Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review of 'Unspoken (Speak No Evil Trilogy)' by Amy Richie


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Title: Unspoken
Author: Amy Richie
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Audience: YA or NA
Formats: eBook
Publisher: Amy Richie
Cover By: M. Gibbs
Editor: C and M Gibbs
Pages: 26K words, 88 pages.
Date Published: 7 February, 2014

Bed B; Room 36; Nine Crosses

Ren Collins knows better than most where being different will land a person. A bed in a crazy hospital with only an angry ghost for company. But there are things about Toby that Ren doesn’t know, old secrets that are brought into the light only with the appearance of Tristan.

Tristan is different than Toby. Sure, they’re both only real to Ren, but Tristan does something Toby never does. He smiles. Ren soon finds herself trusting this new curly haired ghost-person more than she should.

At least, that’s what Toby says. But maybe Toby is the one who can’t be trusted. Where the ghost people are concerned, can any of them be trusted?

**My thoughts**

This book just dives right into the action, as Ren is sort of coming out of her fog in the mental hospital. She hasn't said a word in years, but the pressure building from Toby's constant badgering and the sudden appearance of Tristan, and everyone warning her away from him, causes her to finally find her voice. And now she is running for her life again, only she doesn't know if she is running toward trouble or running away from trouble.

You get a tiny bit of insight into her past, but not much. The focus is on her being the only one seeing these ghosts and the reasons she has been placed in a mental hospital. Ren is very unsure of herself, which is understandable. There is little to no explanation of who these Others are and what their purpose is. I felt like a whole lot of the story was missing and then this installment just ended. It does end at a point where Ren makes a decision about whom to trust, which could be a good stopping point. It felt more like it should be a pause, not a full stop. It's not enough of a cliffhanger to freak out the reader. I like Amy Richie's books, so I know the rest of the story will come together and be good.

This book is short, only about 91 pages according to Amazon. Two more parts are due out, to complete the story. I want to know what happens next, but almost feel like these three parts should have been rolled into one novel, not broken up. I like the idea behind the story, how Ren is the only one who can see these ghosts, and she has some kind of destiny wrapped up in them. I just would prefer it all at once. Bring on the omnibus edition, soon!

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Amy Richie has lived in a small town her entire life. She lives with her three kids and their pet rat Jasper. She began writing in high school but never took it seriously until a few years ago. She enjoys writing because it takes her out of her everyday life and gives life to the people in her head.

Amy says: “When I was little I wanted to be a mermaid, then when I was in high school I wanted to be a vampire; now as an adult I’m a writer, which is better because now I get to be both.”

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