|I know, it’s not the best graphic, but I couldn’t find a picture that did justice to the cover
I had heard a LOT about Sara Ella’s Unblemished before reading it. I’d heard so much that I recommended it to my library and
impatientlypatiently waited for it once they bought it (I was on the holds list FOREVER). And then… IT WAS MINE. For twenty one days only… BUT I STILL GOT IT. And I loved every single page! My Rating: Four and a Half Rose Button Necklaces out of FiveBack Cover Blurb (taken from Goodreads)
|I just HAD to include the cover again-it’s that pretty!
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?
What I Loved
Eliyana. First of all, her name. I LOVE HER NAME. Second of all, Eliyana is just all around a great main character. Period. End of discussion. READ THE BOOK.
The story world (s). I loved all of the different Reflections in Unblemished! Sara Ella did a fantastic job of describing New York City, and I fell in love with the new Reflection Eliyana was drawn into after all of the craziness (yes, it was crazy) happened. I mean… Tromes (aka tree homes)?! I WANT ONE.
KY!!! So I’ve mentioned it already, but Ky is one of my favorite parts of the whole book. At first, I absolutely HATED him. EMPHASIS ON HATE. But now… Now, he might be my favorite character. I love how mysterious/protective/sweet/good-and-bad-at-the-same-time he is. Sara Ella did a great job with her characters!
The plot. I could barely put this book down, it was so good! The plot had me on the edge of my seat from the start. There were so many twists and turns
that had me screaming into pillows that had my jaw dropping!
The descriptions. I loved how Sara Ella wove in mentions to modern culture and other works such as Narnia, Wicked, etc. in her descriptions. Now, I’m going to be honest, I didn’t know everything that she mentioned (and I only know Wicked because it’s BROADWAY). BUT ANYWAYS, even without those nods, the descriptions were fantastic!
The cover. It’s. So. Pretty. I’m seriously going to get this entire series in paperback once the third book comes out because of aaaaallll the pretty covers.
I could go on, but then this review would get REALLY long. xD
What I Didn’t Love
Joshua. I’m just kidding. xD Or am I?
A bit of confusion. At some points in the book I got pretty confused, such as during the action scenes. I’ve seen some other people mention this too, so I guess I’m not the only one who felt this way.
Some info-dumps. I felt that some parts of the book had too much information at once. I think part of this is what made everything confusing at times.
Despite some confusing parts and info-dumping, Sara Ella’s Unblemished is definitely a book I’d recommend to all of my readers, especially those who love a good fairy tale. =)
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.
Have you read Unblemished? If so, what is one of your favorite parts of the book? Team Ky or team Joshua? What’s one of your favorite quotes from Unblemished? Don’t you love the cover?! =D What’s your favorite fairy tale?