Author: Sara Ella
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
This is another book where I wasn’t so fond of the main character, in this case it’s Eliyana. It isn’t because she’s a bad character, just not much there that made me that invested in her. I did have a few favorites that kept me reading on, such as Makai and Kyaphus (which I adore). Not only that, but I loved the world in Unblemished, always something different and new (or old depending on how you see it).
There are different worlds in this novel; through reflections other realms can be found and in each world every soul is unique. Eliyana is special though, and is very valuable, extremely bad if she falls in the wrong hands. The first few chapters of this novel were a little hard to get into, but once all that information got added into it and all the mystery of it kept coming into the pages, I just couldn’t help but enjoy this read that much more.
It’s not just the realms that were interesting in this book, it was the many different beings that filled the pages. There were those that shifted into things like Wren whose main choosing is a griffin, and Robyn who is at one time seen as Bengal tiger. Then there are those who are called Physics like Nathaniel, but is so much more than just that.
So many characters and places fill this novel and that’s part of what kept me from finishing this book sooner. I enjoyed several parts of this book and was fascinated by all the fantastical things in it, but sometimes it just felt a little overwhelming. There was so much packed into each chapter that I ended up taking breaks at times just to try and recap every single thing that happened in it. Not that I didn’t enjoy a lot of it, but it did drag a little.
Another thing that was a little vexing in this novel was the love triangle that didn’t have a place in this book. Joshua only seemed part of it in the beginning, then it felt forced throughout the rest of the novel. I didn’t mention him earlier for a reason and that’s because I didn’t care for his character as much as I came to enjoy Ky’s (Kyaphus) and it’s a shame because the earlier chapters with him seemed very promising, especially when her mother left him as Eliyana’s guardian.
Even with those not so good bits, I was still left enjoying many things, several I mentioned above. I don’t like things left unfinished, even more when there is more than one character I really care for, so I’m definitely going to be reading the next book in the series and hoping for an even better outcome. If it was anything like this one, I know there will be more enchanting places and people to look forward to.
***I received this copy from Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***