Saturday, September 6, 2014

Review: Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan (September Sequels Challenge #1)

I have to thank Random House Young Readers and Edelweiss for allowing me to read an e-galley of this title.  Ever since I read the first book in this trilogy, Unspoken, I've been a huge fan of this author.  And when I got to meet her at the Romantic Times Convention back in 2013, she was one of the neatest people I've met as well.  I've loved this series, even the middle book, Untold, and the ending is no different.  Once again, I just fell right back in love with the characters. The way that their sarcastic remarks were just a part of them, even during the least joking of times, makes them people I want to hang out with. Here's a synopsis of this final book, and of course that would be impossible without some spoilers.  But my only spoilers are for those who haven't read the first 2 books.  I will do my best not to give anything away for those who are caught up and waiting for this one.

As we left off in the last book, Kami is now linked to Ash instead of Jared.  And as far as anyone knows, Jared is probably dead, inside the Aurimere mansion with Rob Lynburn and all the sorcerers that were now following him.  The only magic left against him was Lillian (Ash's mother), Henry (their friend from out of town), Ash, Holly, and what little magic Kami has as a source for Ash.  Rob Lynburn wants the town to give him a sacrifice.  A person to take their life, to give him the power he wants.  Only what he wants may not be just to rule the town as it used to be.  And Jared isn't gone.  Rob has kept him alive, and has tortured him trying to bring him to his side.  Kami's mom feels that there is no use in fighting and so she has gone to serve at the mansion.  This makes Kami's father very upset, and he tells her to move out.  The townspeople are all hiding in their homes.  They let Rob have the mayor as the first sacrifice.  He doesn't go willingly, but no one does anything to save him.  So before the spring equinox, they must figure a way to defeat Rob, save Jared as well as Kami's mom, and hopefully not die.  There will be many setbacks, some people losing their magic on the good side.  People they love being turned to stone.  And a fire that will destroy a home.  And Kami will lose more than one friend to the evil.  But she will not let them take her brothers, or even who she loves, and always will, Jared.  She will learn that there are others who may love her as well, and who knows if there was never a Jared if she would maybe have been able to love them back.  But all will be settled in the end, in the way that hopefully is best.

I loved the story, the twists and turns, how they had to work to get where they needed.  I loved the friendships and family bits.  I will miss my favorite characters now that the story is over.  Especially one that was lost towards the end.  I will just now be waiting for Ms. Brennan's next story, and more characters that I will love and want to hang out with.

My only complaint about the story, may not even be the story's fault.  I feel like towards the end, the very final battle, kind of went by really fast, and I feel like maybe I missed a fact or detail.  However, this may be my own fault as I raced through at the end, wanting to know how it would end, how could they save the world?  So once it comes out and I get my finished copy of the book, I'll have to go back and re-read at a slower pace to see what I might have missed in my rush to take it all in.