Title: Such A Secret Place
This title was kindly provided for by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review
When sixteen-year-old Ambry Csille's brother gets taken in a raid, her utter fear and panic should be enough to invoke tears in any normal world. But for Ambry, tears are a thing of the past.
Because of a spell, people can no longer feel emotion; not enough to cry, and definitely not enough to defend themselves against the tyrannical soldiers stealing her people’s magic. A rare vial of enchanted tears chooses Ambry to reverse the spell, and soon she finds herself the target not only of the Arcaians, but of battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who wants the tears for his own reasons.
All Ambry wants is to rescue her brother, but when her tears get stolen, Ambry determines to work with Talon to get them back. Any day the Arcaians could drink her tears. Any day they’ll succeed at draining her people's magic completely, and all hope will be gone—not only for her brother, but for her world
Lets talk about the cover before we do anything else. Three words: I LOVE IT. I love that it feels like a painting, one I would have blown up and framed, title and all. It is so smoothly done, the colors pop and catch your eye just daring you to crack open the book and dive right in.
That being said I enjoyed this book, sure it took some getting use to but once I had my head wrapped around the aspects of the world the author had created, I enjoyed it immensely.
I was immediately intrigued the aspect of a world with no emotion, it was actually one of the main reasons I picked the book out of my TBR pile. Emotion governs so much of what we do and how we do it, I couldn't imagine the difference in people if they had a switch where they could just shut it off. It is not a world I would want to live in.
I will admit that I was not a fan of our MC the entire time, sometimes she just felt entirely to annoying, I was rooting for her but I also wanted her to fail just because she annoyed me at times.
The only thing I really didn't like was how rushed the ending felt. I understand the point was probably set up for a sequel and trying to get me to keep reading but I all but screamed with frustration.
3 out of 5 Stars