Review by Ner:
Authors: Tracy Hickman & Laura Hickamn
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 272 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA| Fantasy | Paranormal
Series: The Nightbirds #1
Read: from June 1 to 3, 2014
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 9780765332035 (Hardcover)
Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.
Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.
Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?
Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
You have no idea how hard it was for me to rate this book. You know those books you’ve read and don’t know if you liked it, understood it or even felt it? Unwept is definitely one of those!
Unwept is a book about death. Right in the prologue you can feel how morbid the book will be. But after a slow beginning and a lot of headaches – because, you know, you have no idea what the heck is going on – it slowly begins to unfold the true meaning behind the sinister city of Gamin and the peculiar group entitled Nightbirds.
Well, the only way to describe and review this book is by saying this: prepare yourself for the weirdest of the weirdest rides you’ll ever read.
The premise was beyond interesting. A young girl with no recollection of what happened to her is taken to a city where everyone knows her and will eventually help her bring back her memories. Okay, it sounds good. But then, murders begin to happen and her memories might be the key to reveal the truth. Hell yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.
However, the truth was revealed so slowly it made my toe-nails curl; the true identity of the Nightbirds and their purpose was so slow to be expose it made my heart palpitating. And the slowness plus the weirdness plus the cliffhanger plus the “I-still-have-no-idea-what’s-going-on-here” made me dislike this book slightly.
But only slightly.
Because, overall, I was hooked since the beginning, always trying to find out if my theories were correct, always waiting for the truth to be told, always expecting for something to happen. And when everything happened, you are left wanting more because there’s a lot of question swirling in your mind that you need answers to.
Unwept was a bizarre, uncanny, weird and odd book that hooks you in its webs of enigma and leaves you craving for more. Even if that more thing you want is only to figure out the whole story… because a lot more is still to come (for sure!)