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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
"A sequel that outshines its already brilliant predecessor." Nadine Brandes, award-winning author of the Out of Time trilogy
What happens when happily ever after starts to unravel?
Eliyana Ember doesnt believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts whats right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy shes trying to forget. She has more important things to worry aboutlike becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.
Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshuas finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like somethingor someoneis missing?
When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflectionsand keep herself from falling for him in the process?
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.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not What I ExpectedJune 21, 2017SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3In Unraveling, book two in Sara Ellas Unblemished trilogy, all is not well. Despite the defeat of the evil Jasyn Crowe, something is happening to the callings of those who follow the Verity.
As El wrestles with the question of whether she is worthy of being the veritys vessel, her people are starting to wonder the same. Was there a mistake made?
The love triangle between El, Joshua, and Ky grows more complicated and twisted as this book continues. As one mans love for El fights the Void within him, the others gives it roots. Will El listen to her heart or her history?
I had a hard time getting into this story. The love triangle angle comes on too strong for the first half of the book even though Kys input was only included as an aside. It wasnt until El journeys out of the Second Reflection to the Third and then on to the Fourth that my interest was captured.
Another issue I had with the book was with the characterization of one particular person. How can someone I rooted for in the first book become someone I dont like at all in the second? Dont worry, when you read it, youll know exactly who Im talking about.
Ellas world-building is impressive as readers are taken to not one but two new Reflections. The Fourth is rooted in myth (which added a unique twist), and theres only been a glimpse of fifth thus far. And the new relationships El develops with her sisters is heartening.
Unraveling definitely leaves readers with more of a cliff-hanger ending than the first. Its been a year since I read Unblemished and perhaps that has a little to do with why it took me so long to become engaged in the story. Im optimistic that book three brings readers full circle and gives us answers to the questions posed thus far as well as happy endings for everyone who deserves them. I do recommend reading this one if only so we're ready for the final installment.
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
BookwormMama14Age: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Breathtaking!June 1, 2017BookwormMama14Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sara Ella has truly bewitched me with Unraveling. So many twists, so many emotions, so many aspects that will leave you speechless and unable to move...More than once my husband would look over at me and say "Shhhh"...Because HE was trying to read his book and I was over here repeating myself..."NO!!!! Noooooo!!! NO!" or "WHAAAAAAAAAT?????" (you get the picture?)
With an eloquence that is rarely seen (especially in YA) Sara Ella has created "a whole new world" for us to discover! Infused with the life force of music and song, this aspect of Eliyana truly speaks to my heart. For readers who have not delved into the heart of fantasy fiction, this is a really good place to start (although I recommend starting with Unblemished first). Because Sara merges the real world and the fantasy world so seamlessly it is so much easier to follow along. Yes there are new phrases and places and words that you have never heard of, but the familiar is referenced enough throughout the story that I was able to stay grounded and my mind sane. One of my favorite parts of this book is all of the music references. From having song lyrics as the chapter titles, to the melody El hears in her head. Music is her strength, her life. And I love how we discover her TRUE nature, the fierce and bold person that rises to the surface.
The bottom line is that I LOVE this book. Be prepared for a MASSIVE book hangover. (Please resist throwing your Kindle and/or book at anyone or anything after you finish...I understand I do....but we only have to wait
Please note that this is the SECOND book of the series. You will be totally lost if you pick up Unraveling without reading Unblemished first. My review will be available this summer for Unblemished.
I received a complimentary copy of Unraveling from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful....just beautifulMay 31, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"I know if we disconnect he might be lost forever. 'l love you; is what I want to say. Instead I ask him, 'Find me?' . . . 'Always.'" (prelude)
Unraveling, book 2 of The Unblemished Trilogy have done its predecessor justice, plus more. Wow! One will need a moment right after finishing this to just sigh and stare, stare into space and revel at the ingenuity of this series. I can't even believe how well this sequel is.
"All fiction is drawn from fact." (265)
The beauty of the writing, language, and the underlying message of good versus evil, reflect so much more than what the story portrayed. The reality of how evil just creeps up on us, if we let it - the vulnerability of life, a reflection of what it truly is.
"You can't be forced to love someone. . . I love him because I love him. I loved him before I linked my soul to his. I just didn't know it." (270 - 271)
The love story? It continues on from the first book that I simply adore. When I think of it, the word, "beautiful" automatically jumps to the forefront. From the cover to the story, to that ending, Unraveling is worth devouring!
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
cameracourt5 Stars Out Of 5A stunning continuance of the series, full of twists and surprises!May 27, 2017cameracourtQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Where do I even begin?! This book is such an adventure from page 1, with multiple twists I didnt see coming (especially the one at about the 30% mark). Continuing with themes of sacrifice, self-confidence, and even the power of true love, Unraveling delves deeper into the story world and deeper into the characters as they face unforeseen challenges to their world. The world-building alone is fascinating as we learn even more about these parallel worlds with Eliyana.
Side note: I think this book could be read out of sequence, but it would be best to start with book 1, Unblemished.
The hold-on-to-your-seat adventure contained in this story is amped up by the constant, elusive battle between good and evil and the soul-deep ties Eliyana has to the people surrounding her. Contrasting the serious themes, though, are pop culture references aplenty. They are included in a manner which makes the contemporary setting of the story shine brightly against the castle and pirate ship locations(!!!). The Disney references make me happy inside from straight-up mentions to clever plays on words, chapter titles, or similar themes. And, the MUSIC and movie references are a bonus. (The Count of Monte Cristo or Shania Twain, anyone?)
This book progresses the romantic storyline just enough, building on the (very-plausible-because-fantasy-reasons) love triangle established in book one. It still serves as a usable plot device because it contrasts the battle between good and evil in oneself, and the way opinion is influenced by individuals. I appreciate that Eliyana is not a back-and-forth, I-love-both person, yet a genuine individual who knows her choices have an impact on many people, including her choice of a confidant and romantic interest. By storys end, I think the direction this situation will take is firmly in place, and Im totally happy with it. But Sara IS known to throw surprises at us readers! The waiting will be agony (insert Into the Woods musical number here).
Like with the first book, I am intrigued by the symbolism showcasing the battle of good vs. evil, or the Verity and Void, as its termed in this series. When this story is examined closely, an observant reader will see detailed Biblical parallels with elements of faith, the power of light to overcome darkness, and even a mirror of the creation story and Eden. I think this book raises important questions about choices and human nature how much of our life is defined by our own choices or free will? How much because of other peoples influence? Will you choose to embrace the Source of light and truth or feed an evil nature?
From dimension-travel to pirate ships and deserts, Unraveling covers the bases of adventure and the young adult genre while still maintaining an overarching plot with elements of faith. I havent even mentioned the fun and mysterious secondary characters OR the fairies! And the troll. This is one stunning, well-developed story that should appeal to fans of YA, fantasy, adventure, Disney fairytales, or even contemporary YA romance. I seriously cant WAIT to find out what happens in the conclusion of the series come book 3!
Thank you to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for the review copy of this book for the purpose of this tour. This is my honest review.
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