Archive | April 10, 2013

Being Amber Sylvia Ryan

Being Amber Book 1 of The New Atlanta Series. Sylvia Ryan

I received this from the publishers in return for an honest review. I don’t gush and give false praise – I don’t believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.

This is a book in the urban fantasy/dystopian genre. I’ve read a few book set in the future like this one, and there are more planned in this series. What I love about the idea of a series is that Sylvia has already done the world settings and explanations so the following books won’t have to cover the same ground only as a refresher and can concentrate on the story and people involved. It took me a while to quite work out who and what were important in this book – its a world that’s gone through chaos and been regulated tightly to preserve life. Anyone with faulty genes is sterilised and cast into the lower levels and only the best genes and intelligence are able to qualify for the top tiers of society. Jaci was hoping to be designated onto one of the highest tiers ,and yet following gene testing she was found to have a gene for a banned health issue, sterilised so she can’t pass it on and removed from her family and sent to Amber Zone to live and work.

Its a well thought out novel and we see that what was acceptable when the crisis was first being controlled has now become – several years later – an abuse of power, with people in lower levels having no control over their lives and being treated as though they were animals. The Ambers have fine tuned a way of trying to make people fit in with their new lives and the love and acceptance they offer was heart warming especially set against the cold control and dominance exerted by the Government. Ambers have suspected for a while that the Gov is working underhanded to keep them oppressed but now someone is killing newly made Ambers and the Amber Police suspect Jaci is the next victim. Jaci is struggling to make sense of her new world and the way the people are so very sexual. Accepting and unconditional to everyone. Her flatmate Xander is tasked with helping her to find comfort in amber and she’s very attracted to him. He isn’t looking for a relationship however and makes that clear to her. There’s a number of events that fall upon her and she feels so alone sometimes and I really wanted things to work out well for her. She’s been through so much and yet still faces lots of trauma, and struggles to deal with the sexual chemistry between her and Xander, not understanding the way sex and love are separate things in Amber…

Its a hot, erotic read, lots of sensual, graphic sex with not just male/female but female/female and group sex scenes so be warned – if this isn’t your scene don’t buy it and complain after! The sex scenes fit well within the storyline and the people were well described and I felt as if I could “know “ them – I was rooting for a happy ending between Jaci and Xander, and very emotional when one favourite person was killed. I didn’t guess who the perpetrator of the killings was nor what was behind it. I look forward to reading more from this series – its one for the keepers file : )

At 413 KB for £4.08 its not cheap but as part of a rereadable series it becomes better value.

Stars: well deserved four stars.

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