Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan ( The Lynburn Legacy #1 )

Title: Unspoken
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
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Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
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Summary from Goodreads:
Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.
But all that changes when the Lynburns return.
The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

If someone told me to recommend a great book that's humorous, has adventure, and just plain great writing, would I recommend Unspoken to them? Heck yes! This book took me by surprise. Yes, the summary sounded promising and the cover was drop dead gorgeous but I couldn't help but hesitate and think "Do I really want to read this?" Am I ever glad I didn't stop to think about that question. This book was great! I devoured it in a sitting. Not only that but I laughed at the character's hilarious comebacks, fell in love with the connection between the main characters, and couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages! This is definitively a book that will live up to your expectations!
I adored the characters in this novel! Not only were they hilarious yet smart, they were also a match, made for each other! Kami is a girl everyone ignores, in a way, because she's always staring off into space and or laughing and smiling at herself. Sounds a bit weird and or creepy right? Well, yeah, it would be in way but in Unspoken there's a reason for such actions. Kami has the ability to talk to a person in her head. Yes, a person. That person is named Jared. Jared is a sort of dark lad that she's known since she was a baby, well, in her head that is. Jared and Kami were hilarious characters, just perfect. Theoretically, of course. They still had flaws and everything but they were so enjoyable to read from! I also really liked the other characters like, Jared's cousin, his family, Kami's family, and of course, Kami's awesome best friends. I did wish I'd gotten more background on the whole Lynburg family and Jared but I hope more of that gets cleared up on the next books.
Man, oh man. The romance. Kami and Jared have known each other since diapers, so they've have a long time to establish their relationship. Not a romantic one but a strong friendship that is honestly awesome and really strong. When sparks start flying, it's really not a surprise but there was still development to it and I immensely enjoyed it. Also, there's a sort of love triangle but in this book at least, it's not present much. 
Talk about an ending. Sarah leaves you in complete shock and utter dismay as she concludes the first book in this amazing, what is to be, series. I was staring at my nook in complete awe and shock and even had to go on twitter and tweet up a storm with others who've had the privilege to read it.
Hey you reading this. Looking for a good read? Whether you're bored and looking for your next read, or looking for a fantastic book to pull you out of your reading slump. This book, yes, this one; it's for you. I would recommend this book to anyone that would ever ask me for a recommendation.
First sentence:

"Every town in England has a story."

"She heard the soft, almost stealthy sound of someone else breathing-- which was when an arm locked around her throat and a male voice whispered in her ear: "Don't Move." -Page 46
"He slipped in the door past a nurse, saying,"Kami, I know all the other kids are throwing themselves down wells now, but your mother and I have a firm policy of no danger sports until you're eighteen." -Page 69


  1. Excellent, excellent, excellent! I agree with you on everything! I love the development between the two main characters as well. And I loved how the humor of the characters balanced the dark, creepy stuff.

  2. Love this review! I'll have to check it out :D