Sunday, 28 July 2013

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


Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
Blurb (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?


Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Kami is determined to start up a student newspaper at school, and she’s also determined to find out more about the Lynburn’s, who have returned to town after 17 years abroad.

Kami lives in the small village of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and there have always been old tales, and strange forebodings around the Lynburn’s who live in a large manor house overlooking the vale. Now, the Lynburn’s have returned to the village, and Kami wants to investigate to see if the old stories hold any truth.

Kami has another secret though. For her entire life she has had someone who she can talk to in her head – Jared, and although she doesn’t tell anyone about him anymore, he’s still there, and he’s like her best friend. The strange thing is, one of the Lynburn boys is called Jared too, and they soon discover that Jared Lynburn is the voice in Kami’s head.
What is the Lynburn’s secret though? Why have they come back to the Vale? What do they want? And why do Kami and Jared have this telepathic connection?


This was an interesting paranormal mystery story, but the pacing was a little slow for me.

Kami was so pro-active it was painful. She was constantly on the go, constantly thinking things at breakneck speeds, and totally barmy to boot. She thought nothing of walking through dark and scary places at night, and even went out in the middle of the night to follow some screams coming from the woods. Has she never watched a scary movie? Does she have no fear? Is she manic?

Kami’s best friend Angela was a really strange character. All she wanted to do was sleep, and she maintained that she generally hated people because they were annoying. I mean, has anyone ever wondered if she’s depressed? She kinda seems like she could benefit from some happy pills.

I had moments where I liked Jared, and moments where I didn’t. He was more annoying than anything, and seemed to be harbouring some serious negative energy and low self-esteem.
Looking back I think that all three of these characters could do with a referral to a doctor, or a psychiatrist. Medication’s what you need!

The storyline in this book was okay, but the pacing was too slow for me. By the 60% mark I was getting really annoyed at the lack of answers we were getting, and just wanted something to actually happen.
The idea of Jared and Kami speaking to each other inside their heads was good, and like a friend pointed out, it was good that they didn’t immediately fall in love with one another when they met in real life, in fact, they kinda didn’t like each other.
There were some good parts in this book, I really liked the part where Kami threw a rock through Jared’s window (unintentionally), and we got a bit of a backwards Romeo and Juliet moment:
“Hark, what stone through yonder window breaks?” “It is the east, and Juliet is a jerk.”

When we actually found out what was really going on, the revelation wasn’t all that exciting or spectacular for me, and I actually found the second half of the book a bit dull.
The way the book ended was a bit of a cliff-hanger, and although I didn’t really want to read the second book after reading this one, I kinda feel like I have to now just to find out what happens!
Overall; magic and mystery, but a bit slow for me.
6.75 out of 10.


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