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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...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 370 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Kat Kennedy
I have a scale for YA books I read, since I’ve read so many. It looks some­thing like this.

-I hope this book dies. Right now. And takes a 100km radius with it just to be sure.

-Ter­ri­ble book

-Not my thing

-Meh

-Yeah that was okay

-Hmmm. Inter­est­ing

-I was pleas­antly surprised

-Yeah I liked that

-That was a great book

-Wow I loved that book!

-FIZZJERBLEDEEGOOK! That was Freak­ing AMAZEBALLS!

-I will read that book again

Allow me to lay down some per­spec­tive. At this moment I have no fewer than sixty-t...more
Steph Sinclair

Dearest Unspoken,

I must regrettably inform you that we must do the unthinkable and separate. I really don't know where we went wrong, you and I. After my co-blogger, Kat, set us up on that blind date, urging me to give you a go, I thought for sure we would hit it off nicely. And for a minute we did. Don't you remember? It was love at first sight as I set my eyes on your gorgeous cover and unique premise. But somehow, along the way, something went wrong.

Unspoken, you were true. You had a solid pl...more
Vinaya
This book, oh my god, th-th-thi...

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There are simply no words to describe the mountain of awesome that is Sarah Rees Brennan. This is my very first Brennan book, and I feel like the universe has cheated me by not introducing me to her earlier. Some day, technology permitting, I would LOVE to splice together DNA from Sarah and my other favorite funnywoman (funnyman?) Rachel Hartman to create my very own personal funny...more
Choco
In case something happens to this review, you can read it here: http://chocopal.wordpress.com/2012/03...

"A green girl in the woods just kissed me," he announced furiously. "What is wrong with the world?"

This was a really, really fun book.

Kami is such an entertaining female character. I mean, really, if you don't believe me, just look at my status updates. She does whatever the hell she wants, just the way she wants, but she's also responsible, strong, kind, flawed - and just the type of heroine...more
Sam
What Brennan has accomplished here is what I wish I could find more of in young adult books - the dark atmosphere, the brilliantly intertwined humour, the wonderful set of atypical characters. Much of Unspoken is original and engaging, with very little standing in the way of it being a perfect book. It should be said, however, that Brennan’s particular style most likely isn’t going to appeal to all, but those, like me, who do fall in love with it, are in for one spellbinding ride. If you can app...more
Sarah
Mar 09, 2013 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
It's my baby, so nobody should listen to what I think! I'm just like, oh, it should go to Cambridge and it has the prettiest hair!
Heidi
Okay, so it’s been a few days and I think my rage face has worn off a bit and I can talk to you all about all of the things I absolutely loved about Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken without being completely bias against the whole thing because of the ending*. So, here it goes, review time!

Forest deep, silent bells
There’s a secret no one tells
Valley quiet, water still
Lynburns watching on the hill
Apples red, corn gold
Almost everyone grows old.


Intrepid young journalist Kami Glass knows there are secre...more
Steph
Nov 02, 2012 Steph rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Edit: 11/2/12 So after reading this snippet from the sequel I will definitely not (though I doubt I would have anyway) be raising this rating to two stars. You know what I imagine closes out that scene? These are the days of our lives... Is this a soap opera or a book, guys? Guess the relationship melodrama keeps on keeping on in book two.

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Unspoken really isn't as bad as some of the other one star YA books I've read this year - The Bod...more
Keertana
Unspoken is a novel that now, looking back, I can see had a huge margin for error. In fact, in the hands of a less-experienced author, I am confident that this story would have fallen apart, but Sarah Rees Brennan manages to pull it off. I am always awe-struck by the innovative ideas she thinks of and even more in awe of her flawless method of execution. Yet, despite the precarious line that this story balanced on and my incredibly high expectations, Unspoken managed to be every bit as breathtak...more
K.
Sarah Rees Brennan Unspoken is unequivocally one of the best young adult books I've ever read. I don't even know where to begin. Is it enough to tell you to read it?

Synopsis aside, this is as colourful, as unique, as moving and absorbing as a book can get. The plot involves a strange family, a old-town legend, murder, love and magic. Brennan envisions an original premise that holds your attention from the very first page. Her idea is fully developed, never giving too much while holding nothing...more
Giselle
A tale filled with magic, thrill, romance, and charm, Unspoken is a unique Gothic mystery that, if only I could have clicked with its characters, I might have greatly enjoyed. And as I seem to be in the minority on this one, I think fans of Gothic novels should definitely give it a try as it does have good writing and a very creative concept.

While most of the Gothic novels I have come to love have been fairly slow paced - ie. The Book of Blood and Shadow and Long Lankin - I found that Unspoken...more
Glass
This is the book for all of you who still have a little piece of a child left in your soul. Characters are seventeen, but maybe you'll have impression that they are younger than that. That's for the most part because of the writing style - it has fairytaleish vibe combined with mystery.

Kami Glass - yes, I liked her from the first page when I saw her name - is a strong girl, a little bit strange but in a good way, and she knows what she wants. If you're expecting some usual YA love story with pa...more
Lisa
I don't know if I've felt ever felt guiltier about not liking a book than I do about this one. So many people love Unspoken to pieces and I can understand why, but I was very underwhelmed. It seems to me that Unspoken was a book that was trying to break out of the YA mold but ended up following the fold.

By far the biggest problem with this novel is Jared Lynburn. He's your typical brooding, overprotective, woe-is-me, bad boy with anger management issues. I find none of these traits attractive,...more
♥Rachel♥
Unspoken is not the story I was expecting, and I enjoyed that. Somehow I thought this would be a dark and serious tale, and some of it is. Mostly, it was a story full of wit and fun, a little romance, and magic.

Unspoken is centered on Kami Glass, a high-school student, and ambitious journalist-in-training. She’s head of the school newspaper, and always on the trail of a new story. But now Kami’s focused on uncovering secrets, because the founding family of Sorry-in-the-Vale, The Lynburn’s, have...more
Kristalia
Final rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★

unspoken

This was so sooooooooo good. I loved every part of it. Since i couldn't decide between 4 and 5 i decided it was going to be between. And it is only because i am type that craves for explanations and i didn't find enough of them in this book. For now, it is staying 5 stars as basic rating, because i feel it didn't belong with standard books.

I wanted to read it because it was written by Brennan. I loved her Demon's lexicon trilogy, and guess what, i love Unspoken even mor...more
Mimi Valentine
There's "bizarre" and "different," and then there's this book... which is probably the best of both! I loooooooooooooooooooooved it so much!

Unspoken is one of those books that make you slap your forehead and wonder why you hadn't read it earlier. I couldn't stop grinning, yet at the same time, I couldn't breathe when it got intense. It kind of has the feel to it of Beautiful Creatures — small town, fantastic cast, feared magical family, and rich gothic mystery — except I liked this much, much m...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

4.5 out of 5

I loved this book from the start. It is good. No, it's great. It's Gothic and sassy and funny and clever and thisclose to being perfect. I love it to pieces. I stayed up til nearly one in the morning to finish it, on a night where I had to get up at 4 the next morning. If that isn't a clear enough picture of how thoroughly entertaining and engrossing this gem of a book is, I don't know what to tell you. A surefire winner. Unspoken is uni...more
Suzanne
Update: Finished this for the second time around, and LOVED it just as much. I can't wait to get started on Untold now. Hope my copy comes in the post tomorrow :)

4.5 stars...

I absolutely loved Unspoken. From the fantastic characters to the interesting plot and the funny quips that had me laughing out loud while reading this. It's shrouded in mystery and angst and kept me intrigued throughout.

The Lynburns, the town's founders, have suddenly moved back to the big house on the hill. Kami, as edito...more
Noelle
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

Mad Girl's Love Song by Sylvia Plath

I've been eager to read Unspoken ever since I caught sight of that beautiful cover and am happy to say that it did not disappoint.

Kami Glass, teen investigative reporter, has always stood out from the crowd. Whether it was not being shy about talking to her imaginary friend in public, or being the only one daring enough to dig around the mysteries of her town Sorry-in-the-Vale,...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
Five "Unspoken Magical" Stars

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Kami Glass lives in a sleepy town called Sorry-in-the-Vale.

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The thing is, she loves someone she has never met...a boy that she has never talked to...only inside her head ever since she was born. Everybody knows that she has had that imaginary friend inside her head for as long as they have known her. But she hasn't really been much of an outsider in her tow...more
Buka
My relationship with Sarah Rees Brennan's books is like a see-saw. I liked Demon's Lexicon but was annoyed by Demon's Covenant, I really liked Team Human (written with Justine Larbaleister) and - once again - was really annoyed by Unspoken. This is Sara Rees Brennan of Demon's Covenant and everything irritating that I remember about it is here again.
It's one more book where everything - characters, pacing, plot, mood - can and will be sacrificed in order to deliver at least one more witty one-l...more
Katya
Damn... I did not see that coming. No, not at all.

Kami Glass has lived in Sorry-in-the-Vale all her life. She's always been considered a bit of an outsider, due to her grandmother's foreign heritage and her own penchance to spend copious amounts of time with her imaginary friend.

Only he is not so imaginary. When the Lynburns, a mysterious family that is more or less the lords of the Vale, return, one of the younger boys turns out not to be Jared - the boy Kami has talked to all her life, and wh...more
Crystal Starr Light
UPDATE: Okay, so I bought the signed hardcover for this. Probably the first time I've ever rated an ARC three stars and bought the hardcover anyway, but I think it's worth it. Which seals my fate that I will be tuning in for the next entry in this series.

"Forest deep, silent bells, There's a secret no one tells"

Kami Glass lives in Sorry-in-the-Vale with her mother, her father, and her two brothers. She is your average, inquisitive budding journalist - minus the fact she has been communicating vi...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally posted on The Book Smugglers

Kami Glass is a regular teenager with close friends, a loving family and a good life in the sleepy town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Well, not quite regular: there is a distinctive characteristic about Kami that sets her apart – she has an imaginary friend called Jared, a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she can remember. Jared has been her constant companion, her closest confidant and the one person who knows everything about her. Kami knows she has mad...more
Sarah
Sep 26, 2012 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Rosemary Clement-Moore
Recommended to Sarah by: the entire internet
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}
Kami had never wanted to do anything but these two things: discover truth and change the world.

Until I picked up Team Human for book club last month, I’d never read a Sarah Rees Brennan novel. Clearly this was a grave oversight on my part.

Unspoken is a wonderfully unique gothic young adult novel (that’s also—arg!—the first in a series) centered around Kami Glass and her friends in the English village of Sorry-in-the-Vale as they...more
Mitch
Unspoken is a different kind of paranormal fantasy, a slow, suspenseful mystery that builds up over time. It’s not a ghoulish book, it doesn’t trade on scares, but rather it slowly reveals its secrets through an interesting cast of characters and a fully immersive yet haunting atmosphere. It’s a book that had me asking along with one inquisitive reporter, just what is the secret of the Lyburns?

I like how Sarah Rees Brennan immediately establishes a mystery without saying much of anything. I’m no...more
Steph Su
A slow plot. A long book that could’ve been cut down by 150 pages. An important reveal that should’ve happened 100 pages earlier. A love triangle (sort of). An average but not particularly memorable protagonist. These are the qualities that seem to be characteristic of YA bestsellers these days—and, since, UNSPOKEN had all of these, I’m sure it has a shot at getting on the bestseller list. Unfortunately, because of all these qualities, this book didn’t end up being my thing.

Kami fancies herself...more
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Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistful.livejournal.com, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.
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“What the hell is going on?" demanded Kami's dad, advancing with his black eyes snapping. Jared blurted, "My intentions are honourable."
Kami sat up straight in her bed and stared in Jared's direction. "Are you completely crazy?" she wanted to know. "This isn't the eighteenth century. How do you think that's going to help?"
"Well, I mean," Jared said, back against the wall like a cornered animal. "When we're older. I mean-"
"Please shut up," Kami begged.
"I agree with Kami," said Dad. "When you're in an abyss-like hole, quit digging.”
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“Hark,” he said, his tone very dry. “What stone through yonder window breaks?”
Kami yelled up at him, “It is the east, and Juliet is a jerk!”
Jared abandoned Shakespeare and demanded, “What do you think you’re doing?”
“Throwing a pebble,” said Kami defensively. “Uh… and I’ll pay for the window.”
Jared vanished and Kami was ready to start shouting again, when he reemerged with the pebble clenched in his fist. “This isn’t a pebble! This is a rock.”
“It’s possible that your behaviour has inspired some negative feelings that caused me to pick a slightly overlarge pebble,” Kami admitted.”
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