by Sarah Rees Brennan Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1 Published by Random House Children's Books
on September 11th 2012 Pages:
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?
I loved Sarah's other series and I always know that some of her unique and funny personality will make it into her novels, so I was excited for this one.
Kami has been talking to the boy in her head since she was a little girl. She knows he is real, but she is not ready to meet him when he comes to live in Sorry-in-the-Vale, especially when she finds he is one of the Lynburn family. This family is whispered about and has some hold over the town, but it's a mystery why. Kami is an investigator for her school newspaper and decides it is time to unveil the mysteries of her small town, including why the Lynburns are treated the way they are – almost reverently.
I absolutely loved Kami – she's quite the modern day heroine. Trying her best to discover what is actually happening in her town. There's a nice little dose of budding romance, but she doesn't let it distract her from what is important. Jared and Ash are such different characters, with their own issues and problems.
Probably my favorite part was Kami's best friend, who was a bit overdramatic at times and loved her sleep quite a bit. Nothing like a strange but beautiful best friend to make Kami seem quite normal (which she is not at all). The story and mystery pulled me along and kept me reading until the very last page. I cannot wait to see what the next book has in store.
A mysterious read set in a small English town with some romance, lots of friendship and some murder. Definitely a unique book that can't quite be categorized easily into just one genre.
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