Title and Author: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy 01) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 11th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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?
When I read the synopsis for Unspoken I thought it seemed like an interesting book so I decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed the story.
Unspoken is the story of Kami a girl who lives in the English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, dreams of being a journalist and talks to a boy in her head. Kami is very intrigued by the Lynburn family’s story and when the family moves back into town her life changes completely and quickly finds out that magic does exist and that the town is clouded in a mystery that needs to be solved.
I really liked the characters in this book. Kami is incredibly witty and curious. She’s very unique and not afraid to be who she truly is. She’s strong and determined and I couldn’t help but to interested in her life.
Kami’s best friend and her brother Rusty were great and quirky as well and I loved the fact they are so lazy they can literally fall asleep anywhere. :P
Now, the boys… They are cousins but they couldn’t be more different. While Jared seems to be your typical motorbike riding bad boy, Ash seems to be the classic good boy with good intentions.
Jared is definitely my favorite Lynburn boy, though. He might wear a leather jacket and ride a bike but there’s a softer side to him. He can be quite vulnerable especially when it comes to Kami. He’s also loyal and strong and brave.
The relationship between Kami and Jared is very different from most relationships we get to read about. They’ve been sharing their thoughts all their lives but they never met and once they do they have no idea how to act around each other. That’s completely understandable since they believed the other didn’t really exist and was just a figment of their imagination.
They are great together, though, and it’s obvious Jared would do anything for Kami.
I also really enjoyed the plot of the story and the mystery surrounding the Sorry-in-the-Vale town. The story is full of banter, mystery and witty moments.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The story is interesting and griping and the characters are very unique. Sarah Rees Brennan did a great job creating the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale and all the charming characters who live there.
If you enjoy a well-written Young Adult story full of unique characters, smart dialogue and a gripping mystery, you should definitely pick this book up. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Rating: Somewhere Between Worth Your Time and Must Read (4 ½ Stars)