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Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Untold

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan is the second book in the Lynburn Legacy trilogy. While I did not finish this book completely, I had less than fifty pages left before I stopped reading, so this is a review on what I read.

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?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

This book didn’t hold my interest very well. I’m definitely the type of person who likes a lot of action and twists and suspense in my books. The ones that are slow-moving or more character-driven aren’t as engaging to me. I think that was part of my problem with Untold. The whole book seemed to be building up to the fight between Rob and Lillian Lynburn, which doesn’t even occur until page 305. Before that, the gist of the book is about the drama between Kami and her friends, with a few training scenes thrown in here and there. So little happened in the first 300 pages that by the time I got to the fight scene, I didn’t really care about the outcome anymore.

I also found a few errors in this book. The largest error I spotted in this book happened on page 328. Ten had just been kidnapped by Lillian. Kami’s father was holding Tomo in his arms while talking to Kami when the following sentence occurred: “He unloosed an arm from around Ten and drew Kami in to him, to them both, so Ten’s hot cheek was pressed against Kami’s forehead.” But Ten isn’t even in this scene, seeing as how he was just kidnapped by Lillian.  So shouldn’t it say Tomo, not Ten? Because of this error, I had to stop and reread the paragraph a few times, which jolted me out of the story.

There was also a scene in Chapter 17, where Kami confronts Amber in the school bathroom, that was confusing. In this scene, Amber uses her magic to turn on all the sink faucets, as well as to shatter the skylight above Kami’s head. The first thing that struck me as odd was the fact that the skylight was directly above the bathroom door. Every skylight I’ve ever seen was near the middle of the room. Also, I’ve never seen a skylight in a bathroom before, but that might just be me. The thing that bugged me the most, though, was the sentence that says the broken glass from the skylight was floating in the water on the floor from the overflowing sinks. But glass isn’t buoyant in water…

One thing I really liked in this book was how Kami handled the news that Angela is attracted to girls. She doesn’t treat her differently, is very supportive, and doesn’t seem too upset that Angela hid this from her for so long. This is how someone should act when their friend comes out to them! Kami isn’t hesitant about hanging out with Angela and doesn’t act awkwardly around her either. She just takes it in stride and continues being the friend she has always been to Angela.

While Kami is very supportive of Angela, her behavior toward Jared is kind of controlling, in my opinion. For example, on page 165, the following exchange between Kami and Jared takes place:

“Jared,” she said. “Listen to me very carefully. You are not to attack Monkshood on your own.”

“Why not?” Jared demanded.

“Because there are too many of them,” Kami said. “And you would die.”

But on page 200 she tells Jared this: “You can’t ask me not to do dangerous stuff.” So Kami can do whatever she wants, no matter how risky, but when Jared tries to do something risky and Kami forbids him to do it? That seems pretty hypocritical of her.

While I didn’t end up enjoying the plot of this Untold much, I do have to say that the dialogue and writing in it was pretty hilarious and witty! There were so many lines that had me smiling at my book. I even wanted to share some of these quotes with the people around me, but I never did since they wouldn’t have understood why they were so funny without reading the book for themselves! I did, however, put a few in the “Quotes I Liked” section below if you’re curious!

Since I didn’t finish Untold, I’m not going to give it a star rating. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to readers like me, who need a lot of action in their books. I do think that people who can tolerate character-driven books and slow buildups would enjoy this trilogy a lot more than I did.

 

Quotes I Liked:

“You’re not going in?” Dad asked.

Kami hesitated, because “I’m skipping school” was never a good thing to say to parents. Though this was an unusual situation and it was possible Dad would write her a note saying “Excused due to sorcerers.” – Pg. 116

“And I know people think Angela is pretty now, but none of those people ever saw her as a baby. She was god-awfully hideous. I swear she looked like a bad-tempered mutant tomato, and she was making a sound like a cat being fed into a printer.” – Pg. 207

It was embarrassing and a bit sad to reflect upon how little actual allure Kami had when it came to guys. That Kami Glass, people must say as she went by. About as sexy as a teapot. – Pg. 211

She was always changing, not like other girls, who looked like pictures. She was more like a river, all constant motion. – Pg. 346

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