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The Beholder Blog Tour: Review and Favorite Quotes

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.

The Beholder (The Beholder #1)
by Anna Bright
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 4th 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Favorite Quotes:

"I knew our history as well as I knew my duty. But duty had felt different when it had looked like Peter."
“I don’t know how you do things in New York. I don’t know what makes a lady, in your eyes. Where I come from, a lady knows how to help people.”

“You mean I have to know what I want.” 

“I mean you have the power to choose.”

“‘No one knows how many years he has, Seneschal-elect. Life is short and death is certain….So every moment I am aboveground and not below it, I want to feel the difference. We’ll all be in our graves soon enough.'”

“‘Not everyone is fast. Not everyone is clever. I could only stay one step ahead of my enemy before my reinforcements arrived. But if you’re one step ahead of them, they still haven’t caught you.'”

"Set your course and trim your sails, Seneschal-elect. And whatever your heading, keep your eyes ahead'”

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The Beholder by Anna Bright is a lot different than what I expected. I think it was different in a good way. I was expecting a fierce warrior woman to go on an adventure and prove everyone wrong. Really we have a protagonist that is a bit timid, she is super trusting, and she is super soft. I was definitely surprised. Selah is rejected by the boy she loves. Now she is being sent away to find herself a husband. It doesn’t matter that she has made herself present in her country, everyone wants her to be a bride. Selah just wants to lick her wounds.

Let’s discuss the world building. I really enjoyed how Bright used both real and fictional places for this book. I felt like it really made the worlds collide. Selah goes on the adventure of a life time. She may have been hesitant to leave but she is getting to explore the world. She is visiting new places and meeting new people. I thought it was very unique to have Selah know different stories about each place she visited but at the same time it really made her get to know the different places more. I could just live in this world. I loved it so much.

Another thing that I really liked is that Selah really grows on her journey. She becomes someone that is afraid and always worried about making a mistake to someone that accepts herself and embraces her mistakes. I think Selah really finds herself on this journey. She is beginning to realize the type of person that she wants to be.

Bright is a fantastic author. She drew me into the story right away and I was hooked. I really loved getting to know this world and all the characters. I feel like I've known Selah my whole life. When you get that feeling, then yo know the author is a fantastic author because they could make you feel. The feel of the book also had a great pace. I am really looking forward to book two. I can't wait to see what happens to Selah next. This book is definitely refreshing and you should give it a chance.

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About the Author: 

I believe in woods, mountains, highways, cobblestones, roller coasters, dancing, concerts, cherry Pop Tarts, books, and magic.

When I'm not reading or writing on my couch, I'm dragging my husband off on an adventure, communing with Salem (my kitten/spiritual familiar), or causing trouble at One More Page Books, where I work.

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June 1st

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Moonlight Rendezvous - Review + Favourite Quotes
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June 2nd

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June 3rd

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June 4th

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