Book ReviewUntold

Reviewer's Rating: 
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
Random House, 2013.

BOOK TWO: THE LYNBURN LEGACY SERIES. In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. Now no one in the town is safe, and everyone has to choose sides. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become "owned" by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? Or will it continue in a more modern vein, with the presence of the sorcerers playing a quieter - and much less violent - role. If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but follow her and go along with her unusual schemes and battle tactics. 

Untold is my first truly Gothic horror/romance/suspense book and I have to say, it didn't disappoint.  This is an intense ride from the get go and I was an eager reader for wherever the adventure took me on the next page.  Having said that, I was under the impression that this 'sequel' to the first book, Unspoken, was going to tie it all together and be done.  You can imagine my personal restraint when the book finished with a nail biting OH NO! WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!! how dearly I wanted to chuck that book across the room for a satisfying smash against the wall.  I could not fathom the patience required to wait another year to find out what happens to poor Jared stuck in a wall where no one will find him - they certainly hadn't found the dead skeleton of a seventeen year old stuck right next to him all dusty from the 1950's...Arrrgh!

From the author's point of view, this frustration is a gold mine.  It means I was a fully engaged reader who bought her story hook, line and sinker.  I loved the romance fraught with misunderstanding and though I didn't agree with Kami's choice to bond with Ash (why didn't Kami bond with the obvious guy- Jared?  But then at the end of the book when Jared is left stuck in the wall - no one can find him, not even Kami because she didn't choose him!)   DUN DUN DUUUUNNN!

This Young Adult book is not for the faint of heart - or my twelve year old daughter.   This is a teen level read due to the Gothic elements that are easy for an adult reader to overlook for the sake of a good tale otherwise.  In this setting, and with this plot line the garish parts have their place but it makes this a high level maturity read.

One of my gripes from the first book in this series was the overly done sarcastic remarks in the dialogue between characters.  I'm happy to say Sarah toned those down a bit for this second book - with the increase in action, she had no choice and it plays smoother and keeps thing zippy for us.

Overall, this book is a nail-biter, forget-the-dishes-in-the-sink till later read but only if you promise not to self-combust with the extreme cliff hanger at the end.  You've been warned.

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