Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy Series #1)

Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy Series #1)

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by Sarah Rees Brennan

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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic Romance and Girl Detective genres, this book will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.

Bound together. Worlds apart.

Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met—a boy she's

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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic Romance and Girl Detective genres, this book will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.

Bound together. Worlds apart.

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.

"A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart." —Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author

"A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic." —Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

"Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel." —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

"Breathtaking—a compulsive, rocketing read."—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

"Captures the reader with true magic."—Esther Friesner, author of Nobody's Princess

"A laugh-out-loud delight." —Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
Kami Glass is the kind of 17-year-old who can roll a sentence like “I can defenestrate my own thugs” off her tongue. She’s working on becoming an investigative reporter, and someone in her tiny English village of Sorry-in-the-Vale is trying to kill her. Almost as distracting as that fact are the Lynburn cousins, Ash and Jared, scions of the manor house family—Ash because he’s gorgeous, and Jared because he’s been the voice in Kami’s head for all of her life. Like its characters, the kickoff to Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy series is charming, awkward, and smart, occasionally biting off a bit more than it can chew. In the acknowledgments, Brennan (the Demon Lexicon trilogy) notes her debt to two centuries of gothic novelists, but many plot elements—the light boy and the dark boy, the inexplicable family curse, the emergence of magic as an explanation—owe as much to manga (and indeed Kami is part Japanese). The dialogue, if sometimes improbable, is frequently a laugh-out-loud delight. A promising launch with a dark cliffhanger of an ending. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments saga
"A sparkling, assured fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart..." 

Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author
"Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel."

Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

“Breathtaking, heartbreaking—a compulsive, rocketing read!”

Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author
"A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic. Unspoken kept me up late, turning the pages as fast as I could."
Esther Friesner, author of Nobody’s Princess and the Chicks in Chainmail series
“With a heroine who kicks butt without ever being a ‘Spunky Girl’ cliché, Unspoken captures the reader with true magic: alluring, dangerous, fascinating, and breathtakingly real.”

The Horn Book
"Witty, take-charge Kami reads a bit like a British Veronica Mars, and troubled Jared, uncovering his own dark legacy alongside her, is compelling. Brennan thoughtfully and thoroughly explores the implications of sharing a psychic connection; for Kami and Jared, it's by turns comforting, romantic, and agonizing. After this first installment-full of mystery, magic, and nods to both the girl detective genre and gothic romance-readers will be impatiently awaiting the next."

Publishers Weekly
"A promising launch with a dark cliff-hanger of an ending."

Kirkus Reviews
“An enjoyable tribute for established fans of the gothic, as well as an enticing introduction for new ones.”

VOYA - Laura Lehner
Kami Glass is no ordinary high school student: the budding journalist hears, in her head, the voice of a boy named Jared, whom she assumes to be imaginary. When Jared Lynburn turns up in the flesh and strange things start happening in her small town—including a grisly murder—Kami and a small group of friends set out to investigate and discover much more than they bargained for. The Lynburn family is somehow involved in a plot that includes sorcery, animal sacrifice, and a magical spell meant to protect their town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. This is the first book of a new series called The Lynburn Legacy, set in the Cotswolds region of England. Kami is a unique and intriguing character, strong enough to carry this story as the protagonist. The dialogue is quick and witty, but the explanations of the supernatural elements are unsatisfying, leaving too many questions and plot holes, even for a magical fantasy. Unfortunately, both the family of villains of the story and Kami's righteous sidekicks are oddly two dimensional and lack spark—like the beautiful but lazy friend who hates everyone and spends most of the book lying on a couch throwing insults at people. In spite of these flaws, dedicated readers will enjoy the plot twists with the unusual romantic triangle and will no doubt look forward to the sequel. Reviewer: Laura Lehner
Kirkus Reviews
Sassy girl detective meets overwrought gothic romance, and it goes about as well as you'd expect. Kami Glass knows that she could be a great reporter, if there were only something worth investigating in her sleepy Cotswolds village. But now the aristocratic, secretive Lynburns are coming home to their sinister ancestral mansion, and Kami is determined that her high school newspaper will get the scoop. Soon, two gorgeous, near-identical Lynburn cousins, princely Ash and bad-boy Jared, join her journalistic team--not to mention Kami's imaginary best friend since babyhood, who turns out to be not quite so imaginary after all. And that's when the grisly murders start….From the abandoned abbey to the veiled villain, no gothic trope is forgotten while creating the doom-drenched atmosphere. Unfortunately, when an admirably intrepid 21st-century heroine with supportive family and friends replaces the traditional isolated innocent, and when every character banters with the same witty genre-savvy repartee even under the direst of circumstances, any suspension of disbelief is stretched to the snapping point. The abrupt tonal shift at the climax, when the magic previously hinted at is revealed as both deadly and heartbreaking, makes the final cliffhanger even more devastating. Far too self-consciously clever to be truly emotionally absorbing, this is nonetheless an enjoyable tribute for established fans of the gothic, as well as an enticing introduction for new ones. (Fantasy. 11-17)
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Jared has been inside Kami's mind for as long as she can remember. Losing real friends on account of her penchant for talking to her imaginary friend too often, Kami has grown up a relative loner in her small English village. Now in high school, the town is abuzz with talk of the Lynburn family returning to their ancestral estate after years away. Kami is immediately drawn to handsome Ash Lynburn and amazingly enough he seems interested in her. But her world comes crashing down when she meets his brooding cousin Jared—her Jared. It turns out their connection is a result of a dark spell used to provide protection for their village. But now people are being murdered in the woods and Jared is a suspect. Determined to free her friend from scrutiny Kami sets out to solve the mystery. It seems there are sinister and mystical forces at play and the two teens are the only ones with the power and determination to set things right. The paranormal in this series opener is refreshingly subtle and there is ample conclusion for those who are tired of the never-ending series phenomenon. The characters are likeable and entertaining. Kami has a bit of Veronica Mars about her—a budding reporter with a snarky attitude—while the dialogue among the teens has the frenetic pace and wit of a Gilmore Girls episode. Fans of the aforementioned or anyone looking for a magical new series will love it. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Aspiring journalist Kami lives in Sorry-in-the-Vale, a sleepy little town in the English Cotswolds. The school year's just started and she's already achieved a major coup-after sweet-talking the administration into letting her start a school newspaper, she convinces her best friend, Angela, to partner with her. They promptly set up shop in an empty room, dub the glorified closet "headquarters," and start sniffing out stories. The out-of-the-way arrangement works well. Gorgeous Angela prefers to be away from the ogling eyes of others and Kami, well, Kami has not kept it a secret that she talks to a boy's voice in her head, a fact that doesn't make her the most popular girl in school. When the Lynburns, the "ruling family" in town, return to their home after 17 years away, Kami is able to get to the bottom of the many secrets swirling in the air. And when the boy in her head appears in the flesh, her own story intertwines more and more tightly with those of the Lynburns and of the townfolk. The cover aptly describes Unspoken as a "gothic romance," but it has equal parts fantasy and supernatural rolled in, all emanating from the somewhat mythical forest around the town. While the rush of overly witty, pithy banter rolling from Kami's lips can be a tad much at times, Brennan molds a likable and independent heroine. Most importantly, the cliff-hanger ending and depths left untrolled will keep readers guessing and wishing for book two. Fans of Maggie Stiefvater's "Wolves of Mercy Falls" books (Scholastic) need look no further for their next series.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ

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Random House Children's Books
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Lynburn Legacy Series, #1
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5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Chapter One

The First Story


by Kami Glass

Every town in England has a story. One day I am going to find out Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale’s.

The closest this reporter has come to getting our town’s scoop is when I asked Mr. Roger Stearn (age seventy-­six but young at heart) to tell me a secret about our town. He confided that he believed the secret to Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale’s high yield of wool was in the sheep feed. I think I may have betrayed some slight disappointment, because he stared at me for a while, said, “Respect the sheep, young lady,” and ended the interview. Which leaves us with a town in the Cotswolds that has a lot of wool and no secrets. Which is plainly ridiculous. Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale’s records date back to the 1400s. Six hundred years do not go by without someone doing something ­nefarious.

The Lynburns are the town’s founding family, and we all know what the lords of the manor get up to. Ravishing the peasants, burning their humble cottages. Fox hunting. The list goes on and on.

The Lynburns have “dark secret” written all over them. There is even a skipping song about them. Skipping songs may not seem dark to you, but consider “Ring Around the Rosy,” a happy children’s rhyme about the plague. In Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale they sing this song:

Forest deep, silent bells

There’s a secret no one tells

Valley quiet, water still

Lynburns watching on the hill

Apples red, corn gold

Almost everyone grows old.

The song even talks about secrets.

During this dauntless reporter’s lifetime, however, the only Lynburn in Aurimere House was Marigold Lynburn (now deceased). Far be it from me to speak ill of the dead, but it cannot be denied that Mrs. Lynburn was a ferociously private person. To the point of ferociously throwing her walker at certain innocently curious children.

Today, after seventeen years in America, Mari­gold Lynburn’s daughters have returned to Sorry-­in-­the-­ Vale. If the family does have any dark secrets, dear readers, you can have faith that I will uncover them.

Kami stopped typing and glared at the screen. She wasn’t sure about the tone of her article. A serious journalist should probably not make so many jokes, but whenever Kami sat down to the computer it was as if the jokes were already there, hiding behind the keys, waiting to spring out at her.

Kami knew there was a story in the Lynburns. They had gone away before she was born, but all her life she had heard people wishing that someone sick would recover, or a storm would bypass the valley, and in the same breath say, “but the Lynburns are gone.” She had spent the summer since she heard of their return asking questions all over town, and had people instantly hush her as if the Lynburns might be listening. Kami’s own mother cut her off every time, her voice equal parts severe and scared about her dangerously dis­respectful daughter.

Kami looked back at the screen. She couldn’t think of a title besides “The Lynburns Return.” She blamed the Lynburns, because their surname rhymed with “return.” She also blamed the kids who were messing around in the woods beyond her garden: tonight they were making a sound that was almost howling. It went on and on, a noise that struck her ears hard and set her temples throbbing.

Kami jumped up from her chair and ran out of her bedroom. She thumped down the narrow creaking stairs and out the back door into the silver-­touched square that was her garden at night. The dark curve of the woods held the glittering lights of Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale like a handful of stars in a shadowy palm. On the other end of the woods, high above the town, was Aurimere House, its bell tower a skeletal finger pointing at the sky. Aurimere House, which the Lynburns had built when they founded the town, and where they had lived for generations, the masters of all they surveyed. There was no place in Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale where you could not see the mansion, its windows like watching eyes. Kami always found herself watching it in return.

For the first time Kami could remember, every window was lit from within, shining gold.

The Lynburns were home at last.

The howling reached a pitch that raked up Kami’s spine and sent her running to the garden gate, where she stood with her eyes full of darkness. Then the sound died abruptly. Suddenly there was nothing but the night wind, shushing Kami as if she’d had a bad dream and running cold fingers through her hair. Kami reached out past the boundaries of her own mind and called for comfort.

What’s wrong? the voice in Kami’s head asked at once, his concern wrapping around her. She felt warmer instantly, despite the wind.

Nothing’s wrong, Kami answered.

She felt Jared’s presence slip away from her as she stood in the moonlit garden for another moment, listening to the silence of the woods. Then she went back inside to finish her article. She still hadn’t told Angela about the paper.

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Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Heather724 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The moment I read this description I knew I had to read Unspoken. It sounded unique and intriguing and I loved the idea of a psychic connection gone awry. Who does that? AND, does it well? Sarah Rees Brennan…period. I could sum this review up in seven words: This book rocks my socks. The End. …but I won’t…So what specifically did I love? The setting, for one thing. I’ve been to London (ok I was six so I don’t even remember it clearly). I’ve seen pictures of the countryside in England, Ireland, Scotland, etc. I know of its beauty but I’ve never seen it firsthand. Yet, somehow, after reading Brennan’s descriptions and the imagery she uses, I feel like I’ve visited the English countryside. I feel like I’ve seen the town and met it’s occupants. It’s gorgeous. The writing. Within the first two pages I was hooked. I am a sucker for a good inner monologue and incredible banter and in this fantastic novel we get to hear the joint inner monologue of the main character, Kami Glass, and her not-so-imaginary friend, Jared. Top it off with Brennan’s quirky banter and you are set for an utterly hilarious read. Anyone can come up with a great line but to sustain dialogue and keep me captivated through every page is talent and flat-out art. There are no wasted words in this book. Brennan has carefully crafted the plot and it’s pacing to deliver each punch at just the right moment for the final knock out blow and…well we’ll get to that. The secondary characters. Every character mentioned in this book has a purpose. I loved Kami’s family and the way that the other Lynburns are brought to life, especially Ash. Angela, Holly and Rusty are totally unforgettable. Brennan’s ability to make these characters human is exquisite. Now on to Kami. She is quirky, smart and impetuous. She’s ridiculously brave and I absolutely adore the fact that she tromps through the woods in skirts and kitten heels. She’s a super awesome girl sleuth with fashion sense. I want to be her. She’s also hilarious and made me laugh more than anyone in the whole book. I also loved her honesty and depth. She is one seriously grounded individual who looks at things from all sides. Then there is Jared who has the ability to be both endearing and swoon-worthy while at the same time disturbing and a little unhinged. He is complex and “other” compared to the other characters in the book. No one truly understands him, even Kami who is practically in his brain almost constantly. He’s broken and needs Kami in sometimes very unhealthy ways. So, while I adore him and want to hug away his brokenness and kiss his boo boos, he’s also extremely needy and could use a little maturity. Jared has this ability to leave you completely unsettled about him the entire story. Throughout the novel, I kept going back and forth: do I like him? do I not like him? I’ll leave you to decide for yourself! Lastly, the conclusion aka the knock out blow. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. I wasn’t expecting it at all but it made perfect sense with the way Brennan set up her world. She keeps you just enough in the loop and just enough on edge that you never really know who to trust and who to hate. Unspoken is a beautifully spun mystery and an epic love story while never venturing into the trite or cheesy. I could not have asked for a better ending to complete this portion of Kami’s story and I’m so excited to see where these characters go next. Unspoken is hilarious and charming while also being dark and unsettling. Sarah Rees Brennan has created a work of genius that delights and disturbs in equal measure. Absolute must read!
Joie-de-Lire More than 1 year ago
Rating: 5 stars* What do I like about this book? Hmm.... I think the better question is what DON'T like about this book? Because that list is virtually non-existent. I just cannot get over how fabulously the author tackled every aspect of this book that could have made it just another typical, clichéd YA novel! Just the fact that Kami has been able to talk to this "imaginary" boy in her head for her entire life, this imaginary boy she's in love with, only to suddenly discover that he's real and they now go to the same school! Oh yes, the boy she's told everything to--every secret, thought, insecurity--this boy is not a figment of her imagination. I feel like this set-up could have easily turned into a major case of insta-love, but THANK YOU GODS OF LITERATURE for giving Sarah Rees Brennan a much more brilliant idea! Kami and Jared are pretty freaked out at discovering the other is 100% real--understandably so, I might add--They're not sure whether they should be friends, girlfriend-boyfriend, or enemies. They spend a fair bit of time resenting the fact that the other person isn't imaginary and I LOVED IT. Their relationship is just so unique in the world of YA--confusing, strained, frustrating, yet at the same time, their chemistry is undeniable. It's just crafted wonderfully and very realistically. Now let's just take a moment to appreciate the sheer awesomeness of Brennan's characters. Seriously. They. Are. Magnificent. Not only are they all very distinct, personality-wise, but they're all gifted with impressive wit. I wish I could be funny like Kami and Angela--no actually, can I just be BFFs with them??? Angela was a personal favorite of mine. I mean, how often do you meet a character who loves naps, is super lazy, can seriously kick butt, and hates people? I was like, "let me love you!" Kami was sassy and super witty, very much like Veronica Mars. I fell in love with Kami's character from the moment she made her first joke. Another thing about these characters that was so refreshing was how sensible they all were! Especially Kami! She thought things through, was courageous but not stupid, and didn't let her emotions take over! The best way to describe her would be this quote: "She didn't want to be the girl who just believed in the guy she liked, no matter what extenuating mind-reading circumstances existed. She didn't want her feelings to blind her. She didn't want anything to blind her. She did not know what her feelings were, or what his were, or how to separate the two. She did not want to drown in what was between them and lose control, or lose who she was." If you hated Bella, I think you're going to love Kami. Heck, even if you liked Bella, you'll still probably love Kami because she is just made of awesomesauce. All in all: This. Book. Is. Freaking. Amazing. There is a supernatural element present in the book--which I won't spoil for you--but I can honestly say that Brennan's take on this is quite unique and honestly? I did not see it coming. At all. *I was provided a copy of this book by Netgalley and the publishers in return for an honest review.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Not since ‘Potter’ has a book this good come on the market! This is one of those series that is fresh and new that speaks to readers on all levels, and then makes them seriously angry because…they want Book II right now! Our leading lady, Kami Glass, loves the guy who lives in her head. Ever since she was eight she’s spoken with Jared, an imaginary friend who makes life more interesting. And, gosh knows, she needs interesting. Kami lives in Sorry-in-the-Vales, England. She’s a teenage reporter who wants her dream of being the best journalist in the world to come true. But when you live in this town, you have to really scrape for a story considering how boring it is. For a town built in the 1400’s - all they seem to have is sheep and no secrets. Soon, however, the ritzy family who built this town and were once the ‘lord and masters’ of all they surveyed, return. They are the Lynburn’s, and after seventeen years away the Lynburn daughter’s have returned with their families and Kami wants to get an interview. She knows there’s something up with these guys and she’s going to find out what their secrets really are. Angela - who is a truly hysterical character - is Kami’s best friend. She signs on when the school year begins to help Kami with her newspaper. The school gives them a wee little office to work in and Angela basically joins the team so she can nap on the couch that’s provided. As Kami begins running around like ‘1,000 monkeys on crack,’ to get things going, a Lynburn walks in with a camera around his neck and asks for a job - this is Ash - and he is absolutely stunning. Although Kami has stars in her eyes for this guy, a cousin of his soon arrives at school who is a way darker version with more than one secret hanging over his head. The cousin’s name is Jared, and he is…the voice inside Kami’s head. Yup - the imaginary friend is absolutely real. So how does that happen? Readers will be blown away by the plot this author has come up with. Chills from the past, ancient legends come to life, Jared and Ash and a family that has secrets that could ruin the town and create lots of dead bodies - everything is in this one! Quill Says: Bravo to the author! And hurry up with Book Two!
laura24 More than 1 year ago
The was one of the better books I have read.I was instantly immersed into this fantastic story.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I am utterly and completely in love with not only this book, but its author Sarah Rees Brennan. Unspoken is amazing! I have never read a book that was anything like it or even about the same topic. An imaginary friend who ends up being a real person? How amazing! And scary at the same time, I know I would be freaked out. I loved every single second of this novel, including (after coping) its huge cliffhanger ending. The characters are all amazingly well developed and I loved every single one of them. I couldn't find a single flaw with this book. I encourage everyone who loves YA to give this novel a read, and I will definitely be continuing on with this series and anything else Sarah has written!
SilversteinELA More than 1 year ago
This book is clever, funny, snarky, mysterious--and it will rip your heart right out. A must-read for any fans of Veronica Mars or The Golden Compass.
Anonymous 1 days ago
“Unspoken” is one of those books I picked up almost exclusively because of friends’ or acquaintances’ recommendations. I don’t know how much buzz the book got in the literary world, but I knew enough people who read and enjoyed it that I gave it a try. Oh. My. God. There are some books you blow through because you MUST know how they end, and others that you try, desperately, to take your time on so you catch every detail. “Unspoken” was a brilliant mix of these traits. I loved the premise–a girl who has been talking to an ‘imaginary’ friend her whole life learns he is a real person when the mysterious, frightening family who owns half her small town returns. Even if flap copy hadn’t pulled me in, Kami would’ve instantly. I’ve read a ton of YA this year and I don’t know if I’ve found a more likeable, engaging protagonist than she is yet. I don’t think so. Her personality was so REAL to me that it felt like we could’ve been friends under different circumstances. She was the kind of person whose conviction and heart made me fall in love with characters I might not have ordinarily, and trust characters I would’ve pushed aside. Which brings me to Jared. Poor, poor Jared. I’m a total sucker for angsty, vaguely dangerous but incredibly loyal bad boys (at least in fiction) and I was blown away by the scene where they meet for real. The intensity of that moment may have even topped the climactic ending for me. I was utterly intrigued by how nicely Brennan was able to weave his and Kami’s obvious connection into their inherent differences–especially where a possible romance is concerned. If there’s one thing “Unspoken” does really well, it’s starting in exactly the right place. The insular world of Sorry-in-the-Vale was so beautifully crafted that I was more than content with waiting to learn of Jared’s existence and get into the meat of the mystery just so I could get a feel for the location. Not that the mystery wasn’t totally compelling in its own right–a great blend of the magical and the mundane. I enjoyed picking out the similarities to more old-fashioned Gothic novels, and if I hadn’t had to return my copy, I would’ve spent more time than is healthy figuring out how each chapter title related to the rest of the chapter and to the Gothic as a whole genre. That being said, I hit the wall about midway through the story where going slow and savoring each twist and turn wasn’t going to happen. At that point I was too invested and needed to know what happened immediately. As for the ending, well . . . I won’t spoil you. Let’s just say that I’m thrilled there’s going to be a sequel.
Anonymous 8 months ago
It is the best so far only part way can't wait to finish and hoping to get to read the other 2 books
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
According to Kami Glass, every town in England has a story. Her town, Sorry-in-the-Vale, is no exception. The only problem is no one in town seems willing to tell that story to a daring girl reporter no matter how charming she is while asking pointed interview questions. Kami knows her town's past is tied inextricably to the Lynburns, the town's founders even if their manor house has been empty for as long as Kami can remember. If every town has a story, so does every resident. Kami's own story has caused her a fair bit of trouble over the years and not a few friends. That's what happens when your best friend seems to be an imaginary boy you talk to in your head. Luckily, Kami can handle the odd looks from neighbors and worried comments from her parents. Kami is nothing if not intrepid and she is more than prepared to keep everything under control. All of that changes when the Lynburns come back to Sorry-in-the-Vale. Their return brings many questions, as well as something more sinister, forcing Kami to question everything she thought she knew about her town, her friends, and even herself in Unspoken (2012) by Sarah Rees Brennan. Unspoken is the first book in The Lynburn Legacy (which will be a trilogy). No one writes families and friends quite like Sarah Rees Brennan. Unspoken is no exception. As Kami struggles to crack the secrets of Sorry-in-the-Vale's past she assembles an unlikely band of misfits to help her investigation. Like Kami herself these characters are well-rounded and, above all, memorable. Along with the Glass family, they create an entertaining ensemble that adds much to the narrative. Rees Brennan brings Kami's world to life with her signature wit and charm. (If you have read the author's blog or tweets you may agree that this book truly channels her voice in the writing.) Kami is an determined and capable heroine who is ready and willing to fight her own battles even as she is surrounded by friends and family who fiercely want to help in any way they can. Patently eerie, Unspoken gives a nod to its gothic novel roots as the plot moves forward. Although a lot happens in the final hundred pages of Unspoken, the unusual pacing is balanced out with humor, banter, strong characters and many moments of page-turning suspense. Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries with equal doses of plucky girl reporters, chills, adventure, and cute boys in distress. Possible Pairings: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Clarity by Kim Harrington, After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, Veronica Mars
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read it and loved it. It combined my favorite stories into one... I love it I keep rereading.
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I love it! Don't let her die please. &#9825 :} (Ps. Please read my story Morning Rising at "morning" res 2+. There are 8 chapters!)
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Continue it was great!
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Amazing! I like the story!
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Is so freakin awsomre i read it at least 6 times and it still ant old
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scottnl73 More than 1 year ago
So I finally, finally finished this book. I'm not sure what I can say about this story, I was expecting so much more. The book started off at a good pace, but for me, it started to falter right around the time Kami (our intrepid investigative journalist) encounters Jared for the first time, in the flesh, at the library. After that initial meeting when they realized who each of them was, the story seemed to sort of slow down to painful crawl. I know the story was supposed to be about finding out about the mysterious Lynburns and their return to the town, but a good chunk of the book was dedicated to Kami's and Jared's feelings toward one another. What was with Jared not wanting to touch Kami anyway? The story really seemed to pick up speed after the pub incident with Holly, and even more so with Nicola. It was interesting learning about the connection with Kami's mother and Rosalind and how that formed the connection between Kami and Jared. I wasn't surprised to learn who the sorcerer was, nor was I surprised when Holly told Kami what happened with Angela. I was, however, shocked with Jared's behavior toward Kami after all was said and done. All I can say is that I'm glad MY teenage years weren't quite so angsty and drama-filled!
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I love every aspect of this story!
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I loved this book took me a day and a half to read cover to cover
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