Unblemished: a book review



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?

My Review: 

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Filled with twists and turns, it kept me glued to the pages until the end – and then it left me hanging. Argh!
The plot was well done and I an very interested in learning more about the story world Ella has created and watching it expand. It promises to be a very interesting ride.

The mirror realm is very interesting, a bit like New York might have been if it had never been developed, but rather has a handful of almost medieval style villages with a fantasy twist.

The mythos of the world is a bit confusing. The revelations come in small bites, bit by bit. Good way to keep my mystery loving mind engaged. However, I can’t really find the christian message in this book. There is a light vs. darkness theme, but it’s all a bit muddled. Hopefully book 2 will bring clarification.

There is also a love triangle (yes, I can hear y’all screaming now.). I have to give it to Ella, though. Normally, I can decide who our female MC should go for within moments of meeting the two potential romantic interests.

Not this time.

When I started, I was totally team Joshua. Ky, well… he irritated me, and I don’t usually go for the ‘bad boys’. But by the end of the novel, I ditched Joshua and now sit firmly in team Ky. Joshua can hang. Elyana had better not end up with him. Ky turns out to be a good guy deep down, with a lot of depth. Joshua has depths too, but it’s mighty murky down there. Total snake in the grass, that one.

I all, I really enjoyed the ride and book 2 can’t come fast enough.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

It’s been over a month since I ready this, so I can’t fully recall the details, but aside from some (non-graphic) violence I can’t recall anything bad about this book.


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Happy Reading y’all!