Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
Release Date: 09/11/2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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In a desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves, a teen girl must defy the gods to save her tribe in this mystical, atmospheric tale from the author of Drink, Slay, Love.
Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.
Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.
The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate—or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.
Through this books, I was curious, giddy, sad, heartfelt, hanging on for dear life, and many other feels. MIND-BLOWN...
Liyana is a vessel who has prepared for her goddess her entire life. Kinda sad when the goddess doesn't come then she was basically abandoned by her tribe. Shed some tears, there there. Korbyn, a trickster god in his vessel, finds Liyana and tells her that all the gods are imprisoned somewhere else. Not everyone is willing to trust Korbyn's words (trickster god over here!)
This books has everything. The adventure, the romance. Dude, just my kind of book :) Liyana and Korbyn set off to find the five other gods. And they kind of like each other but Liyana doesn't know what to do because Korbyn is Bayla's (her goddess) lover. You may now ooh and aahh. SO.. DRAMA-RAMA.
THEN.. Through half of the book, my friend picked it up and read the end. AND.. *mad* SHE ACCIDENTLY TOLD ME THE ENDING.. WHICH RUINED MY ENTIRE EXPERIENCE OF READING THIS BOOK. *sigh* But thankfully! She didn't say the whole ending. What she said was true, but.. it got better because something good also happened at the end :) *saved lol*
One thing that bothered me was how Emperor Jilath and Liyana fell in love so quickly. Dude, like insta-love, man. It was the second time Liyana met him because she wanted to discuss something about the war with him. Then the emperor was suddenly like, "Become my wife." I was reading and like, "Wait.. back up." Read the section like 15 times and was like, "WTF just happened." I was like that for 5 minutes. Seriously, WTF?
Other than that, I have no problems with this book. I still love Korbyn! Sexy trickster god lol :) Definitely pick this up! I've never read something about vessels and this is a really refreshing story!
P. S. Is there going to be a book 2? Wish there will be!