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But For The Mountains

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Arden Thatcher wasn’t meant to be chosen.

But when her name is announced, she’s presented with something she never thought she’d have: a future away from her abuser. Shuttled off to attend the prestigious National Women’s Institute, Arden will receive Nordania’s highest honor, studying with other elite candidates to become leaders, diplomats, and ambassadors on the world st
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Published June 3rd 2020 by REUTS Publications
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ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. this in no way affects my rating/review.

Trigger Warnings: MAJOR RAPE TRIGGERS. DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU. Also triggers for physical abuse, profanity and bullying.

3 irritated stars.

Hmph. This was….. pretty much a darker version of The Selection, and I didn’t really love it. Maybe it’s because I’m kind of tired of love triangles? Maybe it’s because I feel an urge to cry every time I read about an MC who’s so incredibly speci
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you Favourite Pages Book Club for giving me this opportunity to be the host of this blog tour.

But for the mountains reminded of The Selection series but darker. Every year National Women’s Institute of Nordania selects a few girls so they'll assign to the high positions and help the country. Parents or Benefactors train their girls and nominate them. The girls who are not selected are just unchosen they don't have any future.

Arden was never trained for it, she is just a girl who works in h
Finitha Jose
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fans of 'Selection' may find this story somewhat similar, but I can't be the judge of that since I never got to read the series. I might after this, as it looks like I am inclined to like this particular trope. It is not everyday one can find such a strong heroine who fights back even with all the mental and physical abuse she has undergone. Books like these are a necessity.
Arden Thatcher doesn't have much to look forward to in her life. Her hopes of being selected to the Institute have been de
Ali Kiki
First, let's take a moment and look at this beautiful cover. I absoutely love it. I think the white, silver, and gold look is stunning. I love how it has that sketch feel to it. Erin Riha, you were blessed with an amazing cover. I guess now we will jump into the thing you came here for. Adren Thatcher was chosen to become part of the prestigious Nation Women's Institute where one trains to become a proper young lady who will make a difference in the world by marrying someone of that is going to ...more
P α t r i c i α
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, arc
Well, I can say that I have a conflict of interest here... (Trigger Warning: physical abuse and rape).

I really liked how Arden was able to overcoming her trauma after been abused and how she evolve from been absent when her abuser was near her to confront him. I also loved Beck, (maybe my favorite character), he is a pirate —well, a "swift merchant with a sexy boat"—, a drunk and hilarious character with a lot of sarcasm... A character like him makes everything better.

On the other hand, altough
gwendalyn _books_
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
But For The Mountains
By Erin Riha

A fantastical dystopian world of beauty, and power.

A bleak and never ending nightmarish existence, Arden Thatcher is subjective to repetitive abuse by her benefactor's son, CJ. Her grim outlook on life is a desolate hellish existence.

When an unforeseen opportunity rises and her name is announced, due to her abuser nominating her for the National Institute For Women Academy. Where girls after graduation become leaders, diplomats, and ambassadors on the world stag
Heather Penner
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This is a story of inner strength and resilience, with well-paced action and a delicious side helping of romance and glamour. As the story progressed I was thoroughly engrossed and although the ending was satisfying for the moment, I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel.

A word of caution for prospective readers that the story is about a young woman escaping a very abusive situation, and the early chapters are tough and may not be right for everyone.
Karin Biggs
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A darker take on the Selection, But for the Mountains touches on the importance of love and friendship on the path to overcoming trauma. Erin Riha delivers a gripping and engaging voice that is sure to resonate with readers.
Andrea Cerda
Jul 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaways
Thanks to YAC Book Central for the opportunity of wining But for the Muntains by Erin Riha.
I'm really exited to get in this amazing book and get lost in its adventures.

I'll provide an honest review upon reading.
Jess O'Donnell
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down. Loved getting lost in Arden’s world.
Nazaret Quintana (bumbleebeela)
This book is for all women. Those who conquered their mountains and those who still walk to do so.
Review coming soon.

Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So impressed I know someone who knows someone who wrote a book! :-) Can't wait for the sequel. ...more
Ken Bagnis
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful inside and out. Erin is a fantastic writer. I highly recommend this book!
John Clark
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent first book. Arden was accepted by a benefactor after her mother could no longer afford to care for her. In a society where promising young women are groomed by such men to compete for limited places at the National Institute For Women, an academy where graduates are likely to enter society and make an impact, being at the beginning step should be thrilling. When another girl is given preference, Arden tries to accept the disappointment, but instead, has to face the recurring horror ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I powered through this book in two days, stopping only for the basics (food, water, putting eyes on my children, etc.). I loved falling whole-heartedly into Arden's story and the world of Nordania. Riha has crafted a gripping tale of resilience against a backdrop of glamor-veiled darkness that reveals itself bit by bit throughout the book. Arden's journey is ultimately one of finding and being herself, although the circumstances and the characters--some well-meaning and others not so much--const ...more
Marylyn Donaldson
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story, enjoyed it immensely. Thanks Erin for an enjoyable read.
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