Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1) - Sarah Rees Brennan The book is not perfect, but I loved it for many reasons. I simply could not put it down, even when I had to go to bed, I kept postponing pressing the shut off button on my Kindle. I finally went to sleep, only to pick up where I left off first thing the next morning. I loved the characters, especially the lead, Kami. It's so refreshing to read about a strong character. She was funny, nerdy, energetic, and lovable. Most of the YA leading ladies are eternally tormented and whinny. I liked the particularity of her relationship with Jared, though this arc didn't leave me completely satisfied. I would have tackled it differently. I wish they'd argued less. Or that the connection they had when they were just voices in each other's heads had been explored deeper. I wasn't entirely convinced of their strong bond. They sounded like they were pretty much strangers to each other, not people who knew their deepest thoughts. But, overall, this didn't bother me enough to stop enjoying the book. It was also great to discover that, neither of the main characters, Jared and Kami, were drop-dead gorgeous. In most YAs, the guy is always perfect, always had the most perfect features, so I was pleasantly surprised when it was mentioned that Jared was a pretty average looking guy, compared to Ash, the beautiful one. And so was Kami, compared to Angela and Holly. Though, I do think this was stressed a bit too much throughout the book. I also appreciated the rest of the characters, they were a pretty fun group to follow. The atmosphere was great, I enjoyed the twist about the Lynburns being sorcerers, buutt, would have love to know more about their history and origins. All the suspense around this seemed a little overdone, at times. Perhaps the next book will clear up all of these question marks.(less)