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Book Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan is going to kill me – Untold did me in. It left me simultaneously loving the Lynburn Legacy even more and cursing Brennan (THAT ENDING!!!).

Book Review: Book Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Title & Author: Untold (The Lynburn Legacy Book 2) by Sarah Rees Brennan

Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy, Magic

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Series: The Lynburn Legacy #2

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

How I Got the Book: Finished copy from Publisher

Description:

“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?’”

These Lynburns, I Dunno….

WARNING, WARNING!! This review contains spoilers for Unspoken!!! You’ve officially been warned!!!

Listen, Sarah Rees Brennan knows what she’s doing with this series. I wish I was privy to this information…but, alas, the life of a reader.

Untold was a stellar sequel. It picked up right where Unspoken left off.

Rob left Sorry-in-the-Vale to amass town sorcerers who will fight on his side against the town and against Lillian (Ash’s mom). Rose (Jared’s mom) left with Rob, which means Jared is left to his own devices at the Lynburn house.

OMG, Jared!!! Jared, Jared, Jared. JARED!! That pretty much sums up my feelings about THAT character. Endlessly troublesome, hopelessly unable to express himself. He and Kami have their work cut out for them.

Not that any decisions have been, like, super defined.

But, I must say – although there is a love triangle, it isn’t the main focus of Untold. So much happens in the sequel. I mean, love and feelings certainly take a front seat, but more pressing issues crowd in and demand attention.

Getting Heavy

There’s so much more going on in Untold than I imagined. Yes, things with the town were going to go crazy, but I had no idea the rest of the plot would get so heavy. But, it’s not what you think. The “heaviness” is just more authenticity.

For example, relationships (all sorts) get more deep. Bigger issues are brought up and more feelings are coped with. I loved that Brennan took the story there. It made Untold a truly gripping fantasy.

Balancing out all the details and evil mischief of the story is Kami. Kami and her quick wit, quirky sense of humor and hilarious newspaper antics. She’s a shining star among YA heroines. Totes mah fave.

Another added bonus was more quality time with Rusty, Angela’s brother. I love him and suspect he’s going to have a bigger role in book #3.

OVERALL:

I was thrilled to death with this sequel. It had all the same fun, intrigue and romance as Unspoken but with an added layer of complexity and depth. Untold is another fantastic book in the Lynburn Legacy, and I cannot wait to get my greedy hands on the final book (Unmade) due out in 2014.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
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