Unspoken – Review

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Book 1 in the Lynburn Legacy series
Genre: YA urban fantasy/magical realism
Pages: 370
Format: paperback, owned
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Unspoken sounded like an enchanting, enigmatic book that I would enjoy. While it was a fun read and I did like it, it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for. 😐

the plot

After just a few pages, you can tell there’s a mystery our main character Kami wants to solve. It instantly builds up intrigue, and continues to do so throughout the first half of the book. Unfortunately, though, I felt like that sense of enigma slowly evaporated throughout the second half. It was still interesting, but not as much so: it seemed to become more focused on emotions and relationships than the mystery. I have to admit that was slightly disappointing, because I think they would’ve been better if the former remained secondary elements in the story. This also, in my opinion, made it easier for readers (or at least me personally) solve the mystery quicker than the characters. 😐

the characters

All of the characters were likable, but that’s really it.

The main character, Kami Glass, was strategic and curious. She knew what she wanted to get and wanted to know, and she was determined to get both. I liked that, and that she was levelheaded in unusual and/or dangerous situations. But I also have to admit that I think she succumbed to emotion toward the end, and therefore lost valuable time solving the mystery she was so intertwined in. Despite that, though, I did like her for the most part. 🙂

Kami’s friends were enjoyable too. Angela was a stylish, sassy girl that loves sleep and hates people. I thought she was a very accurate portrayal of a fraction of modern teenagers, and I liked her humor. However, I didn’t really like that she was the prettiest and that Kami felt plain next to her. I feel like that’s becoming a trope, so I wasn’t the biggest fan of that. 😐 I liked Holly more though. She was equally stylish and free-spirited, but she was also considerably nicer and more thoughtful. She came off as the misunderstood girl, and I agreed. She was written very well, and I think that would have to make her my favorite character in the book. 🙂

I think I had the most issues with the Lynburn cousins. They weren’t brothers, so that was a refreshing (though minor) change, but the basic idea remained. Ash was the fair-haired, calm, collected good boy, and Jared was the dark-haired, spontaneous bad boy. They each had their own quirks, but in general they felt largely like other male leads I’d read. 😐

the setting

This book takes place in Sorry-in-the-Vale, England. I haven’t read any books set here before, and I enjoyed exploring somewhere new. The descriptions were enchanting and entrancing, and painted great images in my head. I could imagine a sleepy town with a mysterious vibe to it, which I think fits the area perfectly in this book. 😀

the relationships

I really liked the friendship between Kami, Angela, and Holly. At first it was just Kami and Angela, but Holly managed to weasel her way in and slowly but surely they turned into a version of the three musketeers. They were always ready to help and support one another, almost in a sisterly way, but with the fun teasing only best friends can really pull off. Their friendship was probably one of the best parts of this book. 😀

I wasn’t as big of a fan of the clear love triangle between Kami, Ash, and Jared. Like I mentioned previously, the two boys are cousins rather than brothers, but the idea is still the same. They’re polar opposites, but they both have feelings for Kami and are therefore unnecessarily bitter. I normally don’t mind love triangles, but I have to say that this one rubbed me the wrong way. 😐

the twists

For the first half of the book, I only had vague theories about what could happen, and they changed about every chapter. 😛 But, once again, this eventually came to a stop as the book took a turn to focus on relationships and emotions. So when the big twists were revealed (about Kami’s mom and about Kami and Jared’s connection), I wasn’t really fazed. I had started to put the pieces together, and I guessed who the antagonist was a few chapters before the unveiling in the end. The only thing I wasn’t expecting was Jared’s reaction in the last few pages. It felt out of character for him, and I was confused. 😐

other

This is completely irrelevant to my thoughts on the book and in no way affects my rating, but I just wanted to point out one minuscule detail I noticed about halfway through. It was only mentioned once, but my fangirl mind blew it out of proportion. XD

“Only three guests. Jocelyn and Chris Fairchild…”

Seeing that made me wonder what Clary’s mom had to do with the investigation. 😛

I also fangirled when I saw this snippet at the start of a new part of the book:

So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
—Robert Frost

This might not seem important (and it really isn’t), but it’s part of a poem that’s mentioned in The Outsiders, aka my *only* favorite classic. It’s where the quote, “Stay gold, Ponyboy,” came from. 😀

overall

Unspoken sounded enigmatic and enchanting, but for me it fell somewhat short. I just couldn’t look past the execution of the love triangle, or the predictability and overbearing emotions in the second half. I enjoyed the book despite everything I brought up, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll be continuing the series. 😉

my rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂

If this book sounds interesting to you, definitely pick it up. I may not have loved it, but you may not feel the same way.

Tomorrow I’ll be starting Tell The Wind and Fire, also by Sarah Rees Brennan! Good night guys! 🙂

Until next time…

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