"Unspoken" is Something To Scream About

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1) 
Title: Unspoken
Author:  Sarah Rees Brennan
(The Lynchburn Legacy #1)
 Format:  E- Galley
Length:  370
Publisher:  Random House Books For Young Readers
Rating 4.5 Stars

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



My Thoughts
This book is one that is brimming with surprises.  You just never know what is going to happen next in the sleepy little hamlet that is Sorry-in-the-Vale.  It is in fact the still water appearance of the town that makes it such an effective backdrop for the mystery, mayhem, and murder that surrounds the unexpected return of the Lynchburns.

Kami/Jared/Ash
Kami is a girl that you can't help but love.  She makes no bones about her thirst for adventure and fully embraces her role as resident "nosey parker" going so far as to establish a school newspaper to legitimize her investigative efforts.  Little does our lady reporter know that she has a starring role in what may just be the story of her life.

Jared is the voice in Kamie's head.  Her go to friend, the person who knows her better than anyone else. The thing is, Kamie is not sure that Jared is REAL.
That is until they meet.
It is then that she finds out that not only is he real, he is also a Lynchburn and from all appearances...TROUBLE.
Can Kamie reconcile the Jared that has lived in her head with the seemingly uncontrollable force of nature that is the sulky person in the flesh?
Is he really the danger that he has been said to be?

Ash Lynburn is Jared's cousin and the Lynchburn prince.  Where Jared is brooding and dark, Ash is sweetness and light.
At least on the surface.
The thing that Kamie has to find out is...What is Mr. Perfect hiding? 

and...

Why do the people of Sorry-in-the Vale fear the Lynchburns?

The Story
The Lynchburns seems to have an unbreakable hold on the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale that just gets stronger as the story deepens.  The Lychburns are the thing that goes bump in the night for the people of this town, and now that they have returned the bumps are louder than ever.
When Kamiand Jared stumble upon what appears to be a ritualistic sacrifice in a hut in the woods behind her house, they have no idea they are also unearthing the first of many secrets about the town, magic, promises, betrayals, murders, and themselves.

Why Not a 5?
The reason that this book was not given a 5 was that the end and the relationship between Jared and Kami was left as a big question mark.
After devouring this book in record time and investing so much in the relationship between these two,
there was no reconciling  how they ended.
The upside of this being that this book is a series.
The downside of the same coin being the wait for the next book.
This is a wonderful, funny, dramatic, heart-stopping dose of literary cat nip that will have you mind tripping long after its end.
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3 comments:

Sandra @ Waiting For Wentworth said...

Thank you so much for the review. I can't wait to read this!

Braine TS said...

I have this too but I'm having another bout of reader ADD, I'm all over the place I can't focus on reading just one book.

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Kirsten! said...

This book sounds so great! I was a little worried that a small sleepy town would be kind of a boring setting, but I think you're right- it just makes crazy things that much more dramatic :)

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