Unspoken is the first in a Young Adult fantasy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan the novel is about budding journalist Kami Glass who talks to a boy in her head – that’s right this chic has an imaginary friend, named Jared but it’s when Jared turns out to be a real living, breathing person (and not a medical condition) that things get complicated. Set in a quirky English village called Sorry-in-the-Vale surrounded by woods and long winding rivers this book sure does do erring well it that has the reader questioning everything they think they know about the characters all the while dying to know what’s going happen next.
Everything changes when the creepy Lynburn family turn up scaring the villages with their town history the Lynburn’s seem to think that Sorry-in-the-Vale belongs to them, that they own it, own the people and worse own Kami’s family.
When mysterious bloody goings on start to happen in the woods all seem to point the finger at the Lyburn’s but Kami has other ideas she has to find an alternative now that her imaginary friend is real and what’s more a Lynburn.
This book is so great, it’s so different from any other YA I have read recently the romance is kept to a tiny portion of the book which considering this book is a trilogy I think is great it just kept me wanting more. It has a really great gothic tone to the book which really helped me feel connected to the characters and their surroundings especially the Lynburn’s and their creepy Gothic house.
Kami and Jared’s internal monologues were hilarious and sometimes a little awkward (in a good way) it really helped me imagine what it would be like to have someone else in my head 24/7.
The last thing (I don’t want spoil anyone) but the ending was fantastic it really had me wanting me more and to me this novel the screams the beginning to a great series.
Existence by Abbi Glines is a young adult novel about a high school girl Pagan Moore who can see dead people or as she describes them souls, written in Pagan’s voice she explains how she had been seeing the dead all her life and they do not bother her or talk to her, it seems to her that the dead cannot talk at all. Then one day she sees a soul who does talk to her, a good looking boy blue eyed boy (aren’t they always?) and he continues to talk to her and become a presence in her life even if he is unseen by the rest of the world.
I think I gave this book a 2/5 stars on Goodreads, it was okay honestly there wasn’t much to the main character Pagan, I found her irritating mainly because throughout the majority of the book she is pining of Leif her Quarterback boyfriend and then all of her sudden death rocks up and she’s in love with him and Leif has been demoted to book carrier. Just to make things more confusing death proceeds to disappear for most of the book leaving Pagan giving Bella Swan in New Moon a run for her money in the depression stakes!
This book had been on my TBR for a while and honestly if had I checked Goodreads before reading it I probably wouldn’t have bothered because it’s got some pretty low scores but, I do think it is a novel with a lot of potential. I love the idea of death a God or some kind of deity that can fall in love and the problems that would potentially present but I think I was expecting more Meet Joe Black than New Moon meets The Vampire Diaries.
The best thing about this while book was Pagan’s best friend Gee, she is so hilarious and every time she came onto the page she had me laughing out loud, she’s one of my favourite literary friends ever. Read this book, even if it’s just for Gee, it’s totally worth it.
Over all not really my thing, but had some good points. 2/5 stars Peggy Ann!
Oh, by the way death’s name is Dank and he was in a rock band…no really…
Angelfall is Susan Ee’s hugely successful self published young adult novel this book started off small but my god had it grown some wings and taken on a life of its own. This is what authors dream of, this is a real self publishing success now with print editions, a sequel and third book on the way AngelFall (Penryn and the end of days) really has made its mark.
So Angelfall does exactly what it says on the tin, Angels have fallen and they are reeking havoc on earth – this is a real dystopian drama and at its heart is Penryn a teenage girl who is just trying to survive with her mum and younger sister, that is until she meets the angel Raffe.
So I loved this book, it was such a nice surprise to open a young adult novel and not have to endure a predictable romance page after page, while reading Angelfall I was waiting for some kind of predictable Twilight esk romance to begin and it never came which left me wanting which is the best feeling when at the start of a trilogy. Penryn is an excellent leading lady, she is a kick ass, take no prisoners kind of chick and I like that, and I like that she can hold on to that part of herself when the world is literally falling around her ears. Not to mention that she has one mental mother to contain with, from the word go Penryn’s mum makes for some awkward reading but by the end of the book she is my favourite character and has a great story arch of her own.
I have read a few angel books recently most recently the Halo/Hades/Heaven series all which I have reviewed on my blog and all I can say is that this just smashes Halo right out of the park. I think Angelfall has allowed real scope for the series to develop and in in my opinion there is a love story there but building slowly like a beautiful Raffe shaped flame and although I am eager for more Raffe and Penryn Angelfall isn’t all about the love story which is really refreshing.
The second book in the Angelfall series called World After and it’s out now and I will be picking it up ASAP I just need to know what happens next! I would defiantly recommend Angelfall to other readers it’s something different and a refreshing change in the young adult genre this book is a real page turner and I was well and truly blown away.