Unspoken (the Lynburn Legacy Book 1)

Unspoken (the Lynburn Legacy Book 1)

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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic Romance and Girl Detective genres, this book will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.
Bound together. Worlds apart.
Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met--a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets--and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.
-A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart.- --Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author
-A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic.- --Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author
-Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel.- --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author
-Breathtaking--a compulsive, rocketing read.---Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author
-Captures the reader with true magic.---Esther Friesner, author of Nobody's Princess
-A laugh-out-loud delight.- --Publishers Weekly
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 373 pages
  • 145 x 208 x 38mm | 499g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0375870415
  • 9780375870415
  • 97,144

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Cassandra Clare, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments saga
"A sparkling, assured fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart..."
Melissa Marr, "New York Times" bestselling author
"Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon overthis modern Gothic novel."
Tamora Pierce, "New York Times" bestselling author
Breathtaking, heartbreaking a compulsive, rocketing read!
Kelley Armstrong, "New York Times" bestselling author
"A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic. Unspoken kept me up late, turning the pages as fast as I could."
Esther Friesner, author of "Nobody s Princess" and the Chicks in Chainmail series
With a heroine who kicks butt without ever being a Spunky Girl cliche, "Unspoken" captures the reader with true magic: alluring, dangerous, fascinating, and breathtakingly real.
The Horn Book
"Witty, take-charge Kami reads a bit like a British Veronica Mars, and troubled Jared, uncovering his own dark legacy alongside her, is compelling. Brennan thoughtfully and thoroughly explores the implications of sharing a psychic connection; for Kami and Jared, it's by turns comforting, romantic, and agonizing. After this first installment-full of mystery, magic, and nods to both the girl detective genre and gothic romance-readers will be impatiently awaiting the next."
Publishers Weekly
"A promising launch with a dark cliff-hanger of an ending."
Kirkus Reviews
An enjoyable tribute for established fans of the gothic, as well as an enticing introduction for new ones. "
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About Sarah Rees Brennan

SARAH REES BRENNAN was born and raised in Ireland by the sea. After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. Since then she has returned to Ireland to write and use as a home base for future adventures. Her Irish is still woeful, but she feels the books under the desk were worth it.
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Rating details

33,099 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 31% (10,408)
4 35% (11,654)
3 21% (7,043)
2 8% (2,581)
1 4% (1,413)

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(Source: I own a copy of this book.) 17-year-old Kami is determined to start up a student newspaper at school, and she's also determined to find out more about the Lynburn's, who have returned to town after 17 years abroad. Kami lives in the small village of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and there have always been old tales, and strange forebodings around the Lynburn's who live in a large manor house overlooking the vale. Now, the Lynburn's have returned to the village, and Kami wants to investigate to see if the old stories hold any truth. Kami has another secret though. For her entire life she has had someone who she can talk to in her head - Jared, and although she doesn't tell anyone about him anymore, he's still there, and he's like her best friend. The strange thing is, one of the Lynburn boys is called Jared too, and they soon discover that Jared Lynburn is the voice in Kami's head. What is the Lynburn's secret though? Why have they come back to the Vale? What do they want? And why do Kami and Jared have this telepathic connection? This was an interesting paranormal mystery story, but the pacing was a little slow for me. Kami was so pro-active it was painful. She was constantly on the go, constantly thinking things at breakneck speeds, and totally barmy to boot. She thought nothing of walking through dark and scary places at night, and even went out in the middle of the night to follow some screams coming from the woods. Has she never watched a scary movie? Does she have no fear? Is she manic? Kami's best friend Angela was a really strange character. All she wanted to do was sleep, and she maintained that she generally hated people because they were annoying. I mean, has anyone ever wondered if she's depressed? She kinda seems like she could benefit from some happy pills. I had moments where I liked Jared, and moments where I didn't. He was more annoying than anything, and seemed to be harbouring some serious negative energy and low self-esteem. Looking back I think that all three of these characters could do with a referral to a doctor, or a psychiatrist. Medication's what you need! The storyline in this book was okay, but the pacing was too slow for me. By the 60% mark I was getting really annoyed at the lack of answers we were getting, and just wanted something to actually happen. The idea of Jared and Kami speaking to each other inside their heads was good, and like a friend pointed out, it was good that they didn't immediately fall in love with one another when they met in real life, in fact, they kinda didn't like each other. There were some good parts in this book, I really liked the part where Kami threw a rock through Jared's window (unintentionally), and we got a bit of a backwards Romeo and Juliet moment: "Hark, what stone through yonder window breaks?" "It is the east, and Juliet is a jerk." When we actually found out what was really going on, the revelation wasn't all that exciting or spectacular for me, and I actually found the second half of the book a bit dull. The way the book ended was a bit of a cliff-hanger, and although I didn't really want to read the second book after reading this one, I kinda feel like I have to now just to find out what happens! Overall; magic and mystery, but a bit slow for me. 6.75 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
4.5 stars really. The plus points: - CHARACTERS! Every single one of them, I want to hug them all and be their friend. They each had their own pretty distinct personality (Ash bored me a little though) and despite some cliched relationships, I really enjoyed the characters and their group dynamics. - Dialogue. I'm a sucker for witty banter and dialogue, that is all, and we had plenty of that in Unspoken. I think I could watch (or rather, read) Kami and Jared banter all day long *___* - Writing. Yep, pretty much the same point as the one above. I really liked the atmosphere that was built up in the book, loved the quirky names of all the places and the overall mood. The not so plus points: - Pacing and plot. My issue is really mostly on the pacing of the book. I felt like it should have been cut short a little. The plot and climax were decent but because the pacing of the book was a little slow and draggy, it kinda brought down the climax into a 'give me the ending already', instead of a 'omgomgomg'. That sums up my sad attempt at yet another book review!show more
by Elaine Tee
Unspoken jumps into the plot too quickly, with little to no setup. The odd pacing continues throughout the book, and isn't helped by the clunky language and one dimensional characters who all sound the same. There are supposed plot twists at the end, which would probably be more shocking if we had been set up to expect something else, or indeed anything at all. I'm not sure who the target audience is, as the story line is too trivial for older readers, and the love component that would interest the YA is completely absent.show more
by Kaitlyn
This story about an imaginary friend who turns out to be real is both intriguing and well written. I loved that Sarah Rees Brennan made this simple storyline into something more complex featuring the history of the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale and the history of the families that live there. Weaving the lore and history in with what is going on at present is done wonderfully, without using any flashbacks, old letters or documents. We find out first hand from the townspeople what the stories are. Kami's character is snarky and fun, but at times I felt that she was a lot younger than she was supposed to be. I had to keep reminding myself that she was old enough for some of the conversations and to be going off on her own. Kami's best friend is so wonderfully annoyed at the existence of people; I really wanted to read more about her and her love of napping. While that might sound boring, with the napping and all, it is so the opposite! The story had a few unexpected twists to it, which any great YA mystery is in need of and this one delivered. Sarah Rees Brennan is already a beloved author of YA novels, this one is sure to please her fans and earn her new ones! ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest reviewshow more
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