I did actually read Unspoken
one right after another, in the parking lot of the grocery store while my grandmother left me in the car without the keys I would have needed to make her car alarm shut up, while she shopped for groceries in a store full of pumpkins (just a few more days, and they’ll all be gone!) before I even thought about writing a review, but I figured in the interest of not swamping you all with two book reviews in one day, I would hold off on writing and posting my review of Untold
. By the way, this is where you want to stop reading if you don’t want to be spoiled for Unspoken
Kami and Jared have been bound together since before they were born, and now, just as they have found each other, that bond is suddenly, painfully broken. They no longer have each other’s comforting voice in their heads, they no longer can tell that the other is thinking and feeling, and they no longer know when the other is lying. And now that Rob Lynburn has given the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale an ultimatum, and his deadline is drawing near, they could each really use somebody to talk to. Worse, people in Sorry-in-the-Vale are dying, and and Jared’s friends and families are at the top of Rob Lynburn’s list.
Trigger warning again. This time there’s less animal cruelty and more attempted suicide. There’s still murder, abusive families, and really f***ed up childhoods, though. I would like to note that the trigger warnings I put on my reviews are for the books I’m writing about, not necessarily my review. For example, in my Unspoken
review I listed child abuse and animal cruelty, neither of which I went much into, but are very much a part of the book.( “Been chatting much with Jared?” “We often have special moments where I come into a room and he immediately leaves,” Kami said. “I treasure those times.” )
I also wanted to note that the cover blurbs call Unspoken
“darkly funny”. This is not true. They are not black comedy. They will not make you laugh at horrible things. No, they’re dark and funny, separately and simultaneously. They will make you laugh, and then hit you with something dark, and then they will make you laugh, and then hit you with something even darker, over and over and over again. Be warned.
Damn it, now I have to wait almost a whole year before the last book in the trilogy comes out. I need it. I need it like air.
Sarah Rees Brennan can be found all over the internet, for example, as sarahtales
on livejournal, on tumblr at sarahreesbrennan.tumblr.com
, and on her own website, sarahreesbrennan.com
. If you like her books, I advise checking out her web presences. She likes to post short stories in the universes of her novels.