Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: Unbeautiful by Jessica Sorensen

Publication Date: 12/23/2014

Series: Unbeautiful #1 
Rating: 4 stars

Official Blurb:


You want to know my secrets? What lies beneath the pretty? The scars I can’t let anyone see? The scars tied to my secrets? 
On the outside I appear normal. Some might even say perfect. 
They say that I’m a pretty girl. They say I should be happy. They say that I have nothing to be angry about. That I’m popular. A cheerleader. That I’m perfect. 
Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. 
But all they see is what’s on the outside. 
On the inside I’m raw, open, bleeding. Scars that can’t seem to heal the wounds. 
Carrying dark secrets about who I really am.
How afraid I am to tell the truth.
And it’s slowly killing me. 


Tattoos. Piercing. Scars. The guy who can’t speak. 
Gothic freak. Mute. Punk. I’ve heard it all. 
They say that I’m probably dangerous. They say people should stay away from me. 
They say. They say. They say.
But who are they anyway? 
To decide what I am. 
They don’t know what’s hidden beneath the scars. Beneath the piercings and tattoos. 
The secrets I keep hidden beneath the silence.
Maybe if they knew, they wouldn’t fear me so much. 
Then again, maybe they’d fear me more.

Going into this series, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. As a spinoff to the wildy acclaimed and personally beloved Redemption series, I’d wonder how closely the Unbeautiful series resemble it. They story was somewhat unexpected. The plot development is what really set apart from your typical young adult romance story.

Emery comes from a very sheltered community and home. She knows she needs to get out and away from that kind of pre-planned life. She takes her chance when she’s accepted into a college outside of her small town. She goes against the grain of her parents and boyfriends wishes and leaves. Though she’s still being monitored by her family, she begins to see that her past brand of normal is exactly opposite of that.

The one connection the Redemption series comes in the form of Ryler’s relation to Luke. Ryler’s on the run from his father’s gambling issues and crashes with Luke until he can get back on his feet again. The unique thing about Ryler is that he is completely mute. But, despite his inability to talk, he has a way of expressing himself that could rival any leading romantic story male. His world begins to spin again when he meets Emery. She amazes him with the sheer fact she knows sign language and is able to connect with him on a level that most cannot just by being able to speak his language so to speak.
I think the underlying tones of this story is about what two people who are on the brink of breaking down can do when they face the crossroads of a better life and continuing the downward spiral of darkness. It also showcases that love doesn’t need spoken words to manifest in someone’s heart. One of my favorite quotes from this book honestly gave me a new outlook on how we perceive the life and world around us.

“Open  your eyes. The world is only what we believe it is.”

Those two sentences alone has resonated with me since I finished this book because of the truth that’s behind them not only for the characters of this story, but for the real life world around us. This is definitely a different kind of love story that I think will nestle itself into new adult romance fans hearts. I am counting down the days until the next book in this series releases in February.

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