Book Review : Unspoken
The Lynburn 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? (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Did you like Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight? Unspoken is not the exact same plot, however, there are elements that feel the same and will interest the same audience. Kami doesn’t have the same self-loathing as Bella, but she feels average. The first time Jared sees her he thinks she is weird, which was funny since they were talking to each other not knowing who the other person was at the time. Jared’s family are aloof and not ever part of the community. Kami and Jared have an inexplicable bond and communicate telepathically.
There are two sides to the tone of Unspoken. The first side is the sassy teenage slant on life. Kami aspires to be a journalist and is a go-getter, but doesn’t have many friends. The second side is the slightly gothic, eerie side of the story which swirls around the Lynburns. Just so you know, they are not vampires. One of the best parts was the way Brennan named the town, the sites and streets with the tie in to the Lynburns. That was an unexpected element.
Like many YA books, there are a couple of kisses. There is an incident where one of the girls kissed another girl, which was used as a device in the plot to separate the characters so they could be in more danger from the murderer on the lose. I’m seeing more and more lesbian kisses in YA books and wonder if this is due to acceptance or an agenda to be accepted. Unspoken ends on a “devastating” cliff hanger, so if you love it you will want the next one handy. I have to admit, I don’t plan on reading more.
I am not the target audience, but I was hoping for a book that would cross boundaries and amaze me.
3 out of 5 stars (Maybe 2.75 would be better.)
- the Mother
If you liked this one try The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, her book is more of a fantasy, but very well written. Also give Incarceron by Catherine Fisher a try and Matched by Ally Condie.