Eliyana can’t bear to look at her own reflection. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world exists where her blemish could become her strength?
Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a 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 like he does: 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?
Unblemished by Sara Ella is in a class of its own. At first, I wasn’t sure what genre it was, but now I see that it is a bit of a combination of fantasy, science fiction, and superheroes with just a pinch of Cinderella thrown in. Anyway, this story does a very good job of ‘nothing is as it seems’ as we learn that some thorns are actually roses- and vice versa. The language was beautiful, descriptive, and poetic, and the heroine grew with the story. As for the hero… Well, he’s not the one you’d expect (is he even the hero?), but he definitely stole my heart. The story itself was almost hypnotic and the climax was full of twists and turns. This is definitely one of my favorite stories.
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.
Reviewed by Jes