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{September 7, 2012}   {ARC Review} Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

From Goodreads: 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?


Sarah Rees Brennan did a phenomenal job with this enticing novel; it wrapped me up so tightly in its story that I couldn’t put it aside until the very last page.  Complete with mystery and mayhem, Kami Glass, a reporter for the school newspaper, and her entourage, Angie, Holly, and the Lynburn boys, set off to discover the truth behind the sinister animal killings and, unbeknownst to the Lynburns, the truth about them, as well.

I really enjoyed this novel.  From Kami’s own eccentricity to her best friends love for napping, I was enthralled with both the characters and the storyline itself.  I love Kami’s down to earth banter with her friends, and the revelation behind her “imaginary” friend was really interesting.  I loved trying to figure out the many mysteries throughout the novel, such as who was behind the murders, whether or not Jared could really be trusted, how Jared and Kami could be inside each other’s head, who (or what) the Lynburns really were… it was all around a really fun read, and I’m eagerly looking forward to the next installment, especially as I hated the way Unspoken ended.  I realize that most cliffhangers today always leave the reader wanting more, and while that’s true with this novel as well, I was hoping for a more happy ending.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not tragic, necessarily, but I was not happy with Jared at all.  Not one bit.  But you’ll have to read this riveting story to find out, because while you might think I just gave away too much information, in truth, I didn’t… Four stars.

Random House BFYR has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on September 11, 2012.


I’m happy to hear you had so much fun reading this book and the characters sound so interesting and great. I adore the cover of this book and the synopsis just made this one of those ‘must have’ books.

I’m dying to read this. I hope I’ll enjoy reading this just like you did. :)

Amber says:

Excellent! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, I wasn’t happy with Jared’s actions and words at the end, but I also found it refreshing that for once things didn’t work out, you know? I love how they all made me laugh though. Well, more like snort-laugh!

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