Saturday, June 27, 2015

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Review

"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?"

I already read the two prequels of Unspoken. It has been a while ago, but I remember enough to recall Jared and Kami's amazing ability to speak to each other telepathically over great distances. They never met each other, but they can speak to each other and think that the other isn't real. But now, they finally meet again in Sorry-in-the-Vale, United Kingdom. Jared is an American. Kami is a Brit. Their power's origins are mysterious, but their relationship is even more so. Unspoken is the start of the trilogy. 

I love sarcastic people (unless they are against me). Jared and Kami are quite skilled in that particular field. They are both connected to each other, and they are never truly alone. They walk in each other's heads, and because of that, they know each other very well. Jared knows Kami's secrets. Kami doesn't know all of Jared's, but she is always on his side. Because of their bond, they are practically like twins (not identical, of course). 

Jared is the bad boy, and he reminds me of Jace from City of Bones. He is shrouded in mystery, death, and darkness. He is a Lynburn, but he doesn't know of his family's secrets. He and Kami are in this together, and their relationship is pulled and tested (lightly). They also have awesome chemistry (and I ship them very hard). Whenever it is Jared's POV, I have this feeling of wanting to wrap him up in a blanket and give him some hot coco. 

One of the two main narrators, Kami has her moments of sarcasm, and she gives Jared a good run for his money (in sarcasm). She is an interesting character. Spirited and unique and funny, Kami has her moments of greatness that makes me smile. I connect with Kami the most out of all characters, and I love her parts and chapters. 

The plot is paced slowly, in the beginning. But it picks up speed once Jared and Kami officially meet for the first time and find out exactly who they are to each other. Their relationship is fun to watch, and the mystery of the Lynburn family (and the town itself) provides a nice subplot in the story. The book moves quickly, gathering speed. The ending, in my opinion, isn't descriptive enough, and I nearly miss some of the crucial details (until I reread the ending). 

In conclusion, Unspoken is a great novel and I can't wait to read its sequel. I can't believe I didn't read this sooner. Kami and Jared are great main characters with their own problems and messiness. The world building and supernatural element is wonderful and explosive. Best recommend those who love quirky characters. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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