Review: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1)

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By: Sara Rees Brennan

Publication: September 11th, 2012

Genre(s): Fantasy, Gothic, Young Adult, Mystery

WARNING: Possible spoilers

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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?

This book was interesting. There was a point, somewhere in the middle, where I was like, “Where is the author going with this?”

When you begin reading Unspoken by Sara Brees Brennan, she quickly establishes these facts:

* Kami Glass, our protag, can hear another person’s thoughts and feelings in her head. She is connected to a boy named Jared who she doesn’t think is real. He doesn’t think she’s real either. They’re both deemed crazy by friends and family who think they’re just talking to an imaginary friend. Kami even lost her (now ex) best friend, Nicola, over her connection with Jared.

* In the town Sorry-in-the-Vale, the Lynburns have returned. The Lynburns practically rule over the town and everyone is highly fearful of them. An air of mystery surrounds them, and Kami is determined to find out what makes people so afraid of them.

* Kami is a funny, witty, & brave protag who is going to capture your heart.

Add in some animal sacrifices, a murder, Jared and Kami meeting, and some bad historical events at a place called Monkswood Abbey, and you’ve got a full blown mystery.

As mentioned above, I wasn’t sure where the author was going with everything. Was it going to be a fairytale retelling with the whole town being characters? The Librarian’s name was Dorothy! Were the Lynburns in some kind of  group that sacrifices animals? Or what about all that art in the Lynburn house that portrayed drowning women? Were the Lynburns mermaids or something? Or cannibals? Vampires? Or just plain murderers?


I was completely wrong: they’re sorcerers.

With that said, you’ve got Kami and her friends, Angela (described as the prettiest girl in school, but hates boys – and generally, people. Oh, and she loves naps. And can seriously hurt people with her self-defense techniques), Holly (2nd prettiest in the school, smart & down-to-earth. Doesn’t have many girl friends because guys like her so much) + Jared trying to figure out who or what is killing the animals (and the one human).

This book was fairly enjoyable. I really liked following Kami. I could never put a label on her, she was completely unique! She didn’t feel like a crafted character, one that was supposed to stand out and make a big statement by being herself, she just was. She was witty, humorous, and fun. Holly was great, too. It was nice not to see the whole “Popular girls are always mean” stereotype.

I could tell that Jared and Kami were meant to be together during the whole book. Ash (Jared’s cousin) and Kami never really took off. I didn’t feel much chemistry between them, so I was cheering for Jared and Kami mostly. However, it got a little sappy and unbelievable at some times for me. And at certain parts I wanted slap some sense into Kami. Why would she start unbuttoning her shirt in the middle of the hallway? Or jump in a hotel pool with Jared only in her underwear? And I found it annoying that the author always said never used “she” or “he” in the place of Kami or another character’s name. When reading, you’d get a sentence like, “Kami walked down the stairs. Kami thought to herself while walking.” It was just a bit repetitive and annoying.

Overall, this book was good. There were some absolutely HILARIOUS moments, like Jared trying to distract people while Kami was stealing a file. Staging a break-up with your cousin? Very funny, but awkward.


My rating: 3.5 stars.



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