Unblemished

Eliyana can’t bear to look at her own reflection. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world exists where her blemish could become her strength?

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?



This was an imperfect novel with an interesting storyline and a pretty unique way of blending fiction with reality to create an incredible backdrop for her multitude of characters. Sometimes it was a little difficult trying to keep all the characters and their place in the story straight but the author developed them fairly well so they never came off feeling like filler pieces since they all had a place to keep the story moving.

The plot leads to an interesting idea of a mirror world with a pretty cool fantasy twist. The mythology takes some digging into as she slowly reveals the rules of her world a little at a time which can be irritating when you want everything up front but it actually works out better this way to keep you engaged.

My only super irritation with this book was how it was narrated through the main character because the sentence structure used didn’t flow well and she could be hard to like which had its own problems since the story revolved around her.

Her ending is definitely the best part of this book and will make you want to check out the sequel.

Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to review this book.

*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com

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