Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan [Review]

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!
  


Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: September 11, 2012
Hardcover: 370 Pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Unspoken is kind of a neat paranormal gothic mystery mash-up.  It very much keeps you on your toes as Kami tries to figure out who is the culprit and Lynburns' mystery, while also trying to sort out her relationship with Jared and Ash.  I never really knew what was going to happen or where the story was going to go.  Which at times was frustrating because there were so many twists and turns.  But on the other hand, it definitely kept me reading!

There are several things I really liked about this book.  The first is how she treated the relationships between Kami and her friends.  She captured Kami's feelings very well, particularly when it came to her insecurities about her looks compared to her beautiful best friend.  I'm pretty sure anyone can relate to those feelings.  My best friend is an outdoor goddess and I am un-athletic and uncoordinated.  There are definitely days where I am envious of her prowess.  I could definitely relate to Kami's insecurities.

I also liked that Kami and Jared's relationship is rocky, especially after she discovers who he really is.  It seemed more realistic than a "soul mate" situation, which is were I feared their relationship was heading.  But, it turns out their relationship is far more complicated and it made it all the better.  Especially when Ash was added to the mix.  It isn't quite a love triangle, but there are definitely some yearnings and some jealousy involved.  It made for some good tension.

There is also quite a bit of humor infused in the story.  Kami is quite witty and self-deprecating, but she is also *just* shy of being a little too hyper and frantic for my tastes.  Kami's humor is her defense mechanism, but sometimes I just wanted her to take things more seriously.

Overall, I enjoyed Unspoken and I will definitely be around for the next novel, Untold, which just came out in August!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Unspoken
2. Untold

1 comment :

  1. Ahhhhh I loved this book so much! I pre-ordered the sequel. The book store called a couple days ago to let me know that they had the book....BUT I CAN'T PICK IT UP UNTIL THE 24TH. They're such teases *pouts*

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