Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review | The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

The Unnaturalists drew me in because of its beautiful cover. However, I kept reading for the story. I liked the characters and history that went along with the book. The main character, Vespa was very enjoyable to follow. She was headstrong and very saucy, as one of the other characters said. She was a girl stuck in a post apocalyptic future, trying to make a place for herself in a male dominated world. I love all the creatures she interacted with and their unique places in the world. Vespa and the creatures were the best parts of the book. However some parts were very lacking. 

    One was that Vespa was so eager to fall in love, despite her desire to avoid marriage and stay a scientist. Right after meeting the boy, she seems to become infatuated with him. The summary was also very misleading. I thought there would be a relationship between Vespa and Syrus. There is not. Overall, the book was very well written and as good as I expected. I don't think I will be reading the next books though.

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