Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance
Series: Unblemished, Book Two
Be sure to check out my review of the previous book, Unblemished.
About the Book:
What happens when happily ever after starts to unravel?
Eliyana Ember doesn’t believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what’s right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she’s trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about–like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.
Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshua’s finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something–or someone–is missing?
When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections–and keep herself from falling for him in the process?
Holy verity! Many of you already know that I wasn’t a huge fan of Unblemished, but Sara Ella has improved greatly in her sequel, Unraveling. Eliyana, our main character, has grown and matured so much since the previous book. She’s less whiney, more independent and of a leader, is careful in who she trusts, a lot more discerning, and just overall more mature. I’m so glad I gave this author another chance because I enjoyed this one a lot. In fact, Sara Ella completely blew me away with this release.
The cover is gorgeous, but I also needed to see what happened next and where the author was taking the story. I needed to know which guy she’d end up with. I’m still Team Ky because he brings out the good in her. He encourages her and tells her like it is. Although a love triangle does play into this sequel like book one led us into, it was well done. There was more of a focus on good and evil in oneself, as well as how opinions are influenced by others. There wasn’t a ton of focus on the love triangle because Eliyana doesn’t see herself in love with both guys. Instead, she is genuine in her decision, knowing that whom she picks will not only affect herself but will have an impact on everyone around her in her life.
I loved the worldbuilding and seeing more explanations as to what was happening. If you enjoy the show Once Upon a Time or anything to do with fairytales, you’ll definitely want to read this. The Disney references make this incredibly fun! It’s squeaky clean filled with songs and pop culture references that make reading even more enjoyable. I’d recommend you read the first book before reading this so as not to be confused as to what is going on. Plus, Sara Ella threw in so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, keeping her readers on her toes.
When looked at closer you can see Biblical parallels between the Verity and Void. Good vs. Evil. There are elements of faith, light over darkness, and even a mirror of the Garden of Eden. I think this book would make great conversation starters within ourselves or with others. Questions such as, “How much of our lives do we get to choose or is free will?”, “How much are we influenced by other people’s decisions?”, “If given the choice, would you choose the light and source of the Truth or would you choose to serve evil and feed on darkness?”
Readers will have a field day traveling with pirates, meeting fairies, trolls, and so many other otherworldly characters and elements with a Biblical theme. After Unblemished, I didn’t think I’d say this after reading Unraveling, but I highly recommend this. I cannot wait to see what Sara Ella has in store for in her next release, Unbreakable.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Sara Ella:
Not so long ago, SARA ELLA dreamed she would marry a prince (just call me 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. Oh, and her husband is far more swoony than any cartoon character could ever be. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.