Wonderful YA Wednesday: NOTHING BUT SKY by Amy Trueblood



Author: Amy Trueblood

Publisher: Flux

Publication Date: March 27th, 2018

Publisher’s Description:

A 2018 Junior Library Guild selection.

“Trueblood’s action-packed first novel explores the post-World War I époque with visceral period detail, and Grace’s ambition carries the story about fighting for one’s dreams, seeking stability in some form, and a team becoming a family.” —Publishers Weekly

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.

I’ve been saving this post for today because I’ve been following Amy Trueblood on social media and her BLOG for years. She is a light in the publishing community and gives so much to those around her. I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for what feels like forever.

She had an event near me last weekend and I was planning to go and talk about how wonderful it (and she) was in this post along with my review. And then something came up last minute and I wasn’t able to go and I was so let down.

I hope to be able to get to another event of hers in the future, but I still want to review and highly recommend this book.

I am a big fan of YA historical fiction and an even bigger fan of YA historical fiction that feels different from others. NOTHING BUT SKY is full of history, action, character depth, inspiration, and Trueblood’s talented way with words.

I don’t know much about this era, so I loved the immersion into the time-period and was swept away. Everything from the clothing to the way of speech was so fun to read. All of the character’s lives were formed by what was going on at that time and it felt so genuine. And I know some people see the word history and think boring, but oh my goodness, this story was so the opposite.

It was riveting through each page but also had those tender lines that made you feel and grow as a person.

I loved Grace. I could never do what she did, I am not a dare-devil. But she did it so well and it really played in to her character arc to spread her wings and be daring in other areas that maybe aren’t so easy for her.

And the way Henry fits into her storyline only makes her stronger and brings a smile to my face.

This story inspires readers to be brave and follow dreams and to get through life when plans aren’t what you thought they were.

Such a gem of a story and I couldn’t be happier to recommend.

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