by Alicia J. Novo
Publication date: May 8th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Books whisper to Beatrix Alba. But they aren’t the reason she has never fit in. Bullied at home and school, she keeps a secret—a power of violence and darkness.
When the spell that keeps her hidden fails, she’s catapulted into the Zweeshen, a realm where all tales live, and her dream of meeting her favorite characters comes true. But wishes are tricky, and behind its wonder and whimsy, the Zweeshen is under attack. A character is burning bookworlds in pursuit of a weapon to rule both stories and storytellers. To succeed, he needs a riddle in Beatrix’s possession.
Now he’s hunting her down.
Joining forces with William, a cursed conjurer, Beatrix must face an enemy who knows her every weakness in a realm where witches play with time, Egyptian gods roam, and Regency heroines lead covert operations. And with her darkness as the only weapon, she may have to sacrifice everything to save a world that rejects her.
Unwritten by Alicia J. Novo is an absolutely brilliant YA Fantasy. This is the kind of book that perfectly represents what I love about the genre. But, before we get into that, can we just talk about this cover? Beautiful and a lot of the reason I initially wanted to read this!
The world building in Unwritten is really descriptive. I felt transported into this story. I loved learning about the world and magic. It was very well written and fast paced. I had trouble putting this down and read it in two sittings over one day!
The characters are excellent. Beatrix is a great lead. I love how relatable she is.
I absolutely loved Unwritten. I didn’t want it to end and thought about re-reading so I could go back into this world. This is what fantasy should be, in my opinion. Highly recommended!!
*I received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Alicia has a weak spot for happy endings and transformative journeys. She spent her teenage years in Argentina and Europe, speaks several languages and loves to travel.
An eclectic reader, she grew up on a diet ranging from Lucy M. Montgomery and Jane Austen to Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Raymond Chandler, Hermann Hesse, Jorge Luis Borges, and many classics. She’s never been cured of reading a bit of everything and is as likely to geek out about Mr. Darcy as Dr. Who.
She is a history and astronomy aficionado, who walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, completed her Masters in the Netherlands and worked for Google in Ireland. She decided to become a writer at six but took a full, winding road here. Along the way, she learned if there’s one thing that cuts across cultures, one unifying thread that pulls everyone together, it’s a good story.
A big-city girl, she now lives in the Midwest, where she occasionally picks apples and pretends witches exist.
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