“The Lynburn Legacy” by Sarah Rees Brennan – Book series review, spoiler free

 Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

This is the synopsis for “Unbroken”, the first book in the Lynburns Legacy trilogy, followed by “Untold” and “Unmade”.

My thoughts: I have a love/meh relationship with this series. Although I really love Brennan’s writing, her characters and the basic idea that this series is based on, I still had some problems with it.

I’m going to try and describe the series overall, giving you my thoughts and feelings about it without spoil you anything!

First things first, the characters: in my opinion this is the truly strong point of the trilogy; Brennan manages to create main characters that are not caricatures nor plain and side characters that are interesting and well developed (apart from Jared. Ugh, Jared).

Our main character, Kami, is the opposite of any YA girl you could think of; she’s strong and independent, she doesn’t rely on anyone – in a toxic way, at least – and she doesn’t let anyone tell what she can or can’t do.

At different moments in the first books various male characters try to tell her not to do this or that, or not to talk with that person, and she’s like “why don’t you mind your own business?”

I should add that the author has a couple of brilliant moments as long as dialogues go, I was giggling and just adoring Kami even more.

Another plus point for this trilogy: it’s LGBTQ+ friendly and it deals with this topic very very well, I think the author did a great job making fun of some stereotypes that concern the LGBTQ+ world and in general, managing the whole situation.

Now to the weak point of these three books: the plot. I don’t want to say that it is stupid or dull, the problem is how the plot was actually managed. I won’t go into details, but I expected a whole lot more and while the first book has a nice rhythm, I feel like the second and the third are exciting and fast at the beginning and at the end, while the middle pages are just… useless. Nothing happens and the narration kinda drags too much. In my humble opinion the second and the third book could easily merge into one.

Another thing that really bugged me was the love story. Way too much teen drama for me. As much as I love Kami I was just like, can you two just talk to each other or move on with your lives?

Also, the ending was… eurgh. I was so disappointed, it was just so predictable and dull.

Overall, I do like this series and I think it’s worth checking out, just keep in mind that it could get slow at some points and you just have to power through those pages.

Have you read this series yet? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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#FridayReads – 27.03.15

Where I share with you what I’m going to read this weekend!

Yesterday night I finished “Howl’s moving castle” by Diana Wynne Jones (btw, loved it!) so now I’m gonna move to “A Storm of Swords“, the third book in the “A song of ice and fire” series by George R.R. Martin. I’m so excited to get back into this world and I’m gonna try really hard to power through this one, since I’d like to finish this volume and the next before the fifth series of A Game of Thrones comes out, to avoid spoilers!

My family watches the show and it airs during dinner time, so I pretty much can’t avoid the telefilm… *sighs*

This weekend I’ll also probably try to catch up with the new releases of “Hawkeye”, “Black Widow” and “Ms. Marvel” that came out on Marvel Unlimited; maybe I’ll also start “Thor: God of Thunder”, since I don’t have many issues to catch up with. I don’t know if I’ll get to it though, it really depends how much I get into “A Storm of Swords”!

What are you reading this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Booktube channel!

I finally decided to post my first video on my Booktube channel; I’ve been watching Booktube videos for almost a year, now, and I always wanted to become a part of that community, but I was always too scared to do so!

So… here’s my first video. Hope you’ll like it!

October Book Haul!

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  • “D.Gray Man” volume 20, Katsura Hoshino
  • “Mappa di un nuovo mondo”, Derek Walcott (a collection of his poems)
  • “Heart of Darkness”, Joseph Conrad
  • “Jane Eyre”, Charlotte Brontë
  • “Orientalims”, Edward Said

This month I mainly picked up books I needed to read for my English course – except for D.Gray-Man of course!

I just read Heart of Darkness so far… Sigh!

#LITTLEreadathon Day#6 + Day #7 and Wrap Up!

Currently reading:
“Collected Poems, 1948-1984″ by Derek Walcott
“The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje
Pages read today: 108

Books completed during the readathon:
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer
(Short story) “The Birth-Mark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad
Pages read in total: 648

So… the October LITTLEreadathon is over! I completed two books and I’m nearly finished with the other two I’m currently reading, so I’m happy with this result. The books I needed to read are not very easy to get through, so even if I know I could have done better, I’m not going to be too hard on myself! And I know that if I take part in another readathon, I need to choose quicker reads.