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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 really in love with.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 071808103X
ISBN-13: 9780718081034
Ages: 13-16
Series: Unblemished Trilogy

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"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. 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
    *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.
  2. 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 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!
  3. bookstoregal
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Leaves you hanging
    August 27, 2017
    bookstoregal
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    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!
  4. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unpredictable Fun
    August 25, 2017
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book 2 of a suspense-packed trilogy for young adults, Unraveling offered one surprising plot twist after another while guiding readers through several new worlds. Author Sara Ella has used her imagination to create six new realities, all connected to Ella's fictional version of our own. As her main character, Eliyana Ember, discovers and explores these realities, called reflections in the book, readers get to do so, too.

    In the first book, Eliyana discovered the truth about her identity. In Unraveling she takes her place only to suddenly have everything start going wrong. The Verity and the Void are out of balance and evil is taking over. To further complicate matter, the two young men who must help El are competing for her affections as well. To fix what's gone wrong, she must go on a quest to learn how it all began, avoid those who would stop her, and make a most difficult choice.

    I'm enjoying this trilogy and plan to pass the books on to my daughter. I recommend this series to you. Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy, so I could share my opinion through this review.
  5. Jewelry Diva
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unraveling Kept Me Turning Pages!!!
    August 15, 2017
    Jewelry Diva
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The only word that comes to mind right now is WOW!! This book is the second book in the series and I just couldn't put it down! I'm gonna be honest. This is not my normal genre. But, I was given a copy of Unblemished last year and I was blown away by it. So I was thrilled to get my hands on this one. In one chapter I'm rooting for Joshua and the next chapter I'm rooting for Ky. The author did a beautiful job of setting the scenes and making the story come to life . I love the characters. She made them seem so real. I felt their love and I felt their pain. This is a great story threaded with symbolism and an inspirational message. I highly recommend it.

    *I was given a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson publishing and was not under any obligation to leave a review.
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