can be viewed as a symbol to that time period. People in the twenties were willing to take huge risk and go above and beyond. In some cases, such as recklessness, this can lead to catastrophes, such as the Great Depression in the era. But in others, like Grace’s, it could pay off with success. Nothing but Sky transported me as if I lived in that time period, riding along with Grace as she puts herself in the face of danger for herself and for others.I loved all the characters in Nothing but Sky! Grace is such an inspiring character and role model, and I am certain readers will love her strong will and determination when tackling trials and challenges. I felt a strong connection with her since I know how it feels to have such a strong relationship with something you love, whether it is music or barnstorming, and feeling alive and even transcending whenever you do it. In addition, the author definitely portrayed the post-WWI surge of PTSD in Henry very well. It is very hard to describe what those brave soldiers had to endure in the war, and many of them had to cope with these bouts of seizures and “shell shock.” It certainly was tough, and I am so glad that Trueblood showed this in her novel.Even though this book is a bit shorter than the normal YA novel, I fell in love with every single page the moment I first picked it up. I feel so exhilarated from both reading and even thinking about the novel. I held gasps. I clutched my chair. I sat at the edge of my seat. I devoured it all, from all the shocks and surprises to the dangers and defiances. Nothing but Sky is the perfect book for those who not only love historical fiction novels but also action and thrill. Trueblood truly transports you to the Roaring Twenties as she sets you in a story that will not only have you wanting more but also have you impacted and inspired to always chase your dreams.
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  • Ethel (artisanwriting.blogspot.com)
    January 1, 1970
    1922 and the war is over. Barnstorming has become popular and so has wing-walking, stunts done by both men and women, hanging from bi-planes while people below watched. These people risked their lives doing stunts on planes that are constantly being repaired. Grace Lafferty lives in this world. She is determined to make a name for herself in spite of her gender, in spite of the fact that she is a woman. More than determined, with a strong personality, she pushes herself to do more stunts, her go 1922 and the war is over. Barnstorming has become popular and so has wing-walking, stunts done by both men and women, hanging from bi-planes while people below watched. These people risked their lives doing stunts on planes that are constantly being repaired. Grace Lafferty lives in this world. She is determined to make a name for herself in spite of her gender, in spite of the fact that she is a woman. More than determined, with a strong personality, she pushes herself to do more stunts, her goal to get to a competition in Chicago and win the prize that will get them to Hollywood.Henry is a soldier back from the war who suffers from memories of that war, but also determined to attain his goal of owning his own garage. Hired as a mechanic to repair and keep her planes in working order, they immediately clash.Of course, we have the villain who wants to take Grace down and prevent her from her goal. With a cast of characters the story is woven with all the necessary elements that make this a good novel. Well researched, well written I am glad to have received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Highly recommended as you step back into a time that no longer exists.
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  • Sofia Fionda
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not one for stories set around world wars (think it was due to English Lit classes and the railway children etc) but this one is seriously making me reconsider that rule.As soon as I heard girl+ plane + risk I was sold, and Amy didn’t disappoint.Grace is such an effortlessly strong character. It didn’t feel forced the way she had to constantly prove herself because of her age and her gender. I really rooted for her and she showed a caring side and loyalty to family that made me love her even I’m not one for stories set around world wars (think it was due to English Lit classes and the railway children etc) but this one is seriously making me reconsider that rule.As soon as I heard girl+ plane + risk I was sold, and Amy didn’t disappoint.Grace is such an effortlessly strong character. It didn’t feel forced the way she had to constantly prove herself because of her age and her gender. I really rooted for her and she showed a caring side and loyalty to family that made me love her even more. Plus, she does some stunts that I would never do but loved reading. Girl got skills!! Henry. Ahh Henry, you cutie. He was suffering in a way that made me want to hug him so much. Yes, he and Grace don’t get on at first but...love and understanding blossoms! Yay. It doesn’t feel forced either and I also rooted for them because they also made a good team. There’s love in this story but so much more, like proving yourself and doing the best for others, which I loved.The worldbuilding in this really took me back. I was totally immersed in the 20’s era that I had to snap myself out of it on the London Underground tube.Do yourself a favour people and read this!!Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer H.
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read a story centered around the world of barnstorming and bonus: set in the Roaring Twenties, but Nothing But Sky introduced that world beautifully. Grace is one of those characters where no one tells her what she can and especially cannot do and ends that sentence with an exclamation point by proving it. Loved her!The relationship between Grace and Henry is a sweet one. The hate to love scenario is my biggest guilty pleasure and I got a little of it here (honestly wish there had b I have never read a story centered around the world of barnstorming and bonus: set in the Roaring Twenties, but Nothing But Sky introduced that world beautifully. Grace is one of those characters where no one tells her what she can and especially cannot do and ends that sentence with an exclamation point by proving it. Loved her!The relationship between Grace and Henry is a sweet one. The hate to love scenario is my biggest guilty pleasure and I got a little of it here (honestly wish there had been just a tad bit more, but that's just my preference). You can definitely see their relationship evolve though. Both go from questioning and doubting each other to becoming big advocates and support pieces for each other. Warm fuzzy! I will say that it did slow down for me about half way/a little passed half way through and it had me concerned, but it didn't take long to pick back up again (thankfully!) and I was firmly invested through the end. Enjoyable, sweet, and triumphant - definitely recommended!*Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review.*
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    I had to dnf this book at 37%I received an arc from netgalley for my honest opinion of this book and boy am I disappointed.Grace is an eighteen year old girl who performs stunts with her uncle's barnstormer team. She's hoping to earn enough money to enter them in a contest that'll surely keep them financially stable. But when Henry, the team's handsome new mechanic, starts pestering Grace about her and the team's safety, she has to put aside her attraction to him and do what's best for her team. I had to dnf this book at 37%I received an arc from netgalley for my honest opinion of this book and boy am I disappointed.Grace is an eighteen year old girl who performs stunts with her uncle's barnstormer team. She's hoping to earn enough money to enter them in a contest that'll surely keep them financially stable. But when Henry, the team's handsome new mechanic, starts pestering Grace about her and the team's safety, she has to put aside her attraction to him and do what's best for her team.Here are the issues I had:My biggest problem with this book is that the main character Grace, is the worst. She's annoying, selfish, and a hotheaded idiot. She wont accept help from anyone, and claims to act this way because she's trying to get her team to a competition. It seems to me like the only person in her team that truly cares about the competition is her. We're supposed to feel bad for her/think she's strong because the book is set in a time where women are looked at as weak, but she has no redeeming qualities. She has two female friends, and she's so rude to them when they want to doll her up/take her for a night out. She refuses to wear the dress they offer her because "putting on fancy rags, or rouging my cheeks is not going to make me a different person." NOT WITH THAT ATTITUDE IT WONT. Literally every character cares about her safety except for her. I don't know, maybe she changes later on in the book but it was impossible for me to keep reading. The relationship that's obviously going to develop between Grace and Henry felt uber forced. They share a moment where he helps bandage her hands and it's supposed to make us feel something, but really I'm just bored with it.The positives:This book was very clearly well researched. The author made sure she knew what she was talking about and not just throwing random airplane terms out there hoping no one would notice.Henry has PTSD from fighting in WWI and that's not something that I've ever seen represented (at least in the same way). Henry has full on episodes that take him back to the battlefield and I think it's important to see that war doesn't leave those who've left the battlefield.That's it. Nothing else was great. I'm really disappointed because I love historical fiction but this did nothing for me. This book was a hot mess.2/5 stars because I think it could be an interesting story without Grace.
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