Unspoken (the Lynburn Legacy Book 1): The Lynburn Legacy

Paperback | September 10, 2013

bySarah Rees Brennan

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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic Romance and Girl Detective genres, this book will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.

Bound together. Worlds apart.

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.

"A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart." --Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author

"A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic." --Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

"Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel." --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

"Breathtaking--a compulsive, rocketing read."--Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

"Captures the reader with true magic."--Esther Friesner, author of Nobody's Princess

"A laugh-out-loud delight." --Publishers Weekly


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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic Romance and Girl Detective genres, this book will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.Bound together. Worlds apart.Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met—a boy she's tal...

SARAH REES BRENNAN was born and raised in Ireland by the sea. After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. Since then she has returned to Ireland to write and use as a home base for future adventures. Her Irish is still woeful, but she feels the books under th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.21 × 6.39 × 0.85 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375871039

ISBN - 13:9780375871030

Customer Reviews of Unspoken (the Lynburn Legacy Book 1): The Lynburn Legacy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh... Ahh, so many mixed feelings about this book. Let’s get right to it then, shall we? What I liked: 1) Characters. Kami is a clever, determined, quirky, I-don’t-care-what-you-think-of-me heroine. Jared is brooding, but a big sweetheart underneath it all. Ash is a complex person who struggles with the choice of doing the right thing and meeting family expectations. Kami’s dad = hilarious. Kami’s best friend, Angela, is a cranky, yet lovable and loyal soul. Their new friend, Holly, reminds me of a puppy, but I mean that in the best way. Rusty, Angela’s brother, is… well, he’s Rusty. 2) Prose. So lush and lyrical. It definitely gave the book its Gothic feel. 3) The big reveal, which I shall not reveal to you. It’s a bit of a different take on the supernatural. 4) The romance. Lots of tension, very little action, but Jared’s obvious love for Kami is swoony. And his lines are cute. What I didn’t like: 1) All the characters seemed to have the same voice. I mean, they were different people, but they all said similar sorts of things. For example, not everyone can have that many witty one-liners. Two people, max., should be able to do that on a constant basis because, realistically, not everyone is funny. 2) The dragging plot. I think that either this should have progressed faster or that more strange things should have happened leading up to the climax. I spent a lot of time wondering, not what was going to happen next, but if something was going to happen at all. While the rest of the story after the big reveal was well-paced, the story felt like it really diverged at that point from the beginning set up. There was a lot of filler that could have been tightened or eliminated in the first 200 pages or so. It was unfocused, unpolished, and meandering. 3) The unnecessary angst and inconsistencies with Kami’s and Jared’s personalities. A lot of their reactions to each other didn’t make sense. Granted, their relationship is uncharted territory, so it would be hard to determine how anyone should react in their situation. It was just irritatingly hot and cold. I understand the question Is what I’m feeling even real? in light of their connection, but to support each other so completely, to act as if they are already lovers, and then to turn around and try to hurt each other or ignore each other for petty reasons seems a bit over the top. I am not sure if I should recommend this or not. Yes/no/yes/no. It’s not all it’s hyped up to be, but I still liked well enough to get the sequel. Cliffhanger ending alert, by the way! This is part of a trilogy, so be aware of the commitment you’re making if you read this.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and engaging As a child, Kami Glass had an imaginary friend, like so many children. But hers didn't disappear as she got older. She still talks to him even though doing that makes her an outsider in her small town called Sorry-in-the-Vale but Kami doesn't think it's hurt her to much. She has her best friend, she runs the school newspaper, and she's rarely caught talking to her imaginary friend out loud these days. Everything is going well. Until the Lynburn family moves back to town, twin sisters with their sons, Jared and Ash, and Kami is determined to get answers to why everyone in town is afraid of the Lynburns, why they ran so many years ago, why they're back, and why there's something so familiar about Jared. This book ended up being a lot of fun to read. I loved the voice of the main character, it reminded me at times of Veronica Mars(which will never be a bad thing). The mythology surrounding the Lynburns and the whole town was really interesting and I enjoyed Kami and her group working to solve the mystery of who was behind the rituals in the woods. Kami was a very likeable character. She made me laugh at a lot of her comments and thoughts. She reminded of Veronica Mars in more ways than just her voice, her determination to solve the mystery, getting her friends involved, throwing herself headfirst into her plan to uncover a clue. I liked that she was an outsider and it wasn't much of an issue for her. She had what she wanted and she was happy. Also, the relationship between her and her parents, especially her father, was great. I also really liked the relationships she had and formed with other characters. Her best friend Angela was hilarious so much of the time, just wanting to sleep but going along with Kami anyway, making comments toward the Lynburn boys. Holly was added into the mix and she was really sweet. And then there were the two Lynburn boys. Jared and Ash, both mysterious but Ash was definitely more friendly and Jared was more of the troublemaker. I really liked the dynamic between Ash and Jared and it made me excited to see where it goes in the next book. The supernatural mystery and the investigation was really well done. They would think they knew something, be wrong, come back to discover another clue and be off again. It was a good build-up to the final reveal where the action got really fast-paced. The whole book was just really well-paced, never slow, never too fast, never too much information or too many twists to handle. I really liked the writing style, which I knew I would from Sarah Rees Brennan's other books. It worked so well with Kami's voice and it made for a book I just didn't want to put down. I will definitely be reading the sequel, Untold, very soon.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud hilarious Ah Unspoken how do I describe thee?  I really didn't have that high of expecations going into this book, and despite all of the amazing things I heard about it, I was still so surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The ending though.... Sarah Rees Brennan why? Why must you do this to me? Thank god the second book of the series is all ready out because after that ending the wait would make me go insane! First of all, the highlight of this book is definitely the writing style. Brennan is totally knee slapping, laugh out loud HUHLARIOUS! So many of her characters just had such funny, witty, sassy, and just all around enjoyable to read, personalities! I think the funniest characters in the book were definitely Rusty (who's laziness may rival my own *shame*) and Kami's dad. At times it was disturbing how much Kami's dad's sass and humour reminded me of my own father's.... and yet his lines had me guffawing (yes. guffawing) at just about everything he said.  Additionally, the main characters of Kami and Jared are extremely well written and their interactions with each other were so interesting to read! If you've read this you definitely know what I'm talking about. I loved Jared. I will admit I aim a sucker for the "bad boys" in books, but I like my male characters to have a more than just a brooding personality to them! Jared was rash, and hard on the outside, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of his interactions with Kami. Plot wise, Unspoken is definitely unlike anything I've read before. There are definitely elements to the plot that have been done in YA fiction before such as the mind connection, paranormal mystery, and magical aspects of the novel, but Brennan fuses all these things together to weave together a exquisitely unique story. The setting of Sorry in the Vale was so well developed I could picture the town so clearly in my mind, and it was a setting I personally had never come across in YA Literature before and that made it a more intriguing read. That being said Unspoken is not a book that is fuelled by thrilling action scenes, it is definitely a slower paced book, but for me this made it refreshing. Also when I say slow paced book, I mean this is the best sense possible. Unspoken took it's time to really develop the relationships between characters and build up the plot, and despite the fact that it was "slow paced" it kept me engaged the entire time and I flew threw it!  All in all there are not enough good things to say about this book! I thoroughly enjoyed almost all the elements of the story and this is definitely one of the best crafted YA novels I have read in a while, definitely worth checking out!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I hoped I found Unspoken wasn't as good as good as I was hoping or expecting. I found it was different from what I normally read. I found the characters were good but seemed like they didn't progress though the book and the plot speed was way to slow. I found it just stretched on and didn't really get good till the end. The plot was oK. I found the plot was good but didn't really fit together.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Absolutely LOVED Unspoken! It's extremely difficult to capture into words just how much I love Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken! I read Unspoken months ago when it first came out, and since then, whenever I merely mention the book, I immediately enter into complete fangirl mode. Unspoken is easily one of the best books I've read in a seriously very long time. I instantly considered it to be among my top favourite novels! For as long as Kami can remember, she has always heard a voice in her head– a voice named Jared who is more than just an imaginary friend. But Jared is not some figment of her imagination... He's a very real, darkly gorgeous young man who knows all her inner thoughts and secrets. And when the sleepy town of Sorry-in-the-Vale is awakened by the sudden return of the mysterious Lynburn family, who haven't been seen for over 15 years, the secrets of Jared's family will place Kami in grave danger. Kami is an intrepid school reporter who's dying with curiosity to get the scoop about the Lynburns. Her personality is simply infectious! When Kami discovers animals being killed in the Vale woods, she's determined more than ever to find answers and relentlessly searches for clues, even if means breaking some rules along the way. The locals in town think Kami is a strange girl, but she's long given up caring what they thought of her. Jared is a bad boy with a heart of gold; everyone has written him off, but not Kami, who has always supported him. Kami's best friend Angela, Angela's older brother Rusty, classmate Holly, and handsome Ash Lynburn round out a fantastic cast of characters with very individual, unique personalities. They each play an important role in the novel that is not meant to be brushed aside. The dialogue in Unspoken was hilarious and filled with sarcastic, witty remarks, but Sarah Rees Brennan is able to expertly switch gears and bring about touching, emotional moments as well. Unspoken will leave you with FEELINGS. The ending feels like a dagger to your heart, leaving you anxiously searching for more pages to read, only to cry out when you can't find any. Sarah Rees Brennan will make you suffer, but you'll be happy about it. I'm desperately awaiting Untold, the second book in the series, to find out what will happen to Kami and Jared next! Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken is a fantastic introduction to The Lynburn Legacy! If the teaser snippets for Untold are any indication, the series promises to only get better from here... and wreak more havoc on my heart in the process. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/02/unspoken-by-sarah-rees-brennan.html
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Girl Reporter AND Private Investigator? Where do I sign? Gothic Romance is, shall we say, not usually my thing. But Gothic Romance written by Sarah Rees Brennan, inspired by Miss Marple and Veronica Mars, and incorporating delightful one-liners and excellent world-building (not to mention some word play that paid off brilliantly)? That I can definitely go for! So when the Unspoken ARCs went out, I begged volunteered for one, and read it almost as soon as it arrived. And then I forgot to review it on my lj (though I did blog about it, and SRB put it on her tumblr, and it's my most viewed blog of all time, so I don't think I missed the boat or anything). And now it's out and available, so I am putting the review on livejournal. Anyway, UNSPOKEN is the story of Kami, an intrepid journalist, who has an imaginary friend she talks to in her head pretty much all the time. Sorry-in-the-Vale, her village, claims to have no secrets, which is a real bear for an intrepid journalist, but Kami is determined to find something, and since the Lynburn family has just returned to their ancestral manor after years abroad, Kami is pretty sure now is the time to go secret hunting. I will give you three guesses who Kami’s “imaginary” friend turns out to be. What follows is a hilarious and breath-taking adventure, with good friends and hard, hard truths. I read it in about three hours, which speaks of how much I liked it, and I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands, the better to really get lost in the story. I should mention that the endings is, uh, well, kind of “Frodo was alive, but taken by the enemy”. Don’t get me wrong: I loved it. I LOVED it. I have been laughing at all the “OMG, MY HEART!” reviews I’ve been reading, because my whole response was “Oh, thank goodness.” I’m not sure what that says about me as a person. But, seriously, doesn't the name "Lynburn" just send shivers up your spine?
Date published: 2012-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical In the little town of Sorry-in -the-Vale Kami Glass is a bit of an outsider. Everyone knows that Kami talks to an imaginary friend and always has. The problem is that at 17 she still talks to that voice in her head. No one knows her, understands her like Jared does. Not even her best friend Angela, one of the most beautiful (and tired) girls in the whole school. Despite living in Sorry-in-the-Vale her whole life there are things about the town and the people who live there that Kami never knew. The return of the Lynburn's is about to change all that! The Lynburn's have always been both revered and feared for the power they wield and Kami is determined to find out all she can about the family for an issue of the school paper. With some sleuthing and the help of her friends she is sure she can find out who is responsible for terrifying the town. What her mother is hiding. And how she feels about Jared now that she knows he is real and not a figment of her imagination. Sarah Rees Brennan has written a spectacular modern day Gothic novel full of romance, intrigue and magic. The story flows smoothly from one thrilling event after another. The language and descriptive phrasing is beautifully eloquent. Unspoken is a full course meal that feeds the appetite and staves off the hunger we often feel when we need a great new book to sink our teeth into. Kami is a determined young lady with a wonderful fashion sense and a great sense of humour. She is the kind of character you can imagine yourself being friends with. Jared is the boy everyone thinks of as the bad boy. But is he? Is it Kami's faith in him that will save him or does he need to believe in himself before he can live up to his full potential. And boy does Jared have plenty of potential! Unspoken is filled with a cast of characters guaranteed to find a place on your favourites list. Kami, Jared, their friends, their families, the townsfolk, even the woods and town themselves, you'll find yourself revisiting this unforgettably magical world often.
Date published: 2012-09-10

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Chapter OneThe First StoryTHE RETURN OF THE LYNBURNSby Kami GlassEvery 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 Stearn (age seventy-­six but young at heart) to tell me a secret about our town. He confided that he believed the secret to Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale’s high yield of wool was in the sheep feed. I think I may have betrayed some slight disappointment, because he stared at me for a while, said, “Respect the sheep, young lady,” and ended the interview. Which leaves us with a town in the Cotswolds that has a lot of wool and no secrets. Which is plainly ridiculous. Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale’s records date back to the 1400s. Six hundred years do not go by without someone doing something ­nefarious.The Lynburns are the town’s founding family, and we all know what the lords of the manor get up to. Ravishing the peasants, burning their humble cottages. Fox hunting. The list goes on and on.The Lynburns have “dark secret” written all over them. There is even a skipping song about them. Skipping songs may not seem dark to you, but consider “Ring Around the Rosy,” a happy children’s rhyme about the plague. In Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale they sing this song:Forest deep, silent bellsThere’s a secret no one tellsValley quiet, water stillLynburns watching on the hillApples red, corn goldAlmost everyone grows old.The song even talks about secrets.During this dauntless reporter’s lifetime, however, the only Lynburn in Aurimere House was Marigold Lynburn (now deceased). Far be it from me to speak ill of the dead, but it cannot be denied that Mrs. Lynburn was a ferociously private person. To the point of ferociously throwing her walker at certain innocently curious children.Today, after seventeen years in America, Mari­gold Lynburn’s daughters have returned to Sorry-­in-­the-­ Vale. If the family does have any dark secrets, dear readers, you can have faith that I will uncover them.Kami stopped typing and glared at the screen. She wasn’t sure about the tone of her article. A serious journalist should probably not make so many jokes, but whenever Kami sat down to the computer it was as if the jokes were already there, hiding behind the keys, waiting to spring out at her.Kami knew there was a story in the Lynburns. They had gone away before she was born, but all her life she had heard people wishing that someone sick would recover, or a storm would bypass the valley, and in the same breath say, “but the Lynburns are gone.” She had spent the summer since she heard of their return asking questions all over town, and had people instantly hush her as if the Lynburns might be listening. Kami’s own mother cut her off every time, her voice equal parts severe and scared about her dangerously dis­respectful daughter.Kami looked back at the screen. She couldn’t think of a title besides “The Lynburns Return.” She blamed the Lynburns, because their surname rhymed with “return.” She also blamed the kids who were messing around in the woods beyond her garden: tonight they were making a sound that was almost howling. It went on and on, a noise that struck her ears hard and set her temples throbbing.Kami jumped up from her chair and ran out of her bedroom. She thumped down the narrow creaking stairs and out the back door into the silver-­touched square that was her garden at night. The dark curve of the woods held the glittering lights of Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale like a handful of stars in a shadowy palm. On the other end of the woods, high above the town, was Aurimere House, its bell tower a skeletal finger pointing at the sky. Aurimere House, which the Lynburns had built when they founded the town, and where they had lived for generations, the masters of all they surveyed. There was no place in Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale where you could not see the mansion, its windows like watching eyes. Kami always found herself watching it in return.For the first time Kami could remember, every window was lit from within, shining gold.The Lynburns were home at last.The howling reached a pitch that raked up Kami’s spine and sent her running to the garden gate, where she stood with her eyes full of darkness. Then the sound died abruptly. Suddenly there was nothing but the night wind, shushing Kami as if she’d had a bad dream and running cold fingers through her hair. Kami reached out past the boundaries of her own mind and called for comfort.What’s wrong? the voice in Kami’s head asked at once, his concern wrapping around her. She felt warmer instantly, despite the wind.Nothing’s wrong, Kami answered.She felt Jared’s presence slip away from her as she stood in the moonlit garden for another moment, listening to the silence of the woods. Then she went back inside to finish her article. She still hadn’t told Angela about the paper.

Editorial Reviews

Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments saga"A sparkling, assured fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart..." Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author"Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel." Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author“Breathtaking, heartbreaking—a compulsive, rocketing read!”Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author "A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic. Unspoken kept me up late, turning the pages as fast as I could."                                                                                                       Esther Friesner, author of Nobody’s Princess and the Chicks in Chainmail series “With a heroine who kicks butt without ever being a ‘Spunky Girl’ cliché, Unspoken captures the reader with true magic: alluring, dangerous, fascinating, and breathtakingly real.”The Horn Book"Witty, take-charge Kami reads a bit like a British Veronica Mars, and troubled Jared, uncovering his own dark legacy alongside her, is compelling. Brennan thoughtfully and thoroughly explores the implications of sharing a psychic connection; for Kami and Jared, it's by turns comforting, romantic, and agonizing. After this first installment-full of mystery, magic, and nods to both the girl detective genre and gothic romance-readers will be impatiently awaiting the next."Publishers Weekly"A promising launch with a dark cliff-hanger of an ending."Kirkus Reviews“An enjoyable tribute for established fans of the gothic, as well as an enticing introduction for new ones.”