Friday, 30 August 2013

Amber by Julie Sykes

Title: Amber
Author: Julie Sykes
Published by: Curious Fox
Publication date: 12th September 2013
Pages: 304
Genres: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

There are spoilers in this review - it was near impossible to review it without them. However, I have blacked out the spoilers which means if you want to see the writing underneath, you have to highlight the black lines with your mouse. That way, if you don't want to see the spoilers, you don't have to. :)

A teenage girl wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she comes from.

The only clues to her identity are a dead mobile phone in her pocket and a beautiful amber necklace around her neck.

Suddenly, 'Amber' has a brand-new life, a brand-new name and a whole lot of questions. Disturbed by strange visions and powers, she struggles to understand the rules that everyone else seems to know. How can Amber make sense of the person she seems to be? Does she even want to be that person any more? And by falling in love with her new friend Dan, is she breaking the one rule that really matters?

Amber has retrograde amnesia as a result of being a victim in a car crash. The driver of the car she was in died, but Amber doesn't know who the driver was, or where they were, or even who she is herself. That is, until she discovers who rescued her from the crash. From then on, everything changes.

This book intrigued me as soon as I saw the title. May I just say that 'Amber' is the best name for a book and if you call your book 'Amber' then you are likely to get a five-star review. ;) Hehe I'm joking, the name didn't effect my review at all because the writing inside is STUNNING. Honestly, I am so glad Curious Fox gave me the chance to read this as I thoroughly enjoyed it and I wouldn't say no if there was a sequel and I was offered it to review. *ehem, hint ;) ...Please tell me there's a sequel?!*

Amber reminded me a lot of myself! Seriously, she was described to look like me, we share the same name, we have the same necklace...I was convinced this was my life story in disguise until I found out that she is an alien. She was funny, smart and even with her special abilities she always seemed to have a lot of fun. Even in difficult situations, she dealt with them really well!

I loved Dan. Chapters that included him tended to be more fun than the rest. I wish we could have witnessed more of Dan and Amber's relationship and I was heartbroken when they had to finish it. They never even officially went out. Somehow, sharing the same name as the main character made me empathise with her extremely easily as it was like it was happening to me. I was surprised that Dan took it so well when Amber told him who she really was. If something like that had happened to me, I would have freaked out and ran!

This novel is quite sci-fi, but with a sprinkling of romance (just a sprinkle). There were a few minuscule things that happened at the beginning, that actually turned out to be very significant - I loved the way that everything began to make sense!

Sykes has written a fantastic novel and I'm astounded that it's her debut! Your jaw will drop (not as painful as it sounds) with her incredible writing ability and how real the characters seem. I loved the concept of aliens sent to earth to study humans and I was sad to see Amber go back to her planet. The book is like a drug - it hooks you and you can't stop reading! 'Amber' is going to be a big hit when it's out in shops, and I can't stress enough how awesome this book is. Surely you agree that the cover is beauuuuutiful? Well multiply the beautifulness (it's a word now.) of the cover by 100 and that's how fab the story inside is! I highly recommend this. Fabulously crafted and unique - you've got to love it! And if you don't want to read it, well, there's probably something seriously wrong with you. ;)


  1. This sounds amazing! I will definitely give this ago (even though I have a mountain of books to read already :D ) Lovely review as always xox

    1. This should move to the top of your book mountain! Hehe thank you Helena :)

  2. What a lovely cover. I'm hoping to read this book soon, I''m really looking forward to it!