Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
First Lines: (quote from ARC - subject to change)
"Every town in England has a story. One day I am going to find out Sorry-in-the-Vale's.
The closest this reporter has come to getting our town's scoop is when I asked Mr. Roger Stern (age seventy-six but young at heart) to tell me a secret about our town."
This is my first Sarah Rees Brennan book, and I can promise you that it won't be my last. Especially since this is going to be a series - I'm all in.
Kami has a voice in her head. But she didn't expect him to be a real person. When he moves to town, all sorts of crazy things start happening - and not just because he was her invisibile friend. His family is the ruling dynasty in their town. No one crosses them, no one speaks ill of them, no one befriends them. But Kami wants to find out why - her journalism instincts tell her there is more to the story. And she's right.
I wasn't expecting this book to be as witty and funny as it was. Our heroine, Kami, is a smart and sassy reporter who will stop at nothing to get her scoop. Sounds a little like Nancy Drew, huh? She's also got a connection with a boy that she wasn't entirely expecting. You would think that hearing each others thoughts and feelings would bring you closer... not push each other away. But she juggles this and her new friends and her newspaper and her crazy family and some insane happenings around town. Can I just mention how funny her parents are? They probably made this book for me.
I loved that the big mystery in this book was magic-based. But it wasn't hokey like some things are with the whole magic thing. This is dark, scary magic. Magic that can encase you in stone without the person moving. I thought the way all of that was handled was adequately spooky and well done.
Let me just talk about the boys for a moment. Yes, of course, there is a love triangle. With complications (aren't they all complicated?). They're cousins... who have lived in America. I understand that the author is from the UK, but there were a few times where the American boys used entirely British terms. I guess it could be because they were raised by British parents... but it was a little out of character. Other times, they pointed out the fact that it was different (See: Elevator/Lift). So that seemed a little inconsistant, but it may have only bothered me a little.
Because I am reviewing the advanced version, I am sure this has been fixed... but it threw off my reading quite a bit. There was a huge need for more page breaks. You would switch character point of views without even knowing you were doing so. Several times I had to go back and figure out where things changed. But I know this has probably been fixed for the final version, so you guys are not even going to notice :).
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I think anyone who loves magical mysteries will totally get into this book. I know lots of people have found it through NetGalley already, but lucky for you this book was released today. I highly suggest you give it a try. Now I'm highly anticipating the next book (thanks for the cliffhanger, Brennan).
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