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Unwept (The Nightbirds #1)

2.76  ·  Rating details ·  351 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
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 wh
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Tor Books
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Unfortunately, another beautiful cover gone to waste. Be prepared for the over-usage of the word 'boring', because that's the only word that I can use to describe everything.

Ellis, the main character, was boring. I definitely had an incentive to like this Ellis; to prove Ellis @ The Random Transliterator that her other life was so much better. Alas, I can come up with nothing to prove that her other life was better no matter how hard I tried to whip up som
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Some books start off with a shaky opening but then end up getting better as the story gains momentum, but other times there are books like Unwept that go the opposite way. These books manage to capture my attention right off the bat and get me invested with an interesting premise, but then they stumble and lose me about halfway through. The magic fizzles out and I can’t get it back.

I have my inklings as to why this might h
May 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
I received this as an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.

I really, really wanted to like this. I mean the cover was so pretty, and I had such high hopes. The problem is this book was SO boring, and I just couldn’t get into the characters. Then that ending happened, and it was a cliffhanger, and I just really didn’t care. There was no emotional connection for me to care to find out what happens in the next book.

I guess I was looking for the magic Hickman had with Weis in the Dragonlance Chro
Aria the Blue Fairy
"You know, Ellie, Nightbird is just another name for 'moth'. Maybe that's where your dreams come from."

I would like to thank Netgalley and Tor books for providing me this review copy for an honest review.

Where do I even start with this?
Until now my head is just overflowing with possibilities on what will happen on the next book. That's a bit of a spoiler isn't it?
Yes, there will be sequel!
And this baby, ended in a way that you will surely ask for more.

This is how I looked like as I was readi
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really put this at about 2.5 stars.

Sometimes I’m in the mood for something different from my normal reads, something outside of the books I know are telling stories I want to hear in a style that I enjoy. Sometimes this results in a huge payoff as I read and enjoy something quite different. So, I will admit this is the mindset I was in when I decided to read Unwept. That, plus the gorgeous cover.

The story intrigued me. A girl wakes up with complete amnesia, remembering nothing before a train r
Erica Ravenclaw
☆ ☆ ☆
Actual 3.5

No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Imagine coming into consciousness on a train, you remember nothing of your self at all but your own name. Your travel companion refuses to tell you anything, only referring to your uncle that you are traveling to see. When you arrive it turns out he isn't even your uncle, just someone who likes to be called "uncle" by the entire town read: creepy as fuck. None of t
Sarah Marie
Unwept by Tracy and Laura Hickman

First in the Nightbirds series

2 stars (DNF)

Ellis finds herself amidst a strange town with no recollection of who she is or what is going on around. Something feels off in the town she finds herself in and she can’t help, but feel as if she’s inside a nightmare. I was incredibly excited when I was approved for this on Netgalley because 1) the cover is absolutely gorgeous, 2) the summary is intriguing, and 3) it seemed like a book I would love. Sadly I didn’t even

SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
I really thought this might be good, but unfortunately it wasn't. I feel like I was bamboozled. I almost don't know where to start with this book.

The pacing was way too slow. I was bored to tears at first, and very nearly put the book down. The characters were lackluster and uninteresting. It felt like a chore just finishing the book. The twist near the end of the book was kind of random, honestly. The whole book left me feeling crazy myself.

Ellis was just too passive aggressive, which infuriate
All Things Urban Fantasy
UNWEPT strives to create an uncanny dreamworld of menace and meaning, but falls far short of its goal. After a gripping opening scene, the story bogs down under Alice in Wonderland levels of incongruity and silliness.

Though the story lags after the incredible opening chapter, once Ellis arrives in Gamin the mystery manages to overpower the nonsense for a time. Unfortunately, the clues and hints scattered page by page don’t build to a satisfying trajectory, but rather pile up and become cacophono
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

When I first started reading Unwept, I thought to myself, "What the heck is going on?" -- and I have to admit that this mystery factor was the driving force that kept me reading. I was unsure what kind of story this was going to be, and my guesses kept changing as new things happened (all without any explanations, somehow). By the end of this novel, I was still wondering what the heck was going on, and so I found myself rather frustrated. Confusion reigns supreme in this novel, which wo
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As posted on The Bibliophile's Diary

My experience with the Hickmans was Dragonlance, one of the first fantasy series I made very sad attempts to follow. The world was huge, and I loved it! I haven't ventured much back into those worlds recently but I never had any complaints about the Hickmans at the time, so when I spotted this beauty on NetGalley I quickly sent out a request.
I don't know what I expected, but I surely did not get what I expected. I don't even know what to tell anyone else
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

I don't quite know how to review this one. It was a pretty bland read for me. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either. The mystery aspect pulled me in from the get go and it was a fast paced read. However, there were too many questions and not enough answers until right at the end. I had a vague idea of what was going on and to be fair I didn't actually guess the answers.

The plot was kind of slow but picked up towards the end, and I did think the actual revelat
This was a dark tale of morbid curiosities with gas lamps and steam engines set in a sleepy seaside town of mysterious circumstance. It grabbed me on the first page and kept me interested throughout. The story picks up near the end to a dizzying pace. It gets a little confusing to tell the difference between waking moments and nightmarish discoveries, but the cliffhanger leaves you begging for more. If you like steampunk-ish fairy tales with a twist of gore, this is definitely the series for you ...more
I would like to thank NetGalley & Tor Books for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.

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
Erinn M
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Ellis Harkington woke from a nightmare only to find herself on a train with a companion she does not know, who will not answer her questions, and who will only tell her that she is going to visit her uncle. Unable to remember anything other than her own name she becomes convinced that she has been ill and that her uncle will be assisting in her recovery. Once in the town of Gamin she recognizes no one, however they all appear to know her
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

Mon avis en Français

My English review

When I saw for the first time the cover and when I read the synopsis, I knew that I had to try the novel. It is true that in the end I am very surprised because the story is not at all what I expected. Not that it was not good, not at all, it was very interesting but also very special. You will understand exactly why later.

We discover Ellis who wakes up in a place she does not know about, but I must say that she doesn’t remember a thing about herself. Ta
When I first saw this book on NetGalley I was very much intrigued and decided to request it, and I was quite pleased when I got approved (thank you, Tor Books!).

Upon starting I was quite right hooked by the very eery and creepy beginning and then quite even more with the mystery and unknowns that are all over the story. This book has such a gothic mystery and romance feel to it, with a very compelling atmosphere and full of creepy and disquieting moments.

The narrative was a very mysterious one,
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars

I was immediately intrigued by Unwept. Between it's lovely cover and mysterious synopsis that promises murder and small town secrets, how could I not be? It's a rather short first book in a new series that looks like it'll get even better as it goes on, as well.

The simple fact that Ellis has no memories whatsoever makes for a fascinating read. Never does it feel like things are being held back, and learning the true nature of Gamin alongside Ellis is addicting. I found myself q
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I think I was pulled by another pretty cover, but who can blame me right? It’s gorgeous and has a touch of mystery surrounding it too. When you add on the synopsis, which promises a creepy small town mystery, I knew that I had to read the Unwept.

The book starts off strong in the prologue. A girl is in a coffin and the entire experience both creepy and disturbing. After the prologue, the book is pretty good. We’re introduced to Ellis who is coming down to Gamin, Maine via train. She’s with a nurs
**I received this book for free from NetGalley/Tor Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Mystery, with supernatural aspects
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Unwept follows the story of Ellis Harkington as she tries to remember her history, especially where she came from, where she's been, why she woke up on a train, why she can't remember the people in the town of Gamin who claim to know her, why she has knowledge of cert
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, arcs
UNWEPT strives to create an uncanny dreamworld of menace and meaning, but falls far short of its goal. After a gripping opening scene, the story bogs down under Alice in Wonderland levels of incongruity and silliness. Once Ellis is ensconced with her cousin, the mystery manages to overpower the nonsense for a time, but the clues and hints left don't build to a satisfying trajectory. Rather than growing over the course of the story, book one of this series takes Ellis from confused and compliant ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
(Full review here:

If you’re in the mood for a supernatural historical mystery with an interesting take on religion and spirituality, then do yourself a favour and get a copy of Unwept. Aside from the way the ending is written, it’s a fantastic novel, beautifully and perfectly paced, with a story that will keep you pushing onward to uncover the next piece of the puzzle, to peel back another layer so you can see what lies beneath the surface. The hints are
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm afraid I don't have anything good to say about this book. The rule of "when you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" makes it difficult to write a review on a book that you loathed.
I didn't like any of the characters and couldn't connect with them. I couldn't care less what happened to Ellis or any of her friends.
The author tried so hard to be mysterious that in the end nothing made sense and there was no resolution. The ending was especially awkward and confusing.
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
I was hoping that some shocking reveal would save this story and make me want to continue the series, but I was left disappointed. The twist about Ellis and the people in Gamin wasn't very surprising because there were enough hints to figure out the main idea. Wasn't bad, but not something I would recommend either. Full review to come.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Read 82 pages and thought life is too short and quit.
Kari (BookandCoffeeLover)
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, ya, mystery
Beautiful cover. Intriguing premise. Boring delivery...
Beth Roberts
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am giving this book two stars. One for the cover and another for the descriptive blurb, because they were both great and did their job convincing me to read the book. I am so glad I borrowed it from the library instead of paying for it.

I got it home, read the prologue and the back flap concerning the authors, which I shouldn't have in order to give this book a fair chance. In order to give you, a potential reader, a fair review, I will save my personal prejudices for the end of my review and a
There's a clear line between complex and complicated, and Unwept crossed that line very early into the novel and got more and more lost in there the farther it went into the story. Basically, Unwept wanted to be many, many things and to do a lot of things, and, in the end, it barely achieved to be and to do any of the things it set out to. The problem doesn't lie in being too ambitious with the story, - though for such a small book, the amount of details and ideas was overwhelming -, the real is ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wait, what?? ...I don't get it.... at all. Could have been so good if it had made any sense. But it doesn't, not even when everything is laid out and "explained." Probably won't continue the series.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, edelweiss
Tracy Hickman is the brilliant mind behind years and years of fantasy novels and many Dungeons and Dragons games. He and his high school sweetheart-wife have realized their dream of writing together and have written three books so far, Unwept being the third. Honestly, I didn’t know any of this when I downloaded the book to read it. I had never even heard of Tracy Hickman before. I just read the first sentence of the synopsis and promptly clicked “Download”. Throw in a mysterious cover and I was ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 16, 2015 11:08AM  
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