Friday, May 16, 2014

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan: Review

Untold
By: Sarah Rees Brennan
Reviewed by: Kylie Comfoltey

Kami Glass and the beautiful Lynburn boys are back with a vengeance in this second installment of the Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan. 

Having read and loved Unspoken last year, I had high expectations for book two. I love a book that makes me laugh out loud. I love a book with a strong, tangible atmosphere. And I love a book that makes me angry because I'm just so invested in the characters' lives I simply can't help but pine for happy endings.

As hoped, Untold met all of my expectations and more. I laughed out loud FAR too many times as is acceptable in a public setting. I became even more of an anglophile than I already was. And I was mad as all get-out at the cliffhanger ending. Because, the feels. Brennan is all about the feels.

Untold was quite a bit darker than Unspoken. Still plenty of humor, clever quips, and witty banter thrown about, but the plot and characters were more Half-Blood Prince than Sorcerer's Stone. More evil sorcerers, sinister acts, and an epic battle between good and evil take this story to a whole new level. Brennan boosts the magic, mystery, and Gothic atmosphere, and the once-sleepy town of Sorry-in-the-Vale turns darker and creepier by the page.

My one gripe is that there was more teen romance drama in Untold than was needed. I am looking forward to the growth the characters will experience in book three. Kami is such a fun heroine. I'd love to see more focus on her quirks and strengths than her angst. I wouldn't mind more focus on Rusty, either. Wink wink.

Absolutely nobody twists humor into Gothic romance like Brennan and I can't recommend this series enough. Be forewarned: Brennan is the cliffhanger queen. She'll leave you angst-ridden and full of curses. More magic and mystery await us this September, however, so get to pre-ordering Unmade and stock up on good chocolate. Only chocolate can carry us through this stretch.

    

Sexuality: Fairly mild.

Drugs/Alcohol: Mild.
Profanity: Mild.
Violence: Some violence for sure, but no gory descriptions.

2 comments:

  1. "Untold" has been sitting on my "to read" pile since it came out last fall and at this point I really need to read "Unspoken" again to refresh my memory. I remember wanting to make out with it and punch it in the face at the same time after finishing it.
    I'm kind of bummed they went with a different cover style! I loved the whimsy on the first one.

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  2. I loved the original cover style of the Unspoken! You should definitely reread Unspoken, but mostly because it's a great read. Untold did not disappoint!

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