Review: Umberland (Everland #2) by Wendy Spinale

on Jan 22, 2018
Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. Except the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even more deadly. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poison apple.

Legend has it, though, that a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of an impossible labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place no one in their right mind enters. With no other options, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hatter, a wild party boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she'll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares. 

But can anyone actually survive the madness of the maze? And what if there's no apple to be found there? 

3 out 5 Stars (I'm feeling generous)


After finishing Everland, I immediately dove into Umberland. Expecting to love it as much as I loved Everland. I was dead wrong. Remember all those warm fuzzy feelings I had about the characters, the plot, and well, everything about book #1? You don't? No problem 'cause they all went out the window with this book.

What a complete and utter disappointment this book turned out to be. As the story begins we learn that the cure isn't really a cure and everyone is still sick. I'm pretty sure some of them will end up being a flying monkey, I know this sounds stupid but given the ridiculous avenues that this book goes down I believe it to be entirely possible for book 3. The cure not working is fine, but it contradicts what was already set up and...just *sigh* Why bother making Gwen the special chosen one if she's not? Thats already an overused YA plot device. I don't understand the point. And, I'm sorry but the poison apple thing is dumb, it really is.

We need to talk about how this book successfully turns Gwen and Pete, both complex, enjoyable characters into predictable, whiny teens, making stupid decisions. That takes skill, ladies and gentleman. To continually interrupt life or death situations with their petty relationship drama. I absolutely hated Gwen and Pete in this book.

I most hated the fact that this book isn't really about Gwen and Peter (though they make bothersome appearances), contrary to how it's been set up, each book deals with different main characters but also follows the same story line. The first POV we start with is Alyssa (you know, like Alice *eye roll*) Alyssa is actually not too bad, probably the least annoying character of the whole book.

Alyssa has to work with the Maddox Hatter. Maddox is, of course the dangerous bad boy who for some reason will fall in love with Alyssa and also turn out to have a heart of gold. Bleh. The book skims over the fact that he assists children and teens in committing suicide. Which creeped me out to say the least. I'm having a real hard time fangirling on this weirdo. I could go into detail about the creepy ritual surrounding the death parties he throws but its honestly so sickening that I won't subject you to it.

My last hope lay with Hook, who had the potential to have a complex redemption storyline but nope. He's just going to be evil for the heck of it. Just because this book hates interesting characters.

As I'm sure its obvious I could never recommend this book to anyone. That being said one can easily read the first book, Everland as a stand alone novel. Do that and skip this horrid book all together.


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