by Sara Ella
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins
Release Date: October 11th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?
Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.
But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.
Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.
Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?
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About the Author
Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince (just call her Mrs. Charming) and live in a castle (aka The Plaza Hotel). Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.
Eliyana has had this weird birthmark on her face for as long as she can remember. It is her greatest insecurity, because how can someone love an unattractive girl? Even her best friend/crush can’t seem to bring himself to tell her whether he’s as in love with her as she is with him. But then everything goes crazy. El’s mom dies,—or does she?—her crush becomes her legal guardian, and a stalker seems to be following her. Add to that some alternate worlds called Reflections, the Verity, the Void, and some epic abilities, and Eliyana is truly in a mess.
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! I think I found my new favorite book! There is so much in Unblemished, from the gorgeous worlds caught in the battle between good and evil (also called the Verity and the Void) to the layers upon layers of secrets and deceit that the characters have to wade through to discover the truth. The magical abilities are awesome and the mystery kept me guessing to the end. And the romance! Never have I seen a more painful, swoon-worthy, romantic, agape, death-defying, high-stakes love triangle. I am like Eliyana at the end—I still can’t figure out which to choose or how she will ever be physically able to choose. I mean, it’s not like one of them can *conveniently* die so she doesn’t have to choose. High-stakes is the best description. Yikes! And the message is more than I could have hoped for. It is so beautiful, about unconditional love—true love in its purest form. The entire story centers around it, the climax rests at its core; it is the one thing, the strongest good, that can overcome the overwhelming evil. (And the evil is most definitely overwhelming.) The resolution of the problem was epic, but the ending! It’s beautiful but at the same time a bit of a cliffhanger. “She will seek answers eventually. When she does, I’ll be waiting.” I mean, come on! Forget her, I need answers! How am I supposed to wait for a second book that may or may not be coming?
Basically, I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those people who enjoy a good YA fantasy with some romance and Christian themes. (At least, considering the strong fight between Good and Evil, the unconditional love, and the Christian publisher, I’d say there are Christian themes, even though the characters don’t really mention a God.)
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.