Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: Unspoken

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 11th 2012
Pages: 370
Source: Library
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance

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 is the story of a girl named Kami Glass, a girl who lives in a small town that, until about twenty years ago, was also home to a quite powerful, very rich family called the Lynburns. For quite a long time the Lynburns had been unheard of, and then they suddenly moved back into their mansion. Kami also had a secret, she has been hearing the voice of a boy in her head ever since she was a baby. When she was little, the voice, Jared, was her 'imaginary friend', but even now the voice and she still have a connection. When she finally meets all the Lynburns, she is surprised to find out that one of the teenage boys of the family share's Jared's name, and that the Lynburns might be more that she had anticipated. 

When I first picked up this book the first thing I fell in love with was the whole 'imaginary friend' idea. For a lot of the story I loved how unique and interesting the entire story was. I really had no idea what was going to happen (well, other than ONE thing, but you can probably guess that right off the bat from my description.) But after a certain point the book really didn't pull me in as much as it had and it began to feel a little bit like Beautiful Creatures. It's not that I didn't like Beautiful Creatures, I really liked it, Unspoken just felt a lot like it and it lost it's unique identity very quickly. 

The story was well put together from the start of the book. This book is basically about the group of friend working to solve several mysteries at once, and there was never a dull moment or a lack in action. The only time when I really wasn't loving the story was when the last few chapters came up. A lot of things happened in a short amount of time, and I had trouble knowing just what was really happening at some points. 

Kami, the main character in the story, as well as many of the other characters that pop up in the story I had absolutely no problem with, but when it came to Jared... well. I did.  At the very of the story when we meet Jared Lynburn, I really didn't mind him at all. Jared is extremely misunderstood by many people and he's been left in the dark by members in his family and all that, but he was still a good guy. But a the end of the book he was just a total jerk. The last thing he said to Kami at the very end of the book man me want to just scream at him. 

Overall I loved this book until the end when some characters and a few other things just blew over.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard of this book a lot and can't wait to read it!