Eliyana Ember doesn't believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El trusts only 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?
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By Emily Anne K on 14-08-17
Eliyana Ember is about to be crowned queen. Everything is perfect. Her mother is married, happy, (alive), and pregnant. Joshua is totally in love with her and waiting for her to be ready for marriage. Only Ky is missing. Then a disaster happens and everything goes haywire. The Callings are disappearing, and Eliyana's enemies are yet again on the move.
Unraveling is the second book in the Unblemished series, and it is pretty epic! I loved the first book so much, because of the Kiss of Infinity (aka. true love), all the talk about Real love, the contrast between light and darkness, and the imaginative story and characters. Unraveling didn't show up the first book, but it was just as awesome. I can see a potential, too, of the third book blasting the first two out of the eater. We shall see.
True love, good, and evil are definitely strong themes. Eliyana is the "human incarnation" of the goodness good, called the Verity. And the two men who shared Kisses of Infinity with her (yes, two, talk about a love triangle) are also the incarnations of the evilest evil, called the Void. It's does mean that Eliyana is perfect or that the guys are evil, only that they have a stronger impulse to go one way or the other, and the only way to moderate it is to love each other unconditionally. Or so I am led to believe. The themes are so amazing to me, so like the real Christianity (though they aren't quite perfect).
And that love triangle! It's so hurtful. Just, how are they going to work things out, especially now that the two guys who love her also have a tendency toward evil? Yikes.
Truly, I loved Unraveling, and I'm dying to read Unbreakable. May 1, 2018 is so far away! Eight or nine months!
As you can see, I highly recommend this book, to everyone and fantasy-lovers.
I received copy from NetGalley ... and then I bought a copy because it was so good. All opinions are definitely my own.