Unforsaken (Hailey Tarbell Series #2)

Unforsaken (Hailey Tarbell Series #2)

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by Sophie Littlefield

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Hailey Tarbell is no typical girl. As one of the Banished who arrived from Ireland generations ago, Hailey has the power to heal—and, as she recently learned, to create zombies if she heals someone too late. But now, Hailey is finally getting a chance at a normal life. After realizing the good and bad sides of her power, Hailey has survived the unimaginable to


Hailey Tarbell is no typical girl. As one of the Banished who arrived from Ireland generations ago, Hailey has the power to heal—and, as she recently learned, to create zombies if she heals someone too late. But now, Hailey is finally getting a chance at a normal life. After realizing the good and bad sides of her power, Hailey has survived the unimaginable to settle with her aunt, Prairie, and her little brother, Chub, in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Finally Hailey has a loving family, nice clothes, and real friends. But her safe little world is blown apart when she tries to contact her secret boyfriend, Kaz—and alerts the incredibly dangerous man who's looking for her to her true whereabouts.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This companion to Banished (Delacorte, 2010) is fast paced and disturbingly vivid. Hailey Tarbell, 16, is descended from the Banished, a group of Irish healers, and has inherited the power to heal, but it only works if a wounded person is still alive; otherwise, it turns the deceased into the living dead. Hailey is all too familiar with this chilling reality after escaping her hometown and those who wanted to exploit her power to create an army of zombies. Now she has a second chance at a normal life with her Aunt Prairie and adopted four-year-old brother, Chub. However, a new identity and a modicum of safety cannot make her forget who she left behind. When Hailey secretly talks to her boyfriend, Kaz, she inadvertently alerts the enemy to her location and ruins all illusions of safety. After Prairie and Chub go missing, Hailey and Kaz must find and rescue them from the men who will stop at nothing in their quest to build a zombie army. In this sequel, Hailey is still figuring out her powers but is more confident, aggressive, and willing to risk everything to save those she loves. While at times the inclusion of backstory seems to overwhelm the current narrative, it is helpful for remembering elements that could easily be forgotten. Littlefield wraps things up a little too neatly, but readers will still experience nail-biting moments of zombie attacks and heart-fluttering moments of romance that will keep them reading to the very end.—Elizabeth C. Johnson, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, WA
Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
Hailey Tarbell possesses the gift of healing people, but this extraordinary trait has a catch. If she doesn't heal the person in time, he or she becomes a zombie. Hailey is a descendent of the Banished, who came to America from Ireland. It is the powers of the Banished that are so coveted by many and Hailey seems to continually find herself in the middle of some disaster. As the story begins the reader sees a different side of Hailey. She finally gets a sneak peek into a normal teenage girl's life. She has found true friends, has trendy clothes and lives with a family that loves her. Aunt Prairie, her brother Chub and Hailey have settled into a small suburb of Milwaukee where life is so called normal. That is until Hailey innocently attempts to contact Kaz, her secret boyfriend. This one fated decision quickly destroys her new life and now Hailey and Kaz must risk their own lives again to save Aunt Prairie, Chub and the powers of the Banished. Reviewer: Lisette Baez
VOYA - Jamie Hansen
At the conclusion of Banished (Delacorte 2010/VOYA December 2010), spellbound readers were left craving more gripping adventures with Hailey Tarbell, her little brother, Chub, and her enigmatic Aunt Prairie. Author Sophie Littlefield has unquestionably delivered a superlative sequel. A descendant of the empowered Banished, refugees from Ireland, Hailey can heal the sick and wounded, but with an appalling cost. If she heals someone already dead, she creates a zombie. These incompatible abilities have attracted sinister villains who would use her gifts for results too terrible to contemplate. Fleeing a new enemy, as well a threat from her past (the callous Rattler), Hailey and her family have settled comfortably in a Milwaukee suburb. Even an agreeable life with ordinary friendships, however, cannot prevent Hailey from missing her secret boyfriend, Kaz. A furtive call to Kaz alerts her enemies and abruptly, her cozy existence is ripped apart as Chub and Prairie are kidnapped, and she is once more on the run, helped by Kaz. Their quest leads them back to Hailey's old home town and a nightmarish research facility where zombies are being programmed as pitiless fighters and suicide bombers. Mesmerized readers will be unable to turn the pages of this thrilling tale fast enough. Dazzlingly blending a high-speed narrative, believable and perceptively drawn characters, and enough plot twists for any five novels, Littlefield has produced another sure-fire winner for readers thirteen and older and a required purchase for all libraries serving teens. Reviewer: Jamie Hansen
Kirkus Reviews

Billed as a "companion," this is not so much a sequel to Banished (2010) as it is a retread.

Hailey and her little family—Aunt Prairie and adopted brother Chub—are hardly settled into their new lives in Milwaukee before they are discovered and set upon by forces wishing to use their supernatural gifts, as descendants of the Banished, for evil purposes. As the villain from the previous book, mad-scientist Bryce Safian, was left out of commission, this time the role is played by his former employer, a man with vague military connections and an identical plan to create an undead army for sale on the global market. When Hailey slips up in contacting her boyfriend, the seer Kaz, the General captures both Prairie and preschooler Chub, whose seeing gifts are beginning to manifest and hold potential for military operations. While Hailey flees with Kaz, the only real romance in the book is one-sided: Villainous Rattler Sikes's obsession with Prairie is still going strong. He wants to start breeding pure Banished with her, as part of his bid to restore their people's heritage, which puts him at odds with the protagonists as well as their other enemies. The lab that must be sabotaged this time around is superficially more impressive, yet no more than a paper tiger in practice, and the zombies are criminally underused.

An unnecessary sequel that adds little. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)

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Sophie Littlefield is the Edgar-nominated author of several thrillers for adults. She lives with her family in Northern California. Visit her online at sophielittlefield.com.

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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
When readers first met up with Hailey Tarbell, they fell across a young teenage girl who possessed a gift that'd been handed down from generation to generation - the gift of 'healing.' Hailey has the ability, when someone is dying, to be able to bring them back before they pass on to another world. There is, however, a difficulty that comes with having this gift - it is almost impossible for a Healer not to cure; it is a battle for them not to reach out and save someone in need. BUT, when you save someone too late, they become - for lack of a better phrase - the living dead. In Banished, Hailey went up against some serious bad guys, but it the end she, her Aunt Prairie, and Chub (the little boy who looks at Hailey as his sister) were able to escape Gypsum, Missouri to start a brand new life in Milwaukee. The one thing Hailey can't forget is the boy she loves. Kaz has her heart, and even though she is supposed to break all ties with the past so that the bad guys chasing her and her new family don't find out or track where they've gone.she can't. Her life is now filled with two friends who are more than a bit hoity-toity and not Hailey's 'kind of people' at all, and in her very near future, Hailey is beginning her first school year at Grosbeck Academy - a private school that supposedly will introduce her to a better class of people, and give her the ability to hide in even deeper cover. Aunt Prairie is desperate for Hailey to be able to have a good life from here on out, and not ever be found by the evil that she knows is lurking out there, trying desperately to capture and cage them all once again. On the evil end of the spectrum lies Rattler Sikes - a full-blooded member of the Banished clan who is completely sick and tired of having half-breeds made and the bloodline thinned out by Banished ones marrying people outside of their 'order.' He is Hailey's father, and he now wants to find Prairie and begin a little clan of even more purebred Banished ones. But he's not the only monster who wants these Healers found. One day, as Hailey sneaks another phone call to her beloved Kaz, the 'code words' are spoken and Hailey doesn't hang up quickly enough. Terror is once again upon the Tarbell family. Chub and Aunt Prairie are captured by the "General" who needs Prairie's services to help him build a truly unbeatable army that he wishes to sell to the highest bidder. Hailey escapes with Kaz, as they try to find a way to stop the zombies from rising, while at the same time saving Prairie and Chub from a fate worse than death. Unforsaken offers a great deal more action than its predecessor, and the storyline moves along extremely quickly, offering more than a few surprises along the way (especially at the end) that will have readers very thankful that a second book was written. Quill Says: Although the whole 'creatures that go bump in the night' premise has been a little overdone, this is still a fun read for the YA crowd.
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