The Beholder

The Beholder

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: S...

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Title:The Beholder
Author:Anna Bright
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The Beholder Reviews

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    I really enjoyed this!

    The Beholder is an enchanting read, full of myths and folklore. The premise drew me in quickly. Basically, we have Selah, who is the Seneshal-elect of Potomac (meaning she'll be placed in charge one day). Potomac (from what I gather) is an island somewhere between the coast of England and New York. In order to rule, Selah must marry, but when she proposes to the boy she loves, well ... let's just say it doesn't go as she suspects. So, scrambling to fix things, her stepmoth

    I really enjoyed this!

    The Beholder is an enchanting read, full of myths and folklore. The premise drew me in quickly. Basically, we have Selah, who is the Seneshal-elect of Potomac (meaning she'll be placed in charge one day). Potomac (from what I gather) is an island somewhere between the coast of England and New York. In order to rule, Selah must marry, but when she proposes to the boy she loves, well ... let's just say it doesn't go as she suspects. So, scrambling to fix things, her stepmother orchestrates a journey across the sea aboard the Beholder, in order for Selah to find a suitable match.

    And she can't return until she's engaged.

    First of all, it wasn't what I expected at all. I don't know why, but I assumed it was a bunch of suitors on a ship together - hah, nope! Captain Lang, who Selah's stepmother hired, forces Selah along to each required stop. If Selah misses one, she risks offending said country/royal family. Worse, one of the last stops is extremely dangerous, where a scary Tsaritsya awaits. Knowing this, Selah hopes to find her fiancé in one of the first two stops, thus avoiding the third altogether.

    This book focuses mostly on the first two stops - and Selah's time aboard the Beholder, getting to know it's crew. I reaaaally enjoyed the first two visits, and I didn't expect to love each suitor! In fact, out of three potential love interests so far (I'm not telling you who my third ship is but you can probably guess if you know me at all) - I can't even decide who I want her to end up with. (Though I'm secretly awaiting meeting someone we've only heard about so far... considering Danger should be my middle name ...)

    Anyway, perhaps the best part was the twists! The book is full of fun little surprises - my favorite being the one on the first stop. Even though I saw it coming from early on, I loved it! I'm eagerly awaiting book two!

    My only complaint is that I was thoroughly confused by the world. We have England and New York and I'm assuming some alternate version of Russia and Sweden - but everything had different names and I was scratching my head half the time. I had a hard time telling what time period we were in as well. Soooo I think this was supposed to be a world * like ours * but not *exactly* ours? There were so many terms I couldn't quite grasp as well.

    Either way, it didn't stop me from enjoying the book! Honestly, I binged most of it within two days because it was that addicting! And the writing was beautiful - I looooved how it had a whimsical/lyrical feel at times, while also being easy to read and follow.

    All in all, a great read!

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  • Angelica

    Now let's move on to this review.

    Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Anna Bright at a Stephanie Garber book signing in Washington D.C. She seemed nice and was super excited about her upcoming novel and it made me super excited about it as well. So, you can only ima

    Now let's move on to this review.

    Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Anna Bright at a Stephanie Garber book signing in Washington D.C. She seemed nice and was super excited about her upcoming novel and it made me super excited about it as well. So, you can only imagine my excitement when I was granted the opportunity to read an ARC. 

    Then you can only imagine my disappointment when this book did not live up to the expectations raised by that beautiful cover and that interesting synopsis. This book was advertised as a mix between

    and

    That's about it.

    But false advertising wasn't really my main problems with the book.

    She's 18 years old and the next ruler of Potomac. She is the one that is supposed to lead her people into the future and keep the peace. She is also the least qualified person to do this. Her kingdom would probably thrive more without her so maybe I don't totally blame the stepmother for trying to send her away.

    Selah is the kind of person who trusts people based on their looks and falls in love days after meeting a guy. She's the kind of person who storms out of rooms when things don't go her way and who sits by and sort of just lets the plot happen to her. She's supposed to be the next leader of her people but instead of spending her time learning to lead she spends it reading fairytales and gardening.

    I'm so tired of YA trying to push the idea that all you need to be a leader is to be a nice person. Or that being noble and humble makes you qualified for anything.

    Then there was the world building. I was so confused. This book takes place in a world that is geographically like our own. The continents are all there, but they are also all different, arranged in different ways and given different names. There are different histories and myths and all of it is shaped in a different way. And I didn't understand any of it.

    There were moments where I thought I knew what was happening, and then moments where I had no idea where we were or what was going on.

    In the end, I didn't love this book. I wanted to, but no matter how beautiful this cover might be, I just couldn't fall into it the way I wanted. And yet, I was actually entertained while reading, hence my rating.

    I think this book had amazing potential and think that there will be many that like it. That said, go into it at your own risk and after taking all of this into account. I hope you all have better luck with it.

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    Hello 911, I'd like to report a premise that's specifically targeting my money

  • Emily May

    I will not be seduced by beautiful covers.

    I will not be seduced by beautiful covers.

    I will not be seduced by beautiful covers.

    I will not be seduced by beautiful covers.

    I will not be seduced by beautiful covers.

    I will not...

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    *Adds to TBR*

    Seriously, though.

    retelling.

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  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    DNF @ pg. 217

    Video review -

    I’m sorry I’ve been DNFing so much recently but I’m also not sorry because I also have way too many books I really want to read to waste my time. To sum up why I DNFed: nothing happened.

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