Anna Bright is an indie bookseller by day and an author by night who still gets in trouble for reading when she’s supposed to be doing other things. When not hiding out among books, she loves concerts, roller coasters, and adventures at home and abroad. Anna lives with her husband and cat in a charming cobblestoned neighborhood in Washington, DC.
A lush, sweepingly romantic YA debut perfect for fans of The Selection or Caraval
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.
Lush landscapes, dazzling romance, and captivating intrigue mark the first leg of this stunning alternate historical duology with richly drawn characters and unexpected twists at every port.
THE SELECTION SETS SAIL: The addictive “Who will she choose?” chemistry of The Selection takes to the seas in The Beholder.
FRESH SPIN ON FAIRY-TALE CLASSICS: The Beholder borrows threads from classic fairy tales like “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Snow White” to weave a brand-new story bursting with evil stepmothers, scheming courtiers, and handsome princes. Readers are sure to flock to Bright’s innovative and genre-bending mix of Bachelorette-esque atmosphere and classic fairy-tale charm.
LUSHEST OF WORLDS: Historical twists and gorgeous scenery make this alternate-history world worth living in. Selah’s quest for suitors takes her to sumptuously imagined versions of England and Norway, with the darkly mysterious German territory of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne next on the horizon. Readers will be both torn between love interests and dying to see the next stop on Selah’s grand tour.
A TREASURE TROVE OF ROMANCE: The folio of suitors Selah must choose from contains a favorite for every reader. From the secretive British Prince to the heroic Asgardian warrior, the romantic possibilities are endless—and the magnetism between Selah and the ship’s young and dashing Captain Lang adds an undercurrent of forbidden attraction throughout.
On Sale Date: June 4, 2019 – HarperTeen