Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan: Review

Posted May 16, 2014 by Kylie in book review / 2 Comments

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan: ReviewUntold by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #2
Published by Random House Children's Books on August 26, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 370
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic romance and girl detective genres, the Lynburn Legacy books will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.   It's time to choose sides. . . .   On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy little 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 by killing human sacrifices for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so the town can return to the old ways.   But Rob and his followers aren't the only sorcerers around. The town must make a decision: 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 whomever she chooses. But who should that be?   As coauthor with Cassandra Clare of the bestselling Bane Chronicles, Sarah Rees Brennan has mastered the art of the page-turner. "A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart." --Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author "A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic." --Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author "Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel." --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author "Breathtaking--a compulsive, rocketing read."--Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author "Captures the reader with true magic."--Esther Friesner, author of Nobody's Princess "A laugh-out-loud delight." --Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.

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.



2 Responses to “Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan: Review”

  1. 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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