Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Untold by Sarah Rees Breenan [Review]

Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2) 4 out of 5 Robots!

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: September 24, 2013
Hardcover: 356 Pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Free from bonds, but not each other

It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?
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Shannon's Thoughts:
I'm a bit out of sorts on what to say about this follow up to Unspoken.  I'll start with the good and say if you liked Unspoken, you will like Untold.  It is a solid follow up.  There is some resolution between the characters...which is good given that the ending of Unspoken blew a hole wide open between some relationships.  We learn more about the Lynburns even as the mystery of the town deepens.  We see sides being drawn, stakes being risen, friendships deepening, relationships weakening.  There is a lot going on and the the last half of the book is pretty exciting.

Brennan tries very hard not to fall into the stereotypical trappings of paranormal romance and wants her characters (particularly her female characters) to stand on their own.  She mostly succeeds, but sometimes I really felt the effort being put into it.  But I do applaud her for creating great female relationships and for handling some sensitive situations with grace and realism (particularly where Angie and Holly are concerned).

But for all the good parts of this book (and series), I did not enjoy as much I thought I should.  It took me a long time to figure out what was putting me off and I think the main problem I have is the book felt tonally the same whether it was an action scene, a love scene, a funny scene, a scary scene.  For me, it was missing a bit of an emotional punch.  Kami is a bit hard for me to wrap my head around.  I don't feel especially connected to her and I find her a bit manic.  She is better in this book than the first at least, but I still found myself unable to really understand her motivations or feels.

Again, I think my feelings towards this series are completely subjective here.  I didn't dislike this book by any means, but I didn't feel invested in it either. I ended up giving it 4 stars because I think it IS a good book even if it didn't click with me. I think it was a strong sequel to the first and that if you like the first, you will be satisfied and you can ignore my criticisms.  :)

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Unspoken
2. Untold

1 comment :

  1. I'm confused...I thought I submitted it but then it seemed to have disappeared into the ether. So basically if I'm not double posting here now, I agree with you. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book (In fact I'd say that I loved it, really), but it didn't grasp me the way the first book did. But honestly that'd be hard to do because the first book came out of NOWHERE for me, so I think some of it was lost in this book because I was expecting to be amazed. And I just wasn't quite as forceful as before.



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