10866624Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Format: Hardback from Library

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him? {goodreads.com}

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My Review:

This is the first full novel that I have read by Sarah Rees Brennan, and I honestly cannot tell you why it took my so long. I truly enjoyed this story and it characters.

Kami is such a riot. She is smart, beautiful and humble. And does not have any crazy teenager angst, which I can honestly say is a breath of fresh air in the Young Adult/New Adult genres. Kami’s family is just as awesome as she it. You begin to fully understand her and her quirks when you realize her family dynamics. She is the oldest, but a good amount of years. Thereby making her super independent, which begins to become a fault of hers; she never asks for help. Her parents are very interesting. Her mother keeps to herself, and like the rest of Sorry-in-the-Vale keeps the town secrets. Her father is very warm, and being a transplant in to town, does not notice and or is not privileged enough to know any town secrets.

Jared is a very difficult character. He has multiple sides: bad boy, lonely boy, sad boy, and angry boy. At first I thought that these sides of Jared were going to become tiresome and trite, but honestly they furthered the plot and allowed me better access to the inner workings of the Lynburn family.

The Lynburns. They are one crazy family. They made me so angry. I cannot believe how they treat one another and how they treat the town. Rosalind is the most disturbing character in this book. She is mean, nasty and very unforgiving, and therefore the most dangerous. Ash was super present in the first half of the book, and then it seems like he drops off the face of the earth. Quite bizarre.

Overall, the novel was wonderful, but there were a few things that bothered me. First off, the fact that Kami and Jared could not deal with their new-found relationship (not romantic) really rubbed me the wrong way. I just wanted them to accept it and stop dwelling on it. The lack of romance between Jared and Kami also bothered me. And finally the ENDING. What the HECK?! Sheesh.

Even though, these things bothered me I will be reading the next in the series and hopefully it makes up for the small problems I had.



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