Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Unspoken by Karen Rees Brennan

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?

First line: 
"The Return of the Lynburns by Kami Glass."

Interesting story about love, imaginary friends and magic.
There is a mystery surrounding the Lynburn estate and Kami Glass is determined to solve it. With the help of a few friends, she embarks on a dangerous path. But who can she trust?
Kami reminds me a bit of Nancy Drew. She wants to be a reporter and she likes to solve mysteries I pictured in her plaid many times). When she was younger she had an imaginary friend she talked to and was ridiculed. Suddenly, the imaginary guy friend, Jared, becomes very real and moves into her town where his ancestors are from. What do you do?? 
She can't decide if she should like him, hate him or kiss him. He's moody and angry and sometimes annoying. He's ruined their relationship by being real. And a Lynburn. And he has a cousin who is cute and sensitive and hot. 
Kami also has a few friends who are great. One just wants to nap all day and thinks boys are a waste of time even though guys are drawn to her. Kami's dad is funny too. Kind of showing where she gets her humor.
Sometimes I felt like Kami wasn't sacred/nervous/careful enough and that took away from the story for me. Also, I wanted to slap Jared a few times, the jerk. But I did like how protective he was of Kami. 
Also! If you don't like cliffhangers (think Hunger Games but seven times worse) wait and read all three books! You've been warned. Again, I wanted to slap someone.

Kami Glass

Snobby Lynburns (a good dislike. well written villians)
And...it's a trilogy.


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