i received a free copy of the unwanted, by z.t. soyoye, in exchange for an honest review, thanks to the author.


“Let the Lightning Engulf you”
15-year-old Alexander Charon embarks on his journey at a new school as he struggles to form bonds and relationships with those around him. He begins to unravel his hidden talents, forcing his life to take an unexpected turn as he witnesses the murder and kidnapping of his friends. He must use his newly found skills to solve mysteries and protect those he cares for before it’s too late. Can Alex rise up as he attempts to persevere against adversities? Or will he fall into despair as hope dwindles with each new obstacle?

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the unwanted is a strong debut novel, with lots of good ideas.

the start of the book was a little slow. but once things got moving, that’s when i started to get into it. the ending was eventful, and well written.

one thing i liked about the unwanted is the use of the people’s different abilities. i liked that a lot of them felt unique and different. i don’t want to give too much away, so i won’t go into detail, but i think this is the first book where the character’s abilities were what they are.

i also really enjoyed the relationship between alex and anthony. i felt it was well written and very well developed. they were fun to read about. throwing emma into the mix was a very good choice from the author. i loved her character. i just wish we had more time to properly get to know her.

the book takes place over a couple of days, making some of the training seem illogical. (however it didn’t take away from my reading experience, it’s just something i noted as odd). due to the book being taken over a short period of time, i felt this affected the relationships between the main characters. if they had more time, i think we could’ve seen a lot more of their friendship (mostly with emma).

overall, i enjoyed reading this book. although it was plot motivated, i enjoyed the characters and their relationships more.

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  1. avatar

    So glad you liked The Unwanted, it does look very good. Nice review!

    1. avatar

      thank you!! it was worth the read.

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