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Funny, charming and epically readable,
This review is from: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy Book 1) (Hardcover)
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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). It's a bit of an ensemble cast, really, and in that sense reminds me of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. One thing that I both loved and hated is the overwritten, over-the-top dialog (think Gilmore Girls). Kami & co. are the most witty and articulate teenagers on the planet, which often had me laughing out loud (and definitely kept me turning the pages), but this sort of thing can be annoying if you think about it too much (especially if you think about your own 17-year-old self and start worrying that you were a tedious, toungue-tied troll). As for the romance, I think the author handles it very well. There is no instalove, no desperate/repulsive co-dependency, and Kami is incredibly thoughtful and mature in her thinking on this matter and in the decisions she makes (and yet the romantic storyline is still OMG TO DIE FOR).
My only real complaint about the book is the ending (not the cliffhanger specifically, but the last 50 or so pages). The supernatural aspect of the story is never fully fleshed out, and it gets particularly murky and confusing towards the end. I found the whole thing to be a bit convoluted, and I hope it gets ironed out in the subsequent books (which of course I will be reading, likely in single sittings). Highly recommended for all fans of supernatural YA/romance!