Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
Publication: September 11, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 370 pages
Category: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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?
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Kami is a high school student who wants to be a successful journalist so she started their school paper. She writes and investigates old families in their town that she knows would lead to the Lynburns, a family with a dark past and secrets she wants badly to uncover. With Jared's help, a voice she hears in her mind since she was little, they go ahead and unveil secrets that they don't have any idea would lead to murder.
Unfortunately, my first ever review for 2013 is also my first ever one-star rating. It makes me feel really embarassed for some reason. My expectations for Unspoken is not that really high but I really looked forward to reading it. I remember I even had it as my phone's wallpaper. The promising synopsis didn't live up to what its supposed to do. And that is very very disappointing.
The premise has potential but it was as slow as a turtle. I've reached two hundred pages but still, the gist of the novel hasn't happened yet. The scenes and sub-plot kept on jumping from one subject to another and then it'll lose the main subject then back again. I nearly gave up on it and thought of marking it as DNF but a lot of people declared their love for Unspoken on Twitter. So I gave myself another chance and finished it. I couldn't understand why it took almost three hundred pages before something happens. I even asked myself if Unspoken is a long prologue version. The last eighty pages explains some things about the Lynburns and Glass families and little about their secrets but that's it. It ended with a terrible cliffhanger. After an agonizing three hundred plus pages, all I got was a horrible cliffhanger. And that didn't make sense to me.
I wouldn't even want to elaborate how annoying Kami is. But I am really torn between Ash and Jared. And the most beautiful person in their school which is Angela hooking up with the second most beautiful which is Holly is one thing I didn't see coming. Which I find steamy hot.
Embarrassment and disappointment are mainly the feelings Unspoken gave me. I don't regret finishing it and I discourage anyone from NOT reading it. It maybe the novel you'll love and swoon about. Hope we could share thoughts about it. It is just really unfortunate that it didn't work for me.
“The Lynburns built this town on their blood and bones."
"That was their first mistake," Jared said. "They should've built a city on rock and roll.”