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
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 141 x 211 x 21mm | 312g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0375871039
  • 9780375871030
  • 79,388

Review quote

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 over this 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' cliché, 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

36,674 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 31% (11,526)
4 35% (12,855)
3 21% (7,544)
2 8% (2,977)
1 5% (1,772)

Our customer reviews

Unspoken is the story of Kami Glass; a 1/4 Japanese, 17 year old, budding journalist living in Sorry-in-the-Vale; a sleepy, if not slightly depressing town, that Kami has grown up in. For a village girl Kami is mostly normal, except she's been hearing a voice that isn't her's inside her head all her life. The story starts off as Kami is trying to find out why people are so on edge about the fact that the Lynburns are returning to Sorry-in-the-Vale, after they mysteriously left before Kami was born. The Lynburns are well known for owning more than half the town and surrounding area but Kami knows it's more than that putting people on edge and decides to use her newly created school paper to do a bit of digging. To Kami's surprise on the first day it is running Ash, the youngest Lynburn, shows up at the school asking to be a part of it. He's handsome and eager to help Kami in anyway he can. It seem's like Kami is getting everything she wants, until Jared shows up. The very same Jared who's been living in her head for the past 17 years. And it turns out he's a Lynburn too. I was sceptical about how well I would like Unspoken, but the minute I started reading I fell in love. Kami is a smart, witty girl with a thirst for knowledge that is impressive and refreshing. She has to know what's going on and why, she can't just sit back and do nothing no matter how much easier it might make her life. The fact that she wants to be a write gave a realism to her wit that might otherwise have seemed too fluid. I can imagine that Kami does pick her words very carefully and because her father is also so witty makes her level of intelligence and sarcasm seem very natural. "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, honey." The people Kami surrounds herself with are also funny and tough like her. Angela is definitely one of the most interesting best-friends I have come across with a storyline all of her own. Due to Angela's loveable brother Rusty teaching them self defence both the girls have been empowered to fight their own battles. There wasn't an instance in this book where Kami and Angela sat around waiting for the guys to do all the fighting and I loved every second of that. There is much more than a love triangle going in Unspoken, their is ritualistic animal sacrifice that escalates to murder and Kami is determined to get to the bottom of it, even if that means getting in deeper with the Lynburns and finding out the reason her and Jared can hear each others thoughts, which Kami doesn't initially want to do. BUT... it wouldn't be a proper review if I didn't talk about some of the romance aspects, so as far as the guy I would pick? Jared- all the way. I might be slightly influenced by the fact that I have read the second book already. Ash starts off as the love interest in this book but the second Jared is in the picture his and Kami's repertoire just meant that Ash's sweet smiles weren't enough for me any more. Most of Untold was a witty tale about a group of friends who are trying to find out about the mystery that is slowly shaking their sleepy, little village. There's a lot of sarcasm and a little bit of magic and I loved it almost all the way through; until the last chapter where Sarah Rees Brennan ripped Kami's little heart out. I seriously recommend you read Unspoken, but I don't recommend you read it without a copy of Untold sitting beside you so you can pick that up immediately after.show more
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