Unwept (The Nightbirds #1)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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....more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*Genre* Mystery, with supernatural aspects
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more