BOOK REVIEW: Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker is a book that you simply can’t put down once you pick it up. The charming characters, 1960s Georgia setting, and peach pies will have you glued to this book from beginning to end. Read on for my thoughts on Chasing Jupiter.

My Rating: Four Peach Pies out of Five

About the Book

Scarlett Blaine’s life in 1960s Georgia isn’t always easy, especially given her parents’ financial struggles and the fights surrounding her sister Juli’s hippie lifestyle. Then there’s Scarlett’s brother, Cliff. While she loves him more than anything, there’s no denying his unique behavior leaves Cliff misunderstood and left out. So when he wishes for a rocket to Jupiter, Scarlett agrees to make it happen, no matter how crazy the idea might be.

Raising the rocket money means baking pies, and the farmer’s son, Frank, agrees to provide the peaches if Scarlett will help him talk to Juli. The problem is, Scarlett really enjoys her time with Frank, and finds herself wondering if, someday, they could be more than friends. Just as she thinks everything might be going her way, Cliff suffers an accident that not only affects the rocket plans, but shakes Scarlett’s view of God. As the summer comes to an end, Scarlett must find a way to regain what she’s lost, but also fulfill a promise to launch her brother’s dream.

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What I Loved

The characters were absolutely wonderful. I think that they could’ve all sat around eating peach pie and this book would be just as good. Grandpop Barley, Cliff, Scarlett, Frank…. All of them were sweet and eccentric in their own way.

The setting was perfect for the story. I just wanted to get lost in 1960s Georgia with Frank, Scarlett, and Cliff. Rachel Coker made the setting very real and very vivid. I could almost imagine that I was in Georgia myself!

“You can stay perched in your bird cage forever. Or you can fly.”

Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

The story made me smile multiple times. Who couldn’t smile when Cliff writes a sign in Spanish or argues with Grandpop Barley? And who couldn’t smile at such tender moments as the ones with Frank in the peach orchard?

God’s love and grace were evident on the pages. I loved that God’s love and grace changed Scarlett’s life and the lives of those around her. The author showed this beautifully in Chasing Jupiter.

Who couldn’t love all of the peach pies? You had better have a peach pie nearby as you read this book, or you will get very hungry. Trust me on this one, okay? 😉

What I Didn’t Love

I felt like everything was wrapped up a bit too quickly. One moment there was a disaster, and then in the next twenty or so pages, everything was resolved. I wish that there had been more pages dedicated to the resolution and falling action of the novel.

The story wandered into preachy territory at times. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I feel like the author could’ve brought the themes across in a more subtle, meaningful way.

Overall

Chasing Jupiter is the perfect summer read. If you love endearing characters, historical fiction, peach pies, and rockets to Jupiter, then this book is most definitely for you.

About the Author

Rachel Coker resides in Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She has a passion for great books, and has been surrounded by them all her life. Her gift for writing became apparent at the age of eleven, at which time her parents signed her up for a year of lessons with a professional writing coach. Rachel also has a deep love for classical music and old black-and-white movies. When she is not writing or playing the piano, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends and serving her Lord and Savior.

Have you read Chasing Jupiter? If you could fly to any planet, what planet would you fly to?

My Favorite Books of 2018

I’m way late in joining the bandwagon on posting my favorite books of 2018, but all that matters is that I’m here, right? =) I’m so excited to be sharing this list with you! Here are, in no particular order, my ten favorite books of 2018.

1. In 27 Days by Alison Gervais

“We were together and for that moment, it was enough.” In 27 Days by Alison Gervais

In 27 Days was a great story with a great message and memorable characters and settings that had me hooked from the first chapter. If I remember correctly, I finished this book in only two days. I wanted to hug and chat with every character and visit Mama Rosa’s and… I could go on, but since you all don’t want to sit here reading this for twenty seven days, I’ll leave it at this: In 27 Days is pure gold. GO READ IT. Click here to find it on Goodreads, and click here to read my full review.

2. Unblemished by Sara Ella

“Because you’re beginning to see with more than your eyes. You’re seeing with your heart.”Unblemished by Sara Ella

First of all, the cover is gorgeous. Second of all, the characters make this story (especially KY). Third of all, why are you still reading this post and not this book? Click here to find this book on Goodreads, and click here to read my full review.

3. The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser

“In this year of contrast, stark, heartbreaking contrast–life and death–God had brought color too. He had brought me a palette full of color to last my whole life long.”The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser

If you throw together 1960s Atlanta, Georgia, gorgeous pieces of art, characters you’ll want to pull from the pages and hug, and one big mystery, you’ll have The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser sitting prettily in your hands. This book was SO good that I found myself wishing that I could go to Atlanta and pondering the story late into the night. Click here to find The Swan House on Goodreads.

4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

“The still, quiet voice beckoned tenderly. Come to me, beloved. Stand and come to me. Warmth swept over her. This was the love she’d been waiting for all her life.”Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Y’all. This book… I don’t know where to begin. There are tear-stains on the pages of this book. And there’s a reason why. This story, based on the story of Hosea and Gomer, is a story about God’s never-ending, forgiving, never stopping, redeeming, always and forever love for us, no matter what we’ve done. Click here to find it on Goodreads.

5. Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber

“He barely spoke for the rest of the night, even when he flew her home. Just inhaled the gift she’d deposited, in the raw spaces she’d excavated. The gift of believing he was someone more.” Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber

Set in a dystopian universe that is at times wildly fantastical and at time eerily like today’s world, Reclaiming Shilo Snow was a book that I simply couldn’t put down. This is a book that is worth staying up until 1:00 A.M. reading. It’s got diverse characters, lots of action, and edge-of-your-seat moments that will keep you glued to the pages. Underneath it all is another story of real people who are imprisoned and trafficked as modern-day slaves. It’ll break your heart, give you hope, and inspire you to do something for our broken world. Click here to see Reclaiming Shilo Snow on Goodreads.

6. While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin

“May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.” -Genesis 31:49 NIV

Perhaps the thing that made me love this book so much is Penny Goodrich. I saw myself in Penny as she tried to please others and tried so hard to stay “safe.” Yet Penny discovered that “safe” isn’t always truly living, and pleasing others is only a recipe for disaster. That message spoke to me deeply. The author also did a great job of portraying the pain of having a loved one far away. And the ending… One of the best endings ever! Find While We’re Far Apart on Goodreads by clicking here.

7. Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis Majors

“I am just an ordinary person. An ordinary person serving an extraordinary God.” -Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis Majors

About four years ago, I went to Uganda with Sixty Feet. And I fell in love with Uganda and its red dirt and smiling children. Kisses From Katie is a story about a girl named Katie Davis Majors who fell in love with Uganda. It’s a the story of how her love for Jesus led her to move to Uganda to serve him, and eventually of how she became the mother of thirteen little girls and the founder of Amazima. If you read this book, you will forever be changed. Click here to view this book on Goodreads.

8. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

“I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious preparation for the work he will give us to do.”The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Touching. Heartbreaking. Convicting. This isn’t just a story about a woman who lived an amazing life for Christ. This is a story about a woman who lived an amazing life for Christ that invites you into a greater story, a story of radical love, courage. and forgiveness that can only be made possible by Jesus. Corrie ten Boom has and always will be a woman that inspires me and encourages me in my walk with Christ. Click here to find The Hiding Place on Goodreads.

9. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

“All she could do was smile. It seemed all right, for he was doing the same.” The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

How can I describe this book… This story transported me to the world of a 19th century circus, broke my heart, had me in tears, and then somehow put me back together again. Joanne Bischof’s writing is so heartfelt, and her books are so hard to put down. Ella Beckley and Charlie Lionheart’s tale will forever be one of my favorites. ❤ Find The Lady and the Lionheart on Goodreads by clicking here.

10. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

So many of the books I’ve listed are books that I couldn’t put down. This book is definitely among them. I LOVED Emma and Thomas so much. Emma is the definition of what a strong woman character should be. ❤ The magic system and fictional setting are well crafted that I felt like I was there, inside the book. And the twists, oh the twists… Find Fawkes on Goodreads here. And read it as soon as possible!

What was one of YOUR favorite books of 2018?

This Changes Everything By Jaquelle Crowe Book Review

As an avid reader of The Rebelution, I’ve heard so many good things about This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe. Once I found it at a Christian bookstore, I couldn’t help but buy it straight away. Here are my thoughts on this impressive little book!

My Rating: Four Shining Stars

Back Cover Blurb…

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The teen years have been hijacked—by fashion, music, movies, and games; by the pressures of school, peers, and society; and by superficial expectations set by the world. But there is something more glorious than all these influences that has the power to change the life of a teenager: the gospel.

Written by a teenager for teenagers, This Changes Everything is a deeply theological yet practical and accessible book on how the gospel radically transforms every aspect of the teen years, including pursuing relationships, managing time, combating personal sin, and cultivating healthy habits. In a culture awash with low expectations for young people, this book exhorts teenagers to embrace a gospel-centered perspective on their lives and pursue wholehearted devotion to Christ now.

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What I Loved…

The challenge it presented the reader. It simply can’t be possible for one to read this book and not be challenged in some way. Each chapter led to deep questions and a hard look at one’s life. The Gospel really does change everything. The question this book asks is will you let it change you? 

The points Jaquelle touched on. Jaquelle touched on eight major areas of our lives that the Gospel changes: our lives, stories, communities, sin, disciplines, growth, time, and relationships. I’m so glad that all of these had a chapter to themselves. My favorite chapters were the ones on time and disciplines, although all of them were top notch!

The writing style. Jaquelle’s writing style made this book easy to read. The stories, examples, and lists that she provided made everything easy to understand and remember. It wasn’t like reading one big sermon–it was more like reading a letter from a friend. A letter with really good advice, that is!

What I Didn’t Love…

Where was baptism? I believe that baptism is a very important part of the Gospel. I was shocked to not find it in this book! I can’t recall a time when Jaquelle talked about baptism’s significance, or what it had to do with the Gospel message. In the Gospels themselves, we see Jesus get baptized (Mark 1:9-11) by John the Baptist. Jesus commissioned His disciples to not only make disciples, but to baptize those disciples in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). In Acts 2:38 (emphasis mine), after Pentecost, Peter tells people to,” Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”

I could go on with examples, but the point I want to make is this: All over the rest of the New Testament, all over the Gospels, there is baptism. Within the Gospel message that the Apostles delivered, there is baptism. Obviously, baptism is integral to the Gospel message and important to Jesus. Therefore, baptism should be important to us.

Overall…

This is a book that I would definitely recommend to all of my fellow teens. It’s not just a book that one can label as “read” and walk away from. It’s a book that challenges you to live all out for Jesus, because the Gospel changes everything. Now that’s a book that we all, teen or not, desperately need today.

About The Author…

Jaquelle Crowe

Jaquelle Crowe (BA, Thomas Edison State University) is a young writer from eastern Canada. She’s the lead writer and editor-in-chief of TheRebelution.com and a contributor to the Gospel Coalition, desiringGod.org, and Unlocking the Bible. Her first book is This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years.

Jaquelle’s Website ~ FaceBook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

Have you read This Changes Everything? What is one of the most challenging books you’ve read?

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE BOOK REVIEW

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was an absolutely adorable read. I was in love with Jenny Han’s writing style (in a Goodreads status update I likened it to cake), Lara Jean and her family, and of course, ALL THE FOOD. But sadly, this book also had elements that left a bad taste in my mouth. Since the movie adaption is coming out on Netflix in August, I thought it might be a good time to post my review. =) Here it goes…

My Rating: Two and a Half Love Letters Out of Five
About the Book…




What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

What I Loved…

Jenny Han’s writing style. Oh my word, Jenny Han’s writing style was as addictive and sweet as salty chocolate caramels. I found myself gobbling up every sentence and finishing this book in about two days. 

The realistic sibling relationships. I loved reading about (and sometimes even relating to!) Lara Jean’s interactions with her sisters Margot and Kitty (especially Kitty). I feel like there aren’t enough positive, realistic sibling relationships in YA literature and was so happy to see them portrayed in this novel. I mean, who doesn’t fight with their siblings over stupid things, and what would life be like without younger siblings’ “helpful” advice? Also I’m not the only one who begs my little sister to do my hair, right?

All. The. Food. I love food. I like eating food. I like making food. I like taking pictures of food. THERE WAS A LOT OF FOOD IN THIS BOOK. From cake to cookies to sandwiches to ice cream to hot chocolate to… I need to stop now. I’m getting hungry. xD

All the cuteness. There were so many cute squeal-worthy moments in this book, from the cupcake making with Peter to the Christmas Cookie Bonanza. =)

The characters. Let’s just say that I absolutely loved Kitty. And Lara Jean. And Peter K. (he and Lara Jean were SO CUTE together). And Lara Jean’s dad. And the rest of the cast of characters was also pretty great BUT…

What I Didn’t Love…

The characters drove me nuts sometimes. I mean, Lara Jean, can you FOR ONCE tell the truth?! And being in love with your sister’s ex IS NOT COOL AT ALL. And Josh. Josh was not my favorite human being. Neither was Margot. Margot seemed as prickly as a cactus. Margot and Josh were probably my least favorite characters, besides Genevieve (the whole mean girl thing is getting way overused, if you ask me). And Peter K.… Well, he drove me nuts by being Peter Kavinsky (read the book to understand, please).

Foul language. A book would be perfectly fine without it. And yet it has to be sprinkled there. 
Love triangles are getting old. Am I the only one who thinks this? I mean, we get it. Girl likes boy. Oh, but another boy likes girl. Girl now discovers that she may like other boy. Girl has such a hard time choosing. Girl breaks one boy’s heart and then is unsure about the other. This then continues for a whole series and we readers are screaming “PICK ALREADY IT IS NOT HARD.” The end. 
Sex was talked about way too casually and was a big part of the plot. Who was sleeping with who and whatnot was too big of a part of this book. As a Christian, I believe that sex should be saved for marriage, and the characters in this novel definitely didn’t believe that! Please understand, I don’t expect everyone to agree with my beliefs, but this is a young adult novel. I wouldn’t feel comfortable handing this book over to my fourteen year old sister. 
Parties and drinking. On the topic of content, there were a couple more “mature” parties and some characters (including Peter, who is underage) drank alcohol during these parties. That’s all I can think of right now. 
Overall…
While To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was at times as fluffy and sweet as a marshmallow, the content, clichés, and some aspects of the plot and characters led to a two and a half star rating from me. 
About the Author
Jenny Han 
Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of ShugThe Summer I Turned Pretty series, co-author of the Burn for Burn series, and most recently, the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. She is a former children’s bookseller and children’s librarian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
I hope to see you next week as I kick off my blog party to celebrate the release of “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” on July 19! 

Have you read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? What rating would you give it? Does content lead you to give a book a lower rating? 

In 27 Days Book Review

The book is set during autumn/winter, hence the wintery background photo. It’s the best I could do, okay? xD  

I gobbled up Alison Gervais’s In 27 Days in only two days. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. For a person who doesn’t read as much as I’d like, I sure picked a great book to read! Read on to see my review. =)

My Rating: Four and a Half Penguins out of Five 
Back Cover Blurb (Taken From Amazon)
The cover… Did I mention how pretty it is?!
Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known.

Hadley soon discovers Archer’s reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn’t as bad as he’d always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything—including her life—to keep Archer safe.

From award-winning Wattpad author Alison Gervais (HonorInTheRain) comes In 27 Days, a story of redemption, first love, and the strength it takes to change the future.

What I Loved…
Aaaaalllllll the cuteness. I think I was squealing for about 50% of the book. Just ask my poor sister. Yes, there are some pretty dark elements to In 27 Days, but that didn’t stop Alison Gervais from adding so many cute moments. ESPECIALLY THE ONE WITH THE PENGUINS (if you’ve read In 27 Days, you know what I mean). I should probably stop before I spoil the book. xD 
Mama Rosa’s Coffee Shop. First of all, there was sugar in the form of cinnamon rolls and Danishes and all sorts of baked goods. Second of all, there was hot chocolate. Third, a fireplace. If only Mama Rosa’s was real…. It would be the greatest place EVER to write. And read. And do it again.  
The personification of Death and *spoilers*. Death’s character really was done well. Death was interesting, and he had some depth to him that I didn’t expect seeing. Basically, all of the characters were spot on! 
The way the author handled the topic of suicide. I appreciated that the author portrayed suicide in a negative light and showed that there is hope for those who feel suicidal, but I did wish that she dealt with it a little more than she did. I felt that it almost became a background issue. Maybe it’s just me that feels this way though? 
Aaaaaaalllll the quotes. I have about a dozen or so quotes from this book that I may or may not have saved on my phone. See the one below to understand. 
I would go on with what I loved, such as the plot, but that would take waaaayyyyy too long! xD
What I Didn’t Love…
There was a tiny bit of language. But only a tiny bit! I feel that when there was a bit of language it was unnecessary, but it didn’t detract from my reading experience. Overall, this was a pretty clean read. 
Typos. Be warned that there are some noteiceable typos in the hardcover format, and I read in another review that it was the same way in the Kindle format. To be honest, they didn’t bother me that much, but I felt that they should’ve been cleaned up. 
Overall…
In 27 Days was a great story with a great message and memorable characters and settings that had me hooked from the first chapter. Because of some more mature elements, I would recommend this book for readers ages 14 and up. 
About the Author (Taken From Blink’s Website)

Watty Award winning author Alison Gervais is an undergraduate student at Colorado State University Pueblo, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. In 2011, she began posting her work on Wattpad.com, and has been active on the site for the past five years.

Have you read In 27 Days? If so, what was your favorite cute moment? If not, what about it sounds most interesting? 

Girl Defined Book Review

Who knew that March was National Women’s History Month? Certainly not me! At least, not until my cousin sent me a sweet text and reminded me. =) And now that I know that March is National Women’s History Month, I want to share with you all one of my favorite books on Biblical womanhood: Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. Warning: You might be surprised as to how radical this book is.
My Rating: Four and a Half Stars out of Five
Back Cover Blurb (Taken From Amazon)

In a culture where airbrushed models and career-driven women define beauty and success, it’s no wonder we have a distorted view of femininity. Our impossible standards place an incredible burden of stress on the backs of women and girls of all ages, resulting in anxiety, eating disorders, and depression. One question we often forget to ask is this: What is God’s design for womanhood?

In Girl Defined, sisters and popular bloggers Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird offer women a countercultural view of beauty, femininity, and self-worth. Based firmly in God’s design for their lives, this book helps women rethink what true success and beauty look like. It invites them on a liberating journey toward a radically better vision for femininity that ends with the discovery of the kind of hope, purpose, and fulfillment they’ve been yearning for.

My Review
It is my belief that every Christian woman should read Girl Defined. This book has truly changed my view on womanhood. At first, one of the reasons I bought Girl Defined was the pretty cover (yes, that’s how shallow I can be xD), but as I started reading, my eyes were opened to the lies about womanhood that our culture has fed me. Culture says that my womanhood doesn’t define me, that I can be whoever I want to be. But God designed us as women for a reason. 
In Girl Defined, I was introduced to the idea of women being equal in value to men but purposefully different. Women are just as important and valuable as men, but we have different purposes. Let me try to illustrate this: Just like a paintbrush and paints are equally important in an artist’s repertoire (he couldn’t paint without them!), but they both serve different purposes. It’s the same with gender. There is a purpose to our being womanhood, not some biological accident! 
Womanhood isn’t about liberation and domination. It isn’t about pink, sparkles, and tea parties. Womanhood isn’t a curse to be reversed. Womanhood defined by God is one of the most beautiful things in the world. 
Girl Defined doesn’t just touch on the topic of Biblical womanhood. It talks about romance, beauty, and identity. It’s full of incredible stories, eye-opening Biblical concepts, and plenty of encouragement. There are also some great study guides at the end of every chapter. It’s quite an easy read; I had to pace myself so I didn’t read it all in one day! =) Yet it has such a powerful and life-changing message. I encourage every woman to pick up this book with an open mind and allow God to shape her beliefs through the message it presents. Go grab your copy now! 
About the Authors (Taken From the GirlDefined Website)

Kristen Clark is married to her high school sweetheart, Zack and is the co-founder of GirlDefined Ministries. She is passionate about promoting the message of biblical womanhood through blogging, speaking around the country, mentoring young women, and hosting Bible studies in her living room. In the end, she’s just a fun-lovin Texas girl who loves all things outdoors and eats dark chocolate whenever possible.

Bethany Baird is a Texas born and raised girl doing life with her parents and seven siblings. She is the co-founder of GirlDefined Ministries and is passionate about spreading the truth of biblical womanhood through blogging, speaking and mentoring young women. To her family and close friends, she is simply a tall blonde girl who loves any form of competition, drinks way too much coffee, and can’t get enough of her little fluffy dog.

Have you read Girl Defined or any posts from the Girl Defined blog? What is one word you’d use to describe your view of womanhood? Why? How has God shaped your ideas of womanhood?

Unblemished Book Review

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 Five
Back 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.
Overall
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
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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?