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Facing the Sun

(Sun-Blessed Trilogy #1)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The glow itself seemed to be alive, breathing, spreading under the baby’s skin.

One question filled my mind: Who is this child?

Tavi Malin is born facing the sun, filled with greater magic than any other sun-blessed child. At age fourteen, her magic awakens, but her uncontrolled power nearly destroys her school,
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by Eliana Press
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
This story touches on a very unique premise of magic and how a person is gifted with it. I also like how there is a restraint of magic if used in a negative way.

The story was interesting and held my attention almost throughout the whole book...yes, there were a few times that I was able to put the book down, but I was ready to pick it back up again after some time had passed.

This is told in the POV of a handful of characters and even though each chapter isn't labeled with whose POV it covers, it
Kerry Ognenoff
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Carol Beth Anderson for the ARC of Facing the Sun!

Facing the Sun is both a coming of age story and a great scene-setter for what I know will be a fabulous showdown between Tavi/the Sun-blessed and practitioners of gray magic in future books.

Such a vivid and beautiful world is established in this first book, that I felt often like I was running through the woods with Tavi and her friends.

I particularly enjoyed that while romantic relationships were a small part of the story, it was
Christie Powell
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Exviting tale.

Exciting tale. I loved the magic system and how it worked, and especially how it and the world are based on femininity. It's a nice change, and without being overdone. Tavi is a realistic character. I feel like I know her. And the villians are nuanced, clearly wrong and bad yet also understandable.
Erin Mendoza
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Carol Beth Anderson for an advanced copy of this book.
I really enjoyed this fantasy novel. A lot of friendship. A little romance. All tied together with magic and adventure.
I loved the message of "I am enough". We all need to tell ourselves that more often.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an extremely fortunate ARC Reader, I am leaving my honest review:

Carol Beth Anderson has created a wonderful world with all the right Young Adult feels, but with a new spin.; no wands or magic incantations. I found myself, not only rooting for the main character, Tavi, but also rooting for a whole slew of supporting cast members. Her storytelling will keep you entertained with just the right amount of surprise. I can't wait to read "Facing the Gray" to see what happens next.
Sarah Green-Hart
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Facing the Sun is a book worth reading with beautiful characters built on a satisfying, warm, and interesting premise.
Dawn Hosmer
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Facing the Sun is a wonderful debut novel by Carol Beth Anderson. I was drawn in on the first page and couldn't read it fast enough. Anderson has done a fabulous job of world-building and character development. This is a beautiful coming of age story but there is a bit of everything in the book -- magic, loveable characters, conflict, tension, romance and a fantastic build-up of the battle to come. I can't wait to find out what happens with Tavi and her friends in the upcoming novels. I loved th ...more
Caroline Noe
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That this is the first novel from Carol Beth Anderson makes its accomplishment all the more extraordinary. Facing the Sun is a wonderful story, full of poignancy and lovely characterisation. The setting reminds me of a magical Amish settlement with its emphasis on community. Add to that the touch of politics and fanaticism and you have a potent mix and a great page turner. Whilst its central protagonist is a teenager, this book would appeal to all ages. A tremendous read and unreserved recommend ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me from the prologue. Granted, I didn't know a single thing about it, a friend just asked if I was interested in an ARC. I've read plenty of ARCs that aren't really deserving of my time for a review, but this one very much is.

This is a coming of age story more powerful and beautifully written than many I've come across. The intertwining of magic, midwifery, and love behind the protagonist's journey is one that kept my heart smiling throughout the journey, and I continued to b
Elizabeth Cook
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin? This will be my first review of a book ever because I tend to just read books and then move on to the next book. However, this book definitely deserves a review. I was given the opportunity to read an ARC of this book and I absolutely loved this book! It met all of my desires for a great story: character growth, romance, adventure, suspense, humor, and more! I found myself constantly smiling, giggling, or holding my breath throughout this book! It was such a great journey and wha ...more
Jessica Traver cashen
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Awesome read, well written with a great plot and characters. Engrossed from start to finish. This book is about growing up, family struggles, friendship and a bit of romance. Fantastic world building. I loved the main character Tavi she is a sunblessed. Tullen was another favorite of mine. But all the supporting characters were great too. There will be a battle to come between Tavi and her friends and the people with gray magic. I can't wait to read the next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an eager reader of young adult fiction and fantasy novels (think Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, etc.), I was really impressed with the world that Anderson created and with the characters that we have the pleasure to get to know. The story is set in a somewhat familiar world with some magical twists. The characters are charming, and their experiences, while touched by magic, still provide lessons on friendship and life. The plot is gripping - filled with ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I listened to the audio version.

The author narrates herself. She sounded a bit creaky every now and then, and I’d like more distinction between the different voices, but all in all, it was okay.

The story: it starts with a birth. The description was a bit too long. I could do with a little less detail. But it was important to show the importance of the Sun-Blessed birth. But it goes for the whole story: there was just too much detail, making things too drawn-out. Making the story - sorry if it
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite thing about Facing the Sun is the unique concept. That's what really kept me engaged. It is set in some other reality. It is a story of coming of age for a young girl. It is a magical story as many of the characters possess a natural ability kind of magic that you are born with, but doesn't manifest until puberty (like puberty isn't hard enough?!) There is the drama of teenage relationships, action, danger, and yes, a sweet romance. There is enough humor to make you smile without thi ...more
Ashley McCartney
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
As an advanced reader, I am giving an honest review of this new and upcoming book.

I can honestly say, I will be waiting for book two. The author used great detail, building up not only the society’s within the series, but the characters. The story has one main character, Tavi. However, the author developed the other characters so much, you fall in love with all of them.

The world settings are true to form and relaxed, letting the amazing gifts each character has be the focal point. The characters
Sara Lawson
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I'm so torn about this book. On one hand, the concepts were amazing and new, but on the other hand, they were terrifying. Let me explain.

Some children are born with magic. The magic of most is limited to a specific form, speech or hearing or touch are a few types. Very rarely, a child is born facing the sun, which means they have greater magic in multiple forms. Tavi is one of these rare, special, magical children. Some seek to use her, but she avoids them as she learns how to use her gifts. The
Katherine Tweedle
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Facing the Sun is the first in a young adult fantasy trilogy following a community whose members are "sun-blessed." If an infant is born facing the sun and receives the blessing from a Karian midwife, they receive power that manifests in a specific area of their body. A touch-blessed person could create amazing works of art; a speech-blessed person might easily persuade others; a stride-blessed person may be able to run extremely fast.

At the time the novel opens, Tavi is born and receives a ble
Trey Stone
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t quite remember how this book even got on my TBR list (which tends to happen more often than not), but I’d jotted it down and had it ready on my kindle for my trip last week. Which means, I didn’t quite know what I was getting into. And I’m kind of very glad that I didn’t.

This is by far the most unique and original fantasy I’ve read in ages. It was absolutely terrific. It’s a story about Tavi, a sun-blessed girl (meaning she has magical powers) who is very special among her kind. It’s not
Jacob Klop
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Facing the Sun, the first book in the Sun Blessed trilogy, tells the story of Tavi, a teen who has been gifted with magical talent far beyond the average person, and also builds up the opposing characters, who are led by a man named Konnor, who discovers a way to alter sun blessed powers so they can be used for nefarious purposes.

The world building in this novel is absolutely amazing. Blessed people are born with powers that activate upon hitting puberty. If a person were born with glowing feet
It's Jess
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a big reader of fantasy – adventure books. Within that genre, I’m not as big a fan of young adult books. A few of them are great, but many more are repetitive and sometimes a little too sensual for younger readers. (and even some older readers like myself) I’m happy to say that Carol Beth Anderson’s novel, Facing The Sun, avoids all of those traps. This is book one in the Sun Blessed Trilogy and I’m already looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

There are so many young adult fant
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I love this book. Be warned, you will want to have the second book ready before you get to the end. :-D The story arc isn't necessarily new to the genre but it is also different in many ways. My favorite I think is that the extremely minimal & I think from her perspective that there's a love triangle with our main girl and her bestie turned boyfriend that she then.. Hahaha, lol, no more spoilers!

In case you can't tell, I adore Tavi & Tullen❣ What some reviewers & those consideri
Christine Shrum
Trigger Warnings:
* Domestic Abuse
* Murder
* Self Harm

The main Character Tavi is all blessed which means she has magical abilities once she reaches a teenager or adulthood. When babies are born facing the Sun they are blessed by someone who is blessed. If you are Blessed it means you have magical abilities. Your only supposed to use your abilities for good but if you use them for bad then you become gray blessed.

"According to tradition, Kari had given birth to a son, over a millennium ago. It ha
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
•audiobook• 4.25 Stars

I’m so glad I waited for the trilogy to start listening to this!

It’s a magnificent masterpiece with unique world building, growing characters and deep cause and effects.
It’s meaningful, deep, and lingers long after you leave the world.
Relationships are forged, fringed, and rekindled.
The romance is sweet and you watch it truly grow from acquaintance, friendship, to more. No insta-love/lust. No love triangles.
The magic, the training, the explanations were enthralling
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Facing the Sun is a beautifully written YA fantasy that opens with a touching birthing scene. I love the way childbirth and magic are linked. It feels like it’s the perfect fantasy for girls ages 13-16, but I think it could be enjoyable for any fantasy lover of all ages. The novel depicts the uncertainties and fears many young girls have as their body changes in a way that is frank yet delicate and appropriate at the same time. The characters are sweet and fun and feel like natural teenagers eve ...more
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
*I received a digital ARC copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Wow! I'd read part of this series as part of the beta team, but it's still so exciting to see it finally edited and almost ready for the world! This book is a High Fantasy and in being so does have some slow spots, but overall the world-building and characters are so interesting that it keeps readers interested.

That said, that's got to be my favorite part! The world is much like ours in some ways, perhaps
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Full disclosure: YA and fantasy are not really my thing. YA Fantasy is DEFINITELY not my thing. Also, this book was written by a friend but I'm still going to give honest feedback.

Despite what I said above about this book being in the fantasy genre, it's really a coming-of-age story. Just instead of a girl impatient to grow up and kiss boys and excel academically, this girl has been born into the promise of magic. This magic affects all of her relationships, for better or worse, and greatly
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't Wait to Listen Every NIght! (Review for the trilogy.)
I received a free copy of this audiobook trilogy in exchange for an honest review. I was a little hesitant at first because authors don't always make the best narrators. But, I'm so glad I got it! The author does a really good job narrating the different voices and emotions. It was a pleasure to listen to. The story itself was entertaining, well-written, and full of wonderfully developed characters. I also like that Tavi is a flawed c
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such an amazing book.

*I got copy and now I am leaving honest review. *

So people just go and pre-order this book it is so creative and orginal with all terms and cute names. Such different world for discover. So much cute names and stories.
I loved those quotes on the begining of each chapter they are so perfect.

This part is for Tullen and Tavi. They are so cute togheter couple goals truly if you ask me.
I need to ask everyone here which ship would be better Tallen or Tuvi?
I love these to
Anthony Kohler
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Facing the Sun is an intriguing introduction to a series. Certain people are born gifted with magic in one specific area of their bodies, although precisely how that magic will manifest isn’t known until their gift awakens somewhere around puberty. Some people are gifted in two areas.

Then there’s Tavi, who is gifted throughout her body. When a nefarious character discovers how to turn magic to his personal ends without limit, the one thing he’s found is that he has to begin with someone who is
N.W. Moors
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tavi is Sun-Blessed, a rare type of magic that usually permeates one part of a person's body and gives them special powers there. However, Tavi has been gifted with magic throughout her body. She attends school to learn how to harness this power. She also has the help of her friends, especially Tullen, a young man from the Meadow. Meanwhile, others are seeking to subvert the sun-blessed magic for power.
This is an interesting concept that a midwife breathes a blessing into a newborn, gifting her/
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