Sunday, August 12, 2012

ARC Review: Unspoken by Sarah 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?

My Review:

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Ms. Brennan, and unfortunately, I must say that it will probably be the last for a while.  I didn’t even finish this book. It is in my DNF (Did Not Finish) stack.  I read to the halfway point, and realized that it was not going to be an entertaining book for me. 

Now you might be wondering, why I didn’t want to finish this book? 

·         Jared seems to be a crazy, confused, selfish asshole (yep, Kami got that right).  He wasn’t appealing at the least, and he doesn’t get appealing as the story continues.
·         The whole Lynburn mystery was confusing and not attention grabbing for me.  I found the adults pussy-footing around the subject of the Lynburns to not be even encouraging to learning more about the mystery. 
·         I was confused on what was going on with the special “connection” between Kami and Jared.  Especially when she refers to him as her imaginary friend.  I was expecting something different, something that wouldn’t mean that her imaginary friend was actually real. 
·         There was something very “Twilight” about this book.  The “I want to be with you but can’t” that Jared gives was just too much for me.  And his stupidity towards the issue that he has a connection with Kami was just too much. 

High points in the book were pretty much Kami.  She is a strong, confident troublemaker that you can’t help but like.  She reminds me of any high school girl, and has the potential of being a great character.  Unfortunately, she was not enough for me to keep reading this book.

Give it a try if you want, but here at the Place of Reads, we are not recommending it. 

Happy Reading!


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