Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: 11 September 2012, Random House
Series: Book 1, The Lynburn Legacy
Summary: 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? (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I thought it was high time that I read a book by Sarah Rees Brennan because I had heard so many great things about her Demon’s Lexicon series that when I read the synopsis for Unspoken and saw how mysterious it sounded I eagerly jumped right in.
I jumped in and eagerly began devouring the words; unfortunately, I was soon starting to wade out of a pool of storylines that I just did not care for. For instance, the he likes her and her but he likes her too and she likes him and maybe him but she likes someone else was just too painful for me.
Unspoken has these really great parts that kept me reading for a couple of hours. However, there were also parts that I really couldn’t stand and those parts made the story drag out and those were the parts that I remembered the most. It was the parts I didn’t like that outshone the great parts.
The characters were not particularly interesting. None of them really clicked with me and I just really could not sympathise or empathise with them. I just didn’t care what any of them did.
The mystery wasn’t the conventional sort of mystery I was expecting and while I was curious about who the bad guy was I sort of felt that there weren’t a whole lot of clues and the big reveal was kind of confusing.
I feel a little disappointed in Unspoken, I was hoping for some incredibly awesome mystery story but that wasn’t the case at all really. Unspoken ends on a cliff hanger and I have to say that I’m just not that interested in continuing with the series.
I was really excited to read Unspoken but unfortunately, I walk away with a bad taste in my mouth. I think I will give Sarah Rees Brennan another chance, just not with any more books in the Lynburn Legacy series.