Book Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Hardcover: 370 Pages

Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

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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?

I usually pride myself on my ability to be somewhat literate and proper in my reviews, but what I have to say about Unspoken will probably shatter that illusion. Because this book was perfect, great. No, amazing. Actually, amazeballs! That right there is a proper review term, amazeballs!

One of the most entertaining books I have ever read, it was such pure fun and incredibly hard not to love. Unspoken’s main strength are its characters, characters so complex and perfectly written by Brennan that they feel as real as possible.

Imagine a cross-over between Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls, with touches of supernatural and paranormal, and you’ll understand why this book was so awesome. Kami and her scooby gang – Angela, Holly, Jared and Ash, all act like detectives, trying to solve the mysteries revolving around the Lynburn family and the tiny town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, all the while swapping hilarious and witty lines worthy of Gilmore Girls.

I absolutely loved the humour. Not once, I burst into fits of laughter. Let me tell you, this is one book you don’t want to read while enjoying a nice cup of coffee. The wittiness and the dialogue were perfect. Also, Brennan has this uncanny ability of making you laugh out loud like a crazy person, then suddenly sobering up, realizing “s*it is going down, man!”.

The book had the perfect blend of humour and creepiness, dialogue and action, mundane life and supernatural.

“Kami hummed in agreement and wrote herself a note that said INFIRMARY EXPOSÉ! Then she resumed writing her list. She was chewing the end of her pencil over article number nineteen when Jared threw open the door, strode into the room, and announced, “We should date.”
Kami bit her pencil in two.
Angela rose from her chair like the wrath of God in a red silk blouse and demanded, “Who the hell are you?”
“Hey, Angela,” Jared said without sparing her a glance. He shoved his hands into his jeans pockets and continued, glaring at Kami’s desk. 
“I was thinking.”
“I see no evidence of that, Jared,” Kami said. “Sorry, Angela! He’s crazy! Excuse us, we have to go talk in the hall.”
She pushed her chair back from the desk so fast that it toppled over. As she came toward him, Jared gave her a little crooked, awkward smile“.

I loved Kami for being strong, brave and independent, endearing and funny as hell. There were moments where she wore her heart on her sleeve, yet she wasn’t  deluded enough to try to sacrifice her love for “her one true love” when it came to survival.  She is unlike many other heroines in nowadays YA and that made me love her even more. That and her amazeballs ( there it is again) sense of humour and one liners.

Jared with his tortured psyche and unwavering loyalty for Kami was loveable too, interesting and enticing. Overall, the characters shined and they were definitely the focal point of  Unspoken.

Yes, there was some love triangle action going on too and you know what? I didn’t matter, not one bit. Because it wasn’t shoved down my throat, because it wasn’t the MOST IMPORTANT THING EVA and because it was handled very well by Brennan. Also, both Jared and Ash are likeable in their own ways.

And that ending.

Oh my God, that ending..I just, I-I need to read the next book! Or a synopsis for the next book! Now, now, nowwwwww!


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