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A novel based on friendship, courage, redemption, good versus evil and love. Eliyana Ember saves the Second Reflection world where the Verity is good and the Void is evil. She becomes queen yet she is still unsure of herself wondering if she is worthy and can't figure out why her magical gifts are not working or what the Kiss of Infinity with Kuna really meant. In this volume, find out about the other worlds, Eliyana's sister and who Eliyana is reallyin love with.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780718081041
ISBN-13: 9780718081041
Ages: 13-16

Publisher's Description

"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 doesn’t believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what’s right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she’s trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about—like 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 Joshua’s 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 something—or someone—is 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 Reflections—and keep herself from falling for him in the process?

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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.

 

 

 

 

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'Filled with excitement and nonstop action, this good vs. evil story will captivate readers. . . This is superb fantasy writing that may just convince non-fantasy fans to give the genre a try.'

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  1. Angela Bycroft
    Owhango, New Zealand
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It Made a Fantasty Reader out of Me
    January 6, 2018
    Angela Bycroft
    Owhango, New Zealand
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Unraveling.
    Wow - Just wow!!!

    I absolutely loved Unblemished so I had high hopes for book number 2 and also a little trepidation. Sequels can be strange beasts, having the ability to both delight and disappoint in equal measure.

    I decided to prepare for book 2 by revisiting book 1 via audio book (which is fantastic by the by) and this helped reacquaint with the unique and complex world that Sara Ella has created. I would recommend not picking this up if you havent read the first book - as the story literally starts right from the end of that book with no back tracking whatsoever. While this is great to get straight into the story - it can make it a challenge to leap straight back into the world if its been a good year and a number of other books and plots in between. Perhaps a small options preface might have made it a little more accessible but thats a very small criticism.

    Once over that hurdle the rewards are well worth the challenge. This is definitely a Team Joshua or a Team Ky pick you favourite ship tale. I flipped back from book 1 and Joshua to full on Ky Love. The plot rattles along a full throttle with nary a change to catch your breath which I loved. And the heart stopping conclusion will leave fans breathlessly counting the days until Unbreakable comes out later this year. All is set up for a fantastic conclusion but how it will be achieved is anyones guess. Just how I like it.

    In conclusion at the beginning of last year I received this title as part of a Christmas pack from Harper Collins publishers and it was not a genre that I would usually read - but I AM SO GLAD that they sent it as it has opened up a new world of fantasy reading this year which I have been so appreciate for. Roll on May 2018.

    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.
  2. Becky
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!!
    January 4, 2018
    Becky
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Unraveling.
    Holy verity! Many of you already know that I wasnt a huge fan of Unblemished, but Sara Ella has improved greatly in her sequel, Unraveling. Eliyana, our main character, has grown and matured so much since the previous book. Shes less whiney, more independent and of a leader, is careful in who she trusts, a lot more discerning, and just overall more mature. Im so glad I gave this author another chance because I enjoyed this one a lot. In fact, Sara Ella completely blew me away with this release.

    The cover is gorgeous, but I also needed to see what happened next and where the author was taking the story. I needed to know which guy shed end up with. Im still Team Ky because he brings out the good in her. He encourages her and tells her like it is. Although a love triangle does play into this sequel like book one led us into, it was well done. There was more of a focus on good and evil in oneself, as well as how opinions are influenced by others. There wasnt a ton of focus on the love triangle because Eliyana doesnt see herself in love with both guys. Instead, she is genuine in her decision, knowing that whom she picks will not only affect herself but will have an impact on everyone around her in her life.

    I loved the worldbuilding and seeing more explanations as to what was happening. If you enjoy the show Once Upon a Time or anything to do with fairytales, youll definitely want to read this. The Disney references make this incredibly fun! Its squeaky clean filled with songs and pop culture references that make reading even more enjoyable. Id recommend you read the first book before reading this so as not to be confused as to what is going on. Plus, Sara Ella threw in so many twists and turns that I didnt see coming, keeping her readers on her toes.

    When looked at closer you can see Biblical parallels between the Verity and Void. Good vs. Evil. There are elements of faith, light over darkness, and even a mirror of the Garden of Eden. I think this book would make great conversation starters within ourselves or with others. Questions such as, How much of our lives do we get to choose or is free will?, How much are we influenced by other peoples decisions?, If given the choice, would you choose the light and source of the Truth or would you choose to serve evil and feed on darkness?

    Readers will have a field day traveling with pirates, meeting fairies, trolls, and so many other otherworldly characters and elements with a Biblical theme. After Unblemished, I didnt think Id say this after reading Unraveling, but I highly recommend this. I cannot wait to see what Sara Ella has in store for in her next release, Unbreakable.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  3. ADFehl
    Arden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Was a bit of a sophomore slump for me
    September 13, 2017
    ADFehl
    Arden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Unraveling.
    *NOTE: This is a continuation of a series, so we have some spoiler-y material down below. Click away now if you haven't read the first book and don't want spoilers!





    But if you have read the first book, then you know that when we last visited this trio -- Eliyana, Joshua, and Ky -- Joshua was pushing to make things official with Eliyana ("El") and Ky took off to try to track down his missing sister, leaving a big question mark around the feelings that had been building between him and El throughout the first novel.



    Now here we are in the second installment. Unraveling opens with Ky still gone, and Eliyana preparing to take the throne as the new ruler of the Second Reflection (modern day NYC serves as Third Reflection, with portals between the realms). Joshua is still around, attentive to Eliyana though there IS still something about his motives that feels questionable. El continually tries to convince herself that Joshua is the right man for her but in her quietest, most honest moments she can't deny that something between them feels off. She also can't shake off persistent thoughts of Ky, endlessly wondering of his welfare & whereabouts.



    If you, like me, were solidly Team Ky during the entirety of Book 1, no worries! Your guy is back! But it does take time for his story to come to the forefront. While the traditional chapter format is used to alternate between the voices of El and Josh, Ky's chapters (in his voice) are shorter and simply marked "Aside". But from them, we do learn what he's been up to since the close of Book 1 and that he's picked up the ability to read El's mind, even from a distance, which at first spooks her, then annoys her to no end until she ultimately accepts, even comes to appreciate it, seeing that it only goes to illustrate just how closely their souls are bound to each other. But what of that pesky Kiss of Infinity... was it Josh or Ky that got the TRUE binding kiss? That's El's big inner question for the first half of this second book.



    The other big mystery is the Callings. Something is making the various Callings (powers people of the Realms are either born with or come into) diminish or die off altogether. Also, the Thresholds (portals) between the Reflections (realms) are weakening, leaving people to fear that they will be trapped in one Reflection or another for all eternity if the Thresholds completely shut down. El journeys all over creation, desperately seeking the answer to this mystery, hoping she'll find the solution before it's too late.



    Finding myself such a big fan of the first book, this sequel immediately went on my mental anticipated releases list once I heard it was in the works! Once I finished Unraveling, I checked out online reviews out of curiosity. Seeing page after page of 4 and 5 star reviews, I just had to accept I was clearly going to have to be in the minority on this one. Let me be clear, I didn't hate this book, but MAN, was it a disappointment compared to the first book!



    It started off promising. The action was there early on -- we have someone dead by Chapter 2 already! -- but El, what happened to you, girl?! Unraveling, indeed! You went from being fun and quirky in Unblemished to whiny and obnoxious here! El just keeps re-hashing the same questions -- almost verbatim each time, I might add -- OVER. AND. OVER. AGAIN. El's inner monologue seems to be chock full of endless questions. I found myself wishing El had a little bit more "warrior chick" to her personality in this story. She likes to TRY to assert herself from time to time -- "I am your queen!" -- but she doesn't have the presence to back it up. She seems to rely too much on everyone else to give her a direction to go in, her own mind too busy being too busy coming up with the next pop culture reference.



    That's likely what killed a lot of the story here for me. The strength of the novel as a whole gets ruined by what feels like author Sara Ella's insistence on pandering to the younger members of the millennial crowd -- for example, ending a sentence with " #nojoke ", or incorporating such cringe-inducing analogies as "shake it off Taylor Swift style." Blech. And the song references. THE SONG REFERENCES. Starts off a few here and there. Then suddenly it's EVERY FEW PAGES. Sara Ella tries to get away with it by writing in that Eliyana thinks in song lyrics but sorry, some of those references felt awfully forced.



    I get that everyone in our trio here fall between the ages of 17-23, so to some extent, writing in that style can be expected. My gripe is that it is most definitely overdone. Additionally, the plot in this second book suffers the double shot of having plot or character minutiae overly detailed while unfortunately being not nearly as entertaining and taut as the adventure readers were given in Unblemished. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll add that part of me (interest-wise) tapped out once the personal connection between Ky and Joshua was revealed. It struck me as a very soap-opera path to go down, which certainly didn't help my already floundering attention.



    There just weren't enough surprises for me in the plot as a whole. About the only things that caught me off guard were 1) the scene with the coral caves -- THAT was inventive! 2) the danger Khloe got into near the end of the book... but then, evil IS so often seeking the innocent, isn't it?



    So if I had such problems with this plot how did it still get three stars outta me? Well, because there were things about it that I did, in fact, find myself enjoying a good bit. I do still like the character Ky, even if his love El grated on me during this part of their journey. {At one point Ky tells El, "You will always be enough for me," which is sweet... definitely something one always likes to hear out of a loved one... but as the reader, ol' El wasn't quite enough for me.}



    I also quite enjoyed seeing the evolution of the sisterly bond between Eliyana and Ebony. Who doesn't love seeing progressive maturity in characters as a story unfolds over time, right? :-) For those elements, I am still invested in this series and will happily try out the conclusion due to come out next year.



    I noticed that in her author acknowledgements page, Sara Ella gave a shout-out to "author friend" Mary Weber, who penned the Storm Siren Trilogy. I wonder if Weber weighed in on plot brainstorming sessions at all. If so, this actually gives me hope in a way, because I had much the same issue with that trilogy -- absolutely adored the first book, was sorta meh about the second, came back once again really enjoying the 3rd and last book. I look forward to seeing if I have a similar result with the conclusion of the Unblemished series next year.





    FTC Disclaimer: Thomas Nelson Publishers,via both BookLookBloggers.com and TNZ Fiction Guild, kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book & requested that I check it out and share my thoughts. The opinions above are entirely my own.
  4. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling Sequel
    September 7, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Unraveling.
    This is definitely a case where you need to have read the first book in this trilogy in order to get the most out of this one. Sara Ella left us with a doozy of a cliffhanger in Unblemished. Lots of dangling loose ends are picked up in Unraveling...and then promptly unravel again so yes...you can look forward to another cliffhanger and we'll have to wait until Unbreakable releases in May 2018 to finally get full resolution for this cast of intriguing characters. But this author weaves such an exceptional tale I can forgive her the nail-biting frustration of cliffie endings.

    And goodness, but she has a scary clever mind! The intricacies of the plot! Every wall in her house must have been turned into a story board so she could keep all of it straight! It's a challenging read but not confusing (as long as you've read Unblemished!) So many twists and turns -- including the romance. Sob -- yes the dreaded love triangle continues on from book one and it's left me quite addlepated.

    There is a fairy tale quality now that El is queen of a kingdom in grave peril and the battle of good vs evil is even more treacherous than ever. And, of course, the power of true love is challenged at every turn. I have to confess to being totally struck-dumb-stunned in places. So much so that I'd close the book in disbelief, take a few cleansing breaths before starting up again, only to find I'd read it right the first time! Sheer brilliance!

    If you like TV shows like Once Upon a Time and kick-butt heroines on a quest to save the world(s) then Unraveling might just be your perfect literary match!
  5. bookstoregal
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Leaves you hanging
    August 27, 2017
    bookstoregal
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Unraveling.
    I started out liking this story pretty well. (For my views on some elements of the story, see my review of the first book in the series. I don't want to go through that again...).

    Again, there are some great characters! You've got the real love story going on here. However, I find there are some inconsistencies in the story. Like when they can read each other's minds, why does she sometimes have to talk out loud? And a few other things as well.

    I was given this book by the Fiction Guild, with no obligation to give a positive review, just an honest one. Thanks!
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