Spencer’s Corner~The Unwanteds Book Review

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My son Spencer is going to be doing some featured posts.They will be under the tab Spencer’s Corner. He is writing the reviews and posts,  the opinions are all his. I hope you enjoy them. Here is his very first Young Adult Book Review.


Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret— behind the mirage of the “death farm” there is instead a place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.


A friend recommended The Unwanteds by: Lisa McMann, so I decided to read the book. The Unwanteds took me about 4 days to finish, so it wasn’t the fastest read, but it did pick up about half way through. If you start reading the book, and it is a little slow it just give it time to speed up because when it does you aren’t going t want to put it down. The story follows Alex and his three friends as they get taken off to the Death farm. They soon discover something incredible that nobody expected Artime. Artime is the land of creativity the creator of Artime is Mr. Today. They soon discover how to harness creativity into something more then they ever expected. The writing was remarkably fluid and descriptive. The author undoubtedly took you to the unique land that is Artime. In the end,  I would recommend this book. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.


About the Author:

Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER’S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and the dystopian fantasy series beginning with THE UNWANTEDS. 


  1. thanks for sharing his review. It’s great to hear from a teens perspective. My teen son loves to read!

  2. Nicole A. says

    Sent to the death farm, wow! I can’t imagine if our fate were so decided like that, life or death.

  3. Me and the kids started our 30 minutes a day reading activity at home today. Hopefully we could keep up especially my 6 year old who doesn’t have much patience lol. That would be a good read!

    • It does take time to get to 30 minutes. My son has always loved reading, even as a young child. I didn’t develop a love for reading until I was in my 20’s.

  4. That is a GREAT review for your son! And it sounds interesting enough for me to want to grab for my 12 or 14 year old’s 🙂

  5. it’s official i’ll never get through my reading list is I keep adding books

  6. I am adding this to my reading list

  7. What a great first review, wish my first one had been that good! This sounds like a book my oldest would enjoy I will pass this to him.

    • Thanks Jennifer I will let him know. He loves to read and has a list as long as my arm…lol. We are picking books up today at the library he has 24 to pick up! He can read pretty quickly so I will be posting a lot more.

  8. bonnie holt says

    This sounds like a very good book. I will have to get this and read it

  9. The review is very convincing. However, if I’d picked this up myself and read about a quarter of it without much interest, I might not pick it up again. But this review makes such a difference!

  10. How great that your son and you can do this together. Awesome! I actually really enjoy YA books with a dystopian theme. Thanks for sharing. I am going to have to check this one out on Amazon.

  11. Great Review!! I should do this with my son soon, he has his own blog site though 🙂

  12. My son was just complaining that he is out of reading material. After school I’m going to have him check this one out since it seems right up his alley.

  13. I like how books being reviewed by bloggers that way it will give me the idea of what i might be going to read someday.

  14. Wonderful 1st review–and as this is not the only one I have commented on–all your reviews are quite good–keep up the good work!

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