I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Untethered by Katie Hayoz
on April 3rd, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: the author
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Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she’s sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it –her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.
Sixteen-year-old Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control.
Untethered explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. Finalist in Mslexia novel competition.
I wish I had written this review immediately after reading the book, but unfortunately, life got in the way. I’m terribly sorry if I paint the book with the broadest of strokes, but I’m running off of the story’s lasting impression.
The first thing that struck me while reading, within the first pages, was the absolute contrast between Untethered and her Clockwork Siren series. I had assumed that since they were both paranormal, that they would read very similarly, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! The Clockwork Siren, being aimed more towards adults, has a more mature feel to it. The characters are flawed, certainly, but all of their decisions have adult complexity. Untethered, on the other hand, being in first person/present tense, reads as though you truly are within the mind of a teenage girl. Completely different! It’s so great to find that an author has such versatility. Pleasant surprise!
I absolutely loved Sylvie! She was so realistic (my opinion being based on my own experience as a teen girl, obviously). She was self-centered, shallow and had low self-esteem; doesn’t she sound great? 😉 While a little bit unlikable at times, she was also completely relatable to every teen out there, being faced with teen problems; high school cliques, bullying, parental restrictions and curfews. Perfectly imperfect. This gave her the ideal opportunity to learn from her mistakes and to grow from them.
And let’s talk about those mistakes, shall we? Sylvie passes out frequently. In fact, any time that she experiences strong emotions, *poof!*, she’s outta there. But she isn’t just passing out. It turns out that she is actually leaving her body for short periods of time. Astral projection! As she learns how to control these trips, she’s faced with some difficult decisions. Does she make the right choices? Absolutely not! This is what makes for great entertainment! Parts of the story actually made me quite uncomfortable, which means that the author must be doing something right!
There are serious topics touched on, though some only briefly. Sylvie’s best friend, Cassie, has a rocky relationship with her parents, who are both alcoholics. Sylvie’s crush, Kevin, also has trouble with his parents and step-mother. This book perfectly showcases the great pressure exerted on teens, both real and imagined, by adults and self-imposed. There really is something for every reader to connect with.
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