September 01, 2019

#BookReview: The Beholder (The Beholder #1) by Anna Bright

Synopsis: 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.

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About the Author: Anna Bright is an indie bookseller by day and an author by night who still gets in trouble for reading when she's supposed to be doing other things. When not hiding out among books, she loves concerts, roller coasters, and adventures at home and abroad. Anna lives with her husband and cat in a charming cobblestoned neighborhood in Washington, DC, but you can find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram at @brightlyanna.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This book has be torn.  On one side this book was kind of interesting but on the other it was very confusing.  The historical aspects of this story were very confusing.  You never really know what time period this was set in, in some places it felt like the time of kings and queens and at others it felt like the future.  It was heavy with the romance and it just didn't feel like it knew what it wanted to be.  Fantasy, Historical fiction, Contemporary.   

Overall, I wished that more care would have been taken with the story.  That things would have been more fleshed out and that things would have been a little more clean cut. 

"Sparkles with beauty, intrigue, and romance. The Beholder will leave you clutching your poor heart and aching for the sequel."
-- "Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

"Bright's debut, the first half of a duology, is enhanced by a large cast of well-developed secondary characters and gracefully handled interwoven plotlines. A glittering paean to storytelling with wide appeal."
-- "Booklist"

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