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Review: Unwritten | Alica J. Novo

Unwritten (The Zweeshen Chronicles #1) | Alicia J. Novo

Book Info

Page count: 324

Publication date: May 8, 2021

Publisher: INtense Publications

Genres: Fantasy, young adult, romance


“Books whisper to Beatrix Alba. But they aren’t the reason she has never fit in. Bullied at home and school, she keeps a secret—a power of violence and darkness.

When the spell that keeps her hidden fails, she’s catapulted into the Zweeshen, a realm where all tales live, and her dream of meeting her favorite characters comes true. But wishes are tricky, and behind its wonder and whimsy, the Zweeshen is under attack. A character is burning bookworlds in pursuit of a weapon to rule both stories and storytellers. To succeed, he needs a riddle in Beatrix’s keeping.

Now he’s hunting her down.

Joining forces with William, a cursed conjurer, Beatrix must face an enemy who knows her every weakness in a realm where witches play with time, Egyptian gods roam, and Regency heroines lead covert operations. And with her darkness as the only weapon, she may have to sacrifice everything to save a world that rejects her.”

See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

2/5 stars

I was completely prepared for this to be the best book I’d read all month, but unfortunately, it let me down. The premise sounded fantastic but the book just couldn’t deliver.

I was really expecting to enjoy the book about books trope, but we just weren’t clicking. I read a good amount of classics, but due to copyright and all that the author could only mention old books, most of which I hadn’t read.

Our love interest was weird. First of all, he was literally Will Herondale but not as sweet. One, they’re both named Will. Two, they both have that “oh no, anyone who loves me DIES” thing going on. I won’t go into much detail in case you haven’t read either book, but it’s the exact same.

It wasn’t that Unwritten was a terrible book. I wasn’t that bad. But I don’t think it’s what I needed right now and it just didn’t interest me.

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