Friday, January 25, 2019

Book Review: Unbreakable by Sara Ella

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Title: Unbreakable

Author: Sara Ella

Series: Unblemished #3

Genre: Fairy Tale/Contemporary

Audience: Young Adult


Eliyana Ember is stranded in a foreign country in the Third Reflection with no passport, the inability to mirrorwalk, and zero clue where the nearest Thresholds back into the Fourth or Second might lie. Her mind is a haze, her memories vague. She knows a wormhole from the Fourth sent her here. She remembers her mom and baby brother Evan. Makai and Stormy and Joshua ...

Deep down El realizes she must end the Void once and for all. Is there a way to trap the darkness within its current vessel, kill it off completely? To do so would mean sacrificing another soul—the soul of a man Joshua claims is a traitor. But he’s lied to her before, and even El senses Joshua can’t be fully trusted, but one thing is certain ...

The Void must be annihilated. And only the Verity—the light which birthed the darkness—can put an end to that which seeks to kill and destroy.


I finally finished this book! Unfortunately, this third and final book in the UNBLEMISHED series by Sara Ella was not a worthwhile read for me. Unbreakable was confusing, unsatisfying, and just seemed to drag on with nothing important happening.

The first two books, Unblemished and Unraveling, were very intriguing and caught my attention for sure. They are a mix of fairy tale and fantasy, with a lot of original content. I did have a few issues with them ... namely the love triangle and a scene or two that I deemed inappropriate. And the whole Void vs. Verity aspect, which I wasn't sure where it was headed.

So, in Unbreakable, the romance(s) and some relationships that were central in the previous two books were nearly non-existent. Eliyana was separated from her true love for nearly the entire book ... and considering all they have gone through from the first, the conclusion of this series was not at all satisfactory when it came to the romance.

The characters and plot seemed to wander around for the entirety of the book. The ending had some exciting scenes. But overall, I felt disconnected. Like I wasn't in the story anymore. It feel flat. It took me maybe a month to finish this book - I had to put it down at one point, and then finally just picked it up again and half-skimmed the rest of the book.

Even if it had been more interesting, I feel like the conclusion of this series confirmed that it's not something I, personally, like to read. I thought there was a bit of a Christian allegory with the Verity vs. Void (light vs. darkness) theme ... but it ended up being so confusing and twisted that by the end of Unbreakable that I was more confused than ever about who and what was good and who and what was bad.

The theme really seemed to be about self-love and how if a really bad person is loved, they might magically become good. And about us choosing to be good of our own strength and will. But the truth is, human love can't fix things. It can help, but ultimately, it is the sacrificial, immortal love of Christ that truly changes. We cannot choose goodness and light apart from Him.

So, maybe that's not how the author wanted her message to come across. But, if I'm understanding correctly that she's a Christian, the themes of her books just rubbed me a little wrong. That is my personally, honest opinion. Someone else might feel differently!

This series has a lot of promise, but it didn't end up being for me. I'm sorry to write a negative review.

I received a copy of Unbreakable from BookLook Bloggers Review Program in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Love of Covers

Published: September 12th, 2017 (Thomas Nelson)

Dagger's Sleep {Beyond the Tales #1} by Tricia Mingerink

Published (new cover): May 25th, 2018 (Sword & Cross Publishing)

Published: July 24th, 2018 (Multnomah Books)

Published: September 3rd, 2018 (B&H Books)

A Dream of Ebony and White: A Retelling of Snow White {Beyond the Four Kingdoms #4} by Melanie Cellier

Published: October 17th, 2018 (Luminant Publications)

Maelstrom {Broken Tides #3} by Catherine Jones Payne

Published: December 4th, 2018 (Fathom Ink Press)

Decree {Blades of Acktar #5} by Tricia Mingerink

Published: December 18th, 2018 (Sword & Cross Publishing)

Retrieve {The Stormers Trilogy # 1} by Sarah Addison-Fox

Published: December 26th, 2018 (Double Edged Sword Publishing)

Expected publication: February 19th, 2019 (Smitten Historical Romance)

War-Torn Heart by Allison Wells

Expected publication: March 20th, 2019 (Ambassador International)

Shadow Among the Sheaves by Naomi Stephens

Expected publication: April 1st, 2019 (Shiloh Run Press)

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Expected publication: April 2nd, 2019 (Waterbrook Press)

Expected publication: April 30th, 2019 (Baker Books)

Flight of the Raven {Ravenwood Chronicles #2} by Morgan L. Busse

Expected publication: April 30th, 2019 (Bethany House Publishers)

The Story Raider {The Weaver Trilogy #2} by Lindsay A. Franklin

Expected publication: April 30th, 2019 (Enclave Publishing)

The Conqueror {Christian Empire Trilogy #1} by Bryan M. Litfin

Expected publication: May 31st, 2019 (Crossway Books)

The King's Mercy by Lori Benton

Expected publication: June 4th, 2019 (WaterBrook)

More Than Words Can Say {Patchwork Family #2} by Karen Witemeyer

Expected publication: June 4th, 2019 (Bethany House Publishers)

Reluctant Belle {Daughtry House #2} by Beth White

Expected publication: June 4th 2019 (Fleming H. Revell Company)

No Ocean Too Wide {McAllister Family #1} by Carrie Turansky

Expected publication: June 25th, 2019 (Multnomah Books)

Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

Expected publication: July 2nd, 2019 (Fleming H. Revell Company)

Underestimating Miss Cecilia {Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2} by Carolyn Miller

Expected publication: July 23rd, 2019 (Kregel Publications)

Coral by Sara Ella

Expected publication: September 10th, 2019 (Thomas Nelson)

Misleading Miss Verity {Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3} by Carolyn Miller

Expected publication: November 19th, 2019 (Kregel Publications)

No Chance Meeting {No Chance Romance #1} by Jaye Elliot

Expected Publication: 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Reading Plan for 2019 (+ a look at C.R.O.S.S.19 conference!)

Happy new year, my friends! Praise the Lord for a brand new year - what an incredible blessing! A fresh start. A new beginning. If we let it be.*smiles*

I want to share with my reading plan for 2019.

And then give you a glimpse into my time at an awesome conference called C.R.O.S.S.19.


Well, who is exciting about reading books this year? I certainly am!! So many new worlds to discover and deep wisdom to uncover. Here is my main plan for reading:

1) Continue to read my Bible everyday, and finish reading through the entire thing. (I started October of last year and am currently reading in "Deuteronomy" and "Mark".)

2) Pick a Christian Living type book every other book I read. So ...
Christian Living
Christian Living
Christian Living

We'll see how #2 goes, but it's my goal. I just have to get my hands on enough Christian nonfiction books!!

Here are a few books that I'm hoping to read this year. Do let me know if you're planning on reading any of the same ones! ^_^


The Art of Turning: From Sin to Christ for a Joyfully Clean Conscience by Kevin DeYoung

A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair B. Ferguson

The King's Mercy by Lori Benton

Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than Waste It by John Piper

Who Brings Forth the Wind by Lori Wick

Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

Pray for the World: A New Prayer Resource for Operation World by Patrick Johnstone

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

The Holiness of God by RC Sproul

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky

Engaging Islam by Georges Houssney

Decree by Tricia Mingerink

Not Yet Married: The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness and Dating by Marshall Segal

Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

The Mingling of Souls: God's Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption by Matt Chandler

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin

Redeeming the Feminine Soul: God's Surprising Vision for Womanhood by Julie Roys

Heirs of Tirragyl by Joan Campbell

She's Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle by Deepak Reju

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl's Heart: Discovering the Beauty and Freedom of God-Defined Sexuality by Kristen Clark & Bethany Beal

Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad About Feeling Good? by Gary Thomas

How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves

Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue by Chuck Black

Compassion Without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth by Adam T. Barr and Ron Citlau

Amber Eyes by S.D. Grimm

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality by Nancy R. Pearcey

Conqueror by Mandy Fender

Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley

Daican's Heir by Jaye L. Knight

Will Medicine Stop the Pain?: Finding God's Healing For Depression, Anxiety, and Other Troubling Emotions by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Laura Hendrickson

The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ by Matt Papa


Happy new year, my dear readers! I pray that January 2019 began full of hope for you. And that you continue in the strength and joy of the Lord each day!
I have the absolute honor and joy of telling you about what God has been doing in my life & heart already this brand new year. Friends, He is so good. I’m nearly in tears just thinking about this past week and my faithful Father.
The year of 2018 had some tough points for me. So good things, too. But it seemed that amidst all the little blessings in December, I did a lot of wrestling and just struggling against anxiety and depression.
Like, what did I even do to make a difference this year? Am I any different? What is my life? I can’t do this, Lord. I don’t know what it’s all for. I don’t know why I’m even here.
I have a family. But I don’t feel like I belong in my home.
I have a church. But I don’t feel like I’m intimately a part of them.
I have people. But I don’t feel like they see me. Really.
I have ministries and opportunities. But I don’t think I’m using them to their full potential.
I have Christ. But I feel like I’m drowning and keep losing sight of Him. [Read more ...]