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?
I was drawn into this book the very second I started reading because Kami Glass was such a fun character! She’s witty and fabulously sarcastic. She has a personality that jumps off the page and you just want to stick her in your pocket and take her home with you.
Someone mentioned this is a Sassy Gothic Mystery, and that is absolutely exactly what it is! There is a lot of sass and it’s not just from Kami. All the characters in this book were pretty fabulous and their witty dialogue (and inner dialogue) had me cracking up more then once.
Now the characters are my favorite part of the book, but the plot was pretty terrific as well. I was never bored reading the book, but the plot itself takes a bit to take off. I think I didn’t notice because I was so enraptured with Kami and everything she has going on. But those that are wishing for a more plot driven book may not be as satisfied as I was. I never really guessed everything that was going on, I think I didn’t even know what sort of thing to guess. At one point I started to figure everything out, but then was proven wrong. So I think maybe it could have been predictable if I had known what the book was about in the first place, but since I went in knowing nothing I didn’t know which direction things might go.
Now I absolutely loved the book but there were some things I didn’t love. First of all there’s nearly a
love triangle (I’ve been told this is not a love triangle, but what I mean is that she has feelings for two different characters though she denies feelings for one of them) and I didn’t care for that. And I was annoyed with some of Jared and Kami’s issues. They were very back and forth and I feel like Kami is pretty stupid in denying her feelings and sometimes she just didn’t make sense to me when it came to her emotions toward Jared. She says he’s the most important person to her but then she goes and says or does something stupid. Another issue I had was that the book sometimes switches from us being with Kami to suddenly being with Jared. Some of those times it had me saying ‘huh?’. But maybe that’s something that will change in the final copy of the book. And now my biggest issue was the very, very end. The book has a pretty big cliffhanger, but the plot side of the cliffhanger fit, I was okay with it. But the character side of the cliffhanger had me screaming in frustration. I waited through the whole book for something and never got it. Only to be left with… with… THIS. No. I’m NOT satisfied with that end. But I guess it’ll have me dying until the next book comes out! Now, I know that feeling intense emotions is good. But there’s good frustration and bad. I did feel the bad kind of frustration. It was a different kind of ending, and I do appreciate the author doing something different, but I’m sorry, I needed a semi better wrap up. But that’s just me.
However, aside from those minor issues I found Unspoken to be a wonderfully entertaining read. One that fans of Sarah Rees Brennan and her fabulously witty characters must read.