Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

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?

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers 
Number of Pages: 384
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Ellie, age 17

Ahh, we meet again, Kami Glass.

 My love for the first book in this series, Unspoken, made me a little nervous to pick up the sequel, Untold (both written by Sarah Rees Brennan). However, there was no need to fret-this novel is a magic-filled joyride that has all the drama of the first.

We rejoin Kami and her buddies to find that the baddies of Sorry-In-The-Vale, (namely Rob Lynburn and his cronies), are bent on forcing the town into submission. Running on a time limit and severely outnumbered, Kami has to come up with a plan to save the town while also dealing with some rather delicate matters-her family’s ties to each other and her own feelings towards Jared included.
As you can imagine, romance, drama, and a heck of a lot of magic ensues.

I loved that we got to see more magic in this book: due to the fact that the evil sorcerers are now out in the open, we get to read about all sorts of scary spells and, on the side of the good sorcerers, some pretty sweet protective magic. There is also a lot more romance in this book-not that I’m complaining, as Jared and Ash both vying for Kami’s heart is an interesting thing to see! We also get to have more insight into the lives of our semi-secondary characters Angela, Rusty, and Holly. I loved being able to look into their lives because it adds a fresh perspective to the entire story.

My complaints here, I believe, are found due to the fact that I loved the first book and had very high expectations for the second. I felt like some of the pacing for Untold was a tad too slow and also felt like the characters weren’t at their peak. Of course, these reactions totally depend on the reader.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who liked the first novel and to lovers of YA fantasy in general.

This book is on sale September of 2013! 
Buy Hardcover | $18.99

Happy reading! 
Ellie, age 17


  1. I LOVE the first book, but I'm always wary about the second one because it's usually a hit or miss for me. I'm glad this one didn't entirely disappoint though, so I might be grabbing a copy when it comes out.
    Great review!

  2. I haven't read any of Sarah's books, except Team Human, with Justine. I wasn't a huge fan of the book, though I liked it. I absolutely love the new covers of this series! I can't believe I never realized this series was a fantasy series. I hate it when the pacing isn't fast enough, because it really takes away from the execution of the story. BUT, I am so glad you liked this book! Fantastic review, Ellie! :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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