The author sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: 4.3 of 5 stars
Sometimes, being different can be a good thing. Other times it may be embarrassing or uncomfortable. Then again, being different can be dangerous. The world of Myrillia is an untamed, magical world inhabited by two dominant races. The Melior are elementalists, capable of commanding the power of the Elements. The Transeatur are shifters, capable of taking the form of their Guardian Spirit. The two races have been at war for centuries and the now dormant conflict is about to reawaken. A young Melior female, Kisara Tenebris, goes about her everyday life, unaware that her world will soon shatter apart. Faced with an impossible choice, Kisara learns just what it means to be different. Dangerous.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 230 pages
As she headed down the stately, tree-lined drive, Kisara stopped to watch the Harvest Blessed among her people, the Melior, as they worked among the trees and plants lining the dark gravel. Grinning to herself, she thought that by this time tomorrow, she might be the one taking care of the majestic elms.
The book introduces you to Kisara, eagerly anticipating her blessing ceremony. Together with her friend and neighbour Lucien she waits for her turn. Lucien receives the greatest blessing, and Kisara is thrilled. She is called – and is not blessed by any of the elements. This has happened before; the blessing ceremony can be repeated until the age of 19. She is not blessed; stays close to her friend Lucien and his cohabitants. Rumours start as highly blessed Lucien maintains the friendship. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With UnBlessed, Crystin Goodwin has created an intriguing story of a teenager in Myrillia, desperately trying to find out what is wrong with her. UnBlessed focuses on Kisara and her feelings and actions. The author grants Kisara her own pace – a very nice touch. The other relevant characters are described in sufficient depth, are convincing. The story drew me in more and more. UnBlessed is a great read for fans of young adult and fantasy novels.
This book is an enjoyable read, and the first in a series. I’ll certainly read it again.
About the author
A self-proclaimed geek, CRYSTIN GOODWIN has dreamed of writing her own novels for many years. In addition to writing, she enjoys many hobbies: reading, playing video games, watching anime, attending conventions in full costume … you get the idea.
Crystin lives with her British-American husband and her spoiled cat in Austin, TX. UnBlessed is her first novel
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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about UnBlessed? Or – if you did not yet read UnBlessed – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
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If UnBlessed was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
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