Publication: September 2012 from Random House
Rating: 4.5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it!
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?
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan made me so happy. A gothic mystery with magic and suspense, it’s entertaining from start to finish.
Kami Glass is a budding journalist and prides herself on her investigative skills and desire for information. She also speaks to the voice in her head, Jared. Kami has such a strong personality, she’s a very easy character to get involved with. She’s funny, smart, takes risks and never gives up. But she also might be a bit too curious for her good and often hasty in her search for answers. She has some great friends, and Jared, her imaginary voice, turns out to be real…and very up and down and all over the place with his emotions and actions. Sarah Rees Brennan has an incredible voice when writing which shines through in characterization and descriptions.
The mystery does get off to a bit of a slow start, but makes up for it with an intense ending that just about killed me. Unspoken is one of those books where things are not always what they seem, and yet are what they seem. Since you don’t think it can be the obvious, any twists that come are still surprises. The romance is slow to form but flows well with the storyline. At times though, I was completely aggravated with Jared and Kami. Honestly, they’ve been in each others heads since birth and now they get shy and snarky? But still, somehow works with the plot.
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan is an entertaining romp through English country side where magic seems to be everywhere and secrets are a part of the woodwork. Kami gets more of an adventure than I think she ever bargained for and it isn’t done yet! There’s a great mix of humour and serious mixed together with fun characters and good world building. I can’t wait for the sequel!
e-ARC provided by Netgalley and Random House in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!