Book Review: Unmade

Title: Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3)
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Genre: Young Adult // Magic // Romance 
Format: Physical Copy
Source:  Library

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 (goodreads).

All great things must come to an end, and sometimes that end is full of heartbreak and redemption. 

Plot: The Lynburn Legacy is a series that took me by surprise. Unspoken started off as a fairly innocent and entertaining read, and has since progressed to something darker and more mature, all while maintaining its humor. Unmade has a darker tone and I found myself holding my breath for a majority of the novel (I was filled with dread the moment Brennan said that she had killed off a character). I thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion, but like most final installments, it doesn't live up to the epicness that the series set up.  

Characters: The hardest part about Unmade was knowing that this would be the last time I would see my beloved characters together. Besides her writing, Brennan's strong point is her ability to write such relatable, humorous, and broken characters. Each person is 3-dimensional and has his or her own distinct voice. While romance is not at the forefront of this novel (murderous witches usually take precedent), I gobbled up any romance that Brennan was willing to throw my way. 

World Building: Brennan has this magical power of making magic work in the real world. Reads about magic realism always make me raise an eyebrow because (as a pessimist) I can't see how magic can work in our 21st century, but in this small, sleepy town, magic fits like a glove. 

Short N Sweet: Unmade was a heart-pounding read, but like other trilogies, it's hard to properly wrap up an amazing series. 

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