Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: "Unraveling" by Sara Ella

When it comes to sequels—especially ones so closely connected to their predecessors—I'm often at a loss when it comes to writing a review. How can I talk about the book without spoiling book one? Really, I can't. So consider this your spoiler alert: If you haven't read Unblemished yet, go ahead and skip this review.

What happens when happily ever after starts to unravel?

Eliyana Ember doesn't believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what's right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she's trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about--like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.

Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshua's finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something--or someone--is missing?

When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections--and keep herself from falling for him in the process?

Unraveling picks up a few months after the end of Unblemished. El is about to become queen, she's engaged to Joshua, and there's peace in the Second Reflection. But El can't stop thinking about Ky, with whom she shared a Kiss of Infinity. And she doesn't know that Ky is not the only vessel of the Void—Joshua is also the Void's vessel. At El's coronation, things quickly fall apart, and El is left questioning whom she should trust ... and she realizes she must find Ky.

When I finished reading Unblemished, I was #TeamKy. Unraveling only cemented that position, and I just love El and Ky together! The love triangle of Unblemished becomes much less triangle-like in Unraveling, though I suppose we shouldn't count Joshua out just yet. (I do think he would be a better fit with someone else ...)

Unraveling is a fantastical story of fairy tales, trolls, double-crosses, special gifts, light and dark, and (yes) love. Incredibly fast paced, Unraveling had my head spinning at times as I tried to keep up, but even when I wasn't 100% sure of what was happening, I was enjoying the ride. Now I can't wait to finish the story with Unbreakable! 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my review of Unblemished (4-1/2 stars).

Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince (just call her Mrs. Charming) and live in a castle (aka The Plaza Hotel). Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild and Amazon Vine. I was not required to write a positive review. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Though I don't remember all the particulars, I do remember thinking this was a really good and solid sequel. Now I need to read Unbreakable! :)

    1. Me too, Rissi, me too! If I didn't have three deadlines staring me in the face, I'd be reading it right now. I'm hoping to be able to get to it in a week or so :-)


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