Hi guys! Today I have for you a review of an awesome YA historical fiction debut that is set in the Roaring Twenties (yes, finally a novel set in post-World War I!) and features barnstormers and female aviators! When I first saw this novel, I knew I had to pick it up, and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read it. Certainly, I enjoyed it so much, and I am actually having the author Amy on the blog later on the blog in just a few days! Don’t miss it, and I hope you check out and buy her book!
About the Book
Grace 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 releases from Flux Books on March 27th!
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.
About the Author
A devotee of reading and writing from a very young age, Amy Trueblood grew up surrounded by books. As the youngest of five children, she spent most of her time trying to find a quiet place to curl up with her favorite stories. After stints working in entertainment and advertising, she began writing her first manuscript and never looked back.
Her debut novel, NOTHING BUT SKY is a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection and will be published March 27, 2018 by Flux.
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