Hello, I am here to share another awesome book tour from the one and only TBR and Beyond Tours. They are a wonderful team with some great books. I cannot suggest them enough to work with, and the Facebook group is fabulous too. I may be partial since I am a mod, but I loved it even before then. But seriously, this is a book I am so excited to share my review for.
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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Publishing date: December 1st, 2020
Raised in isolation at Heavenly Shepherd, her family’s trailer-dealership-turned-survival compound, Ami Miles knows that she was lucky to be born into a place of safety after the old world ended and the chaos began. But when her grandfather arranges a marriage to a cold-eyed stranger, she realizes that her “destiny” as one of the few females capable of still bearing children isn’t something she’s ready to face.
With the help of one of her aunts, she flees the only life she’s ever known, and sets off on a quest to find her long-lost mother (and hopefully a mate of her own choosing). But as she journeys, Ami discovers many new things about the world… and about herself.
Well, this book was perfect for me as someone who has been obsessed with the FLDS and Warren Jeffs for a long time. Ami has grown up in a cult where women are lucky to have a child with a man. When she is forced to have to “breed” with man, she is given escape with help from her aunts and is placed into a world she never could have imagined.
Ami has to learn the world is not what she thought. She has to struggle with new thoughts and a different way of life. Ami also must deal with her thoughts and feelings about her mother and even feelings for another girl. Life is changing and Ami has to face many new things and experiences.
This book was pretty good and I could not stop reading when I started. It talks about the transition from a cult well, and I think Ami did well in her own experiences. Some parts did seem a little quick, like how she was able to heal emotionally so quickly and it was just fine. perhaps this is accurate for some, but I would have liked it to have been a longer and steady road to recovery. Still, this was a great read I enjoed.
Meet the author:
Kristy Dallas Alley is a high school librarian in Memphis, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, four kids, three cats, and an indeterminate number of fish. She studied creative writing at Rhodes College in another lifetime and holds a Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis. In an ideal world, she would do nothing but sit on a beach and read every single day of her life, but in reality she’s pretty happy reading on her front porch, neglecting the gardens she enthusiastically plants each spring, and cooking huge meals regardless of the number of people around to eat them. The Ballad of Ami Miles is her debut novel.