Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Nothing But Sky
Author: Amy Trueblood
Heroine: Grace Lafferty
Genre: MF Young Adult Historical Fiction
Length: 284 pages
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: 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 tells the story of Grace Lafferty, a young post World War I wing walker, and her dream to make it to Hollywood. After the death of her parents, Grace was sent to live with her Uncle Warren, who introduced her to his passion for flying. Together, along with their barnstorming team called The Soaring Eagles, they travel across the midwest performing dangerous aerial stunts. Their current mission is to earn enough money to make it to the World Aviation Exposition for a chance to win a Hollywood contract. But when a new mechanic shows up with a traumatic past and a possible tie to their biggest rival, Grace and her team might be on the path to losing everything…even their lives.
I’m a bit conflicted about this book. It was well written and obviously well researched, the characters where engaging and it even had a little suspense. But for me, I was kinda bored throughout the whole book…from the very beginning. I wasn’t as interested in the aviation aspects of the story as I thought I would be. Plus, I kept getting that foreshadowed feeling that something terrible was about to happen, and I was right…but not completely right. I didn’t like that feeling. Mostly it was too predictable.
I did enjoy the romance. The slow burn building between Grace and Henry is exactly what I like to read. There’s nothing explicit to get excited about, but I was happy with the outcome.
Overall, a well written story set in an era that doesn’t really interest me.
Overall Impression: It Was Good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*