Unraveling (Unblemished Trilogy #2)

Unraveling (Unblemished Trilogy #2)

by Sara Ella


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718081034
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Series: Unblemished Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 618,150
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sara Ella is the award-winning author of the Unblemished series and Coral, the upcoming reimagining of The Little Mermaid. She spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings with her swoony husband by her side. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, which feeds her current addiction to bookish tea and candles. A lover of fairy tales, 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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The Unblemished Trilogy, Book II

By Sara Ella Larson

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2017 Sara E. Larson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8104-1


Gleam and Glow

Gasp. Ugh. Crud. Drat. Blerg. "Crowe!"

The Second Reflection curse spews from my mouth as I spring from the cushy armchair in the most deserted corner of the castle library. Books and journals fall from my lap and crash to the hardwood floor. My insides cringe. Mom would have a fit if she knew I abandoned a pile of precious tomes lying open-faced and underfoot. But the clock on the wall behind me warns I'm beyond late.

Of all the days to fall asleep studying. What a way to begin the first day of the rest of my life.

I hop on one foot and then the other in my classic dance to get my Converse on. I almost — but don't quite — trip over the book mound. Then I'm lifting the skirt of my now-wrinkled taffeta gown and sprinting from the library. No time to run to my suite and exchange my footwear for something more appropriate. At least I'm in my dress already. Thank the Verity it's too late to change into the shoes Mom selected. High heels, I'm convinced, are a creation of the Void and intended only to torture my poor unfortunate soles.

The white-walled halls are abandoned and my muted steps amp my anxiety. Is this what getting cold feet feels like? My face burns and then freezes. My ears ring and my chest just might explode. I need to get out more. All these late nights perusing tomes older than Beethoven's Fifth may be getting me closer to my goal, but the downside is I'm totally out of shape. The farther I run, the louder my heart pounds because — oh crud — everyone is already in the throne room.

Everyone except the guest of honor.

Everyone except me.

Why did the library have to be in a completely opposite wing?

One corner, then another, a long hall and two short ones. I pass frosted window after frosted window. When I veer closer to the panes, the faintest image of me stares back, the crimson mirrormark climbing up the right side of my face in vines of song and melody. My fingertips trace the notes, admiring the seal of my Calling I once found so repulsive. Then I peer past it, see through the glass to the Reflection beyond.

Something inside longs to escape these walls and bask in the freedom of snowball fights and sleigh rides. But not here, in this all-too-quiet place. No, the place I yearn for bustles with cab horns and — Wait. Did I make a wrong turn?

Ugh, some queen I'll turn out to be. I can't even focus long enough to navigate my way through my own castle. I miss the simplicity of my brownstone. Of New York's structured grid. Impossible to get lost. Familiar. Home.

And then I hear it. The low murmur that accompanies a crowd. A crowd waiting for me.

Stop. Deep breath. Straighten shoulders. Blink. Gulp. Act like the eighteen-year-old queen they expect and not the terrified little girl trembling within.

When I round the next corner at the hall's end, I'm there. The scent of roasted chestnuts draws me in. A few feet ahead, one of five tiers of balconies awaits. I'm on the lowest tier so I don't have far to go. I walk with as much regality as I can muster, all at once feeling like a fraud with my non-updoed hair and secret sneakers.

Once atop the grand staircase I pause. This is the part where everyone is supposed to gasp in awe at the beautiful Cinder girl about to descend the steps. And indeed, the guests do cease their chatter. Everyone stares. A chill that has nothing to do with the season wraps me. I twist the white gold engagement ring Joshua gave me around my finger as a jumble of doubts flurries through my brain.




But then a stirring takes residence inside me, like a warm blanket encompassing my entire being. In an instant I recognize it as the Verity. An unfathomable confidence that is beyond out of character.

I lift my fingertips, grazing the purple ends of my mocha hair — a tassel to show I stand with the Verity. I lower my hand, smile, and descend the staircase with all the poise of a prom queen.

Toe, heel, toe, heel.

Chin up.

Shoulders back.

Green has overtaken every arch and pillar, the space transformed into an enchanted wood. Fresh pine garlands deck the railings, and hundreds of tea lights gleam and glow on sills and ledges. All eyes attend me, but mine lock on two.

Even from across the throne room the sight of him sends my stomach butterflies into a frenzy. His strong jaw works, lifting his stubble-surrounded lips into a crooked smile. Barely twenty-one, but he holds so much wisdom behind his cerulean gaze. He combs his fingers through his dark hair, then folds his hands in front of him. Waiting for the only one in the entire room I know he sees.

The acoustic quartet to my left plays a Celtic waltz, and I find myself striding in time to the tempo. The familiar sound is oxygen to my soul. Tables crafted from tree stumps sprout beneath the high arched windows on either side of the throne room. Wreaths and moss encircle tea light–filled jars at the table centers. Pine boughs twist around the marble columns supporting the five tiers of balconies above. White globe lights blink at me from the balcony railings, perfectly in sync with the music's elegant tempo. Paper lanterns dangle in a zigzag fashion between tiers, their hearts beating with the light of the Maple Mine Fairies.

The Second Reflection residents watch as I glide toward the dais. Toward him. I tilt my head back and a gasp escapes. Even the artwork on the painted dome ceiling has been freshened, the broad strokes and swirling colors more vibrant than ever. The four-tiered chandelier sends beads of colored light in every direction. I think of my favorite line from Annie as I glide across the cherrywood floor, all polished and Chrysler Building shiny. Miss Hannigan would be so proud.

The scents of cinnamon and pinewood welcome me in, and I suddenly find myself aching for a cup of hot cider. I'll have to keep an eye out for Regina Reeves. She is in charge of the kitchen staff, after all. She's known Mom since she was a girl, and she acted as midwife when Mom was in labor, so Reggie (and I'm the only one who calls her that) has a soft spot for me. Though she bears no Calling, she refers to herself as my "fairy godmother" and insists my desire is her command. Even if cider isn't being served, she'll bring some if I ask.

When I reach the bottom dais step, Joshua David extends a hand. This is it. The moment I've waited for since I took on the Verity two months ago. I'm ready, but I'm also not. What if I can't do this? What if I can't —?

But then Joshua's broad hand covers my smallish one. And like the soothing of the Verity, his touch assures me everything is going to be just fine. His gaze holds mine as he lifts my hand and caresses my knuckles with his lips, brushing more than my skin with his not-so-innocent touch. The dark stubble on his upper lip scratches, but I don't mind. For an instant I forget everything but this. Each heartstring pluck, pluck, plucks. "More," they seem to sing.


This is right. This is real. I can do this.

Joshua winks and I release a breath I didn't know I was holding.

The quartet ceases as he guides me in a wide arc just as we rehearsed yesterday. The toe of my sneaker catches my dress hem. My eyes close and I prepare for the rrrriiiipppp that's sure to follow. But, as always, Joshua is one step ahead. Steadying me. Saving me from a royal faux pas.

When we're both facing forward, he releases my hand and I let it fall to my side. It takes everything in me to keep from clenching my sweaty palms into anxious fists. I think of what Mom always told me when I'd get nervous in a school play.

"Find me.Even if everyone in the audience is frowning, I'll give you the smile to keep you going."

It takes me all of two seconds to spot her, off to one side, Makai Archer's arms wrapped loosely around her growing belly. His gray-streaked charcoal hair is now long enough to gather into a ponytail. I shake my head, and a smile creeps to my cheeks. As a pair their contrast is undeniable. He's Bogart to her Bergman. An unlikely match, yet it's impossible to picture one without the other anymore.

Mom's brown eyes twinkle and the creases around her smile deepen. She offers an encouraging nod and I return the gesture. Inhale. Face the people once more.

"People of the Second," Joshua's voice booms. "On this, the twenty-fifth day of the First Month, I, Joshua David Henry, being of sound mind and valiant heart, do relinquish this here crown and bestow it upon the rightful ruler of the Second." Joshua removes the mirrorglass circlet at his temples. The same crown his father, King Aidan, wore before Jasyn Crowe took over. A diadem, I'm told, that would've weakened Jasyn had he tried to wear it. The reverse effect of mirrorglass would've counteracted the darkness within him. Put a cap on the Void's power like the Confine on an under-eighteen soul.

Add that to my list of things to research. Check.

When Joshua lifts the crown high in the air, the light filtering in through the windows reflects off of it, creating a prism effect and showering tiny rainbows throughout the throne room. Rainbows that remind me of the Verity's true form. Of the beauty and power residing inside.

This is it. It wasn't supposed to happen until spring. I was supposed to have two more months to prepare. But Joshua moved the date up, didn't see the need to wait. As the vessel of the Verity, I might as well be queen already. This is merely a formality.

I swallow. Clench my teeth.

"It is my honor to present to you the vessel of the Verity, the purest soul in this Reflection, Her Majesty, Queen Eliyana Olivia Ember. Long may she reign."

With exceptional care Joshua lowers the crown and places it upon my brow. The mirrorglass is cool on my forehead and I breathe in the finality of it. Something like a spark of electricity jolts my insides. The calm I felt just moments before dwindles, replaced by something dark and new. A hollow ache settling in my gut.

What in the Reflections is that?

I shake my head. It's just nerves. The Verity will soothe me again and I'll be fine. No second-guessing. Joshua has been interim king for two months, waiting patiently as I prepared for this day. But now it's my turn. I feel like Elsa of Arendelle, destined to be queen but terrified of the weight now resting on my narrow shoulders.

Am I good enough?

My gaze falls upon the people and I see them with new eyes.

These aren't just the people, they're my people. Only eighteen and I'm responsible for an entire Reflection? How can I do this? The sole thing that qualifies me is the Verity. I'm no queen. I'm nothing more than an average, blemished —

"May I have this dance, Your Majesty?"

Kuna Lauti's voice draws me from my internal storm. I blink twice and nod. As my insecurities reigned, the world around me shifted. The quartet now plays an up-tempo waltz, and couples glide around the throne room in time with the melody.

Kuna's broad grin spreads from ear to ear, his full lips stretching over whiter-than-usual teeth. He must've stopped chewing tobacco. Stormy never did cease pestering him about it. I can't help but smile in return. Like a big brother, my best friend's husband always has a way of bringing light to the darkest of moments.

For an instant I forget the Verity's sudden absence. Forget tomorrow and duty and what being queen means. I place my pasty hand in his coffee-colored one. "Why, it would be my honor, good sir."

He chuckles and his entire body quakes. "If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were nervous to dance with a good-looking gentleman such as myself."

The knots in my gut unfurl. I look past him and spy Stormy leaning against a nearby column. She rolls her eyes and shakes her head. We exchange a smirk in the way that's become so natural, I can't even remember a time when we weren't joined at the hip.

As we twirl, Kuna lifts me off my feet now and then, making me break into full-on laughter. The Samoan's moves are big and dramatic, forcing me into giggle fits. What was I so worried about? Jasyn Crowe is dead, as is his lackey Haman. My traitorous half sister Ebony is locked away in the dungeons. The lovely but vicious Troll Isabeau and her stooge Gage are nowhere to be found, good riddance. Mom is alive and well, pregnant as can be with her husband, Makai, at her side. The Soulless are no more. All is right with the Second. Even the Void is contained —

I stifle a gasp and squeeze my eyes. Drat. I promised myself I wouldn't think about that. Not until I have the answer I seek.

I crane my neck to peer out one of the arched windows. The sun is setting. I'll stay another hour, then slip away. There are more important things than coronation parties. I'm queen now. And as queen my first mission will be to do the one thing no Verity's vessel has ever done before.

Destroy the Void once and for all.


Your Power

So much for only staying an hour. The sun has long since sunk into the horizon, and the guests have exchanged dancing for light conversation and sips of champagne. The quartet continues to play low in the background as I take a much-needed moment of solace. I slip off my shoes and shove them beneath the throne where I sit. Wiggle and flex my toes. Seriously, I am so glad I didn't wear heels. If my feet ache this much in flat Converse, what agony would I be in had I donned stilettos? I must've danced with every Guardian in the Second. If I have to do one more box step, I'll end up with blisters the size of Staten Island. #nojoke

Resisting the urge to swing my legs over the arm of the throne and fall asleep right here, I sit a little taller and scan the scene before me. The Second's residents are straight out of a Fairy tale, garbed in silk and taffeta, cravats and cummerbunds. Has it only been two months since these people were beggars and vagabonds? Rebels?

Joshua has done so much in such a short time to restore this Reflection to its previous state. How can I fill his shoes? Never thought I'd see Saul Preacher with a trimmed beard, minus a knit cap, plus a tux. It's quite a sight, especially considering he keeps tugging at his bow tie like it's an electric dog collar. He shoots me one of his classic glares. Guess being queen doesn't matter — some things never change.

My muscles tense and a seedling of fear sprouts. It's been hours since I felt the Verity stir. This has never happened. Could something be wrong?

I shift in my seat and move my focus to Robyn and Wren Song. They stand near the back of the room with their father, Wade, and mother, Lark. I owe a lot to this family. Wren rescued me from Haman. Robyn and Wade tended to my wounds. And Lark? She aided me when Gage tried to kidnap me. The woman offers a soft smile, the kindness behind her black and yellow eyes filling me with warmth.

Wren notices me and my insides freeze over. She glares, then flips her midnight blue–streaked hair over one shoulder.

Robyn follows her gaze. I smile and wave. Robyn does the same despite the elbow in the ribs Wren gives her.

My anxiety eases a smidge despite the Verity's silence. I make a mental note to invite Robyn for tea next week. Mom will be so proud.

When my attention rests on Joshua, he's already watching me. He winks from his perch at the bottom of the grand staircase.

I smile and my cheeks flame. He's been doing this a lot lately. Flirting. Wearing his heart on his sleeve. I'm still not quite used to it. After three years as "just friends," it feels a little odd to be so open about our feelings. And there's this other thing, too, this ping of doubt I get whenever he looks at me this way.

What if it isn't real?

What if his feelings are merely a result of our childhood connection — the bond created by the Verity? If we'd met under normal circumstances and he hadn't known his soul was linked to mine, would he have seen me as anything more than a naive teenage girl with a crush?

As if reading my mind, he makes his way toward me. It's like his goal these past months has been to prove his love. To prove his most recent Kiss of Infinity wasn't a product of something artificial. The weight riding on his coattails is undeniable. Whenever we're alone I sense it. In the way his brows pinch when I'm not as affectionate as he is. In the silence festering between us when I can't think of anything to say. I don't mean to be so insecure about us, but how can I not be? How will I ever truly know if his love for me is genuine, or if it's just a result of our intertwined past? Did he give me a Kiss of Infinity because he loves me, or does he love me because he gave me a Kiss of Infinity?


Excerpted from Unraveling by Sara Ella Larson. Copyright © 2017 Sara E. Larson. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Unraveling 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Be ready for a roller coaster ride with book two in The Unblemished Trilogy. I’ve had this book for awhile, but waited to read as I wanted to have book three ready to read. I’m so glad I did, as I can’t wait to find out what happens next. The good vs. evil is prevalent and you visit what can happen when we let evil have a toehold in our life. I compare this author to a modern day C.S. Lewis. Her characters are unforgettable and the writing is exemplary. It has many twists and turns to capture your imagination and is mysterious. It captures the fairy tale lover in you and leaves you wanting to see this fantasy land. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are own and were not required.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
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 haven’t 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 it’s 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 that’s 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 anyone’s 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.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Holy verity! Many of you already know that I wasn’t 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. She’s less whiney, more independent and of a leader, is careful in who she trusts, a lot more discerning, and just overall more mature. I’m 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 she’d end up with. I’m 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 wasn’t a ton of focus on the love triangle because Eliyana doesn’t 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, you’ll definitely want to read this. The Disney references make this incredibly fun! It’s squeaky clean filled with songs and pop culture references that make reading even more enjoyable. I’d 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 didn’t 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 people’s 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 didn’t think I’d 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.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. This book is very interesting. Since I didn't get a chance to read the first one it took me a little bit to catch the story but I found it quite an interesting YA book. The writing is wonderful and bring you into the story with how it progresses. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a YA fantasy book.
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
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? I do still like the character Ky, even if his love El grated on me during this part of their journey. I also quite enjoyed seeing the evolution of the sisterly bond between Eliyana and Ebony.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
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!
WritingAnyone More than 1 year ago
What I liked: So … this is just a fairytale-esque book. Everything’s just so … sweet, even when someone’s being tortured. aladdin-cartoon-disney-awkward-momentAlso. While there is a love triangle, both of the guys are great in their own ways, and as well as the other characters, they are well written and everything. But one of my favorite things about this book and the one prior, is that while everything has a (Disney) fairytale feel to it, it has so much … modern voice to it. Like, um, yeah. Not sure how to describe it. Like in her head she uses hashtags or uses Oreos as comparison and the like. Characters: Eh. I’m still not a huge fan of El. She has a lot of points for the reader to connect with … but she just seems to be the complete opposite of me. Still, she had her good moments. Okay. Ky.
WritingAnyone More than 1 year ago
What I liked: So … this is just a fairytale-esque book. Everything’s just so … sweet, even when someone’s being tortured. aladdin-cartoon-disney-awkward-momentAlso. While there is a love triangle, both of the guys are great in their own ways, and as well as the other characters, they are well written and everything. But one of my favorite things about this book and the one prior, is that while everything has a (Disney) fairytale feel to it, it has so much … modern voice to it. Like, um, yeah. Not sure how to describe it. Like in her head she uses hashtags or uses Oreos as comparison and the like. Characters: Eh. I’m still not a huge fan of El. She has a lot of points for the reader to connect with … but she just seems to be the complete opposite of me. Still, she had her good moments. Okay. Ky.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Eliyana Ember is about to be crowned queen. Everything is perfect. Her mother is married, happy, (alive), and pregnant. Joshua is totally in love with her and waiting for her to be ready for marriage. Only Ky is missing. Then a disaster happens and everything goes haywire. The Callings are disappearing, and Eliyana's enemies are yet again on the move. Unraveling is the second book in the Unblemished series, and it is pretty epic! I loved the first book so much, because of the Kiss of Infinity (aka. true love), all the talk about Real love, the contrast between light and darkness, and the imaginative story and characters. Unraveling didn't show up the first book, but it was just as awesome. I can see a potential, too, of the third book blasting the first two out of the eater. We shall see. True love, good, and evil are definitely strong themes. Eliyana is the "human incarnation" of the goodness good, called the Verity. And the two men who shared Kisses of Infinity with her (yes, two, talk about a love triangle) are also the incarnations of the evilest evil, called the Void. It's does mean that Eliyana is perfect or that the guys are evil, only that they have a stronger impulse to go one way or the other, and the only way to moderate it is to love each other unconditionally. Or so I am led to believe. The themes are so amazing to me, so like the real Christianity (though they aren't quite perfect). And that love triangle! It's so hurtful. Just, how are they going to work things out, especially now that the two guys who love her also have a tendency toward evil? Yikes. Truly, I loved Unraveling, and I'm dying to read Unbreakable. May 1, 2018 is so far away! Eight or nine months! As you can see, I highly recommend this book, to everyone and fantasy-lovers. I received copy from NetGalley ... and then I bought a copy because it was so good. All opinions are definitely my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Sniffle, all right now that I’ve got that off of my chest I shall begin to try to do Unraveling justice. This book was wonderful. Everything I anticipated as a sequel of Unblemished, and then some. Em/El has really grown as a character and it was fun seeing her try to be queen and master her Mirror abilities. I didn’t like Joshua in the first book, but this book actually makes me pity him… and hate him all the more. I know, confusing right? And then there’s Ky. Ah, yes Ky. Well let’s just say that Ky is flippin’ awesome, totally romantic, and heart meltingly sweet and leave it at that. Oh, and just so we’re clear. He’s. Always. Right. The end. Got it? Aaaand moving on… This book had me chuckling, sniffling, chewing my fingernails, and trying to force my heart back down my throat. And as for the ending? Sigh, yes the ending. Even though I suspected certain things were going to happen after I heard the title of the next book, I was still totally not prepared for what happens, nor how this book ends… or maybe I just wasn’t ready for the book to end. Period. This is me after finishing the last sentence. Closes book, takes deep fortifying breath, stares blankly at the wall. Crowe. Now what? Gets a bright idea and goes to reads synopsis for next book. Blinks, forgets to breathe, reads it again. What the bleep, Ella? Looks up, sees release date. Holy Verity. Does that- does that really say May of 2018?! But that’s- that’s *pauses and counts fingers* ten months away! Wails. Withers. Dies. I. Cannot. Wait. Until. Then. I received a copy of this book for free through the Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Gosh. I'll say it again. Oh. My. Gosh. Utterly amazing can't begin to describe Unraveling, Book Two in the Unblemished Trilogy! From swoony romance to horrendous betrayals to unicorn jousts to mythological places, this story literally has it all. READ IT!!! Okay, I need to get this out in the open. When it comes to who El should be with, I'm #teamky all the way. But I love Joshua. Joshua. So in a way, I'm #teamjoshua, or rather #happyendingforjoshua. I'm hoping my sneaking suspicion about his Happily Ever After is right. I love to be right. ;-) Speaking of sneaking suspicions! Once again, Sara Ella taunts us with wonderfully delicious twists and turns. Although, I was very proud of myself for deciphering a few hidden clues. 'Twas not easy! Unraveling contains the superb world building we were introduced to in Unblemished - a world that never ceases to amaze me! In the midst of this enchanting world, Sara Ella touches on topics like redemption, determining true love, and the power of good versus evil. The result leaves readers breathless since this incredible story is just a beautiful reflection (Like what I did there?) of the True Story. Five Stars ~ Utterly, brilliantly amazing! Since Unraveling is the second book in an intricately complex series, you totally need to read the first book, Unblemished, before you slink between the pages of Unraveling. The third book, Unbreakable, releases May 1st, 2018!!! *wails* *makes tea from her own tears* *gags* *eats brownie instead* I received a copy of Unraveling by Sara Ella published by Thomas Nelson from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions expressed are my own.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson--Fiction for the opportunity to read and review Unraveling by Sara Ella. The story continues on from Unblemished as El struggles with her role as Queen and her relationships with others. Her insecurities still hamper her ambitions and self-esteem, while many of the relationships she thought she understood keep changing. Her life and surroundings are unraveling. It ends as though there will be more to come. The story has many twists and the characters have many layers and more secrets continue to be revealed. This did get a bit tiring because I never knew what the characters were fully dealing with and could not get a grasp on what was going on, but I suppose that's why the title is Unraveling. Interesting and complex characters and creative world building earn a 4 star rating. Story continues in Unbreakable, scheduled for release May 2018.
GNadig More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Goodness. I think I just died. This book, people--if you're going to preorder a book in 2017, then make it this one. It is so worth it. Okay, this review is going to sound totally fan-girly, and will probably contain spoilers from the first book. You've been warned. SQUEAL! I loved this book so much. It has the best romance since Parvin and Solomon, and some of the swooniest scenes in all of romance history. The best part? It's totally clean!! That makes me so happy. :D There is a few content issues, which I will mention in the content guide below, but nothing to cause me to rate it under 5 stars. (view spoiler) I loved most of the characters in this one. The author did an amazing job with their character arcs, transforming them just enough without making it seem unbelievable. (view spoiler) I am amazed by all the worlds--or rather, Reflections--that Sara Ella keeps coming up with. It's so cool how she ties them altogether as well! She mixes all sorts of cultures, real and imagined, in her world-building. Like El says in the book, perhaps we ought to already be expecting the unexpected. (view spoiler) The plot kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I raced through it in record time. Unfortunately, that also means I have to wait for book 3, which isn't even on the horizon yet! The life of a reader. Sigh. Anyway, I was curious where Sara Ella could go with this one. After all, Crowe is dead, the Reflection saved, and El is about to be crowned queen. What could possibly go wrong? (Hint: the answer is anything and everything, my friends. Anything and everything.) The only part I didn't care for a whole lot out of this book (view spoiler) was the allegorical aspect. I'm not totally sure where the author is going with this. It's not a Biblical allegory, so far as I can tell. Or if it is, it's a twisted one. And those always make me a little twitchy. Regardless, I can't wait to see what happens in the next (and last!) book. Overall, I adored this book. I loved it even more than the first one! (Which is very rare--the only other sequel I liked more than the first is A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes.) I highly recommend this one (and it's definitely a buy-it-instantly kind of book)! Rating: 5 glowing butterflies Recommended: Yes. 14 and up. (Too confusing for younger readers, and some content issues.) Content guide: Language: 0/10 (that I can recall) Sexual content: 5/10 (some non-sexual nudity, desire to kiss or touch, heavy kissing, some touching, innuendo, one scene could be interpreted the wrong way) Violence: 7/10 (quite a few injuries and deaths, but most non-graphic. definitely some darker content in this one.) *Many thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy to review!* For more book reviews, or to request your own book to be reviewed by yours truly, visit gabriellenblog.wordpress.com
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
After having some time to stew on this novel, this book was truly spectacular! I have read thrilling plot twists in other books (making me want to throw a book until I could handle my emotions), but I’m unsure if I have read one that left me utterly speechless and unable to possibly move forward as this one. Everything about UNRAVELING had me truly unraveling and couldn’t place who was friend or foe. I couldn’t believe how certain people had drastically changed or how a certain someone was left… (not saying, due to spoilers). I don’t think I have come back to “normal” after being so unraveled through the course of this book. Now I will say this: I LOVE how El has grown! Truly, she has become a heroine I admire and love. She’s “unpredictable” as someone said, but she is worthy of the crown that graces her. I can’t wait to see things “change” (for the lack of a better word) for the better in book three. Overall, I strongly recommend this series. It is so so so good, but be warned: This book is going to take you an adventure that you’re not going to want to leave, fall for people you don’t want to lose, and lastly…wish someone could make you dinner every night so you can read into the wee mornings. Don’t miss this one YA, urban fantasy readers (though be sure to read book one, Unblemished, first)! Also, I’m still #TeamKyForever, and even more so after reading this book. He gave me all the feels each time he was on the scene. Excuse me while I go swoon now. *(I received this novel in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review.)*
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