by Sara Ella
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins
Release Date: October 11th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?
Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.
But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.
Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.
Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?
I’ve got the super-official DREAM CAST for Unblemished straight from Sara Ella herself! And I have to say, I’m particularly loving her pick for Nathaniel Archer!! Spot. On. And that Ryan Reynolds pic? Y’all.
Official Picks From Sara Ella
Eliyana Ember—Mae Whitman
Mae and El have the same coloring and snarky attitude. Mae is short and a bit softer, maybe even a little insecure in her roles the way El is. But in the end she takes nothing from no one and comes out stronger.
Joshua David—Joshua Jackson
I was first inspired to use Joshua Jackson because I loved Pacey on Dawson’s Creek. The first scene in Unblemished in which Joshua sings “Daydream Believer” was inspired by a specific episode of Dawson’s Creek when Pacey and Joey share a very sweet first in their relationship. Joshua David has that sweet side to him too, though a lot of times, like Pacey, he can come off cold and distant.
Kyaphus Rhyen—Alex Pettyfer
I was inspired to use Alex for Ky when I saw the movie Beastly, which is based on the book by Alex Flinn. In the movie he plays a super huge jerk, but later turns out to be someone else entirely. That really makes me think of Ky. Cold exterior, hurt by the world. But really he’s just Ky on the inside. Strong and heroic and in search of what we all search for—true love.
Jasyn Crowe—Russell Crowe
We have the movie A Winter’s Tale to thank for this inspiration. In this film, Russel Crowe plays a super nasty guy, and that’s exactly who I wanted for Jasyn. Plus, he has a deep voice which was perfect for my villain. Good looking but a bad guy to the bone.
Elizabeth Ember—Ashley Judd
I have always felt like Ashley Judd plays a good “mom” character. I even picked her before I saw her in the movie Divergent, though that only confirmed that she was born for the role of “mom.” She’s strong and feminine, sweet and poised. She fits Elizabeth perfectly.
Stormy Lauti—Ginnifer Goodwin
How could I have a fairy tale-ish book without one or two OUAT characters thrown in? Stormy is sweet and spicy, small but mighty. She reminds me so much of Snow in that way. Ginny’s perky voice and fierce determination are so Stormy. You don’t want to mess with this one.
Kuna Lauti—Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
I needed a big strong guy for this role. Plus, Kuna is Samoan and “The Rock” has Samoan heritage, so it fit well. Kuna is a tough one, but he has his soft side too, and a great sense of humor. “The Rock” plays a good bad a**, but also has his fun side.
Isabeau Archer—Michelle Pfeiffer
There was no question as to who would play this sinister, but beautiful woman. When I saw Michelle in Stardust I knew I had to have her play a villain in my novel. And It’s no coincidence I named her Isabeau after the character Michelle plays in Ladyhawke.
Quinn Kelley—Amanda Seyfried
I needed someone completely gorgeous, blonde, and, of course, sassy. Amanda Seyfried could play Quinn’s role better than anyone I can think of. She also plays the perfect mean girl as we’ve seen in Mean Girls.
Ebony Archer—Leighton Meester
The perfect snooty Gossip Girl, Leighton and Ebony are one in the same. Set on revenge and willing to go to any length to get it, Ebony needs someone comfortable in such a role. Leighton is just that actress.
Jonathan Gage—Ryan Reynolds
Don’t let his “good guy” persona fool you. Ryan Reynolds can play a bad boy too. Just sayin’.
(Insert commentary from Carrie: I suddenly like Gage a lot more….For some reason.)
Nathaniel Archer—Michael Caine
Old and wise, with a little bit of attitude, I needed a strong, well-seasoned actor for Nathaniel. Need I say more?
Wade Song—Kevin Costner
I don’t care what anyone says, Kevin Costner is awesome. I just had to have him in there. He’s the sort of actor who seems very calm and collected, and that is just right for Wade.
Wren Song—Mila Kunis
I needed someone saucy with a killer glare. Mila Kunis is Wren. She just is.
Robyn Song—Malese Jow
I first saw Malese in The Vampire Diaries. She was so sweet and innocent, but turned out to be super strong too. That mix is perfect for Robyn, who still seems like a little girl but comes out full grown in the end.
Lark Song—Angelina Jolie
Dark and mysterious. Beautiful. Strong. Need I continue?
Makai Archer—Timothy Olyphant
I’ve always loved Timothy Olyphant. He’s the strong silent type, just like Makai. Plus, he’s pretty handy with a weapon in the roles he’s played.
Saul Preacher—Lee Arenberg
Preacher is gruff and stout and blunt. Lee Arenberg suits him nicely.
Oh boy, did I need a sinister snake for this role. I couldn’t help but picture Rumple from OUAT when I wrote Haman, so naturally Robert Carlyle was added to the cast.
*Photo sources: Pinterest
Once upon a time, SARA ELLA dreamed she would marry a prince (just call her Mrs. Charming) and live in a castle (aka The Plaza Hotel). Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.