Author: Sara Ella
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: October 11th, 2016
Format: Paperback ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?
Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous 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 as 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?
This year I'm focusing on books I didn't get to read last year due to my overwhelming Tbr pile so when I took Unblemished to work with me it was a big mistake because instead of focusing on my job all I could think about was Eliyana and her story.
Unblemished is about a girl who doesn't know she is more than she appears. When Eliyana was a baby she was born with a birthmark that made her mother escape where she was currently living.
As years go by everything is great until Eliyana mother dies and then Eliyana world is turned upside down.
Her best friend, Josh is her legal guardian now and he is hiding things that blew my mind and when Eliyana is kidnapped everything she knew to be true was based off lies.
You see Eliyana was living in Reflection #3 which we know it as New York and they had 6 other reflections based off of New York too and in order for Eliyana and the other characters to get to the other reflections they had to pass through a portal and some of those places were dangerous.
Unblemished is full of secrets, it turns out Eliyana's mom isn't dead. Then it turns out that Josh was assigned to be Eliyana's Guardian because of who she is. If Eliyana has someone to protecting her that must mean she's important. I wanted to know why Eliyana was so important and was stunned and speechless when I got to the part where all is revealed.
I have to be honest, I had a hard time remembering all the different gifts these characters have, some are shifters, some control minds and bodies, and some go invisible. It was just so many gifts that my brain just couldn't handle them all, I needed a break down of each and the author did her best but I was still confused.
Don't get me wrong I loved how different Unblemished is and the plot was unique but it was just so much thrown at us that I may have to reread the book to really prepare myself for the next book.