I’m back again with yet another book review. This book took me a while to read, which actually may be all well and good since the sequel doesn’t come out for ANOTHER YEAR! Ugh….Now I will have to wait forever to continue this story.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, today we are going to be talking about Anna Bright’s The Beholder. This was yet another book that was chosen for a Readathon for the Creating & Co book club that I didn’t get to finish. It’s finished now though….I don’t hate that the group picked it since it was a newer book that most of the members including myself hadn’t read yet, but the fact that it’s part of a duology is the annoying part.
A quick synopsis of the book is that after Selah, daughter to the Sensechal is rejected at her proposal party by a boy she adored. Her stepmother sets her up with a crew and several appointments for courtships throughout Europe. Knowing that her father has become gravely ill in the last few months and not wanting her stepmother to win, Selah agrees to go on these courtships date through Europe. At first, Selah feels as if she is alone in her quest to quickly find a match and return to her father, but she then discovers that she is not alone in her quest and then is let in on the secret mission of the trip that has nothing to do with her courtship appointments.
I found Selah beautifully refreshing compared to other princess type characters that I have read about in the past. She knows exactly what she wants and who she is for the most part. I was annoyed that she kept allowing herself to keep falling for her suitors and her heart to get broken over and over knowing that she just needed to pick one before heading home and not facing the unknown, which she dreads so much. I was amazed at all the twists and turns in the book, which made me want to keep reading although the slow start in the beginning made me almost want to put it down.
I would definitely recommend this book as a read, but I would have rather read this closer to the sequel release so that I wouldn’t have to wait so long in between books and living in the world of Selah and her adventures in Europe. I will definitely be letting you know my thoughts on the Beholder sequel after it releases next year.
Let me know what you have been reading lately and what you would recommend. I would love to hear your thoughts if you have read the book.