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September 25, 2012

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan - Farah

Title: Unspoken
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication date: September 11, 2012
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy)
Source: NetGalley
Format: Digital ARC
Pages: 370
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?
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan was just one of those books that I didn't know what happened to. It started out great! This book is actually the first book I read by Sarah Rees Brennan, and I immediately fell in love with her writing. She has this way of getting the reader addicted to her style of writing, and even though this looked like a creepy book to me, it was actually very funny. The main protagonist, Kami, is the school's journalist. Living in Sorry-in-the-Vale, the Lynburns have a suspicious and famous reputation. When Kami knows that the Lynburn boys are back in town, she's determined to squeeze all the information about the Lynburns from them.
For me, the story was interesting. Kami was fun, and the though of her actually meeting the guy she has been talking to through her head for all her life. It was a very refreshing idea to read about. A person you have been talking to through your head, like an imaginary friend, who suddenly appears as a real person in your life. The characters were funny to read about, and I liked most of the characters. Despite everything being funny and okay, there was something that bored me! I felt like the story dragged on and on and on, and that bored the hell out of me! I felt like nothing progressed, and everything went in a slow pace. I really enjoyed the beginning of the story, and you don't know how much I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. 
Big kudos for Sarah Rees Brennan. Her writing is beautiful and funny, and full of sarcasm, which is something I definitely enjoy in books. I know a lot of people loved this book, and I kind of feel mad at myself for not liking this. Anyways, I know this book would be loved by many people so I'll definitely recommend it to all young adult readers. Im just going to say, it just wasn't my cup of tea. 


  1. Hi Farah! Aww, sorry you didn't like this that much. I know how it feels to be hyped up about a book and then be disappointed about it in the end. Although I liked that you highlighted the good points of the book - like the humor, the awesome writing and Kami! :) Great honest review!


  2. Aww, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one more Farah. This was my first of Sarah's books to read too but it definitely won't be my last. I loved every minute of this and I adored Kami. I also enjoyed the humour and sarcasm and loved Sarah's writing style. Great honest review.

  3. I dying to get my hands on this book. I hope it won't bore me as much as it did you. I love funny and sarcastic books.

  4. I've read mixed reviews on this already, but I'm sorry you thought it was boring! I still didn't read any of Brennan's books, but it's on my list!

  5. I'm sorry to hear you were bored at parts! this is the sort of book that either works for someone or doesn't completely do it. Looks like most of the reviews have been either 2s or 4s and 5s.

    Thanks for your honest thoughts, Farah!

  6. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this that much. All the good parts sound interesting, especially the writing :) Thanks for the honest review!

  7. It's so depressing when a book that shows so much promise fails to meet expectations. I'm sorry that this book didn't meet your expectations. I've been reading many mixed reviews of it, so I'm reconsidering reading this. Sarah Rees Brennan is a gifted writer, but this probably wasn't her best book.

    Angie @YA Novelties

  8. It's interesting reading your thoughts since I LOVED this book so much. I think that SRB goes with the more traditional mystery structure which does take some time to set up, so if you're not used to that or like faster expositions, I can see how it might get boring.

  9. I hate books that are super slow, but at least there was a little bit about the book that you liked. To find a book that makes you laugh, is rare for me. I've been seeing this book around a lot lately too, but I don't know if I'm going to give it a go... Awesome review Farah! :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  10. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who didn't really get into this. I gave up after a while. I just couldn't get into it and wasted 3 days trying. I did like the story, but the characters were doing nothing for me and it seemed to be dragging.

  11. Aww... I was excited for this book. But I'm kind of afraid now after stumbling a few mixed reviews on this book. But I think I'll still give it a try. Thanks for the honest review Farah! :)

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books