Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy
By Sarah Rees Brennan
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
Kami Glass is in love with someone she’s never met – a boy she’s talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets – and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.
I loved this book! It was so much fun. Kami lives in a small town, Sorry-in-the-Vale, and has spoken to Jared, the voice in her head, for her entire life. When Kami was a child, everyone thought Jared was just an imaginary friend, but as she grew up, people began to see her as strange. Kami can deal with that, though – she has her best friend, Angela, and her school paper.
Soon, Kami hears that the Lynburns – the family who seemed to rule Sorry-in-the-Vale for as long as people can remember and then disappeared – have returned. At the same time, strange things begin happening in the town, escalating to murder. Kami is determined to investigate and get to the bottom of it all.
I loved the characters. Kami was smart, funny, independent, and sassy. In fact, all of the characters were smart, funny, and independent, and I cared about all of them.
The mystery was well done, and I loved the way Kami was able to get her group together to investigate. I loved scenes where they were all together. Sometimes I find that books with multiple characters can struggle to define and differentiate them all, but in this book, Kami and her friends all seemed to have clear, separate personalities.
This book was funny and quirky and not at all like anything else I’ve read before. It was refreshing to read something that felt different and fun (despite the drama). There is a magical/paranormal element to this book, which I really enjoyed, and which definitely contributed to the book’s spooky atmosphere.
I loved the way everything balanced: romance, mystery, humour – it was a perfect blend for me. I wish I could find more stories like this! I especially loved that there was some romance but that it wasn’t the most important aspect of the book, and that there was no insta-love. The connection between Jared and Kami was really interesting, and as the book progressed, it became clear that it meant something different to each of them.
The ending was a bit of a cliff-hanger, as some immediate plot aspects were wrapped up but others were left unresolved. That’s kind of a pet peeve of mine, but I loved everything else about this book and will certainly be reading the sequel, so I’m willing to overlook that.
For its humour, great characters, and sheer fun, this is definitely a recommended read!