Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan: review

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

Unspoken: The Lynburg Legacy 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?

Ah, I think I am in love! Unspoken is a brilliant, mysterious, and captivating novel that had me wide-eyed in awe. Unspoken is a great story and I enjoyed reading every word of it.

The best part of Unspoken is probably it’s characters which are nothing short of exceptional. All the characters are unique, witty, and flawed but strong which are everything I look for in great characters. The one character that shined the brightest of them all was Kami. She is smart, brave, witty, quirky, weird, and a bit strange and I loved her to bits. She is everything I look for in a strong female character and more. I really enjoyed reading about Kami and her struggles and found myself caring greatly for her. Jared, is also a great character. He was deeply flawed but tries hard to protect the people he loves. Jared is a great character and I was cheering for him through the whole book. The rest of the characters: Angela, Holly, Ash, and the Lynburns are very great characters and fit very well with the atmosphere and the story. The characters are definitely a big reason to read this book.

The story of Unspoken is unique and a joy to read. The story flows nicely and is very exciting. Unspoken is a bit slow but I thought that was for the best as it gave you more time to absorb what was happening. The murder mystery was very interesting and the plot twist were very surprising. I loved learning more about the Lynburns and finding more about the Sorry-in-th-Vale’s past. The ending was very awesome but was also a cliffhanger that left me with my mouth open.

The writing was beautiful. Brennan’s writing is filled with humour, wit, and great prose. The dialogue was absolutely perfect! There was humour and seriousness all rolled into one. I was never bored with the writing and always had a clear picture of what was happening in my head.

Unspoken is a beautiful story that I would recommend to anyone. I will be waiting for the next book with great excitement and lot’s of staring at the calendar.

I give Unspoken 5 out of 5 Stars


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