September 24, 2013 Uncategorized 0


Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: Sept. 24, 2013
Pages: 356

Series: The Lynburn Legacy, book two
Source: ARC from conference

About the Book: 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?’

My Thoughts: Sarah Rees Brennan is so sassy! I told myself when Unspoken was coming out that I should really wait until all three books were released to read it. I’ve read her other books. I know how she feeds on the tears and screams of her readers. Still, I couldn’t stay away. I just love her writing too much! And goodness, did I love Unspoken. But the ending! I needed to know what happened next ASAP. So, when I got my hands on a copy of Untold I knew I just couldn’t wait to devour it. Will I never learn?!?!? It was everything I hoped it would be. And then it ended. And I so wasn’t ready. Like, I’m pretty sure there should have been at least a hundred more pages. Oh SRB, how could you do me like that?!?! And self, WHY WERE YOU EXPECTING ANYTHING LESS?!?! To be clear, I loved it. It just nearly killed me. Also, I need book three yesterday.

Basically everything I said in my review of Unspoken remains true of Untold. I love the characters, the dialogue, the way the humor meshes with the darker elements of the story, and Sarah’s writing. She is just fantastic. In Untold things get even more complicated and Kami’s world is totally shaken up. I loved getting to know her even more and seeing her view on the world in the articles she writes for her paper. I also loved the way we get glimpses into what the other characters are thinking and feeling. It gives them more depth and totally ups my investment in the story. 

And what a story it was. I couldn’t put it down. I felt like I was on a roller coaster! I’d be laughing one minute and blinking back tears the next. My heart went out to all the different characters and the situations they were in. Sure, there were times I wanted to shake them. They are teens. I wish I could go back and shake me as a teen! But above all, I never wanted to leave Sorry-in-the-Vale.

I am a huge fan of the world Sarah Rees Brennan has created in these books. I cannot wait to visit Kami, Jared, Angela, and the rest of the Sorry-in-the-Vale crew again. Well, from a safe distance anyway. I tend to avoid sorcerers in my day to day life. 

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