Unspoken

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  • Hardcover
  • 370
  • Unspoken
  • Sarah Rees Brennan
  • English
  • 03 November 2019
  • 0375870415

About the Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Hardcover ó Unspoken MOBI ´ unspoken free, UnspokenUnspoken EpubSarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistfulvejournal, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.


UnspokenHardcover ó Unspoken MOBI ´ unspoken free, UnspokenUnspoken EpubKami 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 headBut all that changes when the Lynburns returnThe 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.

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10 thoughts on “Unspoken

  1. Kat Kennedy says:

    I have a scale for YA books I read, since I ve read so many It looks some thing like this I hope this book dies Right now And takes a 100km radius with it just to be sure Ter ri ble book Not my thing Meh Yeah that was okay Hmmm Inter est ing I was pleas antly surprised Yeah I liked that That was a great book Wow I loved that book FIZZJERBLEDEEGOOK That was Freak ing AMAZEBALLS I will read that book againAllow me to lay down some per spec tive At this moment I have no fewer than sixty t I have a scale for YA books I read, since I ve read so many It looks some thing like this I hope this book dies Right now And takes a 100km radius with it just to be sure Ter ri ble book Not my thing Meh Yeah that was okay Hmmm Inter est ing I was pleas antly surprised Yeah I liked that That was a great book Wow I loved that book FIZZJERBLEDEEGOOK That was Freak ing AMAZEBALLS I will read that book againAllow me to lay down some per spec tive At this moment I have no fewer than sixty three ARCs sit ting around wait ing to be read I have specif i cally enough time to scratch my head in bemuse ment between read ing one book, review ing it, con tact ing the appro pri ate peo ple and pick ing up the next one I do not have time to reread books So whilst there are plenty of books that I greatly enjoy and even love, the pool for the num ber of books I reread is cur rently at five Five This book makes five books I reread.It is not that it s a per fect book but that it is per fect for me I loved every thing about it Brennan s writ ing style, humour, wit and dia logue shines in every thing she writes This book is filled with atmos phere, mood and the per fect level of creepy It s char ac ters shine through as it s strongest advan tage Each inde pen dently strong and lov able, Bren nan pulls out all the stops in cre at ing a Scooby Gang of epic proportions.Eas ily the biggest sell ing point is Kami and Jared But mostly Kami Kami was rock ing so hard that I had resid ual whiplash Strong, smart, brave a theme with almost all the women in the novel She was quirky enough to be cute, inde pen dent enough to be admirable, vul ner a ble enough to be loved strong enough to lead this novel and stand on her own Jared with his flawed com plex ity and bad boy char ac ter is tics was lov able and pitiable I know I have a soft spot for bad boys, but it s hard not to root for him and hurt for him through out the novel.The pac ing and plot were pretty much spot on per fect, never get ting bor ing or eas ing up on the good times which bal anced with the action and suspense.I think this book earned each and every one of those five stars It earned them hard and I need the next one NOW Original Prereview below So I opened the book and by page five I was like And we met Kami and Angela and Ash and Jared and Holy and I was like Then I saw that there was a love triangle and for a minute I was like But not even two pages later I was just like Then the mystery revved up and I was like And then the intrigue and danger and relationships started to evolve and I was like And every time Kami said something hilarious I was like So basically how I feel about this book is that if I had a choice between reading the sequel and a threesome with Then I would probably choose Unspoken 2 Yes I said it And how I feel about the fact that the next one is so far away This is just a temporary review Keep an eye out for my proper review in August Image Sources

  2. Cristina Monica says:

    Take this quiz to learn if your brain would appreciate this read.1 When you hear the word love triangle, you a Scream at the top of your lungs and rush out the room, pushing anyone standing in your way b Raise an eyebrow.2 On a Friday night, you d rather a Talk to your crush on the telephone b Investigate a potential murder scene.3 You often dream about a Talking animals chasing you to the edge of a cliff b Being connected to someone beyond humanly possible.4 If your best fri Take this quiz to learn if your brain would appreciate this read.1 When you hear the word love triangle, you a Scream at the top of your lungs and rush out the room, pushing anyone standing in your way b Raise an eyebrow.2 On a Friday night, you d rather a Talk to your crush on the telephone b Investigate a potential murder scene.3 You often dream about a Talking animals chasing you to the edge of a cliff b Being connected to someone beyond humanly possible.4 If your best friend tells you your outfit makes you look fat, you a Immediately take offense and storm out the door b Do a runway walk in front of them, attitude on power mode 5 Family, to you, is a Just another word in the English language b The pillar of this earth.6 You can stand people thinking you re a little odd, but you can t stand them thinking you re a Self absorbed b A liar.7 Sometimes you wonder if a You should dye your hair a different colour b You re an extraterrestrial creature that was placed on this planet by mistake.8 And finally, you respond better to these three words a Contemporary, high school, romance b Fantasy, gothic, mysterious.Now for the results If you have a majority of a , get out of here.If you have a majority of b , congrats You have been chosen by the universe to be the next reader of Unspoken.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

  3. Steph Sinclair says:

    Dearest Unspoken,I must regrettably inform you that we must do the unthinkable and separate I really don t know where we went wrong, you and I After my co blogger, Kat, set us up on that blind date, urging me to give you a go, I thought for sure we would hit it off nicely And for a minute we did Don t you remember It was love at first sight as I set my eyes on your gorgeous cover and unique premise But somehow, along the way, something went wrong.Unspoken, you were true You had a solid p Dearest Unspoken,I must regrettably inform you that we must do the unthinkable and separate I really don t know where we went wrong, you and I After my co blogger, Kat, set us up on that blind date, urging me to give you a go, I thought for sure we would hit it off nicely And for a minute we did Don t you remember It was love at first sight as I set my eyes on your gorgeous cover and unique premise But somehow, along the way, something went wrong.Unspoken, you were true You had a solid plot and you were different from any of the others I ve read before you But it was clear from the beginning that our cultural differences would be our undoing With you being so very English and me being a confused American, I just couldn t keep up with your complexity But darling, to be fair, you weren t easy on me If only your scene transitions were a littlesmoother, perhaps I could have understood how much time had passed or when the character PoV had changed Or perhaps if only the characters didn t suffer from just go with it syndrome, ignoring and dismissing instances where they had the opportunity to learnabout the mystery just for the sake of prolonging the story Unspoken, let s be honest with one another That mystery could have been solved halfway through the story if only the characters weren t so wrapped up in concealing their feelings Honey bunches, it annoyed me Speaking of your characters, darling, they were entirely likable But that s also the problem because that s all they will ever be for me, just likable Not once did I feel connected to them in any way and countless times I paused to consider the possibilities of why Kami is a smart, witty, no nonsense girl Just my type, if you can believe it But her constant detachment from Jared proved to beof an annoyance than anything else Theandshe pulled away from him, theI felt I lost any type connection Don t get me wrong, Unspoken I really did enjoy the fact that they could read each other s minds since they were babies I just don t understand why Jared never could bear to touch Kami Why did Kami want to rid herself of Jared after she mentions how much she values their special relationship Because she was afraid of being hurt So this one hurdle somehow cancels out the relationship they had developed since they were children I m sorry, but that logical pathway confuses me.Even still, through our rough times, you somehow managed to occasionally make me laugh The dialogue and humor were perfection and timely placed Unfortunately, not even your wit could save us I probably should have mentioned all this before Looking back, I had seen the ghosts of these feelings at the halfway mark and I struggled to stay in our relationship I now realize that I shouldn t have let other s incessant peer pressure get to me You see, they told me to just hang in there, that it was all worth it in the end But by the time you have reached your climax and ending, I remained indifferent To put it lightly, dearest, your ending is illogical to me You re telling me a group of people couldn t disarm and defeat one enemy Even with their special abilities combined And in turn, it took that group of people forever to get to Kami And dammit I wish I could go into further detail about that, but I know how you feel about kissing and telling.No, no I know what you re doing right now and you shouldn t even think it Unspoken, you were fabulous in so many ways It was like you were telling this hilarious joke and I was standing there waiting for the punchline, only to realize everyone else is already laughing Which is why I must close this break up letter with the most clich d expression ever With all my love,Stephanie SinclairP.S I know that Kat Kennedy will attempt to chivalrously defend your honor tooth and nail in a review war Please, pass on a message for me Bring it PARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

  4. Vinaya says:

    This book, oh my god, th th thiWARNING You may need a lifeboat to stay adrift in the oceans of adoration below There are simply no words to describe the mountain of awesome that is Sarah Rees Brennan This is my very first Brennan book, and I feel like the universe has cheated me by not introducing me to her earlier Some day, technology permitting, I would LOVE to splice together DNA from Sarah and my other favorite funnywoman funnyman Rachel Hartman to create my very own personal funny This book, oh my god, th th thiWARNING You may need a lifeboat to stay adrift in the oceans of adoration below There are simply no words to describe the mountain of awesome that is Sarah Rees Brennan This is my very first Brennan book, and I feel like the universe has cheated me by not introducing me to her earlier Some day, technology permitting, I would LOVE to splice together DNA from Sarah and my other favorite funnywoman funnyman Rachel Hartman to create my very own personal funny clone, and then I would just sit around and laugh hysterically all day Don t be scared I m only a little crazy Unspoken is unlike any other YA book I have ever read I m not going to say it is TEH BEST BOOK EVAH even though I want to , but it is, without doubt, incredibly unique in the YA sphere It manages to mix together all the elements I find most appealing and conversely are the least predominant in YA fiction today The conclusion is clear WE NEED MORE ANIMALS IN YA But that minor defect aside, Unspoken will rock you like a 19th century hurricane Also, don t drink Coke while reading this book snorting with laughter while consuming carbonated beverages can be most unpleasant On aserious note, I sincerely believe Sarah Rees Brennan is magic If you re thinking I have too much time on my hands you d be right In the unlikely event that my pretty pictures didn t convince you to go out and arm wrestle a grizzly in order to obtain an ARC of this book, here are some words that will definitely do the trick Angela had a perfect body She had a perfect face too, but at least she put some effort into that, her makeup always flawless and her abilities with eyeliner unnatural Kami focusedon clothes than makeup She was always forgetting to put on lip gloss as she rushed out the door, but she felt the likelihood of forgetting her clothes was not high.So he s not crazy I didn t say that, Holly said My current verdict would be Crazy eyes Nice ass I think I want that on my tombstone, Kami said Remember my last wishes, if I get involved in a tragic accident with a fruit cart before I can put it in writing A leather jacket, Kami said as he shrugged into it Aren t you trying a little too hard to play into certain bad boy clich s Nah, said Jared You re thinking of black leather Black leather s for bad boys It s all in the color You wouldn t think I was a bad boy if I was wearing a pink leather jacket That s true, Kami said What I would think of you, I do not know So what does brown leather mean, then I m going for manly, Jared said Maybe a little rugged It s bits of dead cow, don t ask it to perform miracles Technically speaking, you drive like a rabid chicken who has hijacked a tractor Like a bat out of hell, Jared said Nice simile Sounds sort of dangerous and cool Consider it Not a chance I like my brains the way they are, not lightly scrambled and scattered across a road And speaking of bad boy clich s, really, a motorcycle Again I say rugged, Jared told her Manly I often see Holly on hers, Kami said solemnly When she stops for traffic, sometimes she puts on some manly lip gloss.Please just stay clear of him, she said, and Kami realized Jared was the Lynburn her mother was most afraid of Whoever he is, I agree with your mother, said Dad as he entered the kitchen Stay away from him Stay away from them all until you re of marrying age Once you reach a nice, mature fifty four, gentlemen callers will be welcomed here Is this true, Kami Are you going out on a date Dad asked tragically Wearing that Wouldn t you fancy a shapeless cardigan instead You rock a shapeless cardigan, honeyAll quotes are from the ARC and will be verified against a retail copy Also, I promise to write a proper grown up review that will make Random House want to auto approve me, a little closer to publication In the meantime, if can beg, borrow or steal an ARC of this, trust me just this once and DO IT

  5. Sarah says:

    It s my baby, so nobody should listen to what I think I m just like, oh, it should go to Cambridge and it has the prettiest hair

  6. Simona Bartolotta says:

    Listen to me I don t know what s going on I don t know what any of this means But I know this much It doesn t matter You re not one of them You never were You re not theirs You re mine Writing bad Like really bad Plot what plot Characters what characters You mean there were actual people in here Shocking.There is really nothingto say Listen to me I don t know what s going on I don t know what any of this means But I know this much It doesn t matter You re not one of them You never were You re not theirs You re mine Writing bad Like really bad Plot what plot Characters what characters You mean there were actual people in here Shocking.There is really nothingto say

  7. Heidi says:

    Okay, so it s been a few days and I think my rage face has worn off a bit and I can talk to you all about all of the things I absolutely loved about Sarah Rees Brennan s Unspoken without being completely bias against the whole thing because of the ending So, here it goes, review time Forest deep, silent bellsThere s a secret no one tellsValley quiet, water stillLynburns watching on the hillApples red, corn goldAlmost everyone grows old.Intrepid young journalist Kami Glass knows there are secre Okay, so it s been a few days and I think my rage face has worn off a bit and I can talk to you all about all of the things I absolutely loved about Sarah Rees Brennan s Unspoken without being completely bias against the whole thing because of the ending So, here it goes, review time Forest deep, silent bellsThere s a secret no one tellsValley quiet, water stillLynburns watching on the hillApples red, corn goldAlmost everyone grows old.Intrepid young journalist Kami Glass knows there are secrets in her quiet small town of Sorry in the Vale, she knows the Lynburns are at the heart of it, and she knows no one wants to talk When the Lynburns return after a generation away, Kami sees her chance to get to the bottom of things If only having the Lynburns so near didn t mean losing hold of her own secret and realizing that her imaginary friend wasn t so imaginary after all.I ll be honest, it s been a good long while since I read a strait up YA book that really grabbed me I ve been sticking largely to adult or middle grade fiction lately, or YA that plays the crossover game as I was simply done with those aspects that much of YA had to offer And then, I picked up Unspoken Girl who never quite fit in with all the other kids Check Mysterious new boy s in town who are interested in her Check Love triangle of sorts Check Angst Check Series Check.That s right, there s this whole list of things that I hate about YA novels, and they re in Unspoken, but I didn t care The sheer awesomeness that was this story, the wonderful characters that defied YA stereotypes, the complete grip it held me in made Unspoken just the YA book to remind me that they re not all the same.In Unspoken, author Sarah Rees Brennan has achieved that rare balance between character and story, where all aspects are so well entwined that it becomes impossible to imagine one without the other I was enraptured by the story, and completely invested in the characters to the point that I could not sleep while reading this book because I could not stop thinking about it Days later, I still can t stop thinking about it.So let s talk about the things that make Unspoken so unique and wonderful, despite that little bulleted list above.1 No absent parent syndrome Kami isn t just a teen, she s a daughter and a sister, and that is quite evident in the story Her relationships with both her parents, her two younger brothers, and her deceased grandmother help us to understand who she is as a person and to appreciate the disparity between the childhoods she and Jared have had Her family isn t just mentioned at the beginning and then never heard from again, they re there They worry about Kami, they care for Kami They like to know where she is and who she s with, and they really don t approve of her hanging out with those Lynburn boys.2 Her girlfriends don t disappear when the boys show up Usually when we have these stories of the quirky girls that are always on the outside in Kami s case, everyone thinks she sthan a bit nuts for those times when she s lost in her head talking to her imaginary friend, Jared , they re either devoid of friends, or what friends they had disappear from the text as soon as romantic possibilities come into play Kami actively works against this, in fact, she makes a new friend in Holly at the prompting of Jared, and is very grateful for it in the end I loved the female relationships in this book, not just because they were there, but because they exhibited good healthy girlfriends who were there for one another in good times and bad, didn t judge except when they were trying to be helpful , and listened when they needed to.3 Not only all of that, but Kami s friends Holly and Angela are the two hottest chicks in school They re those girls who we stereotype as those popular bitches because all of the boys want them, and they know it, and yet Holly and Angela are completely sweet okay Angela s a bit grumpy, but as someone who also hates people and adores napping, I love her , genuine, and totally break that mean girl mold Turns out it doesn t matter if you drive a bike, wear sparkles and heels, cutesy dresses, or scowls as long as you re awesome, you re a winning girl in my book.4 Unspoken features and embraces multiculturalism and looks at prejudice in unusual ways Kami is 1 4 Japanese, and her relationship with her Japanese grandmother was very important to her The prejudices we see in Sorry in the Vale stem largely from a xenophobia of those who are considered outsiders , which is potentially anyone whose family hasn t lived in the vale for hundreds of years Other specific brushes with differences and prejudice appear throughout the story, and I love that they were present and excellently handled.5 The love triangle in Unspoken isn t really laid out as one would predict In fact, it s one I hesitate to call a love triangle at all as I m not sure there s any genuine romance anywhere in these pages which I love Kami and Jared s relationship is one of the most complicated and unpredictable I have seen in YA, and I was completely fascinated by it It s a relationship that sintimate than romance, and that makes it too much for love Saying he was part of her or that they werethan friends sounded like love, but it seemed like a loss as well All the words she knew to describe what he was to her were from love stories and love songs, but those were not words anyone truly meant They were like Jared, in a way If they were real, they would be terrifying.Kami and Jared have been in one another s heads since they were born They share everything, every feeling, every event, all of those things someone might only share with a diary because someone that doesn t exist is the safest person of all When Jared and Kami meet, they go through a confused barrage of emotions that seems at a glance must be wonderful, but upon further inspection is horrifying They cannot trust their own emotions, because they don t know how much they are projecting on one another To realize that someone knows you so completely that you are almost dependent upon one another for every breath means that you must always mean everything to one another, and that risking the rejection that could come if romantic thoughts were ever in play becomes too great.To Jared, the link between himself and Kami was some sort of gift that he received undeserved, a gift that redeemed the rest of his life His lack of confidence in himself and her relationship to him is to the point of manic, and Kami feels the constant weight of holding Jared together To Kami, the link means she can never be alone, can never trust herself to reveal to Jared how she feels, and can never really even be sure if her feelings are real It s unhealthy, but my girl Kami is level headed enough to see this even through the cloud of Jared s dependence and adoration, and I love her for her braveness.The struggle of a relationship that is both symbiotic and parasitic makes Unspoken shine, and places an unexpected amount of emotional depth under a story that is exciting, harrowing, and fun For everyone who loves those Gothic stories with mansions, evil, and a distinct lack of safety in sleepy small towns, Unspoken delivers I actually want to clarify my annoyance with this ending I dislike when major plot lines are left open, which I feel like they were here as far as the action went, BUT I did actually like the relationship developments toward the end of the story I feel they were necessary, but I m so angry at certain characters words and actions I could spit.Original review posted at Bunbury in the Stacks

  8. Steph says:

    Edit 11 2 12So after reading this snippet from the sequel I will definitely not though I doubt I would have anyway be raising this rating to two stars You know what I imagine closes out that scene These are the days of our lives Is this a soap opera or a book, guys Guess the relationship melodrama keeps on keeping on in book two Unspoken really isn t as bad as some of the other one star YA books I ve read this year TheEdit 11 2 12So after reading this snippet from the sequel I will definitely not though I doubt I would have anyway be raising this rating to two stars You know what I imagine closes out that scene These are the days of our lives Is this a soap opera or a book, guys Guess the relationship melodrama keeps on keeping on in book two Unspoken really isn t as bad as some of the other one star YA books I ve read this year The Body Finder and Shadow and Bone spring to mind There really are some redeeming moments in it, and if it hadn t been for that last chapter, I might have rated it just a little higher Perhaps those moments of redemption are what made this book s betrayal even worse This was a story we ve heard many times before trying to pretend it was the opposite of that thing instead of just being honest about what it was.Kami Glass Malese Jow in my mind is quick to let us know that she s not like those girls She starts the book by disliking another girl for no apparent reason other than her popularity Holly will be played by Candice Accola and is called out on her internalized misogyny by the love interest in the book That, along with the cheeky humor, had me thinking from the very first chapter I am going to love this book I know what you re thinking Where could it have gone wrong when you ve got Malese Jow and Candice Accola involved I like SRB, and based on reading her blog alone, I know she didn t mean to promote a bad boy type as an acceptable love interest It s clear that she s trying to do the opposite of that here, by having Kami question and dislike their connection half the time, but here s my issue Why include that type of love interest at all Why include a love triangle Why spend so much time on romantic melodrama that you don t allow your interesting side characters to develop beyond being perky and loving napping This whole story feels like something I ve read before Despite SRB poking fun at these other stories in her writing she chooses to use this Twilight esque set up that sells anyway It almost seems worse somehow At least these other books aren t trying to pretend that they re something superior to what they really are Ash, the third useless point of the Kami centered love triangle, could have been copied and pasted from any YA book that follows this same formula Possessive Jared could too.You can t talk about this book without mentioning the humor Bad puns and witty zingers abound At first, it reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars, and I thought FINALLY a book that isn t taking itself too seriously and is making an effort to be witty Yet somehow this book managed to take itself too seriously and tell too many jokes The situations the characters found themselves in were overly dramatic and ridiculous, but they d always manage to tell a joke anyway All of the characters began to feel like walking well bloggers I love bloggers, I am a blogger, but no one talks like this in real life all of the time The dialogue was awkward and jarring Instead of developing the characters beyond beating us over the head with specific traits Kami loves investigating and she s not like those other mushy YA girls Holly is SO nice and perky Angela LOVES napping and HATES people Ash likes Kami and is surly Jared like Kami and is surly AND destructive jokes would just be told instead.The last several chapters aside from the last one are the ones I liked at least a little They are when the only real character development happens and things start falling into place Kami seems to stick to her guns a lotI thought her feelings toward her connection with Jared were well written toward the end Jared never gets anyinteresting or likeable but I learn to accept it Ash is doing things besides staring longingly at Kami and randomly making out with her in hallways Holly and Angela get a thing that isn t just a rehashing of their assigned personality traits The plot is finally doing something relevant I thought we were well on our way to two star ville Then we got to the last chapter I knew to expect a cliffhanger trilogy ending why are we still doing this but I didn t know that it was going to involve the relationship too I mean, seriously What was that I said in the comments that it was like SRB added it just to yell RELATIONSHIPS DRAMAZ MUAHAHA and run out of the room to go hang out with Stephenie Meyer, and I stand by this assessment I might readjust my rating might when I am feeling less surly and not snarling Seriously, what was that about Angela and Jared snarling at the end Did we need to focus on their joint snarling Was that supposed to be a heart warming bonding moment I can t I would say my favorite thing about this novel is Holly, with Angela as my second choice Unfortunately, Angela got to be a badass at the end but instead of just letting Angela shine subtly SRB also beat us over the head with a chain and made that into an over used joke too While Holly didn t quite get the development that I wanted because clearlytime needed to be spent onlove triangle and relationship drama I did think she may be one of the few original parts of this book It s nice to see the perky blonde girl given a chance to be the friend and not the guy stealing skank There s a reason I cast her as Candice Accola in my mind but I think TVD does it better TVD isn t the most original idea on the block, and it s guilty of a lot of the things that this book is, but to make up for it it takes care with its characters except Bonnie and never pretends it s something that it s not Unlike the YA book world TVD also isn t surrounded by hundreds of shows just like it Regardless, I liked that SRB explored that hating Holly because she was popular with guys wasn t acceptable, and that it wasn t her fault, and that it wasn t necessarily what she wanted I liked her relationship with Angela, even though I feel like that was another safe swing and a miss on SRB s part It felt like another example of this novel stepping up to the plate to be something different and then not making an effort once it got there to actually let it be something different.I can see why so many of my friends wrote gushing reviews of this book and I m sure others will continue to enjoy it, but personally, it just rubbed me the wrong way I won t stop reading SRB s stuff in the future because I feel like she has the potential to write great things She seems aware of a lot of the things being done poorly in YA today girl on girl hate, lack of homosexual relationships and POC, girls instantly falling in love with the bad boy without questioning their feelings, etc I want to give her points for effort for almost stepping away from the pack but she didn t, not really, and I didn t care about the characters or plot enough to overlook this fact This had all of the potential to be great and as I said before that s probably why it was so disappointing.Yes, this review was mostly an excuse to look at pictures of Malese Jow and Candica Accola Thank you

  9. K. says:

    Sarah Rees Brennan Unspoken is unequivocally one of the best young adult books I ve ever read I don t even know where to begin Is it enough to tell you to read it Synopsis aside, this is as colourful, as unique, as moving and absorbing as a book can get The plot involves a strange family, a old town legend, murder, love and magic Brennan envisions an original premise that holds your attention from the very first page Her idea is fully developed, never giving too much while holding nothing Sarah Rees Brennan Unspoken is unequivocally one of the best young adult books I ve ever read I don t even know where to begin Is it enough to tell you to read it Synopsis aside, this is as colourful, as unique, as moving and absorbing as a book can get The plot involves a strange family, a old town legend, murder, love and magic Brennan envisions an original premise that holds your attention from the very first page Her idea is fully developed, never giving too much while holding nothing back the details rather come as they may The pace is a leisure walk through Kami s everyday life, with curious bursts of the real mystery surrounding the return of the infamous Lynburn family, feared and revered as local gods It is arguably slow, but readers are not left impatient because Brennan never fails to deliver quality The air in which Brennan has enveloped her tale is chilling It is a gothic atmosphere a mansion filled with embellishments of a single motif a human hand and the profile of a woman drowning and a forest with lakes and rivers called the Crying Pools and the Sorrier River The setting is laid out perfectly visually rich and stunningly visceral The writing is sensational But let s skip how well she is at building tension, or shaping characters so entire both in body and temperament, or crafting scenes within which your most intimate emotions are dragged right along with the characters distress What I applaud her most for is the brilliant way she s conceived and actualized the concept of a girl hearing a voice in her head, without slipping through all the potentially tricky, subtle holes of reason Brennan balances between Kami and Jared the inevitable confusion and frustrations that come with being mentally and emotionally invaded and the the genuine affection, formed, reinforced, and reciprocated time and time again since the day they were born These are fine, fine lines and Brennan pulls them off heroically The scheme of it could ve been a grand failure But Brennan is expert she has thought this through and it shows I knew every word and every confession that went through Kami s head Her situation is different but so intense and her inner battles so well written that I I felt like I knew how it felt But obviously, I don t I have no clue what that would feel like, to be able to read someone else s mind and have them read mine the bombardment and lack of privacy the severe complications that could erupt from a single, careless thought slipping through one mind into the other But she was so good she convinced me I did The trick is that while it is imaginary, Kami s situation is also inescapably bound with the conditions of the heart Kami s emotions are readily accessible, they are emotions we are familiar with On top of that, the cerebral connection between Kami and Jared was executed flawlessly It was like a dance, smooth and effortless we don t quite know but we understand It had such a nature of its own that it felt like an intimate, long ago sensation like an old, forgotten skill remembered Now, this cast has got to be one of the most memorable group of characters I have ever come across in young adult literature They are all strong, present, and original They do not fall prey to cliches, stereotypes, or pigeonholes From Kami, to the Lynburns, to the dead grandmother who makes not a single appearance in the story other than in Kami s memories, they are each individually compelling Angela, Holly and Ash, as the supporting characters, dothan support They season the narrative with cool humour and badassery Jared, as our male lead, is troubled He is unstable, unpredictable, and you re not quite sure whether to like him or not But he is the hero, albeit somewhat a tragic, agitated one His emotions are extreme and passionate, but he is also so desperate that you give him your sympathy, then eventually your heart And before you know it, you love him as Kami does Kami is the heroine I have been searching for I could list countless flattering adjectives to describe her but it wouldn t do any good So why not let Kami speak for herselfShe didn t want to be the girl who just believed in the guy she likedShe didn t want her feelings 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 She wasn t long legged in tight jeans like Holly and Angela, but she was wearing a white dress that tied low down in front, swung bell like about her, and had a bright pattern of apricots She hoped that she looked prettyHow dare you resist such a creature Kami is a character we can have faith in Often we doubt our protagonists, waiting for the moment they fall for the lie or surrender to the threat But in Kami we trust that she will always do what she feels is right She is hilarious, introspective, unyielding and soft Her resolve will not be wavered by anyone Anyone.The relationship between Kami and Jared is interesting in that it progresses in reverse to typical young adult romances They begin bound to each other and through this, they form an unbreakable bond of affection and trust But as their worlds collide, their path takes a turn you do not expect Their feelings for each other are layered, cutting, and sincere It is gut wrenchingly sensitive and romantic But also complicated Their link does not instigate or fuel mindless lusting and turn them into a meaningless catastrophe Brennan throws obstacles so that nothing comes easy And it s not In fact, it is downright excruciating Are these words enough Have I done my duty All I will say is that Unspoken is a novel that will leave both your imagination and your feels satisfied Dangerous chances are taken, real things could be lost The stakes are high because Brennan risks the thing that matters most, your self.Five shooting stars This review also appears on The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher. First read April 2012I have to re read this before I review it I need to make sure I absorbed all I need to absorb because it was that fcking awesome

  10. Giselle says:

    A tale filled with magic, thrill, romance, and charm, Unspoken is a unique Gothic mystery that, if only I could have clicked with its characters, I might have greatly enjoyed And as I seem to be in the minority on this one, I think fans of Gothic novels should definitely give it a try as it does have good writing and a very creative concept While most of the Gothic novels I have come to love have been fairly slow paced ie The Book of Blood and Shadow and Long Lankin I found that Unspoken A tale filled with magic, thrill, romance, and charm, Unspoken is a unique Gothic mystery that, if only I could have clicked with its characters, I might have greatly enjoyed And as I seem to be in the minority on this one, I think fans of Gothic novels should definitely give it a try as it does have good writing and a very creative concept While most of the Gothic novels I have come to love have been fairly slow paced ie The Book of Blood and Shadow and Long Lankin I found that Unspoken did not convey quite enough atmosphere or creepy factor to make up for the slower development It does start out with a very decent pace, but I found the first three quarters of the book is spent with Kami while she goes around gathering clues to find a killer, yet she s too occupied with her complicated feelings towards Jared, sometimes Ash, to focus on finding answers I m sure if I would have been completely immersed in these characters and their unusual connection I would have found this a lotcompelling Sadly none of these people really spoke to me, making the book feel very long winded The off putting dialogue, or maybe their bland personalities, halted me from developing any sort of connection with them.With a British setting, we get interactions that are a little different than what you would expect in North America or at least I was told lots of it were a part of the British culture I could deal with the humor and wit I actually quite enjoyed that aspect but I could not get used to the flow of their conversations or the way they sometimes interacted with each other Kami has an awkward personality, she talks very formally at times, making bizarre comments with strange conversational shifts that comes off as unnatural For example, during a casual conversation she asks her date So tell me about the difficulties in your family Who talks like this I was hoping it would grow on me, but unfortunately it never did and I kept cringing whenever these people started conversing Even though the characters failed to entice me, the plot did give me a few chills and saved it from being a complete loss We have a freaky manor, a strange family who everyone seems to be terrified of, and a town full of secrets Plus, Kami has been talking to a voice in her head her whole life Is he real Or is she crazy Being right up my alley, this setting easily grabbed me from the first page If it wasn t for the slow, romantically inclined telling, it could have easily become a 5 star favorite When we do get some answers there are a lot of unexpected turns that I would not have predicted However, when it came to the big climactic ending the reveal of the killer I had already been suspecting this person for a while so it came as no surprise for me, thus negatively affecting the intended impact The events following this up to the ending were at least a littleunforeseeable, closing on a surprising note that makes me curious for book 2 regardless of my qualms.Unspoken is a creepy and quirky read that has a lot of potential to garner fans who will absolutely fall for it Unfortunately I wasn t quite as impressed as many others when I don t care about the characters, it s hard to care for the rest, but I still found it to be an OK read An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads