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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan (Review)

Fantasy, YA
Publication Date:September 23, 2014
Published By:  Random House Books for Young Readers 
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Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.


  Kami looked down at his golden head, remembered her underwear did not match   it never did, not when it was important, it was one of life's great injustices that fate never lent a helping hand in the underwear department   and decided she did not care. "Yes."
  But no matter what Lillian said, Kami thought it was going to end up more complicated than Lillian imagined.  Lillian, after all, was the one who had suggested that everyone perform the ceremony at the Crying Pools to get them more power.
  She had been so blithely arrogant, so happily stupid.  Beloved people died every day.  Her love was not special, and her wishes would not order the universe

  I went crazy over this series when it first released.  I was so completely drawn into the story and the characters, and Unspoken easily became one of my favourite reads of 2012.  Brennan's writing is spectacular and she really brings everything that she writes to life.  Her writing continued to wow me in this book, and yet I did not feel as compelled to devour this book.  However, I was sad to say goodbye to all of my favourite characters.

  The story picked up right where it left off but for some reason I was left feeling like I had missed something.  Maybe it was the year wait between books but I couldn't shake the feeling that something wasn't right.  The pacing was still decent and the writing was still vivid and drew me in but I wasn't as pulled in.  What it ended up being for me, was that I found the story itself had flattened out a bit.  The characters were stuck in a love triangle and not one that didn't rub me the wrong way.   I still had no problem reading from start to finish, I just felt that this book lacked what the other two had, had an abundance of originality.  This being the last book in the series Brennan did tie things up though.

  Kami was really put between a rock and a hard place throughout the book.  Her decisions at the end of the previous book have caught up with her, and I found that she spent the majority of her time obsessing over them.  This is not to say that she didn't remain true to herself and stand by her decision and the troubles that came with it.  Her world was falling apart in so many different ways, but for the most part she kept it together.  She did worry about the romance in her life more often than I would have liked, but she also learned that sometimes you just have to put your foot down and make things happen.  Overall her character had the least amount of growth in this book compared to the other books in the trilogy, but the growth that she had was in the areas needed.

  The romance made me want to scream and pull my hair out.  There is so little I can say as well because it can spoil the end of he second book.  However, I will have you all know that the decisions that have been made touch everything and at some point I honestly thought that it was going to start ripping friendships apart.  This can be said for more than Kami's love life.  The things is though, that I really enjoyed the development of the other relationship.  It was awkward and every bit of it felt right and not rushed.  This was actually something that I had been hoping for from the first time it was brought up and the possibility of something real happening.  I love that the character it happened with has a hard time expressing emotions and often comes off to those that don't know her as hard.  So, although one romance failed me, the other was everything I could have wanted.

  Unmade may not have been all that I wanted but it did a great job of tying up loose ends and making the finish tidy.  This trilogy may not be my favourite but with Brennan's writing and addictive characters, it is a trilogy that I will revisit.  I believe that people that have fallen in love with this series will either love this final instalment or like me feel that though it tied everything up, it was not as captivating as the first or second book.  If you have read the first two I highly recommend you reading this to get the needed closer, and If you have yet to pick up the trilogy...  Well know that it will blow you away but you have to be patient with the romance by the last book.

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