I don’t often venture in YA, but sometimes it’s fun to read outside of my norm. This debut novel from Sara Ella, combines YA and fantasy for an entertaining and intriguing read.
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?
I thought Ella’s debut was entertaining. I think this story is a great addition to the YA market – a story that grabs the reader’s attention, has flawed, yet redeemable characters and a few twists to keep you guessing. While this story doesn’t have anything to do with mythology, I did think of Percy Jackson, where NYC isn’t all that it seems. I really enjoyed that series though, so that’s a good thing!
I liked the characters (the good, the bad, the ones you want to shake and have them get it together) and the development that happened/will continue to happen. She did a great job of showing how decisions we make have so many ripples, even when intentions are good. Some of what happened? Not at all expected – love when a novel does that. There’s one thing that takes a point or two away though. It’s something I never ever like in any book, but (to be horribly vague), I won’t say exactly what it is because that will giveaway some of the plot, but I’ve also accepted that it’s popular in YA, so, I had to remind myself that I’m not the intended audience. Overall though, I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next one.
Is there a YA series that surprised you?
(Thank you to Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)