Brennan, Sarah Rees Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy, 384 pgs. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012. $18.99. Language: PG (20 swears; 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13
Kami has been talking to the voice in her mind for as long as she can remember. He knows everything about her and she is unsure of who she would be without him. When the Lynburn family of the manor house returns to Kami’s small English village after a long absence, the voice becomes a flesh and blood person. Can Jared Lynburn help Kami figure out the strange events that have begun to occur or does he represent more danger than comfort?
This book is a fun twist on the overdone supernatural genre. Overall there are some dark elements to the book, but nothing too disturbing. Unspoken is well written with a story that moves quickly and keeps the reader intrigued. There’s humor residing comfortably next to a haunting gothic romance that modernizes a drama filled plot perfect for teenage readers. As this is the first book in a series more questions than answers are given, but with clearly drawn characters and at least one mystery solved the reader won’t be left frustrated.
MS,HS—ADVISABLE. AEB Social Studies Teacher