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The Beholder

Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Series: Beholder, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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“Sparkles with beauty, intrigue, and romance.” (Kiera Cass, number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Selection series)

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. 

But after an excruciatingly public rejection, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic to visit a series of potential suitors - and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From the gardens of England to the fjords of Norge, 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.

Lush landscapes, dazzling romance, and captivating intrigue await in this stunning alternate-history YA debut - perfect for fans of The Selection or Caraval.

©2019 Anna Bright (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved it

“The thigs we like are different. The things we love, are the same”.

This was beautifully written, and everything I was hoping for! I think the fact it was marketed as an “Odyssey” retelling might have thrown people off, as it’s not really anything like that - I would say it’s more similar in genre/plot to the Glittering Court series / the selection series. So if you liked either of those I would think you would love this too. We follow Selah as she journeys through various countries, meeting eligible suitors, but there are a few twists and turns which I did not see coming. There is a lot of romance, which is beautifully done. The descriptions are vivid and the language so beautiful that it is poetic at times. And the ending was a big twist! I am really looking forward to the second book but am also hoping a few of the characters from this book make an appearance, as I fell completely in love with them!
One thing that is difficult to follow is where all the various countries are, so a pdf map would be great for the next book. Overall, highly recommend!