Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Source: Book provided by the publisher for review
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When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it.

My Thoughts

Historical fiction is a genre that I don't tend to read much of, but when I do, I really enjoy them most of the time. I was really excited to get the opportunity to read and review this one. This was actually quite different than I was expecting, but in a very good way. It had a very haunting type atmosphere to it, and it left me feeling quite confused (in a good way) for most of the story. Beyond the main character Katharine, I fell for a lot of the secondary characters. They were so well developed and it was fantastic how they were woven into the story. I loved where the story went and I could see how this was able to be a stand alone, but glad that we get to continue Katharine's story in the sequel.

Katharine was a character that I very easily came to like. She is caring, but is also hard and tough, and not afraid to speak her mind. She isn't as much concerned about what is proper, as what she thinks is right or wrong. She likes to get a rise out of people who are trying to do the same to her, and does not easily back down. At first she is most concerned about what is best for her since she lives with her awful aunt, but she comes to love Stranwyne Keep and the friends she has made there. When she finds that things aren't as simple as it has been told, she decides that she must do the right thing for not only her Uncle, but the whole estate.

The other characters were just as important to this story. Her Uncle Tully, who is said to be unstable was actually one of my favorites. He is quirky for sure, and has his... ways about him, but was such an enjoyable character. Mary also was a favorite of mine. She annoyed me to no end at first, and I wasn't so sure I would like her, but I did end up really liking her. There are many others that I enjoyed too. Without them the story would not have been as fantastic as it was.

This was a book that keeps you wondering about things. I was never sure who to trust, who I could really like or not, and whether certain people really were mental or not. Yes, I did figure out who was behind certain things, but I don't think it would have been obvious to most people. I just happen to be very perceptive with little clues and such. The best thing about this book was that I could actually imagine it. I felt like I was walking through the halls, sitting in the workshop, intervening in the kitchen. I love being able to feel like I can jump right into the pages and be there. It's definitely books like this that make me wonder why I don't read more historical. This was fantastic!!

*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Historical fiction can be a hit or miss with me- I saw Giselle's review of this and I am considering to read this one now. Katharine seems like a great character!

    Fab post, Amy! <33

  2. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, so I know I would enjoy this. I've heard great things about this book and I'm glad that you liked it too.
    Katherine seems like a nice character that I would enjoy and I'm excited to meet her.
    I also love that it's an atmospheric read.
    Great review, Amy!

  3. I love historical fiction. It think just jumping into a world of a different time always fascinates me. Great review.

  4. This sounds interesting. I used to read a lot of historical fiction, but haven't much the last few years. Thanks for sharing!

  5. It's so nice when a book your not sure about ends up pleasantly surprising you. I like that confusing actually works in this one.
    Great review, chickie!

  6. I wanna read this one so badly! This review just made me wanna go to the library and snag it up!

  7. Ooo, I love books where you're not sure who's telling the truth! I have had this one forever, i don't know why I haven't gotten around to it yet. Your review definitely makes me want to pick it up as soon as I can. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. I really enjoyed this one as well and can't wait for the next one!

  9. Oooo I like books that keep me guessing! Nice review.

  10. I'm not big on historical fiction and I rarely pick something up from that genre, but I do hear that this is the series to follow if you were to pick one up. I'm so happy to hear that you loved it! Katharine seems like a girl I'd love to be friends with. Oh and I love quirky characters so I think Uncle Tully would be a favorite of mine, too. Wonderful review, babe!

  11. The characters sound fantastic, especially Uncle Tully. It seems like Katharine would slightly irk me at times, and I also usually hate all historical fictions, although I'm really happy that you loved it. I haven't heard much, but your review has definitely interested me, especially the bit about how the books kept you guessing, and I feel like now's a good a time as any to start a historical.

    Fantastic review, Amy! <33

  12. This historical is so much fun, and I'm glad you liked it so much. Uncle Tully is so adorably unique! He's unlike any other character I've ever read, and he really makes the book special. :)


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