Written by: Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by: Random House
Release date: September 11th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic Romance and Girl Detective genres, this book will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the romantic premise of a partner who can read your mind.
Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met—a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets—and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.
I was completely caught up in this book from the beginning. Something about the tone and setting and characters were all so well-described and so real, I couldn’t help falling into that world, the town, the school, all of it. Brennan seamlessly wove a somewhat light and often quirky tone alongside the darker elements of the plot, and it was this mastery of balance that kept me so enthralled.
I do think that things got a little too confusing at times, even beyond the “well the mystery hasn’t been solved yet so of course it doesn’t make sense” level. But I really couldn’t be bothered to care while I was reading it, because I was so engrossed in the story. Actually, I think I like that about the book, because it’s something that will make me excited to reread it before Untold comes out. Now that I know how things worked out, it will be really cool to go back and understand some of the things that threw me during my first read.
My only genuine complaint is that I am extremely nervous about what happened between Kami and Jared at the very end, especially Jared’s reaction, which I find intensely frustrating. I understand it, sort of, but I don’t have to like it.
This book still deserves 5 stars, though. Definitely one of my favorites of 2012.