I have an intense love/hate relationship with Sarah Rees Brennan. On one hand, she’s created one of my absolute favorite series of all time. On the other… DO YOU KNOW HOW AGONIZING EACH BOOK IN THE AFOREMENTIONED SERIES IS TO READ??? Reading Unspoken and Untold was basically torture, but of the very best kind (is there even a good kind of torture?). I’ve become so sucked into the series’s world and characters that I can’t. stop. reading. But my heart can’t take any more angst! *goes off into the corner and cries*
So. Untold. Welp, all I can say is that I wholeheartedly LOVED it, despite the emotional pain/angst going on. I don’t know how these characters–moreover, Sarah Rees Brennan–do it. They made me fall even more in love with them than I already was after Unspoken. And god, the FEELS. I went from smiling like a lunatic one second to being completely horrified the next, and then I went from being pissed off to laughing my ass off. I just can’t handle all these feels, and yet I want MORE!
Kami is the most fantastic heroine EVER. I love her. Totally adore her. Mostly because she makes me laugh all the time, but also because she’s pretty unique. Yes, she’s the type of girl to go headlong into trouble to save everyone she loves, but the way she talks and acts is just so endearing (and funny). But oh my gosh, in the beginning of the book, I just felt so bad for her. Because Jared completely broke her heart at the end of Unspoken. And that is just… unacceptable. THESE TWO HAVE TO BE TOGETHER. They’re perfect for one another. But, Kami doesn’t exactly become all mopey because of Jared…
“Been chatting much with Jared?”
“We often have special moments where I come into a room and he immediately leaves,” Kami said. “I treasure those times.”
The entire book is basically this hilarious. GOD I love this series.
And Jared. This boy… I have so much love and anger for him. I love him, I really do, but I was just so frustrated with why he had to close Kami off. Jared doesn’t think highly of himself, at all. He thinks he doesn’t deserve love, when in fact, he does. He may not be loving and kind, but he’s loyal and fierce and passionate, and just… *swoon*. I just love this boy so much. And OH MY, the things he says and does later on in the book… *fans self*
The Lynburn Legacy series has THE BEST secondary characters ever. I seriously adore Angela and Rusty. These two siblings are the funniest characters I’ve ever read. And oh my gosh, I can’t even describe the magnitude of how much I love Rusty. He makes me laugh every time, and I totally wish he was real so I could have him all to myself.
One of the funniest parts of the book is with Kami’s father (who I love too!):
“Let me tell you about customs, James,” said Lillian. “I am not accustomed to being summoned to someone else’s home. You’re very fortunate that I came.”
“I am indeed blessed,” Dad told her. “I am also, by the way, called Jon.”
Lillian looked faintly surprised. “Are you?”
“Really?” Dad asked. “Really? I was the only Asian guy who went to our school. I kind of stood out. While you are an identical twin, and I still managed to know your name.”
But life’s not all laughter and sunshine in Sorry-in-the-Vale. Things do take a darker and more dangerous turn for these lovable characters. They have to fight against the evil sorcerers, and people do end up getting hurt. At times, it’s as if there’s no hope at all for the good guys, but they never give up.
I love this series so freaking much. It has the best characters I’ve ever read. Kami and Jared and Rusty and even Kami’s dad have wormed their way into my heart. I don’t think I can ever get enough of them.
5 hearts! And I want the next book NOW. *grabby hands*
I don’t know where to begin. I mean. I tried mentally preparing myself before reading this book since, as we all know, Sarah Rees Brennan is a monster and enjoys hearing, seeing, and tasting our pain (as disturbing as that sounds, it’s true okay).
But even with all the mental preparation, I WAS NOT AT ALL PREPARED. NOT EVEN 1%. OHMYJESUS HOW DO I EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN. Also, this review will have 200% more CAPS that any other review you will ever see by me on this blog. Which is saying a lot.
Sarah Rees writes in a way that draws the reader into the story and makes you feel as if you were a citizen in Sorry-in-the-Vale whilst all this commotion was happening. Uh, therefore you also feel like you’re third-wheeling in all of the Jami scenes (HINT HINT). BUT you also feel badass because you’re right next to them as they’re being badass so.
This book actually didn’t make me change my feelings on any of the characters! I just loved them all more and more. Except for Holly and Ash. Holly just bugs me and Ash just like. I can’t. Holly’s childlike reactions and actions annoyed me to no end. Sure I understand that she was afraid but come on giirl, step it up! And Ash. I understand why people love him, but like Holly, he just seems so needy and dependent on others. BUT I lovED JARED 10000000000000X more. Lacey is a witness in seeing my love for Jared, I literally went insane. I don’t even know how to clearly express my overwhelming love towards him. He’s a little frustrating, with pushing Kami back, and not self-confident in the slightest (except during the scene with Rusty where he gets a liiiitttllee bit cocky). But throughout the books he always downgrades himself =(
I’ve always had a neutral feeling with Kami, but I felt more sympathetic towards her in the book. (But I also got annoyed too, but let’s be real, when is there a book where you don’t get annoyed with the main character). It was pretty annoying when she would always assume things about Jared, but then again, I guess it was because as the reader, I knew more of what was going on than she did. (AYE DRAMATIC IRONY).
Of course RUSTY was just amazing and so was KAMI’S DAD. I feel like Rusty is going to be the type of father Kami’s dad is. SO CHILL AND FUN FAVORITE CHARACTERS. Truthfully as I’m writing this review I feel like everyone’s a favorite character hahaha. Do I even have to mention Angela? She was still off being bad-ass; the usual.
Before I leave I would like to gift you guys a special Jami scene that is close to my heart. *sobs* This scene made me cry violently and also increased my love of Jared. so.
“I don’t think you’re weak,” Jared said. “I want to guard you because you are important to me. Because you are – God, this is going to sound so stupid, I can never think of a way to say it – you are precious. I can never think of how to describe the value you have to me, because all the words for value suggest that you belong to me, and you don’t.”
Cue the screaming
fangirls fangirl (i.e. me).
If you haven’t gone into the dark realm that is the Lynburn Legacy series, I suggest you PROCEED EAGERLY BUT WITH CAUTION.
6 HEARTS AND I WANT THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT BUT I ALSO DON’T BECAUSE IT’S THE LAST ONE NOOOO.
And now we leave you with one more thing…