Unblemished by Sara Ella
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? (from publisher)
The story starts slow but those willing to stick through the first few chapters will be rewarded. Eliyana is a strong character, who although does not view herself in this light, allows the reader to see beauty goes beyond the physical. The reader learns though Eliyana’s journey that even though you see yourself as not beautiful or capable of accomplishing much, it is what is what is on the inside and who you truly are that makes you able to accomplish things you never thought you could.
For those readers who like fantasy and a little romance, this novel will feel comfortable. As stated previously, the novel started slow and was confusing when it went into an alternative world, but as the story progressed it became clearer to the reader. The author slowly built the characterizations and the plot had several twists that this reader did not anticipate. Hand this read to any teen reader who likes fantasy or who devoured Cassandra Cass’s Selection series. Readers will anticipate the next in the series .
Note: I was given an electronic copy via Net Galley and the publisher, Thomas Nelson for an honest review.