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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Set in a kingdom of warring lands, demon curses, and hidden magic, UNSPOKEN is a fantasy for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Mercy Falls Series and Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass.

"You are unbroken."

Princess Isabelle of The New Kingdom has lived her entire life in the confines of her palace. She spends her time hunting for the poverty-stricken Voiceless-people of the Old Kingdom
Paperback, 402 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by The Parliament House Press
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Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a super enjoyable read! I loved the content and the plot so much, they were so captivating! The characters were another really strong point of the book for me. The main character, Izzy, is a strong female lead with attitude, independence and courage; she may be a princess but she’s no damsel in distress. Fray and his exquisite blue eyes may have just become one of my new favorite fictional boyfriends 😍
I really enjoyed the romance in the novel as well! It wasn’t always a main focus but t
Celia McMahon
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Pre-order here!!!:

No, but really, vampires and werewolves are making a comeback in the best way, and I am here for it.

Here are some things you might want to know:

-This was not my first novel, but it is the one I hold dearest to my heart.

-Although my wolves are not werewolves in a sense, they are humans who can change with just a few words spoken. I took from Welsh myths to create
NAT.orious reads ☾
Jan 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy-next
If you've inspected this gorgeous, wolf-y, mesmerizing, brilliant and what not else cover and don't hit want to read immediately there's really nothing on this planet to safe you from the abyss of pointlessness...

This book is going on my list of "Underrated Titles" and "Books That Don't Get Enough Attention!" I bought Unspoken on a complete whim one day because it was on sale on Kindle. The cover looked beautiful and the description sounded cool. I jumped right into it and I am so glad I did!

Unspoken is set in The New Kingdom, where Princess Isabelle lives and is coming of age--close to marrying age, that is. Her older brother was slain in battle, and he was her hero.

The pieces I loved best about Unspo
Ane Lotherington
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
"Even when those changes make me do things without thinking?"
"You're seventeen. That's quite normal."

Okay, so I'm DNF-ing this book at 40% because I've had enough. I'm not even half-way through and I've got 25 notes, and the first ones I've got are on the first few pages. I rarely feel so strongly about books that I need to write long long reviews, but friends... the time has come.

To preface this whole thing, I would like to say that I gave it a solid shot, the premise is good, and I enjoyed th
Sarah Sabin
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galley-edits
If you're into well developed female heroines, magic, traitorous kings, princes, and werewolves, be sure to check out Unspoken coming this fall! ...more
Oct 11, 2019 added it
I don’t want to give any stars since I didn’t even make it 6 percent into this book but there are some major problems with it that I feel I need to be mentioned. For one, I feel that this needs a major editing overhaul and was not ready for publication. Missing periods, comma splices, lack of auxiliary verbs, and having the wrong word altogether were some of the grammatical problems, never mind the completely disjointed narrative. Little things like describing a sound as “readable” rather than “ ...more
Yan  Del Cid
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I instantly fell in love with the cover of this book. It is so beautiful, for me it was a must read.

I finally got to read it this month and I was not dissapointed. The book is well written and the story really gets into you as well as the characters. I must admit I didn´t like Izzy that much at the beginning as she seemed a spoiled brat, but while the story develops she really gets into your heart deeply and one gets to understand why she is that way. She is a very independent, intelligent and
Olivia Wildenstein
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With a hard-as-nails heroine, a kingdom built on deceit, and prose worthy of Sarah J. Maas, I dare you not to sink deep into McMahon's world. ...more
Violet Stone
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Full review to come
Jul 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Can’t wait to read it!
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Maybe the dark is a good place for me to hide,"...
"You speak of dark and death as if they are the worst things that can happen to a person. There's a light in your mind. It can light the way in darkest of darks. And of death? The ghosts speak more humbly than you and I could every envisage. Sometimes one action-one death-can spur a movement, sway the cosmos, and move the stars."

So I found this little gem in one of my weekly emails from BookBub, offering a Kindle Edition for 99 cents. I thought
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
Isabelle Rowan is a princess of Stormwall but she defies what her mother says. With her father off beyond the Archway at war, a brother who passed away during the war, and an overprotective mother, Izzy finds solace in the little things. Izzy enjoys being in the company of her cousin, Lulu; talking to her brother, Henry, at his grave; and escaping through the servants' entrance to go hunting in the forest with a bow and arrow.

Izzy is snarky, speaks her mind and loves archery. Henry taught her ar
Marissa Fuller
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A princess set on a path to continue the legacy of her parents she thinks she knows all about. Secrets uncovered — of magic, darkness, and silence. Learning both the meaning and the cost of love. Change. War. Revenge.

This book is a wonder. If you’re one of those people who can get bored of books because you can see every twist coming, this will be a breathe of fresh air for you, as it was for me! The multitude of themes and aspects made this story so rich, along with an amazing heroine and a co
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When i read the summary of this book i thought it sounded interesting, but i had NO IDEA what i was in for!!! What a unique and awesome book!!!!!

I want to be careful not to say too much and spoil it for you, but i also want you to know what an amazing book this is!! The concept of the voiceless was so imaginative. I know the author says in the acknowledgements that she came up with this story from a song, and i want to know what song!! Is there a playlist?

The world she built in this book took
Jul 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-to-read
I had the pleasure of reading this story when it was in its infancy. I am sure a lot has changed since 2016, but I know the heart of it still remains. I can credit myself with naming one of the character's (I won't say which). Celia has brought the shifter side of fantasy into the YA world. This debut is going to rock your world. I cannot believe its finally going out in the world!!!! ...more
Georgi White
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the story line, the bits of mystery and the heart breaking moments that changed Izzy from meager and shy to a beast.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blew my socks off
Emily Radojits
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was very enjoyable. I look forward to book 2!
Rating: 3 Stars
Read: January 2020

A Brief Overview:
Isabelle does not want to be married off like a proper princess: she'd much rather be hunting in the woods and visiting the Voiceless. One night she is attacked by men practicing magic, a forbidden art in the New Kingdom. Her Voiceless savior, Fray, has many secrets of his own. Events are much more closely tied together than Isabelle thought, uniting her dead brother, her father's war, and even the Voiceless. Who can she trust, and which side is
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF after a little more than 100 pages.

This was... uh, kind of incoherent sometimes? Like there would be time skips between chapters with no indication until like halfway through the scene. Or character descriptions would be omitted until several chapters later when I realized I'd been picturing them all wrong. Conversations and dialogue sometimes had absolutely no flow. Like not even talking in circles, but to the point where I was unclear what the conversation was even about.

I even tried skipp
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good!! Magic, wolf-beasts, corrupt king and our sassy girl lead!! More review to come!!! •

Update- thank you Parliament Press for sending me an eARC for an honest review. I loved this book. I love Fray and Izzy and Lulu and Ashe. This quickly became one of my top favorite reads this year. Cannot wait for the next 2!! Thanks for creating such a great story Celia!!
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to The Parliament House for giving me a chance to read an eARC of Unspoken.

Princess Isabelle, or Izzy, is not your conventional princess. Yes, she has to do her duty by making a promising marriage when she turns eighteen but thing young lady has a mind of her own. She was my favorite character in this book because she is spunky, sassy and lively. Her relationship with her best friend was so fun to see until some events take place to change that. But there was a lot of conflict Izzy had
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Izzy is the Princess Isabelle of The New Kingdom, the only heir to the crown where her mother as its ruling queen and her father the king is somewhere in The Old Kingdom, invading other region in order to make it part of their kingdom. Izzy's brother was gone during his time warring other country and is believed to have died. Izzy visits his cemetery every time she needs solace. As the only heir and with the danger outside the kingdom, Izzy is confined to the palace. She will be married when she ...more
Little Miss Book Critic
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It had likable characters [for the most part] and a good plot. However, while the author was good at including details that would be great sort of "Ah-Ha" moments [re. Abiyaya not being able to read one of Ashe's hands] there were a couple of moments in the book that were disjointed. For example, there were revelations that felt like they happened more than once, such as when our heroine finds out that her mother knew the truth behind her brother Henry's deat ...more
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
Isabelle is a brat. She's such a brat, in fact, that I considered DNF'ing this book well before the halfway point. But, fool that I am, I bought all three books in the series when it was on sale when I was hopeful, so I pushed through.

The ideas are good, but, on top of Isabelle being a brat (her tantrum over Ashe knowing her brother and her being all "I can't stand someone else knowing my brother besides me!" almost made me drop my kindle in revulsion) I felt like the main plot wasn't fully fles
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm sorry. I wanted to be thrilled and captivated by this. I really did. But I should have guessed what I was in for by the end of the first chapter.

That chapter was the worst, but there were parts all over this book that read like it hadn't been edited. Isabelle's outfit completely changed colors within a few paragraphs. Sections in italics either randomly switched out of italics like this, or remained italicized for far longer than was probably intended. (And maybe that was a Kindle formatting
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you @theparliamentpress for the eARC of ‘Unspoken’ by Celia McMahon! I’m not really sure what I think of this book. It had a really interesting plot and I loved Lulu’s character until the end where she and Izzy have a confrontation. There were some parts of this book that seemed a bit anachronistic to me because it seemed to be set in a medieval time and yet they use nail polish and know what the ‘downward dog’ position is. Izzy was also a bit over dramatic when it came to her brother and ...more
A.N. Willis
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A rich YA fantasy with a spectacular ending!

Princess Isabelle is haunted by the loss of her brother, a soldier in her father's endless war. Though her parents expect obedience, she spends her days trying to help the Voiceless, afflicted refugees from the Old Kingdom, where magic once reportedly held sway. When a strange new faction appears in Stormwall, Isabelle comes under attack--and the only explanation is that the Old Kingdom's magic is not gone at all. She and Fray Castor, a handsome and in
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: age-young-adult
I...I forgot to update this as read.

ANYWAYS! 1 word:


This was such a fun read! I absolutely loved the world-building and character development that went on here. Our female MC, Izzy, is such a sassy and strong heroine. She's very relatable and truly just tough as nails, but still very real and sensitive when need be. And Fray... SWOON He was such a lovely character as well... He's truly become one of my favorite male characters, and I don't really put that title on just anyone.

The stor
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Celia Mcmahon is a devourer of books and coffee. If she’s not busy buying more books than she can read or discovering new ways of being tired, you can find her scouring the world army-wife style for book ideas.

What I read: I read fantasy and contemporary with your occasional biography and horror thrown in.

Unapologetically addicted to jalapeno Cheetos.

What I write: I write

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