Author- Sarah Rees Brennan.
Publish date- 2012.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met - a boy the rest of the world is convinced is imaginary. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she doesn't complain. She runs the school newspaper and keeps to herself for the most part - until disturbing events begin to happen. There has been screaming in the woods and the dark, abandoned manor on the hill 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. As Kami starts to investigate for the paper, she finds out that the town she has loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets- and a murderer- and the key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy who everyone thought was imaginary may be real...and he may be dangerous.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!
What I thought:
So, I have titled this review "Unspoken (or the OMGWHAT book)..." and I think that it probably says a lot about how I felt about this book.
I don't even have the words to comprehend.
I had very high expectations, despite my abhorance for those things, when I had been really wanting to read this for a while, but they lowered slightly around the time it was released here, and I personally dislike the Australian cover quite a lot, so I was worried I would end up not liking it even though it sounded so fantastic and I had read so many incredible reviews of it- there was still that frustrating unsure-ness within me. Which was shattered within a few pages.
So I actually make a coherent review, I'm breaking it down into three sections in which I will gush.
Oh Kami Glass, how I adore you. She is one of the most fantastic protagonists that I have read in recent years and I find it a little difficult to imagine her being surpassed by anyone for my favourite heroine in 2013- Kami has sense, she can be a little headstrong but she isn't unthinking or one to make constant stupid choices. There were a few moments when I was hoping she would just open up to the people she cared about and trust them, but I also understood her hesitation. I love, love, love the fact that she is a lifelike character, I can relate to her really well and I can imagine her being a person I would know- she's very real and unafraid and confident- so many qualities that I adore.
And her clothing choices... they are incredible. Check out this post to see some of her choice outfits.
(The other characters were wonderful, too, if one particular one was super annoying at the end, but I feel like Kami needs all my focus)
The plot is nothing like my expectations- I was constantly being surprised by the twists and surprises and situations the characters were put into. I really enjoyed it, there were a few things that I did not see coming in five hundred years and that took me a little while to accept/get used to, but overall I think it worked really well and certainly exceeded my expectations, even when I was at my most excited to read it.
The everything else-
The everything else about this book is practically perfect in every way, just like Jane Bennet- the other characters (I suppose I ought to mention them, if only briefly) were as intricately woven as Kami and some I immediately loved, especially Angela and Holly, and some I wasn't sure about, just like Kami- they could be good or bad and I wasn't sure how to react to the switching personalities, which I think is great because it keeps for surprise and suspense. I'm not a fan of this cover, as mentioned, and don't think it works for the book at all (I was uncomfortable at times reading it because I really didn't like the cover so much) so I'm definitely going to be buying myself a copy with the UK cover, because it's glorious, like this book.
Also, the ending. What even.
Wow... this book is just incredible and wowowowowow- I highly recommend it for a book with suspense and intrigue and murder and mystery and an incredible heroine. By the end of it... well, lets let Benedict Cumberbatch explain.