Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: September 11th, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Lyburn Legacy #1
Summary (goodreads.com): 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 have followed Brennan on Twitter for years because of her friendship with my spirit animal Maureen Johnson. I always meant to read one of her books but never did, until Unspoken that is. Unspoken literally jumped of a book truck at the library and hit me, I took it as a sign that I should read it. I haven't been disappointed in the least. I already knew Brennan had a sense of humor and a slight cruel streak from reading her tweets and the tweets of her fans that she has shared on her feed, but Unspoken has confirmed it. Unspoken is brilliantly funny and desperately heartbreaking. The overall concept of this book is so fantastic and creative and truly one of a kind. Kami and Jared have such chemistry and they are such well rounded characters that I felt as if I had been friends with them forever. And it’s not just the main characters that are well written! Every character in this novel has a background story and they are all important to how the novel flows. And this doesn’t bog the story down or anything, like it sometimes can, quite the opposite happens in fact: every character enriches the plot and makes this novel even more special! The plot flows nicely and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The whole book is just wonderful (except for the ending which was just cruel and I know I should have expected a cliffhanger, but I never do and I am ALWAYS CAUGHT OFF GUARD). I look forward to reading more of Sarah Rees Brennan’s books!