Review of ‘The Unleashed’

The Unleashed continues Hendrick’s journey with the paranormal, with more vengeful ghosts and a strange connection to the past medium.

Interesting Story

The Unleashed
Danielle Vega
Razorbill

The Unleashed begins at an institution of sorts. We’re briefly introduced to a new character who meets an untimely end at the end of the prologue.

Cut to Hendricks reeling over the loss of Eddie and the events of Steele house.

There were times when I was reading this story when I felt as if the story was unnecessary. However, I was grateful for the closure given to Hendricks after the death of Eddie. That was the crux of the story, Hendricks struggling with the loss of the boy she loved. I loved the idea of her struggling with ghosts of her own, a theme carried over from the first novel, and the need for closure is very relatable. Eddie’s death was sudden, and Vega did an excellent job in the first novel of building the connection between the characters making the reader feel that loss.

It also resolved the character dynamics from the way The Haunted ended. One character in a coma, one silent, one with a broken arm. Given all the life Portia and Conner had in the previous book, the way it ended stripped them of it. So, it was good to see those dynamics re-strengthened, and the character dynamics gave a lot of thought.

Unfortunately, there were so many typos.

Woe is the Editor

Early on, I saw those mistakes. But, of course, no book is perfect because no editor is perfect. But whoever edited The Unleashed missed the mark big time.

Vega does an excellent job at building atmosphere and creating those perfectly horrific scenes and paranormal elements. But when you have to re-read a sentence because a word is missing or repeated twice, like “they they” for example, the horror feeling is taken away.

Some words are scrambled or repeated. Missing quotation marks leave room for confusion about who is talking, making it a bit of a mess. How are readers supposed to lose themselves and enjoy a story so rampant with typos?

Final Thoughts

Don’t get me wrong; I liked The Unleashed. Most of the plot seemed unnecessary, however. By the end, it became less grounded and wilder and crazier, whereas the first story had a more realistic feel to it. It has some outstanding horror elements, but the typos took away half of my enjoyment. However, I did love seeing Eddie again. Can’t we bring him back to life?

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date: July 13, 2021Page Count: 272ppAge Range: 14 & Over
ISBN: 978-0-4514-8151-1Publisher: RazorbillList Price: $10.99

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