Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

(The Lynburn Legacy #1)
by Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication Date: September 11th 2012
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Pages: 370
ISBN: 9780375870415
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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? (Goodreads)
Unspoken is the first book that I have read by Sarah Rees Brennan. I have to say, I found this book to be a hilarious, and completely engrossing read! I love a book that can make me laugh, and you will definitely have some LOL moments while reading this novel!

The main character in the story, Kami, is absolutely hilarious. She reminds me of myself in the way that she is snarky and sarcastic at times. I love her for this, and found her to be easily relatable. Jared, whose family has just recently moved back to town, was quite a mystery. I found him to be extremely interesting as well. The relationship between Kami and Jared was well written, and extremely intense. While it seemed that they had known each other their whole lives, Kami still did not allow them to rush into a relationship. (I found this to be somewhat refreshing, and frustrating at the same time. Ha!)  There is a love triangle in the story as well, in the form of Jared’s cousin, Ash. I didn’t care for Ash quite as much as I did for Jared, but he definitely did make an impression.

Kami’s friends, Angela and Holly, were very well written secondary characters. As were Kami’s parents.  I enjoyed reading about them just as much as I did the main characters in the story. I love it when an author makes you care for ALL of the characters in a story!

The storyline for the book was very engrossing. I flew through the pages just to see what was going to happen next. The book ends with quite a cliffhanger, which has left me dying to get my hands on the next book to see what is going to happen next! Gah, the wait is going to be intense, but it will totally be worth it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, so much more than I expected to. If you don’t already have it on your to-read list, you should be adding it right now!

Happy Reading!


  1. Oh wonderful!!! I love when a book is so character driven and I love perfectly flashed secondary characters!

  2. I have this waiting on my Kindle! I've been hearing such great things about it. I'm anxious to get started.

  3. Great review.. I have wanted to read this book (and may have an ARC of it on my kindle) but now I am going to move it up a couple of spots!

  4. I cannot adequately express my love for this book! You got it exactly right when you said the secondary characters were well written. I think that it really gave the book that extra something.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  5. I love books that make me laugh too .. I'm going to add this one to my wishlist because it sounds great.

  6. Great review! I really love snarky and sarcastic women who believe they are tough enough and on top of the world. It's on my TBR list and someday soon I hope I get to it.

  7. I loved this book so much!! So glad you did as well. I definitely recommend SRB's other trilogy, which is so perfect.

    Cait x

  8. Yours is the second today (and so far) that I've seen that calls it a love triangle. I guess I didn't consider it as one because of Kami's reactions and how everything worked out.

    This: "(I found this to be somewhat refreshing, and frustrating at the same time. Ha!)"


  9. GAH, I am dying to get to this one. Next week I SWEAR I am reading it. EVERY review I've read has been favorable. I'm not really into the love triangle but the fact that you were engrossed AND amused is awesome, Christy!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  10. The cover of this book is so pretty! I immediately wanted to get a copy after seeing it around. It makes me happy that you loved it - and that it made you laugh out loud. Always a bonus when a book can do that!

  11. *Adding book* Haven't read a book by Sarah Rees Brennan so far, but I promise this will be my first. Thanks for your review!

  12. Really? Hilarious? Ooh, that's definitely up my alley then. I wasn't a fan of her first series, never making it past the first novel. No hilarity there. I'm definitely checking this one out.


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