Sunday, 30 December 2012

Review: Unspoken

By: Sarah Rees Brennan
Plot 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?
This book, despite what it says at the bottom of this review, did not take me a month to read. It took me a few days, because it was painfully addicting.
If you’re sick of dishmop, emo, boring heroines, then look no further; Kami is the girl for you! This is the first book of Brennan’s I’ve read, so I don’t know if it’s the author’s style or Kami’s character, but I loved the voice. She’s charming and witty and British. The whole cast of characters speaks in this quirky, funny way that had me grinning throughout the whole book. Even the dad. It was awesome!
The plot was fast-moving with a bit of mystery sprinkled in, keeping you on your toes the whole time. It’s a very easy read; it’s one of those books where you only intend to read a chapter or two and end up reading a hundred pages, and it feels like no time has passed at all. I found there was a good balance between the focus on plot and the focus on relationship/friendship drama, for people like me that need both a character-driven and plot-driven book to keep engaged.
Speaking of relationships, Brennan is so clever with the romance I just want to give her a hug. To have two characters fall in love within the span of a three hundred page novel is difficult, and many romances in teen books get the word “instalove” thrown at them because the two characters fall for each other too quickly. Yet Brennan kinda cheated in this way – Kami and Jared had known each their entire lives, and in a way, already loved each other. Yet at the same time, they grew to know each other in person, yet they already had those feelings established. Brilliant. I actually wish I had read this book before I had clicked the “published” button on my own novel because of an aspect of this connection was so, so similar to my own I almost feel I had ripped it off. (This isn’t a criticism or anything, just a comment.)
If you’re looking for a fun, breezy book with a hint of magic, check it out!


  1. This book really sounds awesome. I have it on my to-read list.

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  3. It's a quick read; you might as well check it out :)