First of all I should say the author was incredibly kind to send me this book - more accurately, my cat won this book for me, but that's a long story involving scratches, and forcing pets to wear little wire-framed spectacles.
The fact I was sent this book by the author does not affect, in any way, my review.
What does affect it, is that I've been following Sarah Rees Brennan's writing since way back when and she has never, ever, disappointed me.
So now here we are, the ~dreaded~ 2nd book of a trilogy. In my possession (I may have called it "my precious once or twice...") before it's even out. Obviously I freaked out. Not in a "This is so great, I am so lucky! Yay!", but in a "Omg, what if I don't like it?!"
It's terrible when you love an author's work and then they write something and you hate it! What now?! What if I hate it?!
This brought me back to when my bff had a baby girl. I know you're supposed to say nice things the first time you see someone's baby, but the more I put it off, the more I stressed out over it: what if the baby was HIDEOUS? What if, when in the presence of that abomination unto the Lord all I could come up with would be something like, "Oh, she has... she has very hirsute whiskers!" So I put it off and I kept training saying nice things in front of a mirror for a week straight. But finally I could put it off no longer and I had to go see the baby. And the baby was SO FREAKING CUTE!!! So cute I actually turned to the parents and expressed my relief on not having had to lie about her looks. Never do this, by the way - I’ve since learned it’s a social faux pas.
Much the same situation happened with Untold. I was freaking out! I was composing polite ways to critique a disappointing book, because I love the author, and I love everything she writes, but maybe she would read my dreadful review and go, "This is it, the last drop! I shall never put pen to paper again, not even to sign my own name!"
But joy of joys, Untold was much more amazing that my bff's baby. Don't tell her I said that! I mean the kid is really cute, but it just stayed in her crib, sleeping, which I admit, she did rather well... but...
Untold, however, starts kind of like this, but WAY more awesome:
Seriously, this is Sarah Rees Brennan at her best!
I read some reviews expressing displeasure at her use of humour, particularly during dramatic moments. That's what makes it work for me! You know how when you're with someone who'd been so important to you but now is not, and for a fleeting moment there's that spark where the old friendship is there and alive, and everything is well and we're all so happy- BUT IT'S NOT, because it was just a moment, and now it's back to bleak reality. Tell me that doesn't make the situation that more poignant: the juxtaposition of sadness and humour, it makes one so much sadder, the other so much more precious... It's genius writing, that's what it is!
And major props for girl friendship! Passing the Bechdel test left, right and centre!
Plus intrigue, and girl sleuths, creepy magic and awesome portrayals of family interactions.
What more could I ask for?!
Make-out scenes, of course - but those are in there as well!!
So, I know I talk (well, write) too much, and I usually don't make much sense, but if you take anything from this review it should be: GO READ UNTOLD AS SOON AS YOU CAN GET IT!!!
For those of you who have already been introduced to the gripping plot that takes place on "SORRY-IN-THE-VALE" with Unspoken, you'll be pleased to know, that this story is even better than the first..
IT IS!!! IT REALLY IS!! YAY!!
*a little fangirl moment*
The characters have depth, they're interesting *a little insane sometimes, yes, but who cares?*, and quirky!! In fact, there's quirkiness to be given and sold, for everyone who decides _ with reason!! _ to read this series.
Kami, continues to be her same outspoken, bigger than life self...but one can see that she has grown. The same happens to Angie and Holly, for instance. You'll be pleased to know, that Angie continues to worship...naps!! Although not so much as the first book...because this one's darker and there's not so many moments that are nap inducing...for ANGIE!! For us readers there's definitely no nap inducing moments!!
Then there's RUSTY, he's...just amazing. He has always a witty response....he's....I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE IS!!! (he probably doesn't know it either..) BUT I LIKE HIM!!
A definition to his kind of character has not yet been provided!!
I also liked the way the dynamics between Kami's family were developed in this one. Much more deeper, much more somber, because this time the secrets are out in the open, and things will never be the same..
I could speak about Ash....but i'm gonna skip this Lynburn, for the one that really interests me. LOL
JARED...what can i say that won't be spoilery??
Well *biting nails* he continues to be his same old....frustrating...exasperating self....BUT..
BEWARE, there will be some interesting developments!!! *.*
So, i loved the writing, the characters, the plot, honestly it was a five gazillion stars worth of a read ;)
The only thing missing?
The third one!!
YES, bring it on!!!
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