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Unblemished (The Unblemished Trilogy) Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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“With plenty of YA crossover appeal, this engaging and suspenseful debut urban fantasy features superb world building and a tightly paced story line. Reading groups will find plenty to discuss concerning self-image, the nature of good vs. evil, and the power of the marginalized to change the world. Suggest to fans of Tosca Lee’s Demon or Ted Dekker’s Eyes Wide Open.” (Library Journal, starred review and debut of the month)
“Sara Ella’s debut novel is a stunning journey into a fascinating new world of reflections. Intricately plotted, the story is complex, but not difficult to follow. Eliyana is a strong heroine, yet also has a vulnerable side that readers will definitely identify with. The other characters are also well-developed and have many hidden secrets revealed throughout the course of the tale. Good vs. evil is the overarching theme, and it’s easy to draw parallels with faith. The book is set up for further installments, and it will be fascinating to see where the author takes the characters next.” (RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, TOP PICK!)
About the Author
Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a Disney-style castle. Today, she is a winner of the ECPA Christian Book Award for her debut novel Unblemished, which released to magical applause: “a stunning journey into a fascinating new world of reflections” (RT Book Reviews). Sara 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.” Connect with Sara online at SaraElla.com, Facebook: WritingHisTruth, Twitter: @SaraEllaWrites, Instagram: SaraEllaWrites, and YouTube: Sara Ella.
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As a fan on fantasy and being immersed in so many incredible stories over the recent years, this brand new edition was something I was very interested in for two specific reasons. This is a story that takes place in my home town, and I am a huge fan of alternate universes/alternate dimensions. Right after the prologue you are drawn right in after such an emotional couple of words and that is one of the strongest elements of the book. The world building is captivating from the streets of New York City to it's reflection. The author went to great lengths to capture NYC down to the statues in Central Park that there were times I can almost envision walking in that exact location at one point in my life. The main characters are very relatable. The author went into the characters as to make the readers focus...especially with Ky's back story. Yet she scales back on some of them as well which to me keeps the reader interested and wanting more. As someone who wanted to get to know the characters like to Eliyana and Joshua and I hope we get more. Even the secondary characters who just show up to assist the heroine have such stand out presences that I want to see even more of them. There is even one specific character I referred to as the 'Boba Fett' of the story only because of the twist we see in the story and that the character doesn't have much of a role to play but, one you get to that point in the story your head is swimming with questions.
The writing style is very unique because while the story is told through first person perspective it is written the present which to me is a very challenging thing to do and keep in check with all the events unfolding. Like "the cold rush hurts my skin" or "he's getting closer". Along with that there is a lot of emphasis on sound which continues to draw you in.
However, this story is far from perfect much like most starting points in a potentially grand saga. At the very beginning while you are drawn in the author does tend to throw way too much at the reader way too quick and way too soon. As you reach the climax of the story the book catches up with that pace and even though the story continues to throw so much at the reader it does lead to some very interesting and clever plot twists. To me, I also feel that a lot of the book is visual. Imaginations can always create but sometimes especially with conflict sometimes a visual aid can be very useful. Finally, I will be honest and say that I have never been much of a romance fan and this book does have a very 'Twilight-esque' love triangle with some very sappy moments. Yet, while it is an important part of the story the romance itself does not take over the story and lets the fantasy and hero's journey remain at the steering wheel.
So in the end I feel that 'Unblemished' was very rich fantasy story with some very well thought out out characters. The romance is secondary in my opinion but, if you love that stuff readers will adore it and if not, the fact that it is a secondary while important piece to the story...it doesn't ruin it for non romance fans. This is one I am proud to have in my fantasy collection and I am hoping that the rest of the saga is just as fun and engaging. I have a great many questions and a great many things I am hopeful about. For my friend Sara, I hope this is a true success because there is so many that can spawn from the book series alone everything from additional lore to graphic novel interpretations to even films I believe that this saga will find its place among the classics in time.
However, I did feel that the book was very well thought out and well planned. It was catching. Eventually I was able to overlook the slightly choppy structure, and some of the events that came without much warning and therefore seeming ripply and not well built up. I really wound up liking the characters, and as Eliyana grew as a person I grew to like her more and more. The plot definitely held my attention both in the romantic aspect and the action/fantasy aspect of it. The HEA was great although there was a bit of a cliff hanger. It wasn't huge and it did not disappoint, it simply left room for another book, which I do look forward to reading. I'd recommend you give the book a chance, a couple of chances, and at the end I doubt you'll regret it. Four Stars.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
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