Fantasy Book Review: Unspoken

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass is in love with someone she’s never met—a boy she’s talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets—and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

Kami and her friends are great characters, with fun, unique personalities. Kami has two love interests – the Lynburn cousins. Both are handsome, but one has an irresistible connection to her. The story and mood did remind me a bit of Beautiful Creatures as it has been compared already, as both are dark and moving.

This is the first in a new YA fantasy with plenty of romance, drama, and magic. I loved the mythology and worldbuilding, and will certainly want to follow the rest of this fascinating story. The mystery and suspense builds to a surprising conclusion that I didn’t see coming. Unspoken is a promising start to an intriguing and exciting series.