Review No.109 – Unspoken

Unspoken – Sarah Rees Brennan

Random House, 2012

Once upon a time, the Lynburns were the royalty of Sorry-in-the-Vale. The entire family had disappeared by the time Kami Glass was born, but now they have returned to the house on the hill and the town is divided over what that means. As far as Kami is concerned, it is a mystery, and in her world mysteries exist only to be solved – even if her world also contains her mother’s superstitions, the discovery of animal sacrifices, and the voice of her imaginary friend Jared speaking inside her head. But there’s a reason people fear the Lynburns. There’s a reason blood is being spilled in the woods. And Jared may not be as imaginary as he seems…or as friendly.

This is the first in Sarah Rees Brennan’s new series the Lynburn Legacy and while I didn’t love it the same way I loved The Demon’s Lexicon, it brims over with the same sparkling sarcasm and dark magic. Kami is a bouncy, irrepressible protagonist who dominates every scene she’s in; Jared is not as consistent a character, but I liked him anyway. And the cover art – my library’s hardcover is a gorgeous pink and black Gothic confection that actually sums up the tone of the book quite well. The series continues with Untold.

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