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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857078070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857078070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,657,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland by the sea, where her teachers valiantly tried to make her fluent in Irish (she wants you to know it's not called Gaelic) but she chose to read books under her desk in class instead. The books most often found under her desk were Jane Austen, Margaret Mahy, Anthony Trollope, Robin McKinley and Diana Wynne Jones, and she still loves them all today.

After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. She began working on The Demon's Lexicon while doing a Creative Writing MA and library work in Surrey, England. 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 the desk were worth it.

The Demon's Lexicon trilogy is her first published work.

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That being said I did really enjoy the book and will read the next one.
Susan Russell
I think I'd like to see what happens to the characters so I may still read the next one.
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I loved the magical element of this story, and the relationships between the characters.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on August 22, 2012
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Kami Glass is not your average girl reporter. For one thing, the school paper didn't exist until she made it exist. And the other reporter is her best friend, the lazy and beautiful Angela, who didn't realize what Kami was doing until it was too late to escape her plans. Then a couple of juicy stories fall into her lap. The Lynburns return to Sorry-in-the-Vale and teenage Ash shows up to headquarters asking to be the paper's photographer and thus perfectly placed to be interviewed about his family's secrets. And fellow student Holly comes to Kami with a tip about a murdered animal on the side of the road.

Then Kami's imaginary friend shows up in the flesh.

The blurb claims that "Sarah Rees Brennan brings the Gothic romance kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century," and I can't disagree with that. She delivers not one but three awesome heroines who use their variety of talents to get in and out of trouble. The boys - the Lynburn cousins - are pretty great too. They aren't perfect characters - even Kami has her faults. But most of them are pretty good about trying to be better when their faults are addressed. And there are secrets around every corner. Even innocuous old ladies have secrets! There's plenty of that Gothic steaminess to go around too. There are lots of potential couples, including a lesbian one, but of course it is never just as easy as liking someone. Especially not when you're in high school and everyone has secrets.

But don't go thinking UNSPOKEN is stuffy. It is, in fact, hilarious. Take the following passage:

"We're going to die." Something else dawned on her. "And where is your shirt?"

"Let me explain," said Jared.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Millay VINE VOICE on August 28, 2012
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This is a fun, breezy, often hilarious story about murder, magic and imaginary friends come to life. It's not perfect, but it gets MAJOR bonus points from me for the following:

1) I read it in one sitting. This is unusual for me, as I am not one of those gifted speedreaders who does this all the time like it's no big deal. When I read a book in one sitting, it generally involves the skipping of meals, the missing of appointments, the complete and utter neglect of friends and family, etc. So a book has to be pretty compelling for this to happen.

2) Upon finishing the book, I was so enraged I threw it across the room. It didn't actually make it all the way across the room, as my arm was asleep from lounging in one position for 900 hours, but I did try. The book ends on an infuriating, heart-breaking cliffhanger (the kind that makes you perfectly willing to gnaw off a limb to get the next chapter), so if this sort of thing bothers you, you might want to wait until more books in the series are published and available. But I kind of love it. Any book that draws me in and makes me care THAT MUCH is pretty special.

The premise is brilliant and refreshingly original: the main character, 17-year-old Kami, has had an imaginary best friend her whole life who exists as a voice in her head. Then he shows up in the flesh as the new kid at school. HUZZAH! Awkwardness, incredulation, and general insanity ensue. It turns out sorcery is involved, and Kami and her crew set out to solve the mystery of their sleepy little town.

Kami is a great protagonist - funny, clever, charming - and her friends are pretty well-developed for 'secondary' characters. They all have their particular secrets and quirks (and to some degree, their own storylines).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Starr Light VINE VOICE on January 24, 2013
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"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 via her mind with an American boy since she was a baby. It's been a bit awkward in the past, but not so much lately. She has a best friend, Angela, a newspaper, and the return of the Lynburns to investigate. Only she never expected the Lynburns to have this great a secret...

Young Adult Urban Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, but often I find that the books I read just don't seem to get the formula right. Either the characters are poorly written and cliched or the story just falls apart when you look too closely at it. Sometimes the writing is so bad that you wonder if the book was ever proofread and other times it seems like too much was left on the cutting room floor. This book is very similar; it gets a lot of stuff right, but there were parts that were extremely frustrating.

The best part, in my opinion, were the characters. So many authors try to go for this snarky, independent teenager and yet terribly miss the mark - sometimes by making the characters sound like brats, other times having the characters be clingy instead of independent, and still others have teenagers act more like adults. But Kami, Jared, Ash, Angela, and Holly were excellent characters, well-developed, with their own stories, desires, dreams, and motivations. Kami and Holly were my favorites; Kami because of her inquisitiveness and quick-wit (I thought of her as a Japanese Chloe Sullivan from Smallville) and Holly because she was so sweet and kind.

I have to also send up kudos for Brennan writing girls who are friends.
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