Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Why I Picked This Up: Not only is the cover gorgeous but is just sounded unique! Plus I got this as an ARC (advance reader copy).
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 book IS pretty unique and the world building is vibrant and fun. There were great things about this book that many people will like. It’s fast paced busy which I like.
The world building was fun as it was contemporary but this story deals in Reflections or with parallel worlds. Not necessarily parallel PEOPLE but just worlds and these are called Reflections. It gets pretty complex which I appreciate big time, I enjoy a good unique world building and what makes this story so different. I liked that a lot. There is A LOT to this story that makes the world and the story very enchanting and vibrant.
Eliyana is marked. Not scared or deformed, marked. It’s a very unique mark of swirls. This mark covers the entire right side of her face. However due to this mark she’s been the brunt of ridicule and lack of friends. She feels like she is a freak, monster and ugly. You immediately feel bad for her. Especially as she talks about her only “friend” and then there is the guy she’s been crushing on forever. As the story begins the loss of her mother which makes you just sad for the main character. Ugh what a beginning, it was brilliant you were immediately hooked.
I really liked Eliyana or ‘El’ at first and I felt bad for her and I was very interested in this mark. But I grew tired and annoyed of El and her obsession with Joshua her one true friend and long time crush. Throughout the whole book I had to listen to her whine and mope over this guy, I just wanted to shake her or slap her! GAH!
One good thing about Eliyana was the character development, it was a bit of a roller coaster with her as I liked her and then I didn’t and it wasn’t till the end that I really decided I liked her. She had A LOT of growing to do and fast which can be hard for a reader but in the end I was satisfied.
The big elephant in this book is the love triangle. I don’t mind triangles if they are done well. And I need a good understanding and reason as to why there would even need to be one. Not sure if there is a good reason in this one but if you enjoy triangles, then you’ll definitely want to pick this up.
The pace was overall fast which I generally enjoy. However I did feel like there were something missing at times. Things sometimes happened almost too quickly and conveniently.
Overall I enjoyed the book but there were times I felt like I had missed something or things happened and the romance was a bit much for me ONLY because I got tired of El and her constant obsession with a boy. I look forward to the next book and MORE from this author.
*A HUGE thank you to Sara Ella and Thomas Nelson for this ARC which I got in exchange for an honest review.*