Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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

Title: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1)
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: September 11th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Book Description:
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?

My thoughts:

Unspoken has the most beautiful cover I have ever seen. I love the intricate designs and color. The cover had truly drawn me in. I finished reading the book and glad that the story is as good as the cover. It is heartbreaking, magical and full of delightful secrets that will surely leave a lasting impression.

The story is set in a sleepy English town called Sorry-in-the-Vale, where the Lynburn Manor that over looks the town is situated. The Lynburns has returned and so are the bloody endeavors inside the woods. Kami, the main character lives in town, she hears a voice inside her head; that voice became her solace and support. Then she met the Lynburn boys. What if that imaginary voice becomes reality? Why does she feel connected to one of the brothers? Who are responsible for the killings? Pick up this book to find out more.

I love the world-building. The pacing is good and there’s not a drop of dull moments. I like how the story unfolds by itself as you read. It was smooth and clear. Even though, the book has a gothic and paranormal theme, it is believable. I also love how the author describes Sorry-in-the-Vale. It was magical and beautiful. Her writing style is also good. You get to know the character and depict everything she wants the readers to know. It is vivid and soft just the way I like it.

 I love the characters. All of them are unique like they are made to make you remember them even after reading the book. In short, they are memorable. They are not distinguishable from other YA books.
Kami is half Asian! Not all books have Asian heroine or a lead. I like how Sarah wrote a character that is diverse from any other. I connected to Kami easily though I don’t understand some of her jokes LOL. I like her eccentricity and thirsts for adventure. As for the Lynburn boys, Jared has this bad boy vibe. He’s sweet but there’s something about his mysteriousness that made me curious to know him more. Ash is like a Greek god, his stature and features made my mouth water. Who is the voice in Kami’s head? Is it Jared or Ash?

How Kami knew, who is the person she talks to in her head is my favorite scene from the book. I was flabbergasted! It made my heart skipped a beat hihi.

As for the love angle, it’s great! I feel like a kid in a candy store. There were lots of scenes that made me all mushy.

The ending was……. Heartbreaking and exhilarating! I need the second book. This can’t be happening.

Overall, this is fun book to read. It has all the ingredients that I want. Adventure filled, gothic and with romance that you can’t miss.

I give this, 5 whales. 



  1. Oooh. Glad you liked it! I've been meaning to get a copy of this one. :D

  2. So glad you loved this book! I was really gushy when I read it. Unspoken is one of my most favorite reads this year. It's amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on Untold :)

  3. Oooh, I love the cover too! And I'm glad to hear about the worldbuilding, this sounds like a book I'll love!


  4. Anonymous9:54 AM

    So glad to hear you loved this one too! I adored Kami, and I think the romance was wonderful. That ending though!! Can't wait for book two. :-) Great review!

  5. Anonymous11:14 AM

    "Unspoken" was definitely amazing! That ending though, really tore my heart out--How could you say that, Jared?!--and an excerpt that I read from the next book only worsened the pain. But Kami is a strong and fantastic girl so I'm sure she'll pull through the event that happened in the end and from her troubles with Jared.

  6. This is another book that I've been meaning to read forever. I've heard a few things about the ending, so have been putting it off until closer to the release date of the next book! So glad you enjoyed this! and great review! :)

  7. I'm so excited to read this now! I haven't heard too much about this, and I'm glad both the characters and world building are great. Amazing review :)

  8. 5 whales! This one must be fantastic. I need to read a Sarah Rees Brennan novel, and this might be my gateway book :) And that town name rocks! So glad you enjoyed the book. Great review!

  9. I actually tried this and never really got past the first part for some reason, but I'll probably give it another try when book 2 comes out. I just can't stand cliffhangers so I'll wait.
    great review!

  10. "Unspoken" was definitely amazing! That ending though, really tore my heart out--How could you say that, Jared?!--and an excerpt that I read from the next book only worsened the pain.


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