Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

(The Lynburn Legacy # 1)
By: Sarah Rees Brennan
Pub. Date: September 11, 2012
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 370
Source: Netgalley
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?

Let me start by saying that I am in love with The Demon's Lexicon series, so I was really excited when I saw that Sarah Rees Brennan was coming out with a new series. I was even more excited when I saw Unspoken on netgalley! I waited patiently for my approval, and started it as soon as I could! I am happy to say that Unspoken did not disappoint! It was very different and unique from other books out there.

Since they were children, Kami Glass and Jared Lynburn have been able to talk to each other in their minds. They never thought that the voice in their head was a real life person, but when Jared moves from the US, back to his family home in England, the two meet for the first time, instantly connecting them even more then they originally were. Jared is definitely what you would call a "bad boy", but Kami completely understood him, and when everyone told her to stay away from him, she knew she could trust him. I loved Jared and Kami together.  I loved how the two of them had private conversations in their heads around their friends. Ahh, they were just so cute.

I loved Jared. Sweet, broken, tortured Jared. Everyone thinks he is this evil person, even his family, but Kami knows the real him. I so wanted to just give Jared a hug. I would have loved more POV from Jared. Hopefully in future books we will get this. Kami was also a very awesome character. She's strong, funny and brave. I liked how take charge she was and how she really wanted to find out the answers to the Lynburn mystery!

There was so much to enjoy about this book. I especially loved the world building and trying to figure out the mystery behind the Lynburn family and the connection between Kami and Jared. From page one, I was completely engrossed in the story. What killed me was that ending!! Holy crap. It made me want to die but got me even more excited for the second book. I'll be waiting for this book for a while since I am writing this review in March and the first book doesn't even come out until September!

I would definitely recommend this book. If you haven't read anything from Sarah Rees Brennan yet, what are you waiting for? I promise, you will thank me later!


  1. It sounds so crazy that they can talk to each other in their heads but it's this weird premise that got me interested in the book. I also was approved on Netgalley and should be reading this fairly soon.

  2. Still need to read a book from this author, but awesome review for this one, Kristina! The premise of the mystery sounds super intriguing, and I love how you mentioned the world building *o* Sounds fantastic, even though the ending was a killer XD Definitely will check this one out! Thanks for sharing another great review!

  3. This book sounds so unique from other stories...Fabulous review, Kristina! I'm definitely going to check out Unspoken when it releases :)

  4. I've been really curious about this book and it sounds like it lived up to your expectations :-) Don't you love it when that happens? Great review, Kristina. I will definitely be reading this in the future.


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