1 September 2013

Review - Amber by Julie Sykes

Happy September! :D

Author: Julie Sykes
Publisher: Curious Fox 
Published: September 12th 2013
Pages: 304 approx.
Source: For review*
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy

How do you live by the rules if you don’t know what they are? Amber has lost her memory and the only clues to her identity are a mobile phone in her pocket and a beautiful amber necklace around her neck. This intriguing and surprising novel for teenage girls will have readers gasping with disbelief as the truth about Amber is revealed...

I'm going to try my hardest to make this review spoiler-free as I know a lot of you will be itching to read this when it's released! 

When I first read the synopsis of Amber I thought I knew what to expect therefore I wasn't really that excited to read it; it sounded a little samey and predictable. I read it nonetheless - mainly because of how gorgeous the cover is - and I was pleasantly surprised! Amber is one hell of a book with the most twisty-twist I've read for a while. I literally gasped multiple times through the book and was still a little shocked after I'd turned the last page. It's hard to believe that this is Julie Sykes' debut YA novel. 

We find out early on that Amber has retrograde amnesia meaning that she has no memories of her past or who she is, she doesn't even know her own name. I really liked this concept and, even though I've read quite a few books about amnesia, this one still managed to be original due to the massive twist (no spoilers!). We witness Amber's journey as she tries to figure out who she really is and because she knows as much as we do, it was pretty unpredictable for the most part. I liked the character of Amber but I didn't really form too much of an opinion or any attachment, suggesting that she wasn't too well developed. I did, however, really like the character of Dan. He really brought out the best in Amber and their relationship was absolutely adorable. Other than Dan, none of the characters stood out to me at all and we really don't get to know anyone through the book. I'd say that character building is Julie Sykes' weakness but it was the only low point in the book, in my opinion. :)

The plot overall was very strong and, like I said earlier, original. I generally love books about amnesia as I find that whole topic fascinating but Amber has a little something extra that makes it more than just another amnesia book. There were so many unexpected twists and turns making it a gripping read, and it turned out to be the complete opposite of what I was anticipating. A really amazing debut for Julie Sykes. ^_^ I'll give it 4 out of 5.

Thank you Curious Fox for very kindly giving me this book to review! My review is 100% honest and my opinions were in no way affected. 

Lots of love, Cat



  1. I am so excited to read this one, an am really glad you enjoyed it! It has such a gorgeous cover so, it's good to see what's inside is good too.

    1. It was a great read, I'm sure you'll enjoy it! ^_^ xx

  2. I got this to review recently and reviewed it recently, actually today! I really enjoyed it. I'm glad you did too! I also agree with Sophie, the cover it absolutely gorgeous!

    1. Aww nice! I love the cover. ^_^ xx


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