Some small towns come with big secrets…
Sorry-in-the-Vale has a mysterious past. The Lynburn family has owned the manor overlooking the sleepy English village for centuries, and though they’ve disappeared, people still don’t like to talk about them.
Kami hates secrets. She runs the school newspaper and has never met a story she couldn’t scoop. But Kami has a secret of her own: she loves a boy she’s never met…a boy she’s talked to in her head since before she can remember.
And then the Lynburns return. With them are their two teenage sons, Jared and Ash. The voice in Kami’s head is suddenly a very real boy. Does she still love him? Can she trust him? As dark deeds begin to come to light, Kami isn’t sure of anything anymore.
I’d just like to start by saying that this book definitely won some extra points when it started off with a map. I personally love maps; I think they really help the reader imagine the setting in the book, especially when it’s a fictional setting like Sorry-in-the-Vale.
Unspoken is one of my favorite books. It’s a fast read, with great pacing and altogether marvelous plot. I went through every possible emotion while reading this book: I cried, I laughed, I growled in frustration (mostly caused by a very good-looking someone, namely Jared)…it’ll literally make you laugh until you cry.
One thing I love about Sarah Rees Brennan is her humor. The book already starts off establishing Kami’s voice as a sass queen, and throughout the book, it’s constantly showing up and making me bark out a laugh and even possibly roll of my bed. And when Kami and Jared gang up, it’s impossible to keep a straight face.
But even with the hilarious bits, the story is actually very mysterious. It’s comfortably creepy, with some scary parts that keep the reader grounded to the story, and Kami soon finds herself in a mystery just like the ones she’s always trying to solve.
Also, it is very, very easy to relate to the characters. Even factoring in the magic element, it’s easy to connect with any of the characters, especially Kami. Besides her being a teenager going through the throes of high school, her parents are very present throughout the story, which I thought was refreshing. Kami has to deal with the fact that she indeed has parents and siblings and can’t just go around doing whatever she wants (although Kami has a very clear definition of who she is and she tends not to listen to anyone, if it means it’ll interfere with her sleuthing). Kami’s parents are very solid and well-developed characters, right along with her two little brothers, Ten and Tomo. I kind of wish we could’ve learned a little bit more about her grandmother, but overall, I think the family card was well played.
And prepare to swoon, ladies and gentlemen, because this book has some deliciously developed romance and some really, really good-looking guys. And girls (*screams from a distance* ANGELAAAA). But! The wonderful thing is that even when it has some lovely, heart wrenching romance, the story is not all about that. Kami is her own person, and does not let herself be pressured into getting into a relationship just because of her link with Jared, and she is determined to unfurl the Lynburns’ secrets.
If you are not yet convinced that this book needs a special place in your shelf, let me tell you something that might change your mind: the glorious friendship between Angela and Kami. It is made of gold. That’s the kind of friendship I thrive to achieve. Even though Angela can be a really gorgeous and rude pain on the butt, she is loyal and honest and goes along with whatever crazy idea Kami has decided to put into action. Without Angela, there wouldn’t be a Kami, and without a Kami, there wouldn’t be an Angela.
There’s a lot of conflict throughout the book, and I got severely frustrated with Kami and Jared sometimes, but overall, I just really wanted to throw Rob Lynburn off a cliff. That’s it. Everyone’s lives would be so much easier without that snob.
This book is so, so good, and I give it four out of five stars!