October 28, 2012

Review of Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan


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 (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication Date:  September 11, 2012
Publisher:  Random House Books for Young Readers

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

So lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about the novel Unspoken by author Sarah Rees Brennan, the first novel in the Lynburn Legacy series. Considering that I was offered the opportunity, I definitely wanted to see what all the hype was about and that meant getting to read Unspoken. I read the synopsis and my interest was piqued, after reading the opening chapter I have to admit… it already sounded pretty freaking awesome.

The novel is set in England in the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, a small town that is not only overly gothic but also held clichéd names that I fell in love with right off the bat… Oh and its home to the mysterious Lynburn family who hold their own dark secrets *cue ominous laughter*.

Unspoken is told from the POV (point of view) of main character Kami Glass who I found to be a total Mary Sue (And if you don’t know what that means, I’ll explain later on in the review, pinky promise). She’s on the newspaper, she may not be her parent’s favorite child but is definitely one of those girls who you see and think “what a goodie two-shoes!” The only thing that could be defined as wrong with Kami is the fact that she’s awkward… and that she can hear the voice of a boy she has never met in her head.

The only thing is that when Kami takes an interest (and slight vow) to uncover just what makes the Lynburn family so frightening to the others in Sorry-in-the-Vale when they return after their decades in the US of A. Kami first meets Ash, a Lynburn boy who quickly takes an interest and sudden liking in her. It doesn’t take too long for Kami to end up meeting Jared Lynburn who is the portrait of the modern day bad boy:

Leather jacket, motorcycle and good looks that could kill. After a series of killings in the woods and the attempted murder of Kami—her and Kami find themselves working together to uncover what is happening in Sorry-in-the-Vale. Kami must also overcome the fact that the boy in her head might not be who she thought he was and now that she knows he is a real boy she must learn to cope with it.

Like I said earlier Kami instantly came off as a Mary Sue (despite the fact that she has a boy stuck in her head quite literally). She is the perfect girl, but as the novel progressed there was a lot of character growth. She goes from being this good girl, obedient creature to a girl who ends up breaking all the rules and at one point even breaks into an office. Talk about a change of character *applauds pun*!

The budding romance between Kami and Jared was just amazing, mainly because the characters seemed cute together in the sense that opposites attract. Was I cheering on their romance? All day every single day.  Did I want him to start singing Boyfriend to her? Why yes, indeed I did. Considering that Kami was hilarious and that Jared had the perfect mixture of cockiness, as a duo, the two characters were just great to have around.

However when we do find out that what makes the Lynburn’s so darn frightening is the fact that they have a supernatural secret—your mind will be blown mark my words. Suddenly, just when you think you know everything, you find out that you were completely off… and I loved it! Everything becomes not only crystal clear, but insanely gothic and frightening. Nobody is safe. And I mean nobody, not even a main character…

I would recommend Unspoken to fans of the YA gothic crowd, readers who want a supernatural romance and fans of hotter than Hell bad boys because be honest , who doesn’t?

About the Author:


Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog,, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

Connect with the author:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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  1. Christy Maurer

    This one is on my list :) Great review makes me want to read it even more! Sooo many books!

  2. Natalie Cleary

    Since I heard about this Ive wanted to read it! It sounds so good. Im hoping to get it for Christmas :)

  3. I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a while now, and I hope to read it sometime next month.
    I loved your review, you’ve got me intrigued even more. Since I loove bad boys, I can’t wait to meet Jared.

  4. JennRenee

    I am wanting to get my hands on this book very badly, but I just haven’t been able. Thanks for the great review!

  5. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    Hi Gabby!
    I wanted you to know how good your review is on this book. When I was checking my emails I saw the cover of this book which I’ve seen a few times on other blogs. And usually I don’t read most of the reviews from books unless the book looks really good. Anyways, I read your review and I was so impressed on your review of this book. Your writing is awesome! I can only hope that my review writing gets as good as yours. I’m so jealous!! So after reading your review I cannot wait to read this book. And I will definitely check this blog for you and your moms reviews for the books that I am thinking of buying. Thank you for your awesome review!!

  6. Amy @ Book Loving Mom

    Great review! I had a hard time with this book. I was enjoying the characters and the story was interesting, I just thought it was really drawn out and it wasn’t holding my attention well. I think at a different time I would really enjoy it. I think I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind at the time for this type of book.

  7. Chapter by Chapter

    I totally agree with needing to be in the right mood for certain books. I’ve been putting off reading The Fault In Our Stars for when the mood is right!

  8. Leah

    So. Unspoken. The book everyone and their brother talked about for months. I gave in to the hype and was lucky enough to receive a review copy. The novel started out GREAT. I absolutely loved the setting and everything was shaping up to be an incredible book.

    Unfortunately, about halfway through, it really lost its steam for me. That fight scene at the end? The family’s big reveal? That total cliffhanger of an ending?!

    I’m certainly reading the next book, but I’m hoping it won’t go the way of this one.

  9. Ayse

    The book sounds interesting. I think I’ll put it in my tbr pile though when I’ll get around to it I don’t know. Great review :D

  10. I have a copy of this waiting to go so I’ll have to bump it up on my list. It sounds really good, and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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