Tuesday, July 30, 2013

REVIEW: UNSEEN (The Elements Trilogy, #2) by Melissa Pearl

Title: Unseen
Series: The Elements Trilogy, #2
Author: Melissa Pearl
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: July 2013
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Reviewed by guest reviewer: Ellen Fritz
Source: Received from author for review
Ellen’s smiley rating: 5/5


Danger surrounds the Seekers. Having already faced overwhelming odds, Kyla and Jethro discover it is only the beginning. Now they must face the power of nature itself.

Each day is a test of faith.

Two elements remain undiscovered. The light is yet to be resurrected. Dark forces prepare to descend upon the heroes of prophecy and they have one more power they must over come...their forbidden love for each other.

Each moment is a test of loyalty and courage.

In Taramon, Athra faces his own demons as he frets over the safety of his fiancée while trying to counter a dark evil that is brought to his doorstep. Treachery lurks in the shadows, forcing the future king into an action that could destroy his beloved city.

Through it all, they must cling to the truths hidden in the unseen.


Although I hardly ever finish a book in one day, Unseen seems to be the latest exception to the rule. The seekers, Kyla and Jethro, together with the first two elements, Adamar and Mya, continue their perilous journey to find the other two elements. The young people have to face storms in frozen wastelands, pursuit by the king's evil Elite, and dragon-infested caverns on a volcanic mountain in order to find the light that could save the world. At the same time Athra faces betrayal of the worst kind and has to make impossible decisions.

Unseen is a fast-moving page-turner full of adventure and no small amount of suspense. As this story is written from multiple points of view, the reader is aware of what the good as well as the bad guys are doing at any given time. This makes for some truly nail-biting moments throughout the book. The forbidden love between Kyla and Jethro adds a bittersweet poignancy to the tale. As Athra, Kyla's husband to be, is a good man, one feels sorry that he may be the one who could get hurt in the end.

If these brilliantly crafted characters crept into my heart in the first book of the series, this one fixed them there. I could feel with Kyla and Jethro as they struggled against a love that shouldn't be and I sympathized with Athra who has to deal with betrayal and make decisions which could endanger the city of Taramon. I loved that the heroes in this book are just people who can feel fear and know that they are not invincible.

There is a wealth of wisdom written into the pages of Unseen, one of which is this:
There is a mystery within the unseen. You do not know what your future holds. All you have to do is trust that the best waits for you. The desires of your heart will one day come true.

For a book full of non-stop adventure, suspense, a touch of romance and quite a bit of depth, I highly recommend Unseen by the brilliantly gifted Melissa Pearl and happily give it a well-deserved five stars.


Unseen by Melissa Pearl has 9 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November, 2011. Since then she has produced three more books with her fifth novel, Betwixt, released in November 2012.


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