Fri, August 10, 2012

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Review

Unspoken book cover

Unspoken book cover

By Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication date: Sept. 11, 2012
Random House Books for Young Readers, 370 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley

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?

— description

When I met Sarah Rees Brennan at RT Teen Day in February, I was about halfway through Unspoken. I remember running up to her and telling her that I was just going insane not knowing what was going to happen next! I think I might have freaked her out a little, but what can you do, she just laughed. I NEEDED TO KNOW.

The premise here guaranteed I’d be hooked from the get-go – I mean, a girl has an imaginary male best friend? All her life? And realizes he’s real…and has just moved to town?! That’s CRAZYPANTS, and I love it.

Unspoken was a thriller that had me dying to find out what would happen next. That being said, I did struggle a bit to keep up with the story — as things progressed, I got lost in the mechanics of the Sorry-in-the-Vale mythology.

So it wasn’t a favorite, but I definitely was captivated throughout. I’m surprised I haven’t read anything by Brennan before and fully intend to rectify that immediately!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: magic, paranormal, romance


  1. Lori said:

    I have this on my Kindle and now I’m so much more excited to read it! I love a good thriller. I haven’t read anything by Sarah yet either.


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  2. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    This cover is so pretty! That alone would convince me that I need to give it a try. It sounds pretty fun too though!


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  3. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said:

    Great review, Anna! I have this one and hope to read it later in the month — I love the premise of it! This’ll be my first Sarah Rees Brennan book, though I do have Team Human on my shelf — one I’m planning to read next week (so I guess THAT’LL be my first read!).


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  4. We Heart YA said:

    Oh man, SRB is so funny! We just met her for the first time at this great YA panel (7 authors – recap on our blog, linked below) and she just kept cracking us up with her voices and stories and jokes.

    And like you, we LOVE the concept for this, so we picked up a copy and had her sign it. Can’t wait to read it! Sounds like it’s not amazing, but still pretty fun. Glad to hear. 🙂


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  5. Randi M said:

    Great review! I’m really looking forward to reading this because I just looooove Gothic tales.


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  6. Misa said:

    I agree – I love the premise! And the elevator scene when they first realize that they were each other’s ‘imaginary’ friend? xD

    Misa @ Skyway Avenue Reads


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