Review: Unstrung


TITLE: Unstrung
AUTHOR: Kendra C. Highley
GENRE:  Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Love, Romance
 PUBLISHER: Smashwords
PUBLICATION DATE: October 17th 2014
SOURCE: Kathy of I Am A Reader

Thank you, Kathy, for giving me a copy of Unstrung!

Summary from Goodreads:

Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing—plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn says he knows who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.

Let me just ask something. What are your ideas or expectations after reading that summary? Bad-ass female protagonist? Crazy world with crazy scientists who create genetically-engineered humans to do their crazy work? YES! And so much more.

When I started Unstrung, I got bored during the first few chapters because it was so slow. But don’t let that keep you from this book. It might not have started out strong but it does have a promising plot plus a few — okay, a lot — of mind-blowing secrets.

The story is told in Lexa’s first person point of view. By the first scene alone, it promises to include a lot of action, which I didn’t catch at first. It is set in a very technologically-advanced era where genetically-engineered humans called artificials are being created to make the lives of the humans easier, so to speak. The topic of genetically-engineered humans being able to properly blend in the world is very delicate that one wrong move may result to destruction. Highley had done a very good job in Unstrung. She was able to successfully create this crazily impossible idea into something that seems so real. Everything made sense because she was able to properly control the flow of the story. Maybe it’s just me because I love Science for a start, but there is little to no confusion about all of the science stuff in the story because it was well explained and executed.

The characters I immediately loved. Lexa is a very strong-willed female who has a lot of compassion even if she’s selfless at times and stubborn. Quinn is such a sweetheart. He’s very reliable and trustworthy; he’s someone you can trust your life with. Like Lexa, he’s also very selfless and compassionate. These two obviously has something going on. But that’s all I’ll tell you because I want you to find out for yourself why Quinn seems to know Lexa. I promise you, it’s worth finding out.

There are still a lot of questions and mysteries in the story. I’m sure there are more, even worse, villains to come. That’s guaranteed because of that cliffhanger ending. Unstrung is the first installment in the series. I’m very excited for the sequel, Uprising, to be released this year!

My rating:


Unfinished (Unstrung 0)


TITLE: Unfinished
AUTHOR: Kendra C. Highley
GENRE:  Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Love, Romance
 PUBLISHER: Smashwords
PUBLICATION DATE: December 20th 2014
SOURCE: Author

This prequel to Unstrung is very beautiful. (Wow I had not described a book that way before.) This story is about two artificials learning to live for a purpose. It mainly focuses on Quinn, being the first prototype of an artificial model K700. He struggles with his life and the world before Lexa comes into his life. When Lexa was finally with him, he finally found his purpose.

It wasn’t easy for me to read this book because it contains abuse and while I usually can tolerate it, it was very hard for me to witness Quinn’s pains.

We are once again introduced with the soft side of Quinn. This novella made me love him more! Seriously, can he be more perfect?

My rating:


About the author:

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.


4 thoughts on “Review: Unstrung

  1. Wow these books sound excellent–especially if you’re giving them 5 stars! I’ve never heard of them before but the characters seem brilliant and unique.

    Lovely reviews, Salwa <33


    1. Thanks, Mel! I hadn’t expected them to be so good, especially since I hadn’t heard of the author or any of her works before either. I think there aren’t any print copies of these out there yet, which is a shame, really. Works like this should be given more attention. I think you’ll like Lexa and Quinn too! ❤️


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