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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

So back in October, or maybe it was September, I went to the Austin Teen Book Festival (for the second year in a row). And I have to say that Sarah Rees Brennan was probably my favorite moderator there. She was hysterical and adorable. I think she and I should be bffs, like no joke. Anyway, I didn't get the chance to meet her because I was busy fangirling over Ally Condie, Jessica Khoury, and the duo of Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. Also, I hadn't read anything by SRB yet, and didn't want to admit that to her. Anyway, I finally got the chance to read Unspoken by SRB a few weeks ago, which is the first book in her new series.

Here's the summary 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?
Ooo....intrigue! Also, it's set in England. Although I had a tendency to forget that as I was reading.

What I Liked: 1) I definitely liked the MC Kami. She kind of reminded me of SRB, at least for the hour or so I was listening to her. Kami is funny, curious, and not afraid to get a little dirty to get what she's after. She's exactly the kind of MC who I like to read about in YA fiction. Though there is definitely a romance lurking somewhere in there, she isn't so focused on boys that the other parts of her life are ignored. 2) Jared. Hm....okay Mr. Tall, Dark and Mysterious. Jared has had a tough life and my heard immediately went out to him for all of the problems he's had to face in his life. It's so much for a guy who is only 17, so no wonder he's a little screwed up. He fights his initial instincts to care about anyone, and has this massive walls up around himself that no one can get through. But he and Kami's shared history give us a glimpse into what he's really thinking and feeling. And while he may try not to care....I can tell he really does. *swoon* 3) Sorry-in-the-Vale. So there is this little bitty town so consumed by magic that I'm surprised it doesn't explode. I kind of started thinking of it as Storybrooke (you know, from Once Upon A Time?) where magic has almost become like currency, and one family is hoarding it. Talk about craziness. Around every corner there was something new to learn about what, from the outside, would look like a boring little town. 4) Angela and Holly. As far as secondary characters go, these two are some of the best. They had great personalities, and as different as they (and Kami) were from each other, they created a nice little threesome of girlfriends. They complimented each other nicely and brought out different sides of each other. Loved their relationships. 5) I'd be crazy not to touch on Kami and Jared's relationship a little more. They have a rough go of it once they discover they have been in each other's heads for their whole lives, each thinking the other was a figment of his or her imagination. It's emotional and sometimes painful, but definitely raw and real. I loved it.

What I Didn't Like: There was some unnecessary drama that made the book longer than it should have been. I can do without that stuff. But it's still pretty funny.

Overall Thoughts: For a gothic mystery, Unspoken was funny, quirky and even a little lighthearted in some places. Great character interactions create the foundation for the story, and a tantalizingly mysterious plot will keep readers engaged from beginning to end. For fans of gothic mystery, I highly recommend this new series from Sarah Rees Brennan for laughs, gasps, swoon-worthy boys, and great friendships!

My Rating: 4 shots

1 comment:

  1. What a great interview and interesting premise.
    I like that it sounds unique and different.
    And perhaps like it has an element of mystery.


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