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Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees BrennanUnspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: Lynburn Legacy,
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on 11 September 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 370
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
three-stars

 

Place(s) Traveled to: Sorry-in-the-Vale, England

First Line(s): Every town in England has a story.

The Lynburn Legacy Series Order
Book 0.25: The Spring Before I Met You
Book 0.5: The Summer Before I Met You
Book 1: Unspoken
Book 2: Untold
Book 3: Unbroken (2014)

Regular readers of my blog know that I love love loved Sarah Rees Brennan’s debut series, The Demon’s Lexicon, and I was really looking forward to her newest one The Lynburn Legacy. When I first read the premise of Unspoken I was excited for the possibilities of it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. When I did, I found that it took me forever to read. While I couldn’t put down The Demon’s Lexicon it seemed as though I didn’t want to pick up Unspoken. I enjoyed the beginning, the mystery of it all but I found it really hard to connect with any of the characters.

I found that Unspoken was filled with dialogue and seemed to lack world building. I never got a real sense of the world, the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale or its concepts of magic. What I got was a lot of talk and it just all seemed so forced. Kami was supposed to be this strong, snarky character and while she started off as cute and quirky by the end I felt the opposite. It just seemed as though Brennan was trying too hard to make Kami and her friends funny and as a result the opposite happened.

I also never felt the connection between Jared and Kami and never understood how they could end up as a couple as they never seemed to like each other much. And the other characters were just charactures of personality and were ultimately very forgettable. The characters weren’t the only things forgettable about this story but the plot was well. I recall that Kami did some stupid things and ended up in trouble but there was no big build, no climax, and before I knew it the book was over.

For me, Unspoken, was forgettable and that makes me sad as I so wanted to love it. At this time I am unsure if I will read Untold though I did just acquire a copy thanks to a wonderful Indie bookstore. I am curious about where Unspoken might go and hopeful that the story will get better as it progresses. But I am in no rush to get this one read. What about you readers, have you read Untold? What did you think of it? Is it better than Unspoken and more importantly…do you think I will like it?

three-stars
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