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Friday, October 22, 2021

Review: The Beholder Duology by Anna Bright

The Beholder (The Beholder #1) by Anna Bright
Genre: Young Adult (Historical Fiction/Fantasy)
Date Published: June 9, 2020
Publisher: Harper Teen

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending. 

The Beholder is the first book in The Beholder series by Anna Bright. There was one thing I didn't like about this book, so I'll start there. I didn't like how Selah seemed to fall in and out of love with guys so quickly. She didn't want to be fickle, but that's exactly how she seemed. There was a guy I had my hopes on, but now seeing how she is... I just don't know that I'd ever believe she truly loves someone. Other than that, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I liked meeting the folks from the other regions. The story itself was kind of a mix of things. There were bits of fairy tale, a few kinds of mythologies, old world traditions, and new world technologies all mixed together. That kept things interesting. And, I really like where the story is heading. You kind of saw hints of it through the book, but it's confirmed later. I'm definitely curious about what happens next.

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The Boundless (The Beholder #2) by Anna Bright
 Young Adult (Historical Fiction/Fantasy)
Date Published: June 4, 2019 
Publisher: Harper Teen?

When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she’d have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder’s true mission was a secret Selah’s crew didn’t trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval’d. A place Selah hoped she’d never go.

This breathtaking sequel to The Beholder will take you on a journey into a darkly sparkling fairy tale, perfect for fans of The Selection and Caraval.

But gone is the girl who departed Potomac filled with fear. With a stockpile of weapons belowdecks and her heart hanging in the balance, Selah is determined to see the Beholder’s quest to its end. 

The Boundless is the final book in The Beholder duology by Anna Bright. Selah is a completely different girl this time around. She strengthened(for the most part) overnight, and I hate how she treated Lang. I don't even know why she was so mean to him. It didn't make sense. Yet, she has strong feelings for him at times. What? Anyway...So, speaking of her love interests.. she didn't end up with the one I wanted, but I'm okay with that, because he can do so much better. She settled on a guy she claims to love, but I was never truly convinced she does. I never felt the chemistry between them. They felt like friends. Kick butt friends, which is good, but there was no passion... at least not yet. There was also a rebellion going on, but I'm not really sure what to say about that. Selah was kind of on the sidelines of it rather than leading it or becoming a huge part in it. Nothing wrong with that. Not everyone is Katniss, and that made things a little more believable, because I don't really see her as that girl. So, it was actually a nice change from the pattern some other series have taken.

I just feel like everything was disjointed, and there were so many things missing to make this great. Maybe it's me that missed something along the way.  Lastly, the author's writing style is beautiful. I would read more of her books.

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When I'm not reading or writing on my couch, I'm dragging my husband off on an adventure, communing with Salem (my kitten/spiritual familiar), snuggling my new baby daughter, or causing trouble at One More Page Books, where I work.

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