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But For The Mountains

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  42 reviews
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
Published June 2nd 2020 by REUTS Publications
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Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Trigger Warnings: rape and sexual assault/abuse, violence (relatively explicit), physical abuse, mentions of suicide and depression/self-harm, PTSD/panic attacks, alcoholism.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC!

I know. Everyone keeps comparing this book to The Selection. And I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to do it too.

However, this book is much better.

The premise of this book definitely screamed “The Selection, but make it edgy”. Twenty-six girls chosen to attend an elite, compe
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
Kathaleen Mallard
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
(B-) 83% : The Selection but darker.
ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. this Do NOT affects my rating.

Trigger Warning: Rape, Sexual Abuse, and Physical Abuse

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This book is almost identical to the selection. I liked the selection so I can't say that's it's bad, but I genuinely don't know how they didn't get copyrighted for this book.

This book we follow Arden, who is one of the lucky girls "Selected" (See what I did there) to be apar
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
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I have received a digital copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you!

4 stars - a dark but gripping tale of resilience

This is the (hopefully) first part of Arden's story - a girl who is born poor but given by her parents to a "benefactor": a rich man who takes in girls to sponsor and send them as candidates to the so-called "National Women’s Institute" every year. There they are to perfect their education and then to move into prestigious positions where th
Anna Joy
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ARC Provided by the Author / Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

For those who watched 'The Bachelor' and thought it was both performative and morally questionable, and for those who read 'The Selection' and thought it lacked the grit required for a dystopian reality, 'But for the Mountains' is the book for you.

Content note: Rape, Sexual Assault, and Physical Violence.
This is, at the heart of it, a story about being a survivor; about going through horrific ordeals, and learning to not onl
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Better than expected

This book was darker than i expected but it definitely made the story better.

It reminded me a bit of “the selection” to be completely honest (disclaimer: I didn’t like the selection ) BUT I definitely liked this book. The storyline is not the same, it was just the concept of multiple girls “fighting” over a guy that made me think of it. This book was BETTER tho (and it contains diversity *FINALLY*)
I absolutely adore Arden. This girl went through so much and I would just lov
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of this book.

So.... this book was kind of The Selection meets Handmaid’s Tale? Someone tell me I’m wrong?

I will admit — with this book, I did something I never did. I read other reviews before starting. Shame on me. Doing this did leave me feeling both leery and weary. There is physical, mental, and sexual abuse within this book, and the latter starts on the very first page ( — it starts off with the main character being rap
Aamna Rehman
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Now finally getting into a review for this book: So a lot of people have been comparing it to The Selection series by Kiara Cass (which I'm not a huge fan of BTW), which is not wrong I guess, as the main setup of the book is quite similar. It's the same bachelor-esque trope where all these girls are competing for prince. I would like to say that it's definitely better than the selection in a lot of ways in my opinion but it also wasn't much better. 😅

When I saw this book on NetGalley, I was so in
emmy ♡
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed

thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review! all thoughts and opinions are my own.

first of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous, i love it. so many people compared this book to the selection, so i was super excited heading into it. the premise was exciting, and i definitely wasn't disappointed!

it starts off with the main character, arden, being raped and abused by a boy named cj who thought she'd never be able to escape. when she suddenly gets chosen by
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warning: Sexual and Physical Assault, Alcohol, Self Harm, Bullying

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me an ARC!

Arden lives a life where she was plucked from her family to be trained to possibly attend a prestigious school for women in the land of Nordania. Not only does she not get trained but she also suffers at the hands of an abuser. She unexpectedly ends up attending the school and has to deal with feelings of inadequacy but also keep her dark secret hidden. Things progress and she be
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
✨ I've received an e-copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

✨ This book is one of my favourite reads that I received for review via netgalley. It follows the story of Arden, a girl who wins admission to a prestigious Academy offering a future with prominent government positions. Going to the Academy provides Arden a chance to leave a tormentor and a less than luxurious life behind while hoping for a better future. After she meets the other girls selected, Arden has to realize that t
Apr 26, 2021 rated it liked it
There are parts of this book that I really enjoyed and others that really fell flat. In the end, it was a fairly middle of the road read for me.

As others have said, it's a dark version of The Selection. I'd call it a sort of Hunger Games/Selection combo with a snarky pirate who reminded me of Rhett Butler. I liked this book overall but something about it just didn't pull me into the story. Arden, Beck, and Declan were all pretty good characters who were well developed and I liked the way their
Marta Cox
Three and a half
Well I needed to think before I reviewed this and if I’m blunt some of it I really liked and huge chunks I absolutely hated. I have seen others compare this to The Selection and as I haven’t read that cannot make a categorical comparison but yes this book does feature a lot of young women angling to marry the Prince. I personally found it much more similar to The Handmaids Tale as the women in this world are subjugated beyond the extreme ! What time period is this ? They have ca
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
Merrit Townsend
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 18 and above
I loved this book! I know that reviews don't normally start like this but let me tell you....I LOVED THIS BOOK!

The story follows Arden who is an orphaned girl in a very male dominated society. You either belong to a rich and successful family or are married to a noble. The only other option remain safe is to be helped by a benefactor who takes you in and cares for you. This means that they take responsibility for you to get you ready for a lottery that will get you into the "Institute". If you a
I was provided with a Kindle copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, so thank you to them!

TW: rape, rape threat, sexual assault, rape drugs, threatened sexual assault.

This book is marketed as a darker version of the Selection, which it definitely is, with the two love interests, the girls competing for the prince (prime minister’s son), and the prince being infatuated with the MC (Arden Thatcher) from the beginning when they have no real connection, barely know each o
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(copied from my review on NetGalley. thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-book in exchange for an honest review)

Arden is a traumatized character who's learning her own strength. I love a strong female lead and Arden was everything I hoped for. She is a survivor whos story is simply inspirational. I especially loved the part where the phrase "But for the Mountains" gets defined. Without spoiling anything, "but for the mountains" is my new favorite motivational phrase and I want it o
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it
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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
Aishah Humaira'
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TW: Rape and sexual assault/abuse, violence, physical abuse, mentions of suicide and self-harm, PTSD/panic attacks

But for the Mountains is a literal nightmare, especially for girls. It was confusing at first, but after realising with a horror, even the first page of this book started with the main character, Arden, being sexually assaulted.

Arden Thatcher grew up being sexually abused by the people that gave her a place to live. When she was given a chance to escape and enroll into the National W
Beth Rosser
Apr 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I mostly enjoyed this book. It was a quick read.

I knew from the blurb that Arden got to escape her abuser, but I was not really prepared for the rape scene at the very beginning of the book. It's quite dark throughout and there are several scenes of sexual violence.

I liked how hard Arden worked, despite not having the education, to further her knowledge while she was at the institute.

I like the characters, including both love interests, although I have to admit that I'm Team Beck. Beck and Arde
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I get the Selection comparisons but it's not the same story to me. I love Arden and her journey so much. She's resilient and brave and strong. I also enjoyed Beck and Declan. I dont mind love triangle to begin with and I enjoyed this one. But I really enjoyed the role the triangle played in the story. I dont feel like the it took over and became the whole story, it was just an accessory in Arden's journey. I want more but I am satisfied with the story presented.

**Thanks to Netgalle
Heather Penner
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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.
Mar 29, 2021 rated it did not like it
Sadly this one just didnt mesh with me at all. The book starts out with a character being raped and it just didn't get better after that at all. This book was full of clueless people that just didn't want to know what was happening. And although that does feel like real life. I just couldn't get into it. Which was sad since this was sold to me from a friend saying its a dark Selection story. Which I would have totally loved. ...more
Kenzie Mills
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review
This was pretty good. It was very intense. Escaping from her abuser, Arden gets sent to an odd version of a finishing school but that would just end up with her in another form of a cage. The love triangle between Arden, Beck, and Declan was delicious and the subjects broached in the book were very intense and serious. I enjoyed the book very much overall.
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
I love the way the writer does dialogue in this book, it makes it feel more fun. I felt like the author was trying to display their full vocabulary in this book, like they needed to upstage somebody. I did love their use of description for inanimate objects though, it felt like I could be placed in the story for the amount of description they put in. I didn't like that the map was placed at the end of the book, I find it easier if the map is at the beginning so it's easier to reference.
Hannah Merseal
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my review.

I really enjoyed this book! This was like a darker version of The Selection series (but see cw: sexual assault, physical violence). I was pleased with the ending, but a little confused as to the setting (I was picturing some old-timey kingdom, but there was a jazz mention).
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