Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a Disney prince and live in a castle. Now she spends her days homeschooling her three Jedi in training, braving the Arizona summers, and reminding her superhero husband that it’s almost Christmas (even if it’s only January). When she’s not writing, Sara might be found behind her camera lens or planning her next adventure to California. A lover of fairy tales, she believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”
Sara’s UNBLEMISHED trilogy is an ode to her love for all things that begin with “once upon a time.” Her standalone novel CORAL, a reimagining of The Little Mermaid that focuses on mental health, is the novel of her heart—a reminder that you are not nothing, and you are not alone. Sara’s Alice in Wonderland retelling, THE WONDERLAND TRIALS, is available now from Enclave Publishing.
*From the publisher’s website.
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?
*From the publisher’s website.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
So, I confess. I for sure forgot to take notes on this book because, well, I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning reading it. In an attempt to not wake my husband, I tried to limit my movements to turning pages and quietly clicking off my Hooga reading light when I finally couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer.
This book surprised me. By that I mean, the ending made me want to throw the book across the room. Not because I hated it, but because I had to wait until the next book (which I thankfully already had) to know what happened. And my sleep-sticky eyes wouldn’t let me start the book right away. Drat.
But that’s the end of the book, so you’re probably wondering what was so awesome about the beginning and middle of the book. To sum it up? Everything.
In this book, friends become enemies and enemies become friends and it’s all twisted and has Eliyana twisted up inside too. This book isn’t just about a journey across the reflections but a journey to discovering who and how to trust—and that the people who last the journey with you might not be the ones you expect to at the start.
For part of the book, our characters are split and each on their own adventures—Kai, Eliyana and Ebony, and Joshua. Each one in some way feels powerless, but as the book goes on, they grow more confident in who they are and what they need to do.
Kai and Joshua continue to fight against the void as Eliyana wonders why the Verity feels silent inside of her and why people’s Callings are disappearing and why all the thresholds are draining. And of course there’s Ebony, the girl we learned to love to hate in the last book is a surprising delight in this one, but that’s all I’ll say about her for now.
When loyalties are constantly in question and truth and fiction seem to blur, how will El and her friends figure out what’s happening to the Callings and how to fix it before it all just disappears?
Reasons to Love It
📚 strong female lead
📚 Fairytale reimagining
📚 YA fiction
📚 family ties
📚 secret identity
📚 enemies to friends/lovers
Winter’s more than words and wind. She’s a chill that clings to everything. She’s power. And, like all great powers, she likes her companionship recognized. If she’s talking to you, you’ll know.Sylvi, p. 41
The brain is a funny thing. Dreams are merely devices that allow us to relive memories we don’t want to lose. They’re a way of idealizing relationships, of putting them in our perfect little boxes where no one can touch them. But this dream—this memory—has a dark side. All memories do, if you know where to look.Eliyana, p. 107
Light cannot remain light if in love with darkness. It is impossible.Nathaniel, p. 113
Sometimes the road less traveled is the one that leads you home.Ky, p. 130
Love isn’t about accepting the pieces we don’t like. It’s about accepting the complete and beautiful whole.Ky, p. 239
The flow of time is inevitable. Fight it or go with it. But no matter what you do, you can’t turn back. . . . No one can change the past.Eliyana, p. 315
Being wrong about people is one of my favorite things.Ky, p. 346
True love bonds us deeper than we can imagine—it ties us to truth, to reality, to sacrifice. True love ins’t just limited to romance but reaches far beyond into the deepest parts of every soul and touches the places we long to be seen and truly known.
I’d love to hear from you! What Sara Ella book is your favorite? What were your thoughts on this one? What other fantasy books have you read and enjoyed? Or what are you reading right now that you really love? Drop a comment below!
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