Ashleigh Paige

I'm a full-time college sophomore pursuing my B.A. in English with hopes of one day working as an editor. Cats, musicals, documentaries about cults/disasters/tragedies, and curse words are just a few of my favorite things. Also, check out our blog or I WILL FIND YOU.

Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy Series #1)

Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan Also appears on The YA Kitten. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.Don't you just love it when a book surprises you? My last experience with a Sarah Rees Brennan novel left me unimpressed, but Unspoken really pulled out all the stops and made me fall in love. Her improvement was so strong that I even went out and bought the other two Demon's Lexicon books!A Gothic novel may not seem like it would be hard to write, but creating the right atmosphere and keeping the descriptions and adjective choices dreary can be difficult. Brennan keeps it dark and mysterious while not letting it delve further into melodrama than it should; self-awareness of depressing names like Sorry-in-the-Vale and the Sorrier River add a touch of humor. And speaking of humor...The banter between characters is hilarious, but I worried for a few moments because it seemed to have a Cassandra Clare-ish flare to it and I... dislike her, to put it kindly. Then I figured out what the difference was: the witty one-liners are a piece of the whole or a bonus, not the main event. Where they are overused in Clare's novels to compensate for poor characterization and keep readers coming back, they are spread out well and used as characterization the way they should be. Realizing this left me free to enjoy gems such as this:What's going on with you? Jared asked out of the blue. [...]Beginning a new era of journalistic history, Kami told him, sending her cheer through their connection. Also, to be perfectly honest, Angela and I were slapping our asses.As one does, said Jared. (ARC 10-11)Kami was a fantastic lead full of the kind of life and natural eccentricities I see in people every day, and I can't help but feel a soft spot for a fellow journalist, though my time as a journalist has come and gone. Jared was just as great of a lead even if I will happily admit to a desire to kick him until he bleeds for something he does at the very end of the book. One of Unspoken's shining beacons is the complexity of Kami and Jared's mental connection and how the complexities of their separate personalities make it even richer. That didn't surprise me after seeing what she did with brothers Nick and Alan in The Demon's Lexicon.There were a few stumbles along the way as other books gained my interest and the mysteries of Kami and Jared's mental link, along with all the secrets Sorry-in-the-Vale has to offer, didn't seem to be getting anywhere, but it is a decently paced novel. The last hundred pages bring an intense climactic scene and set the stage for the next book in the trilogy. What will Kami and Jared do? Can they win? -shakes Kindle- Why did I read this a year-and-a-half before the sequel comes out?!Maybe I should be taking a star off for the ending. Though I support Kami's choice for her characterization because it shows she isn't infallible and perfect, it's Jared's reaction and the sort-of cliffhanger that really get my goat. I get why Jared reacts the way he does after seeing how he reacted to the idea of it whenever it was brought up. Does that make me want to kick him any less? Absolutely not. I enjoyed myself so much that I'll let it keep that last star and become one of my rare five-star reads.