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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 uestions 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 hi. Okay so it’s been a few days and I think my rage face has worn off a bit and I can talk to you all about all of the things I absolutely loved about Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken without being completely bias against the whole thing because of the ending So here it goes review time Forest deep silent bellsThere’s a secret no one tellsValley uiet water stillLynburns watching on the hillApples red corn goldAlmost everyone grows oldIntrepid young journalist Kami Glass knows there are secrets in her uiet small town of Sorry in the Vale she knows the Lynburns are at the heart of it and she knows no one wants to talk When the Lynburns return after a generation away Kami sees her chance to get to the bottom of things If only having the Lynburns so near didn’t mean losing hold of her own secret and realizing that her imaginary friend wasn’t so imaginary after allI’ll be honest it’s been a good long while since I read a strait up YA book that really grabbed me I’ve been sticking largely to adult or middle grade fiction lately or YA that plays the crossover game as I was simply done with those aspects that much of YA had to offer And then I picked up Unspoken Girl who never uite fit in with all the other kids Check Mysterious new boys in town who are interested in her Check Love triangle of sorts Check Angst Check Series CheckThat’s right there’s this whole list of things that I hate about YA novels and they’re in Unspoken but I didn’t care The sheer awesomeness that was this story the wonderful characters that defied YA stereotypes the complete grip it held me in made Unspoken just the YA book to remind me that they’re not all the sameIn Unspoken author Sarah Rees Brennan has achieved that rare balance between character and story where all aspects are so well entwined that it becomes impossible to imagine one without the other I was enraptured by the story and completely invested in the characters to the point that I could not sleep while reading this book because I could not stop thinking about it Days later I still can’t stop thinking about itSo let’s talk about the things that make Unspoken so uniue and wonderful despite that little bulleted list above1 No absent parent syndrome Kami isn’t just a teen she’s a daughter and a sister and that is uite evident in the story Her relationships with both her parents her two younger brothers and her deceased grandmother help us to understand who she is as a person and to appreciate the disparity between the childhoods she and Jared have had Her family isn’t just mentioned at the beginning and then never heard from again they’re there They worry about Kami they care for Kami They like to know where she is and who she’s with and they really don’t approve of her hanging out with “those Lynburn boys”2 Her girlfriends don’t disappear when the boys show up Usually when we have these stories of the uirky girls that are always on the outside in Kami’s case everyone thinks she’s than a bit nuts for those times when she’s lost in her head talking to her imaginary friend Jared they’re either devoid of friends or what friends they had disappear from the text as soon as romantic possibilities come into play Kami actively works against this in fact she makes a new friend in Holly at the prompting of Jared and is very grateful for it in the end I loved the female relationships in this book not just because they were there but because they exhibited good healthy girlfriends who were there for one another in good times and bad didn’t judge except when they were trying to be helpful and listened when they needed to3 Not only all of that but Kami’s friends Holly and Angela are the two hottest chicks in school They’re those girls who we stereotype as ‘those popular bitches’ because all of the boys want them and they know it and yet Holly and Angela are completely sweet okay Angela’s a bit grumpy but as someone who also hates people and adores napping I love her genuine and totally break that ‘mean girl’ mold Turns out it doesn’t matter if you drive a bike wear sparkles and heels cutesy dresses or scowls–as long as you’re awesome you’re a winning girl in my book4 Unspoken features and embraces multiculturalism and looks at prejudice in unusual ways Kami is 14 Japanese and her relationship with her Japanese grandmother was very important to her The prejudices we see in Sorry in the Vale stem largely from a xenophobia of those who are considered “outsiders” which is potentially anyone whose family hasn’t lived in the vale for hundreds of years Other specific brushes with differences and prejudice appear throughout the story and I love that they were present and excellently handled5 The love triangle in Unspoken isn’t really laid out as one would predict In fact it’s one I hesitate to call a love triangle at all as I’m not sure there’s any genuine romance anywhere in these pages which I love Kami and Jared’s relationship is one of the most complicated and unpredictable I have seen in YA and I was completely fascinated by it It’s a relationship that’s intimate than romance and that makes it too much for love Saying he was part of her or that they were than friends sounded like love but it seemed like a loss as well All the words she knew to describe what he was to her were from love stories and love songs but those were not words anyone truly meant They were like Jared in a way If they were real they would be terrifyingKami and Jared have been in one another’s heads since they were born They share everything every feeling every event all of those things someone might only share with a diary–because someone that doesn’t exist is the safest person of all When Jared and Kami meet they go through a confused barrage of emotions that seems at a glance must be wonderful but upon further inspection is horrifying They cannot trust their own emotions because they don’t know how much they are projecting on one another To realize that someone knows you so completely that you are almost dependent upon one another for every breath means that you must always mean everything to one another and that risking the rejection that could come if romantic thoughts were ever in play becomes too greatTo Jared the link between himself and Kami was some sort of gift that he received undeserved a gift that redeemed the rest of his life His lack of confidence in himself and her relationship to him is to the point of manic and Kami feels the constant weight of holding Jared together To Kami the link means she can never be alone can never trust herself to reveal to Jared how she feels and can never really even be sure if her feelings are real It’s unhealthy but my girl Kami is level headed enough to see this even through the cloud of Jared’s dependence and adoration and I love her for her bravenessThe struggle of a relationship that is both symbiotic and parasitic makes Unspoken shine and places an unexpected amount of emotional depth under a story that is exciting harrowing and fun For everyone who loves those Gothic stories with mansions evil and a distinct lack of safety in sleepy small towns Unspoken deliversI actually want to clarify my annoyance with this ending I dislike when major plot lines are left open which I feel like they were here as far as the action went BUT I did actually like the relationship developments toward the end of the story I feel they were necessary but I’m so angry at certain characters’ words and actions I could spitOriginal review posted at Bunbury in the Stacks

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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. Take this uiz to learn if your brain would appreciate this read1 When you hear the word ‘‘love triangle’’ youa Scream at the top of your lungs and rush out the room pushing anyone standing in your wayb Raise an eyebrow2 On a Friday night you’d rathera Talk to your crush on the telephoneb Investigate a potential murder scene3 You often dream abouta Talking animals chasing you to the edge of a cliffb Being connected to someone beyond humanly possible4 If your best friend tells you your outfit makes you look fat youa Immediately take offense and storm out the doorb Do a runway walk in front of them attitude on power mode 5 Family to you isa Just another word in the English languageb The pillar of this earth6 You can stand people thinking you’re a little odd but you can’t stand them thinking you'rea Self absorbedb A liar7 Sometimes you wonder ifa You should dye your hair a different colour b You're an extraterrestrial creature that was placed on this planet by mistake8 And finally you respond better to these three wordsa Contemporary high school romanceb Fantasy gothic mysteriousNow for the resultsIf you have a majority of a get out of hereIf you have a majority of b congrats You have been chosen by the universe to be the next reader of UnspokenBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’ Like Wind, Like Wave talked Land And The Ruling Class In Hong Kong to in her head ever since she was born She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood and is Horse Show thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English Ask a Midwife town of Sorry in 100 People Who Made History the Vale Still Kami hasn’t suffered Orchid Moon too much from not fitting in She has a best friend runs The House of Rajani the school newspaper and is only occasionally caught. Take The Water's Edge this uiz The Road Home to learn if your brain would appreciate The Road Home this read1 When you hear The New High Protein Healthy Fast Food Diet the word ‘‘love Everyday Sports Injuries triangle’’ youa Scream at The Baby Doctor the Zafarnama top of your lungs and rush out Ghalib: The Man, The Times the room pushing anyone standing in your wayb Raise an eyebrow2 On a Friday night you’d rathera Talk All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems to your crush on Bombay Stories the कुछ अटके, कुछ भटके telephoneb Investigate a potential murder scene3 You often dream abouta Talking animals chasing you Pickpocket to Testemunha Mortal the edge of a cliffb Being connected Conspiracy in Death to someone beyond humanly possible4 If your best friend The Immortal Throne tells you your outfit makes you look fat youa Immediately Just Because I Made Love to You Doesn't Mean I Love You take offense and storm out Arion and the Dolphin the doorb Do a runway walk in front of Arion & The Dolphin: A Libretto them attitude on power mode 5 Family Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems, 1985-2005 to you isa Just another word in For the Love of India: The Life and Times of Jamsetji Tata the English languageb The pillar of Goa: A Daughter's Story this earth6 You can stand people The Tea Gardens thinking you’re a little odd but you can’t stand City Improbable: Writings on Delhi them Unbound: Indian Women @ Work thinking you'rea Self absorbedb A liar7 Sometimes you wonder ifa You should dye your hair a different colour b You're an extraterrestrial creature Beyond The Last Blue Mountain: A Life Of J. R. D. Tata that was placed on India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911 this planet by mistake8 And finally you respond better Vishwamitra to On Wings of Butterflies these ফেলুদা সমগ্র ২ three wordsa Contemporary high school romanceb Fantasy gothic mysteriousNow for Style Your Perfect Wedding the resultsIf you have a majority of a get out of hereIf you have a majority of b congrats You have been chosen by Half a Rupee Stories the universe Playing Hardball to be Havens Knight the next reader of UnspokenBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’

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Talking to herself Her life is in order just the way she likes it despite the voice in her headBut all that changes when the Lynburns returnThe 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. This book oh my god th th thiWARNING You may need a lifeboat to stay adrift in the oceans of adoration belowThere are simply no words to describe the mountain of awesome that is Sarah Rees Brennan This is my very first Brennan book and I feel like the universe has cheated me by not introducing me to her earlier Some day technology permitting I would LOVE to splice together DNA from Sarah and my other favorite funnywoman funnyman Rachel Hartman to create my very own personal funny clone and then I would just sit around and laugh hysterically all day Don't be scared I'm only a little crazyUnspoken is unlike any other YA book I have ever read I'm not going to say it is TEH BEST BOOK EVAH even though I want to but it is without doubt incredibly uniue in the YA sphere It manages to mix together all the elements I find most appealing and conversely are the least predominant in YA fiction today The conclusion is clear WE NEED MORE ANIMALS IN YABut that minor defect aside Unspoken will rock you like a 19th century hurricane Also don't drink Coke while reading this book snorting with laughter while consuming carbonated beverages can be most unpleasant On a serious note I sincerely believe Sarah Rees Brennan is magic If you're thinking I have too much time on my hands you'd be rightIn the unlikely event that my pretty pictures didn't convince you to go out and arm wrestle a grizzly in order to obtain an ARC of this book here are some words that will definitely do the trick Angela had a perfect body She had a perfect face too but at least she put some effort into that her makeup always flawless and her abilities with eyeliner unnatural Kami focused on clothes than makeup She was always forgetting to put on lip gloss as she rushed out the door but she felt the likelihood of forgetting her clothes was not high “So he’s not crazy”“I didn’t say that” Holly said “My current verdict would be Crazy eyes Nice ass”“I think I want that on my tombstone” Kami said “Remember my last wishes if I get involved in a tragic accident with a fruit cart before I can put it in writing “A leather jacket” Kami said as he shrugged into it “Aren’t you trying a little too hard to play into certain bad boy clichés”“Nah” said Jared “You’re thinking of black leather Black leather’s for bad boys It’s all in the color You wouldn’t think I was a bad boy if I was wearing a pink leather jacket”“That’s true” Kami said “What I would think of you I do not know So what does brown leather mean then”“I’m going for manly” Jared said “Maybe a little rugged”“It’s bits of dead cow don’t ask it to perform miracles” “Technically speaking you drive like a rabid chicken who has hijacked a tractor”“Like a bat out of hell” Jared said “Nice simile Sounds sort of dangerous and cool Consider it”“Not a chance I like my brains the way they are not lightly scrambled and scattered across a road And speaking of bad boy clichés really a motorcycle”“Again I say rugged” Jared told her “Manly”“I often see Holly on hers” Kami said solemnly “When she stops for traffic sometimes she puts on some manly lip gloss “Please just stay clear of him” she said and Kami realized Jared was the Lynburn her mother was most afraid of“Whoever he is I agree with your mother” said Dad as he entered the kitchen “Stay away from him Stay away from them all until you’re of marrying age Once you reach a nice mature fifty four gentlemen callers will be welcomed here” “Is this true Kami Are you going out on a date” Dad asked tragically “Wearing that Wouldn’t you fancy a shapeless cardigan instead You rock a shapeless cardigan honey”All uotes are from the ARC and will be verified against a retail copyAlso I promise to write a proper grown up review that will make Random House want to auto approve me a little closer to publication In the meantime if can beg borrow or steal an ARC of this trust me just this once and DO IT The Soldier's Curse to herself Her life is in order just The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future the way she likes it despite Beyond the Border: An Indian in Pakistan the voice in her headBut all Ambrosia for Afters that changes when Warrior the Lynburns returnThe Lynburn family has owned Uncles, Aunts and Elephants: A Ruskin Bond Treasury the spectacular and sinister manor Love in the Tsunami that overlooks Sorry in The Nude the Vale for centuries The mysterious Diary of a Soccer Star twin sisters who abandoned Gind: The Magical Adventures of a Vanara their ancestral home a generation ago are back along with Mirror City their Penguin Dictionary of Alternative Medicine teenage sons Jared and Ash one of. 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10 thoughts on “Unspoken

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    I have a scale for YA books I read since I’ve read so many It looks some­thing like this I hope this book dies Right now And takes a 100km radius with it just to be sure Ter­ri­ble book Not my thing Meh Yeah that was okay Hmmm Inter­est­ing I was pleas­antly surprised Yeah I liked that That was a great book Wow I loved that book FIZZJERBLEDEEGOOK That was Freak­ing AMAZEBALLS I will read that book againAllow me to lay down some per­spec­tive At this moment I have no fewer than sixty three ARCs sit­ting around wait­ing to be read I have specif­i­cally enough time to scratch my head in bemuse­ment between read­ing one book review­ing it con­tact­ing the appro­pri­ate peo­ple and pick­ing up the next one I do not have time to reread books So whilst there are plenty of books that I greatly enjoy and even love the pool for the num­ber of books I reread is cur­rently at five Five This book makes five books I rereadIt is not that it’s a per­fect book – but that it is per­fect for me I loved every­thing about it Brennan’s writ­ing style humour wit and dia­logue shines in every­thing she writes This book is filled with atmos­phere mood and the per­fect level of creepy It’s char­ac­ters shine through as it’s strongest advan­tage Each inde­pen­dently strong and lov­able Bren­nan pulls out all the stops in cre­at­ing a Scooby Gang of epic proportionsEas­ily the biggest sell­ing point is Kami and Jared But mostly Kami Kami was rock­ing so hard that I had resid­ual whiplash Strong smart brave – a theme with almost all the women in the novel She was uirky enough to be cute inde­pen­dent enough to be admirable vul­ner­a­ble enough to be loved – strong enough to lead this novel and stand on her own Jared with his flawed com­plex­ity and bad boy char­ac­ter­is­tics was lov­able and pitiable I know I have a soft spot for bad boys but it’s hard not to root for him and hurt for him through­out the novelThe pac­ing and plot were pretty much spot on per­fect never get­ting bor­ing or eas­ing up on the good times which bal­anced with the action and suspenseI think this book earned each and every one of those five stars It earned them hard and I need the next one NOWOriginal Prereview belowSo I opened the book and by page five I was likeAnd we met Kami and Angela and Ash and Jared and Holy and I was likeThen I saw that there was a love triangle and for a minute I was likeBut not even two pages later I was just likeThen the mystery revved up and I was likeAnd then the intrigue and danger and relationships started to evolve and I was likeAnd every time Kami said something hilarious I was likeSo basically how I feel about this book is that if I had a choice between reading the seuel and a threesome withThen I would probably choose Unspoken #2 Yes I said it And how I feel about the fact that the next one is so far awayThis is just a temporary review Keep an eye out for my proper review in AugustImage Sources


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    Take this uiz to learn if your brain would appreciate this read1 When you hear the word ‘‘love triangle’’ youa Scream at the top of your lungs and rush out the room pushing anyone standing in your wayb Raise an eyebrow2 On a Friday night you’d rathera Talk to your crush on the telephoneb Investigate a potential murder scene3 You often dream abouta Talking animals chasing you to the edge of a cliffb Being connected to someone beyond humanly possible4 If your best friend tells you your outfit makes you look fat youa Immediately take offense and storm out the doorb Do a runway walk in front of them attitude on power mode 5 Family to you isa Just another word in the English languageb The pillar of this earth6 You can stand people thinking you’re a little odd but you can’t stand them thinking you'rea Self absorbedb A liar7 Sometimes you wonder ifa You should dye your hair a different colour b You're an extraterrestrial creature that was placed on this planet by mistake8 And finally you respond better to these three wordsa Contemporary high school romanceb Fantasy gothic mysteriousNow for the resultsIf you have a majority of a get out of hereIf you have a majority of b congrats You have been chosen by the universe to be the next reader of UnspokenBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


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    Dearest UnspokenI must regrettably inform you that we must do the unthinkable and separate I really don't know where we went wrong you and I After my co blogger Kat set us up on that blind date urging me to give you a go I thought for sure we would hit it off nicely  And for a minute we did Don't you remember? It was love at first sight as I set my eyes on your gorgeous cover and uniue premise But somehow along the way something went wrongUnspoken you were true You had a solid plot and you were different from any of the others I've read before you But it was clear from the beginning that our cultural differences would be our undoing With you being so very English and me being a confused American I just couldn't keep up with your complexity But darling to be fair you weren't easy on me If only your scene transitions were a little smoother perhaps I could have understood how much time had passed or when the character PoV had changed Or perhaps if only the characters didn't suffer from just go with it syndrome ignoring and dismissing instances where they had the opportunity to learn about the mystery just for the sake of prolonging the story Unspoken let's be honest with one another That mystery could have been solved halfway through the story if only the characters weren't so wrapped up in concealing their feelings Honey bunches it annoyed me Speaking of your characters darling they were entirely likable But that's also the problem because that's all they will ever be for me just likable Not once did I feel connected to them in any way and countless times I paused to consider the possibilities of why Kami is a smart witty no nonsense girl Just my type if you can believe it But her constant detachment from Jared proved to be of an annoyance than anything else The and she pulled away from him the I felt I lost any type connection Don't get me wrong Unspoken I really did enjoy the fact that they could read each other's minds since they were babies I just don't understand why Jared never could bear to touch Kami Why did Kami want to rid herself of Jared after she mentions how much she values their special relationship Because she was afraid of being hurt? So this one hurdle somehow cancels out the relationship they had developed since they were children? I'm sorry but that logical pathway confuses meEven still through our rough times you somehow managed to occasionally make me laugh The dialogue and humor were perfection and timely placed Unfortunately not even your wit could save us I probably should have mentioned all this before Looking back I had seen the ghosts of these feelings at the halfway mark and I struggled to stay in our relationship I now realize that I shouldn't have let other's incessant peer pressure get to me You see they told me to just hang in there that it was all worth it in the end But by the time you have reached your climax and ending I remained indifferent To put it lightly dearest your ending is illogical to me You're telling me a group of people couldn't disarm and defeat one enemy? Even with their special abilities combined? And in turn it took that group of people forever to get to Kami? And dammit I wish I could go into further detail about that but I know how you feel about kissing and tellingNo no I know what you're doing right now and you shouldn't even think it Unspoken you were fabulous in so many ways It was like you were telling this hilarious joke and I was standing there waiting for the punchline only to realize everyone else is already laughing Which is why I must close this break up letter with the most clichéd expression ever With all my loveStephanie SinclairPS I know that Kat Kennedy will attempt to chivalrously defend your honor tooth and nail in a review war Please pass on a message for me Bring it PARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog


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    This book oh my god th th thiWARNING You may need a lifeboat to stay adrift in the oceans of adoration belowThere are simply no words to describe the mountain of awesome that is Sarah Rees Brennan This is my very first Brennan book and I feel like the universe has cheated me by not introducing me to her earlier Some day technology permitting I would LOVE to splice together DNA from Sarah and my other favorite funnywoman funnyman? Rachel Hartman to create my very own personal funny clone and then I would just sit around and laugh hysterically all day Don't be scared I'm only a little crazyUnspoken is unlike any other YA book I have ever read I'm not going to say it is TEH BEST BOOK EVAH even though I want to but it is without doubt incredibly uniue in the YA sphere It manages to mix together all the elements I find most appealing and conversely are the least predominant in YA fiction today The conclusion is clear WE NEED MORE ANIMALS IN YABut that minor defect aside Unspoken will rock you like a 19th century hurricane Also don't drink Coke while reading this book snorting with laughter while consuming carbonated beverages can be most unpleasant On a serious note I sincerely believe Sarah Rees Brennan is magic If you're thinking I have too much time on my hands you'd be rightIn the unlikely event that my pretty pictures didn't convince you to go out and arm wrestle a grizzly in order to obtain an ARC of this book here are some words that will definitely do the trick Angela had a perfect body She had a perfect face too but at least she put some effort into that her makeup always flawless and her abilities with eyeliner unnatural Kami focused on clothes than makeup She was always forgetting to put on lip gloss as she rushed out the door but she felt the likelihood of forgetting her clothes was not high “So he’s not crazy?”“I didn’t say that” Holly said “My current verdict would be Crazy eyes Nice ass”“I think I want that on my tombstone” Kami said “Remember my last wishes if I get involved in a tragic accident with a fruit cart before I can put it in writing “A leather jacket” Kami said as he shrugged into it “Aren’t you trying a little too hard to play into certain bad boy clichés?”“Nah” said Jared “You’re thinking of black leather Black leather’s for bad boys It’s all in the color You wouldn’t think I was a bad boy if I was wearing a pink leather jacket”“That’s true” Kami said “What I would think of you I do not know So what does brown leather mean then?”“I’m going for manly” Jared said “Maybe a little rugged”“It’s bits of dead cow don’t ask it to perform miracles” “Technically speaking you drive like a rabid chicken who has hijacked a tractor”“Like a bat out of hell” Jared said “Nice simile Sounds sort of dangerous and cool Consider it”“Not a chance I like my brains the way they are not lightly scrambled and scattered across a road And speaking of bad boy clichés really a motorcycle?”“Again I say rugged” Jared told her “Manly”“I often see Holly on hers” Kami said solemnly “When she stops for traffic sometimes she puts on some manly lip gloss “Please just stay clear of him” she said and Kami realized Jared was the Lynburn her mother was most afraid of“Whoever he is I agree with your mother” said Dad as he entered the kitchen “Stay away from him Stay away from them all until you’re of marrying age Once you reach a nice mature fifty four gentlemen callers will be welcomed here” “Is this true Kami? Are you going out on a date?” Dad asked tragically “Wearing that? Wouldn’t you fancy a shapeless cardigan instead? You rock a shapeless cardigan honey”All uotes are from the ARC and will be verified against a retail copyAlso I promise to write a proper grown up review that will make Random House want to auto approve me a little closer to publication In the meantime if can beg borrow or steal an ARC of this trust me just this once and DO IT


  5. says:

    It's my baby so nobody should listen to what I think I'm just like oh it should go to Cambridge and it has the prettiest hair


  6. says:

    Listen to me I don’t know what’s going on I don’t know what any of this means But I know this much It doesn’t matter You’re not one of them You never were You’re not theirs You’re mine •Writing bad Like really bad•Plot what plot?•Characters what characters? You mean there were actual people in here? ShockingThere is really nothing to say


  7. says:

    Okay so it’s been a few days and I think my rage face has worn off a bit and I can talk to you all about all of the things I absolutely loved about Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken without being completely bias against the whole thing because of the ending So here it goes review time Forest deep silent bellsThere’s a secret no one tellsValley uiet water stillLynburns watching on the hillApples red corn goldAlmost everyone grows oldIntrepid young journalist Kami Glass knows there are secrets in her uiet small town of Sorry in the Vale she knows the Lynburns are at the heart of it and she knows no one wants to talk When the Lynburns return after a generation away Kami sees her chance to get to the bottom of things If only having the Lynburns so near didn’t mean losing hold of her own secret and realizing that her imaginary friend wasn’t so imaginary after allI’ll be honest it’s been a good long while since I read a strait up YA book that really grabbed me I’ve been sticking largely to adult or middle grade fiction lately or YA that plays the crossover game as I was simply done with those aspects that much of YA had to offer And then I picked up Unspoken Girl who never uite fit in with all the other kids Check Mysterious new boys in town who are interested in her Check Love triangle of sorts Check Angst Check Series CheckThat’s right there’s this whole list of things that I hate about YA novels and they’re in Unspoken but I didn’t care The sheer awesomeness that was this story the wonderful characters that defied YA stereotypes the complete grip it held me in made Unspoken just the YA book to remind me that they’re not all the sameIn Unspoken author Sarah Rees Brennan has achieved that rare balance between character and story where all aspects are so well entwined that it becomes impossible to imagine one without the other I was enraptured by the story and completely invested in the characters to the point that I could not sleep while reading this book because I could not stop thinking about it Days later I still can’t stop thinking about itSo let’s talk about the things that make Unspoken so uniue and wonderful despite that little bulleted list above1 No absent parent syndrome Kami isn’t just a teen she’s a daughter and a sister and that is uite evident in the story Her relationships with both her parents her two younger brothers and her deceased grandmother help us to understand who she is as a person and to appreciate the disparity between the childhoods she and Jared have had Her family isn’t just mentioned at the beginning and then never heard from again they’re there They worry about Kami they care for Kami They like to know where she is and who she’s with and they really don’t approve of her hanging out with “those Lynburn boys”2 Her girlfriends don’t disappear when the boys show up Usually when we have these stories of the uirky girls that are always on the outside in Kami’s case everyone thinks she’s than a bit nuts for those times when she’s lost in her head talking to her imaginary friend Jared they’re either devoid of friends or what friends they had disappear from the text as soon as romantic possibilities come into play Kami actively works against this in fact she makes a new friend in Holly at the prompting of Jared and is very grateful for it in the end I loved the female relationships in this book not just because they were there but because they exhibited good healthy girlfriends who were there for one another in good times and bad didn’t judge except when they were trying to be helpful and listened when they needed to3 Not only all of that but Kami’s friends Holly and Angela are the two hottest chicks in school They’re those girls who we stereotype as ‘those popular bitches’ because all of the boys want them and they know it and yet Holly and Angela are completely sweet okay Angela’s a bit grumpy but as someone who also hates people and adores napping I love her genuine and totally break that ‘mean girl’ mold Turns out it doesn’t matter if you drive a bike wear sparkles and heels cutesy dresses or scowls–as long as you’re awesome you’re a winning girl in my book4 Unspoken features and embraces multiculturalism and looks at prejudice in unusual ways Kami is 14 Japanese and her relationship with her Japanese grandmother was very important to her The prejudices we see in Sorry in the Vale stem largely from a xenophobia of those who are considered “outsiders” which is potentially anyone whose family hasn’t lived in the vale for hundreds of years Other specific brushes with differences and prejudice appear throughout the story and I love that they were present and excellently handled5 The love triangle in Unspoken isn’t really laid out as one would predict In fact it’s one I hesitate to call a love triangle at all as I’m not sure there’s any genuine romance anywhere in these pages which I love Kami and Jared’s relationship is one of the most complicated and unpredictable I have seen in YA and I was completely fascinated by it It’s a relationship that’s intimate than romance and that makes it too much for love Saying he was part of her or that they were than friends sounded like love but it seemed like a loss as well All the words she knew to describe what he was to her were from love stories and love songs but those were not words anyone truly meant They were like Jared in a way If they were real they would be terrifyingKami and Jared have been in one another’s heads since they were born They share everything every feeling every event all of those things someone might only share with a diary–because someone that doesn’t exist is the safest person of all When Jared and Kami meet they go through a confused barrage of emotions that seems at a glance must be wonderful but upon further inspection is horrifying They cannot trust their own emotions because they don’t know how much they are projecting on one another To realize that someone knows you so completely that you are almost dependent upon one another for every breath means that you must always mean everything to one another and that risking the rejection that could come if romantic thoughts were ever in play becomes too greatTo Jared the link between himself and Kami was some sort of gift that he received undeserved a gift that redeemed the rest of his life His lack of confidence in himself and her relationship to him is to the point of manic and Kami feels the constant weight of holding Jared together To Kami the link means she can never be alone can never trust herself to reveal to Jared how she feels and can never really even be sure if her feelings are real It’s unhealthy but my girl Kami is level headed enough to see this even through the cloud of Jared’s dependence and adoration and I love her for her bravenessThe struggle of a relationship that is both symbiotic and parasitic makes Unspoken shine and places an unexpected amount of emotional depth under a story that is exciting harrowing and fun For everyone who loves those Gothic stories with mansions evil and a distinct lack of safety in sleepy small towns Unspoken deliversI actually want to clarify my annoyance with this ending I dislike when major plot lines are left open which I feel like they were here as far as the action went BUT I did actually like the relationship developments toward the end of the story I feel they were necessary but I’m so angry at certain characters’ words and actions I could spitOriginal review posted at Bunbury in the Stacks


  8. says:

    Edit 11212 So after reading this snippet from the seuel I will definitely not though I doubt I would have anyway be raising this rating to two stars You know what I imagine closes out that scene? These are the days of our lives Is this a soap opera or a book guys? Guess the relationship melodrama keeps on keeping on in book two Unspoken really isn't as bad as some of the other one star YA books I've read this year The Body Finder and Shadow and Bone spring to mind There really are some redeeming moments in it and if it hadn't been for that last chapter I might have rated it just a little higher Perhaps those moments of redemption are what made this book's betrayal even worse This was a story we've heard many times before trying to pretend it was the opposite of that thing instead of just being honest about what it wasKami Glass Malese Jow in my mind is uick to let us know that she's not like those girls She starts the book by disliking another girl for no apparent reason other than her popularity Holly will be played by Candice Accola and is called out on her internalized misogyny by the love interest in the book That along with the cheeky humor had me thinking from the very first chapter I am going to love this book I know what you're thinking Where could it have gone wrong when you've got Malese Jow and Candice Accola involved? I like SRB and based on reading her blog alone I know she didn't mean to promote a bad boy type as an acceptable love interest It's clear that she's trying to do the opposite of that here by having Kami uestion and dislike their connection half the time but here's my issue Why include that type of love interest at all? Why include a love triangle? Why spend so much time on romantic melodrama that you don't allow your interesting side characters to develop beyond being perky and loving napping?This whole story feels like something I've read before Despite SRB poking fun at these other stories in her writing she chooses to use this Twilight esue set up that sells anyway It almost seems worse somehow At least these other books aren't trying to pretend that they're something superior to what they really are Ash the third useless point of the Kami centered love triangle could have been copied and pasted from any YA book that follows this same formula Possessive Jared could tooYou can't talk about this book without mentioning the humor Bad puns and witty zingers abound At first it reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars and I thought FINALLY a book that isn't taking itself too seriously and is making an effort to be witty Yet somehow this book managed to take itself too seriously and tell too many jokes The situations the characters found themselves in were overly dramatic and ridiculous but they'd always manage to tell a joke anyway All of the characters began to feel like walking well bloggers I love bloggers I am a blogger but no one talks like this in real life all of the time The dialogue was awkward and jarring Instead of developing the characters beyond beating us over the head with specific traits Kami loves investigating and she's not like those other mushy YA girls Holly is SO nice and perky Angela LOVES napping and HATES people Ash likes Kami and is surly Jared like Kami and is surly AND destructive jokes would just be told insteadThe last several chapters aside from the last one are the ones I liked at least a little They are when the only real character development happens and things start falling into place Kami seems to stick to her guns a lot ; I thought her feelings toward her connection with Jared were well written toward the end Jared never gets any interesting or likeable but I learn to accept it Ash is doing things besides staring longingly at Kami and randomly making out with her in hallways Holly and Angela get a thing that isn't just a rehashing of their assigned personality traits The plot is finally doing something relevant I thought we were well on our way to two star ville Then we got to the last chapter I knew to expect a cliffhanger trilogy ending why are we still doing this? but I didn't know that it was going to involve the relationship too I mean seriously? What was that? I said in the comments that it was like SRB added it just to yell RELATIONSHIPS DRAMAZ MUAHAHA and run out of the room to go hang out with Stephenie Meyer and I stand by this assessment I might readjust my rating might when I am feeling less surly and not snarling Seriously what was that about Angela and Jared snarling at the end? Did we need to focus on their joint snarling? Was that supposed to be a heart warming bonding moment? I can't I would say my favorite thing about this novel is Holly with Angela as my second choice Unfortunately Angela got to be a badass at the end but instead of just letting Angela shine subtly SRB also beat us over the head with a chain and made that into an over used joke too While Holly didn't uite get the development that I wanted because clearly time needed to be spent on love triangle and relationship drama I did think she may be one of the few original parts of this book It's nice to see the perky blonde girl given a chance to be the friend and not the guy stealing skank There's a reason I cast her as Candice Accola in my mind but I think TVD does it better TVD isn't the most original idea on the block and it's guilty of a lot of the things that this book is but to make up for it it takes care with its characters except Bonnie and never pretends it's something that it's not Unlike the YA book world TVD also isn't surrounded by hundreds of shows just like it Regardless I liked that SRB explored that hating Holly because she was popular with guys wasn't acceptable and that it wasn't her fault and that it wasn't necessarily what she wanted I liked her relationship with Angela even though I feel like that was another safe swing and a miss on SRB's part It felt like another example of this novel stepping up to the plate to be something different and then not making an effort once it got there to actually let it be something differentI can see why so many of my friends wrote gushing reviews of this book and I'm sure others will continue to enjoy it but personally it just rubbed me the wrong way I won't stop reading SRB's stuff in the future because I feel like she has the potential to write great things She seems aware of a lot of the things being done poorly in YA today girl on girl hate lack of homosexual relationships and POC girls instantly falling in love with the bad boy without uestioning their feelings etc I want to give her points for effort for almost stepping away from the pack but she didn't not really and I didn't care about the characters or plot enough to overlook this fact This had all of the potential to be great and as I said before that's probably why it was so disappointingYes this review was mostly an excuse to look at pictures of Malese Jow and Candica Accola Thank you


  9. says:

    Sarah Rees Brennan Unspoken is uneuivocally one of the best young adult books I've ever read I don't even know where to begin Is it enough to tell you to read it? Synopsis aside this is as colourful as uniue as moving and absorbing as a book can get The plot involves a strange family a old town legend murder love and magic Brennan envisions an original premise that holds your attention from the very first page Her idea is fully developed never giving too much while holding nothing back; the details rather come as they may The pace is a leisure walk through Kami's everyday life with curious bursts of the real mystery surrounding the return of the infamous Lynburn family feared and revered as local gods It is arguably slow but readers are not left impatient because Brennan never fails to deliver uality The air in which Brennan has enveloped her tale is chilling It is a gothic atmosphere a mansion filled with embellishments of a single motif a human hand and the profile of a woman drowning; and a forest with lakes and rivers called the Crying Pools and the Sorrier River The setting is laid out perfectly visually rich and stunningly visceral The writing is sensational But let's skip how well she is at building tension or shaping characters so entire both in body and temperament or crafting scenes within which your most intimate emotions are dragged right along with the characters' distress What I applaud her most for is the brilliant way she's conceived and actualized the concept of a girl hearing a voice in her head without slipping through all the potentially tricky subtle holes of reason Brennan balances between Kami and Jared the inevitable confusion and frustrations that come with being mentally and emotionally invaded and the the genuine affection formed reinforced and reciprocated time and time again since the day they were born These are fine fine lines and Brennan pulls them off heroically The scheme of it could've been a grand failure But Brennan is expert; she has thought this through and it shows I knew every word and every confession that went through Kami's head Her situation is different but so intense and her inner battles so well written that I I felt like I knew how it felt But obviously I don't I have no clue what that would feel like to be able to read someone else's mind and have them read mine; the bombardment and lack of privacy; the severe complications that could erupt from a single careless thought slipping through one mind into the other But she was so good she convinced me I did The trick is that while it is imaginary Kami's situation is also inescapably bound with the conditions of the heart Kami's emotions are readily accessible they are emotions we are familiar with On top of that the cerebral connection between Kami and Jared was executed flawlessly It was like a dance smooth and effortless we don't uite know but we understand It had such a nature of its own that it felt like an intimate long ago sensation; like an old forgotten skill remembered Now this cast has got to be one of the most memorable group of characters I have ever come across in young adult literature They are all strong present and original They do not fall prey to cliches stereotypes or pigeonholes From Kami to the Lynburns to the dead grandmother who makes not a single appearance in the story other than in Kami's memories they are each individually compelling Angela Holly and Ash as the supporting characters do than support They season the narrative with cool humour and badassery Jared as our male lead is troubled He is unstable unpredictable and you're not uite sure whether to like him or not But he is the hero albeit somewhat a tragic agitated one His emotions are extreme and passionate but he is also so desperate that you give him your sympathy then eventually your heart And before you know it you love him as Kami does Kami is the heroine I have been searching for I could list countless flattering adjectives to describe her but it wouldn't do any good So why not let Kami speak for herself She didn't want to be the girl who just believed in the guy she likedShe didn't want her feelings to blind her She did not know what her feelings were or what his were or how to separate the two She did not want to drown in what was between them and lose control or lose who she was She wasn't long legged in tight jeans like Holly and Angela but she was wearing a white dress that tied low down in front swung bell like about her and had a bright pattern of apricots She hoped that she looked pretty How dare you resist such a creature? Kami is a character we can have faith in Often we doubt our protagonists waiting for the moment they fall for the lie or surrender to the threat But in Kami we trust that she will always do what she feels is right She is hilarious introspective unyielding and soft Her resolve will not be wavered by anyone AnyoneThe relationship between Kami and Jared is interesting in that it progresses in reverse to typical young adult romances They begin bound to each other and through this they form an unbreakable bond of affection and trust But as their worlds collide their path takes a turn you do not expect Their feelings for each other are layered cutting and sincere It is gut wrenchingly sensitive and romantic But also complicated Their link does not instigate or fuel mindless lusting and turn them into a meaningless catastrophe Brennan throws obstacles so that nothing comes easy And it's not In fact it is downright excruciating Are these words enough? Have I done my duty? All I will say is that Unspoken is a novel that will leave both your imagination and your feels satisfied Dangerous chances are taken real things could be lost The stakes are high because Brennan risks the thing that matters most your selfFive shooting stars This review also appears on The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher First read April 2012I have to re read this before I review it I need to make sure I absorbed all I need to absorb because it was that fcking awesome


  10. says:

    A tale filled with magic thrill romance and charm Unspoken is a uniue Gothic mystery that if only I could have clicked with its characters I might have greatly enjoyed And as I seem to be in the minority on this one I think fans of Gothic novels should definitely give it a try as it does have good writing and a very creative concept While most of the Gothic novels I have come to love have been fairly slow paced ie The Book of Blood and Shadow and Long Lankin I found that Unspoken did not convey uite enough atmosphere or creepy factor to make up for the slower development It does start out with a very decent pace but I found the first three uarters of the book is spent with Kami while she goes around gathering clues to find a killer yet she's too occupied with her complicated feelings towards Jared sometimes Ash to focus on finding answers I'm sure if I would have been completely immersed in these characters and their unusual connection I would have found this a lot compelling Sadly none of these people really spoke to me making the book feel very long winded The off putting dialogue or maybe their bland personalities halted me from developing any sort of connection with themWith a British setting we get interactions that are a little different than what you would expect in North America or at least I was told lots of it were a part of the British culture I could deal with the humor and wit I actually uite enjoyed that aspect but I could not get used to the flow of their conversations or the way they sometimes interacted with each other Kami has an awkward personality she talks very formally at times making bizarre comments with strange conversational shifts that comes off as unnatural For example during a casual conversation she asks her date So tell me about the difficulties in your family Who talks like this? I was hoping it would grow on me but unfortunately it never did and I kept cringing whenever these people started conversing Even though the characters failed to entice me the plot did give me a few chills and saved it from being a complete loss We have a freaky manor a strange family who everyone seems to be terrified of and a town full of secrets Plus Kami has been talking to a voice in her head her whole life Is he real? Or is she crazy? Being right up my alley this setting easily grabbed me from the first page If it wasn't for the slow romantically inclined telling it could have easily become a 5 star favorite When we do get some answers there are a lot of unexpected turns that I would not have predicted However when it came to the big climactic ending the reveal of the killer I had already been suspecting this person for a while so it came as no surprise for me thus negatively affecting the intended impact The events following this up to the ending were at least a little unforeseeable closing on a surprising note that makes me curious for book 2 regardless of my ualmsUnspoken is a creepy and uirky read that has a lot of potential to garner fans who will absolutely fall for it Unfortunately I wasn't uite as impressed as many others; when I don't care about the characters it's hard to care for the rest but I still found it to be an OK read An advance copy was provided by the publisher for reviewFor of my reviews visit my blog at Xpresso Reads


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