Published by HarperTeen on June 4, 2019
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.
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.
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.