Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 with No comments
Title: Unmade
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy, book #3
Publisher: Random House BFYR
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Source: purchased
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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.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.

I don't think I'll ever love Untold or Unmade as much as I did Unspoken, especially since I adored that original cover design on the hardcover and have never really come to terms with the redesign. But Unmade was a very fitting end for our friends in Sorry-in-the-Vale, and I'm sad to be saying goodbye to them.

I think I've mentioned a time or two how difficult it is to review a series finale without spoiling anything in the previous books, so this won't be my typical review. I will say that I wish I'd re-read the first two books in preparation for this final installment, not because I was missing or had forgotten any vital information, but because the witty repartee and humorous interactions between the characters might have made this sad, sad goodbye more bearable.

Thank you, Sarah, above all for these characters. For Kami and Sulky and Blondie and Rusty and Jon Glass and every bit of comic relief you bestowed upon them. They deserved it. I'll never forget -- or forgive you for -- what you've put them through, those that were sacrificed, and those that live on so that those sacrifices were not in vain. Thank you for making sure that, while they suffered, they always had a good support system, that they had each other in the end and always. I know what you did and why you did it but it doesn't make the hurt any less.

I'll miss visiting Sorry-in-the-Vale, the Sorrier River, the Crying Pools, the tolling of the bells...everything that made this sleepy little village quaint and magical and real. I'll miss Kami's newspaper. I'll miss her bond with Jared and Ash but also the love she held for her own brothers. I'll miss Aurimere and the secrets it held. I'm going to miss it all.

This final book was perfectly plotted, well-paced, full of the dark, snarky humor I've come to expect from the author. Kami still rocks as a quirky, independent, take-charge protagonist and I wouldn't have wanted her to change for the world. She's going to remain one of my favorites, without a doubt. I can't say I'm 100% happy with how this story finishes but I have my reasons. And they'd be spoilery if I told you, so you'll just have to trust me that this is a worthy end. I'm happy but heartbroken, which is honestly how I always expect to feel at the end of a treasured trilogy, so in that respect, Unmade is pretty par for the course.

GIF it to me straight:

The Spring Before I Met You (The Lynburn Legacy, #0.25)The Summer Before I Met You (The Lynburn Legacy, #0.5)The Night After I Lost You (The Lynburn Legacy, #1.5)
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

About the author:

Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog,, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

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