Saturday, September 1, 2012

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

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
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?

So, I thought I would like Unspoken more than I did. I mean, the summary sounded so interesting. A girl hears a voice in her head her entire life and finally meets the guy-definitely worth taking a look at. But, it fell flat for me.

Let me start with the good. The characters were dynamic. The last couple of chapters were action-packed and thrilling. The writing wasn’t bad.

And now for what I didn’t like. For one, it took so long to even find out what was going on with the Lynburns. It wasn’t until about 2/3 of the way through that we actually find out what they are and what Kami has to do with it. During that first part of the book, not much happened. A couple of important events occurred but the rest seemed kind of pointless. I had a hard time getting through all of that.

The other thing that really bothered me-this is probably the most frustrating part of the book-was the romance-or, rather, lack of it. In the summary, it makes it seem like it was going to be romance heavy and that was what I had prepared myself for. First, it says that she was in love with the guy who spoke to her….she wasn’t. She thought she was crazy at first for hearing a voice in her head. Then, when Jared came into the picture, she was understandably confused. The voice she thought was a hallucination turned out to be a real person. Who wouldn’t be thrown off?

But that lasted just about the entire book. She kept insisting that they would never be more than friends, though Jared very obviously wanted more. A semi-love triangle appeared with Jared’s cousin, Ash-but it wasn’t truly a triangle because she never looked at Jared that way. Or, at least, she thought she never did. It got very frustrating. Jared clearly clung to their relationship more because he had no one else, while Kami just pushed the poor guy away only to ask for his help two pages later and he would drop everything and come running because Kami meant more to him than anything else. (Yes, he was kind of obsessive but in this case I’ll have to let it slide because I understood why he acted that way.) That was really aggravating to me because I felt like Kami was taking advantage of Jared and how much he cared about her.

So why did this get 3 stars after all of that? The ending.
The ending was action packed and for those last few chapters, everything happened. There are so many twists and turns and surprises in the mystery of who was the murderer, that by the time we find out exactly who committed them, my head was spinning. Then, there was a huge shock in Kami and Jared’s relationship. When I found out, I was stunned beyond belief.

Really, that was the saving grace of the book. Had the ending not been so good, I wouldn’t have like Unspoken at all. Now, I’ll most likely read the next book because I’m curious to find out what happens. Hopefully the next book will be better.

So, overall, Unspoken wasn’t fantastic. It was just barely good. The ending, however, makes up for all of the slow and boring in the beginning. If you have the patience to wait out the less than great part of the book (basically the first 2/3), then definitely go for it because the ending makes the whole book worthwhile. If you don’t have the patience to wait for the action to start, then this might not be the book for you.


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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