Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: Unspoken

TITLE: Unspoken
Book in the Lynburn Legacy series
AUTHOR: Sarah Rees Brennan
PUBLISHED: September 2012
GENRE: Urban fantasy, witches, romance, gothic
PREMISE: Kami has always heard Jared's voice in her head. But like everyone else around her, she always assumed he was an imaginary friend until the Lynburns come back to her town and Jared shows up at her school.
MY REVIEW: Sarah Rees Brennan has become a favorite of mine this past year. She is seriously underrated and it makes me sad. In the hands of another author, this book could have been really bad. But Brennan managed to do a rare thing: create the funny gothic novel. Yes my friends it is true: you don't have to have your YA gothic books dripping with angst.
It helps immensely that Kami is just plain adorable. She has become one of my favorite 2012 heroines. The only one that rivals her is Evie from The Diviners and Evie from the Paranormalcy trilogy (so many Evies...good thing the Paranormalcy trilogy ended this year). This one mostly sparkles for the fabulous character interaction. Gosh, I loved pretty much everyone. Even Jared the love interest who is the bad boy cliche done right and again in a likeable way. Yes, there is some angst to be had but it's legit angst and the characters never wallow in it to ridiculous levels.
So basically, I loved this book. There's great humor, fabulous dialogue, likeable characters to root for who keep you invested in it, and a actual interesting plot. Yes, there are several familiar tropes here but the author makes them fun and reminds me of why I enjoy tropes like small sleepy town with rich family in it. Literally my only complaints are that I have to wait so long for Book 2.
WHO SHOULD READ: Gothic book fans, Sarah Rees Brennan fans, anyone inclined
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five awesome book heroines

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