Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

untoldTitle: Untold

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Series: The Lynburn Legacy #2

Genre: YA Paranormal

Summary (from Goodreads)

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?’

Review

I think I’m fast becoming a Sarah Rees Brennan Fangirl. I don’t do this with authors often. I have maybe… three or four authors that I Fangirl. Sarah Rees Brennan may be joining this prestigious and select group.

I love her stories – her unconventional characters that ask challenging questions of the reader, but not in a forced or soapbox preachy way. I love the creepy and the magic and the brooding boys, but equally I love the humour. I love the way her characters bounce off each other and how they aren’t defined by their partners, or their need to find one. They are larger than life, braver than any normal person would be and yet they seem utterly real and believable – like you could bump into them when out and about and you wouldn’t be entirely surprised.

The story is great too. The plot is relatively simple – Kami and her friends need to protect the town and the spend the whole book trying to figure out how to do that. Complications come from the characters and their own individual responses to the crisis. And those responses are so varied and believable, it just makes it easy to invest in the characters and their own personal dilemmas.

I hope that the last instalment lives up to the first two. Once again, we’re left on a horrible cliffhanger, one that changes everything, of course. It make me wish I hadn’t read this until the last one was released!

Rating: 5/5

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