Hey Chronicles readers, it’s time for another book review. We love to promote YA literature. Especially books that are compelling, well written, and meaningful. I read today’s book in less than three days and couldn’t wait to talk about it here, with you. Bonus: it has a beautiful cover! We’re thrilled to present Unblemished – the fantasy/magical realism adventure by debut author, Sara Ella.
Sara Ella’s Unblemished is the first novel in a three book trilogy. We’re proud to say that Unblemished is a jewel of a YA read. The story is steeped in magical realism and features an interesting and unique seventeen-year-old heroine. Not to mention a plot that’s only getting started when book one ends…
In Unblemished, Eliyana (El) is lives in modern day New York City. Even though she possesses great musical talent, El lives her days in shadows. She struggles to cope with the large birthmark covering the right side of her cheek. When the story opens, the reader discovers that El’s reclusive, artist mother has just died. El’s shock escalates during one harrowing night. A few unwelcome visitors shove her right into the fact that the beloved city she knows––even the world she knows––is not all there is.
More reflections, or dimensions of our world exist, but only a few can experience them. Sara Ella deftly immerses the reader into these reflections with vividly painted details and lyrical language. We discover them along with Eliyana, amidst shocking secrets. We also discover that everything she’s thought about her birth mark might not be true. And any inkling she’s had about love is only the beginning.
Sara has given us a lush, exciting read full of adventure. She’s woven in a tension-filled love triangle, well-developed characters, and a compelling villain. With a classic struggle between good and evil, and a beautiful theme every teen can relate to, we have a YA winner.