"To her, books were at times comforting, often exciting, always full of wonder. Filled with people one wished to meet. With adventure to partake in."
I had received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the author and publisher for allowing me to have an early read of this book.
Unwritten, by Alicia J. Novo, is the first installment to the Zweeshen series. This book will be released on May 8th, 2021.
Beatrix Alba can hear the whispers of books. This is not the only special thing about her. She also has amazing power that she nicknamed "The Furie". To hide this power from others, her grandfather gave her a protective spell. When this spell starts to fail, Beatrix is forced into the fantastical world called the Zweeshen, a world where she can meet all of her favorite book characters. However, Beatrix is thrown into danger when she learns of a character who is burning fictional worlds and now made his goal hunting her.
The world-building in this book is amazing! It is easily one of my new favorite fictional worlds that I would love to be a part of. Being able to meet my favorite characters from my favorite books sounds amazing. One of my favorite things about the Zweeshen was how real it felt. The way that the world was run and the people running it were easily recognizable to our own. The government only became more realistic as they acted out of fear and ended up making terrible decisions that led them to more dangerous problems.
There were a couple of things that I had a hard time with. First was the ending. It felt disconnected and rushed. I couldn't follow along with the story and there were many times that I had to go back a couple of pages and reread in order to understand what was happening. I wish that the book could have been a little longer so that I could have more explanation or understanding of what was happening at the end.
Overall, I felt that this book was realistic. Both how the character reacted to being in the new world and the way that the people and the government of Zweeshen reacted to her being in their world made the story feel more real. While the ending did feel disconnected and rushed, I think that there is still more story to be told and I can't wait to see how the rest of the series will go.
Rating - 3/5 ⭐