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Unforsaken (Banished #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  592 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Hailey Tarbell is no typical girl. As one of the Banished who arrived from Ireland generations ago, Hailey has the power to heal—and, as she recently learned, to create zombies if she heals someone too late. But now, Hailey is finally getting a chance at a normal life. After realizing the good and bad sides of her power, Hailey has survived the unimaginable to settle with ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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All Things Urban Fantasy
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UNFORSAKEN is the follow-up to BANISHED and the final book in the Banished series. That’s both good news and bad news. It’s good because unlike in BANISHED, we aren’t left with a cruel cliffhanger at the end of UNFORSAKEN. The bad news is that I would have gladly taken a cliffhanger if it meant I could look forward to another beautifully written, emotionally evocative, action and romance packed book in this series.

UNFORSAKEN picks up shortly after the
Ashley Radder
Jul 25, 2012 Ashley Radder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, all though i still liked the first book in the series better. The best part of the book was the romance between Kaz and Hailey, i thought the chemistry was good and they were so cute togther. There were afew things the book was missing like Kazs point of view, they had Haileys, Rattlers, and even Chubs view. But no Kaz i think the book would have been alot cooler if we learned what Kaz though during this advencher. Also the book is really short its only 277 pages, and t ...more
Wandering Librarians
Hailey is one of the Banished. The women are healers and the men are seers. Hailey, her aunt Prairie and her adopted brother Chub are in hiding. Not from the other Banished, although they’d like avoid them too, but from researchers who want to use their powers as healers. If Hailey or any other healer touches someone who has died, they can bring him or her back to life, but the person’s soul will be gone. They will be like a zombie. There are men who want to sell these zombies to foreign militar ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Warren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hailey is descended from a long line of healers who came to the United States from Ireland. The story continues from the first book, Banished. Hailey, her aunt Prairie, and her little brother Chub have fled from General Prentiss who is trying to force them to use their powers to create zombies from those that have just died. The three have gone to Milwaukee, changed their names and assumed new lives. For the first time in Hailey’s life she seems normal – regular clothes, regular friends, a regul ...more
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
This was an enjoyable sequel to the first novel, Banished.

I really liked that, unlike the first book, this book does have a romance aspect to the story, but that even with that the romance does not over power the story at all and, for that matter, that there is no love triangle at all in this.

As with the first book I think this an enjoyable duology that a younger YA audience would definitely enjoy.
Apr 18, 2011 AJ marked it as to-read-11  ·  review of another edition
Jan 10, 2011 Kaitlynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait to see what happens next!!!!!!
Feb 13, 2017 M.L. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Amy Lignor
Oct 06, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When readers first met up with Hailey Tarbell, they fell across a young teenage girl who possessed a gift that’d been handed down from generation to generation - the gift of ‘healing.’ Hailey has the ability, when someone is dying, to be able to bring them back before they pass on to another world. There is, however, a difficulty that comes with having this gift - it is almost impossible for a Healer not to cure; it is a battle for them not to reach out and save someone in need. BUT, when you sa ...more
2.5 stars - Not as good as the first one.

Hailey Tarbell is one of the Banished, a long line of healers and seers who came to the US from Ireland. Girls become healers; whilst boys are seers.

The story continues where Banished left off. Now, Hailey is settled in a new state, along with her aunt, Prairie, and her little brother, Chub. Still hiding from scientists who wants to use their abilities for world domination (no kidding!), Hailey and her family changed their names. Hailey being Amber, Prai
Shanise {iridescentxlotus}
Though I've read that this is a companion to the first book, Banished, it directly follows the first story, so I would not read them out of place. And because of that, this review may have a few spoilers to the first book if you have not read it.

After Hailey has begun her life with her aunt Prairie and brother Chub, away from Gypsum, Missouri and all of the Banished, she begins to get too comfortable with her life, and soon her past begins to catch up with her.

Hailey keeps the contact with her b
Dec 30, 2011 Haley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel was fast paced, and thrilling, but maybe a little too fast. I started it in the late afternoon, finished it before 1 am. And that wasn’t even in one sitting. It was probably written to be a quick book, a page turner. The chapters were short, the text size was larger. I can’t remember what I thought of the first book.
I was confused what was going on in the beginning. Mostly because she doesn’t recap the what happened last time until later. I thought it was cool that they were in Milw
Aug 04, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unforsaken is the companion novel to Banished, which I read earlier this year and unexpectedly enjoyed. Banished was a short, but fast-paced adventure that offered readers a great chase and a thriller that kept me flipping pages and never ceased its excitement. Unforsaken picked up the story at the end of Banished and kept the pace -and the thrills, up until the very end.

After learning that she is one of the Banished, Hailey found herself on the fun, trying to hide her ability to heal people -an
Aug 19, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, book-eval-book
In this sequel to Banished, Hailey, her Aunt Prairie, and Chub, her toddler, adopted brother escaped Chicago with their lives but had to change their identities. Now called Amber, Holly and Charlie Garrett, they have a new life in Milwaukee. All three in the family are descended from the Banished who are people with special powers who emigrated from Ireland. Prairie and Hailey are healers and Chub is a seer and dangerous people are after them once again to exploit their powers for a secret milit ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Unfortunately, I couldn't make myself finish the book about half-way through. The main problem was the writing. To me, it seemed quite different from the first book. The character still all have their own unique voice, yet everything the bad guy is so, so cheesy. It seemed like every time he said something it was followed by... Which does not convey that someone is bad, it just is a way to get out of finishing your sentence. I will be clear, I know I'm not the best writer, and I do tend to use e ...more
◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
I read Banished way back in January, so my memory is a little hazy of what actually happened in the book. However I do remember that I liked the book, so I was interesting in seeing if I'll like the second book.

The plot was pretty good with a lot of crazy zombies. That's the main reason I liked this series. But I felt that there was a lack of action because I was looking forward to more. It's actually a short book compared to the other novels so I was able to read the book quickly and get to the
Unforsaken is a companion book that continues the story of Banished, but it stands on its own too--the first book would be helpful background, but it's not necessary to have read it to enjoy the second. Sixteen-year-old Hailey starts the story trying to hang out with "normal" high school girls whose idea of a fun evening is partying with older guys. But when one of the girls is injured falling through a glass table after drinking too much, Hailey is unable to hide her true identity as a healer, ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Banished and couldn’t wait to read its sequel. We are not only in Hailey’s point of view, but also three other characters. Due to this, you are able to see schemes from different angles. Hailey, Prairie and Chub were on the run and have now settled down to start their lives over. They think they are safe, but it starts to go wrong for them. Once again, they are captured and fighting for their lives. Hailey didn’t know about her family history in Banished, until it was thrown at her. By t ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, series, youth
I really enjoyed Banished, the forerunner to Unforsaken, where we meet Hailey and learn about the Banished. I couldn't get as interested in Unforsaken, although when I had time on a road trip I did finish it.

Preferably, authors recap the last novel in a series in the beginning of the next, but this book does little recapping. After awhile, I caught up again, but the author didn't make it easy.

It seems to be the last in the series, making it a duology. Short. And it felt as if the author was tr
Sep 22, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really a 2-star book but bumped up because at least we were spared another angsty teenage love triangle.
The characters in Littlefield's book are actually interesting. Or they could be if they became more than a thin pencil sketch on a page. I love Prairie. She's strong and scared and vulnerable and determined all at once. And I like Kaz, who seems like he'd be a great character to develop. I like Rattler as a character too; he is mean and creepy, and terrible, but he stands out. I don't even mi
Apr 23, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-coming-of-age
I really enjoyed this book. It continues the story of Haily Tarbell, her Aunt Prairie and her adopted brother Chub. They are Banished. There relatives came to this country years ago to find a better life. They have always been ostracized in society because they have special abilities. The women can heal and the men have visions. This can be a blessing or a curse. This book is the further adventures of Haily, her Aunt and Chub. You see they became involved in a scientific experiment to make zombi ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This follow up to BANISHED brings back Hailey, Chub, Kaz, and Rattler, and to a smaller extent Prairie, who are still working to stop the horrific work of a band of greedy fanatics who want to create a troop of zombies for sale. In this book, Hailey is behaving like a typical teenager, knowing that she could not possibly put anyone in danger, and she knows how to be safe.

Unfortunately for her and those she loves, she is wrong. She gets to work hard at growing up and getting it right, dealing wi
Tiffany  Jones
Nov 28, 2016 Tiffany Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I loved this book! Sometimes sequels don't live up to the first book and that's definitely not the case here. A lot of the lingering questions I had after finishing Banished were answered. Characters returned that I didn't expect to see again and in ways that I would have never been able to foresee happening. Sophie Littlefield has an amazing talent that allows her to write a story well enough that you feel like you're there, like you're part of the action. I love that her characters i ...more
So, this isn't the fantasticalness of its predecessor, which was one of my favorite YA reads of the year. Though the story resolves all lingering plot threads and makes for a satisfying conclusion, that's really all it accomplishes. The balance is sort of a hodgepodge of story arcs which, IMO, detract from the overall story. What I would have rather seen is a longer standalone which would still have made for a great novel while dispensing with all the unnecessary arcs, one of which seemed rather ...more
Sep 13, 2012 bex4mixxed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've read and enjoyed book one as well as I did, then all the more this book will give you double of that. Unforsaken will give you the adrenaline rush all over again. I love how the author gave more depth on other characters and did not just focused on Hailey. I specifically love the chapters where it concentrated on Chub. I find him so adorable and I can’t get enough of him. He’s a very mysterious child and it makes you wonder what’s going on in his head – the author did not fail me and g ...more
I was satisfied with how Banished ended but was excited when I learned that there will be another book coming out. I had expectations about Unforsaken of course, as I liked Banished. Sadly, I felt that this book should not have been written as the quality of the writing has gone down and there was no need to rehash other disputes that I was contented to let my imagination carry me away after Banished. This is a case of a story that should have been left as it is. An open ending with a hint of ha ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Hunyum rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to the book called Banished. Well, didn’t seem like it. It was sort of a reread. I actually jumped through a good amount of pages because they were just a damned repeat! A story that could easily have been told in one book (instead of two). It was fast moving (due to the huge amount of repeats), boring and not to mention a very basic repetitive story. It just does not add anything to the story or the writing. Waste of money. I could tell you the whole story (with the most needed details) ...more
Mandy Moody
3.5, really...but not a high enough 3.5 to be rounded up to 4, I suppose.

Hailey, Chub and Prairie have been on the run, but they're settled down now. They have new names, new schools, new jobs. They are different people with no connections to the past...except the one that Hailey can't bear to break with Kaz. The one that gets them found.

"The General" is back, and his evil plans are in full swing. All he needs are more of the Banished. He's teamed up with Rattler to make that happen - but Rattle
Edna Honig
Jan 25, 2016 Edna Honig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This was so wonderful. My only complaint: it is part two of two. There isn't another one. I'll never see Chub again. I loved that little kid so much.

I suppose this is a zombie book - there are zombies in it, they do some typical gross zombie stuff - but only for a few paragraphs. If you are all about the crazy zombie action, then this is not for you. If you love unforgettable characters expertly drawn, however, then this is definitely your book. Even Rattler, one of the bad guys, was so well don
Jan 23, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I personally didn't find this book too interesting, it's probably because I did not know that this is actually a sequel to "Banished", and because this book just didn't appeal to my personal interests. It's not a "bad" book though, I've read books that were so dull I wanted to sleep instead of reading them. This one did keep my attention and focus, I wasn't hooked to the point that I couldn't put the book down, but at the same time it did leave me a little curious as to what would happen n ...more
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Called a “writing machine” by the New York Times and a “master storyteller” by the Midwest Book Review, Sophie Littlefield has written dozens of novels for adults and teens. She has won Anthony and RT Book Awards and been shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, Macavity, and Goodreads Choice Awards.
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