Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bookanistas: Unspoken

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?

I have no idea what made me request this book from NetGalley, because it's not something that I would typically like. And even after my request was approved, it just sat on my ereader for months. I honestly didn't think I was going to read it. But something made me decide to check it out anyway and OMG I am so glad I did because I ended up loving this book so hard I can't even handle it. I guess there's something to say about stepping out of your comfort zone every once in awhile.

Let me tell you what I loved about Unspoken:

1. The humor. This book was so freaking funny. Every single page had something witty that made me laugh. All of the characters had their own amazing sense of humor, especially Kami and her dad. I literally LOL-ed so many times while reading this book. And this is smart humor, too. My favorite.

2. The very complicated relationship between Kami and Jared, the voice in her head. I LOVE me a complicated relationship, and what these two have going on is as complicated as they come. I don't really want to say too much because watching this friendship evolve was seriously the highlight of this book for me. But just know that these two made me feel every possible feeling throughout the course of this book.

3. The cast of characters. All the people in this book were so awesome. Kami's friends and family and how she interacted with all of them and the unique relationship she had with each was all so REAL. Better than real.

4. Kami. This girl is amazing. First of all, she's Asian, and you know I love the Asian characters. She's also smart and strong and she wants things and she goes and gets things and she doesn't lose her drive or her focus when things start getting weird with Jared and she's unapologetic for her quirks and she tells people what to do and she just gets sh*t DONE. I loved Kami, and I wish there were more characters out there just like her. She's rad.

This book is also very gothic and magicky, if you are into that sort of thing. But even if you aren't, this book is so full to the brim with good stuff. It's the first book in awhile that I wanted to start reading again the second I was finished.

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today...

Corrine Jackson adores ADORKABLE

Katy Upperman raves about  NOBODY BUT US

Tracy Banghart tells the truth about IF I LIE


  1. Sounds good. Adding to my tbr list!

  2. This book sounds amazing! I can't wait to buy it!

  3. So excited for this! I love SRB's writing, and especially her humor, so yay! :D

  4. With a review like this, how can I not want to add this to my list?

  5. I was intrigued by the book blurb, but your thoughts on it sealed the deal. Thanks!

  6. Ooh, this one sounds like fun! I hadn't heard of it before reading your recommendation, but now I totally want to. Thanks, Jess! :)