Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Meet Kristy Dallas Alley
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.
About The Ballad of Ami Miles
Title: The Ballad of Ami Miles
Author: Kristy Dallas Alley
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publishing Date: December 1, 2020
Page Length: 272
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4 ⭐
Synopisis: 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.
Rep: LGBTQIA (f/f relationship), POC secondary characters
Content Warning: racism, homophobia, toxic masculinity, mention of abusive parental relationship, toxic family
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. This is Kristy’s first book, but I don’t feel that this reads like a debut. Ami is a strong character, but unaware of the world because of her upbringing. We as readers, learn about the world alongside Ami. The beginning part of the book we spend travelling and discovering, but the entire book is about discovery. We get to see Ami learn more about the world and herself – and the discovering of herself I found was difficult for her because of her upbringing, but also heartwarming as she doesn’t let that hold her back. Despite the difficult topics, there wasn’t as much drama in the book as I would have expected – everything just seems to always work out. That was the part I felt was a little unrealistic. Ami would discover something new, not agree with it, then come to terms with it in a matter of hours – not how any teenager (or adult for that matter) would deal with life changing information. I also found that time felt different when reading this book. I always found myself thinking more time had passed than had actually happened within the book because of how Ami had learned/handled things and how strongly relationships formed. I would think weeks had passed to find out that it was just the next day. Besides this one thing, I found The Ballad of Ami Miles to be an interesting read with powerful messages within it. I highly recommend if you like dystopians and if you liked The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams.
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