Fantasy Book Review: Untold

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

It’s time to choose sides. . . .

In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. No one in the town is safe, and a decision must be made: pay the sorcerers’ blood sacrifice, or fight. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become “owned” by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but go along with her unusual tactics.

Kami and Jared have broken their magical connection, and awkwardness ensues as neither know about their true feelings for each other. Ash adds to the strain as their lopsided love triangle continues. And Rusty is just my favorite character by far. Kami and her friends have amazing personalities that the author has created and developed. I enjoy reading their personal interactions and drama just as much as getting into the meat of the story.

Untold is a tension-filled, exciting build-up as magicians in Sorry-in-the-Vale must choose sides. Once again, this fantasy has plenty of humor, suspense, secrets, magic, and romance. There are several surprises along the way, concluding with a major cliffhanger that will leave readers impatient for the next in this emotional roller coaster ride of a fantasy series.

Received in September

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in September for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
World War Z Blu Ray
Doomsday Series: Delete
Superboy: The Complete Third Season
The Secret of Crickley Hall
In the Flesh

Robert Asprin’s Dragons Run by Jody Lynn Nye
Stonecast by Anton Strout

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst
TimeRiders: The Eternal War by Alex Scarrow
Relativity by Cristin Bishara

DC Comics / Vertigo:
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #3

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells

Harper Teen:
The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
Desert Tales by Melissa Marr
Twinmaker by Sean Williams
Deception by C. J. Redwine
A Radiant Sky by Jocelyn Davies
Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Blackout by Robison Wells

Hodder & Stoughton:
Happy Hour In Hell by Tad Williams

Kensington Press / Pinnacle:
The Savage Dead by Joe McKinney

K Teen:
Sunblind by Michael Griffo

Little, Brown:
The 100 by Kass Morgan

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Henry Holt / Roaring Brook:
The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles
Nil by Lynne Matson
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

New American Library (NAL):
Never Come Back by David Bell

Penguin Teen / Putnam:
The Feros> by Wesley King

Pocket Books:
On Midnight Wings by Adrian Phoenix
The Spider by Jennifer Estep
Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow by Una McCormack

The Doctor and the Dinosaurs by Mike Resnick
Lost Covenant by Ari Marmell

Random House Teen / Knopf:
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Year of the Demon by Steve Bein

Scholastic / Chicken House:
Spiral by Roderick Gordon
Terminal by Roderick Gordon
Chronicles of the Red King #3: Leopards’ Gold by Jenny Nimmo

St. Martin’s Griffin:
The Severed Tower by J. Barton Mitchell

Titan Comics:
Death Sentence #1

Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett
Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
The One-Eyed Man by L. E. Modesitt
The Incrementalists by Steven Brust

Tor Teen:
Revelations by J. A. Souders

Guest Post: Anton Strout

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Author Anton Strout joins to talk about his latest release STONECAST and the latest trends in urban fantasy!

“Blank is the New Vampire”
By Anton Strout

I’ve been in the publishing industry for sixteen years now. Six of those years have been as an author: first, for my Simon Canderous paranormal detective novels and now for second series the gargoyle-tastic Spellmason Chronicles, which includes ALCHEMYSTIC and the just released STONECAST. During my time in the book world, I get asked at a minimum of at least twice the same rumbling industry wide question: what’s the next paranormal trend?

When I started behind the scenes in 1998 at one of the Big Six, vampires were the big undead man on campus. Even then, the industry was saying vampire literature was a dying trend (no pun intended). Yet here we are, years later, with vampires still making the bestseller list. Not so dead, are they?

In recent years (I’m looking in your direction, PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES) everyone’s favorite brain eaters have become super hot. Werewolves and other shapeshifters have also declared the new hotness. There was even a trend out there of publishing books about selkies, which—as best I can recall without looking it up—are shape shifting were-seals out for some sexay times. Over and over fantasy/romance trend pieces try to put their finger on what the next monster hotness will be, but does anyone really know?

Man, I hope it’s gargoyles.

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