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Unthinkable Hardcover – September 12, 2013
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Unthinkable is Fenella's story. Fenella was the original Scarborough girl, the one who began the curse on the Scarborough family that her descendant Lucy broke in Impossible. Fenella expected to die when the curse was broken, but instead, she finds out that she will live for several hundred more years. Weighed down by her guilt over the deaths of all her "daughters", she simply wants to die. In order to do so, however, she must complete three acts of destruction. Only after she agrees to these terms does she learn that her destructive acts must target Lucy and the other members of her family. The Faerie queen Kethalia sends her brother Ryland (characters from Werlin's Extraordinary) in the form of a cat to assist Fenella in her destruction. Trying to avoid following his advice, Fenella is left to puzzle out whether there is a way for her to achieve her goal of death without doing irreparable harm to her family.
Even though I liked Impossible, looking back on it, I think the story worked out a little too easily; Lucy's family and boyfriend were maybe too understanding, and her acts of creation came fairly easily. The conflict here was much deeper, because in some ways the stakes are higher. Fenella has to be destructive toward the family she would like to protect (and Werlin writes in a twist that really gives her no option). So her choices here are confined to choosing the least worst option, which is fairly agonizing for her.
I empathized with Fenella.Read more ›
I think the main problem people will have with this book is the main character Fenella. She's quite difficult to like, simply because she's trying to hurt her own family. Sure, she doesn't want to, and yes, it does bring some interesting conflict and tension to the story that had me turning pages, but in the end I just didn't like her. She causes so much destruction and pain, and I got a little annoyed with her woe-is-me attitude. Plus, I didn't like how naïve she was in the modern world. It's part of her character, of course - she's hundreds of years old and has never lived in modern times - but it's just another aspect of her character that frustrated me.
All problems with Fenella aside, this book is just fantastic. The supporting characters, new and old, are all perfect. It was so good to read more about Lucy again and see her through Fenella's eyes. I adored Lucy's character in Impossible and still loved her in Unthinkable. She's much like Lucy from the Narnia books - they both have that same sweet and innocent spirit.
And Ryland. Oh my word. I think he has to be my favorite character besides Lucy. He's turned into a cat in this book and is sort of a guide or companion to help Fenella. He just cracks me up. Not to mention the fact that he and Fenella can read each other's minds. Let's just say there was lots of giggling over his thoughts and reactions to being a cat. He definitely had the best lines!Read more ›
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I thought this book was really good, but it was not my favorite. This book has a good story and has parts that are amazing. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Samantha
Werlin writes the best books. It was especially interesting to see the story of Impossible continue and to see what happened to the characters.Published on November 2, 2013 by Kindle Customer