Readalong: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan [Post 3/5]

Last week was a blur of selling books for Vancouver’s Writers Fest, but today, we are back with our latest readalong post on “Unspoken” by Sarah Rees Brennan!

We should be back on track by Monday, when I post about Part 6 of “Unspoken” and introduce the reading schedule for the next book in The Lynburn Legacy series, “Untold“. Thank you for your patience! <3

Now, on to Parts 4 & 5 of “Unspoken”:

unspoken-by-sarah-rees-brennan[…] 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? — [X]

 Discussion

  • I have to ask: did any of you guess about Kami and Jared’s connection? I feel like mysterious parentage and unusual births are things that belong in Gothic-y books, so I kind of love that Kami and Jared’s problems are linked with the previous generation’s problem.
  • How–if at all–has your perception of Ash Lynburn changed? *props chin on hands* Does anyone else notice their definition of “Bad Boy” changing?
  • Related to my previous question, because of changing definitions of what it means to be Bad vs. what it means to be Good/Kind, does anyone have any suspects as to who killed Nicola?
  • A Not So Fun Hypothetical: if you were in Kami’s place, what would being a Source for a Sorcerer mean to you? Would you choose differently from Kami? If so, why?

Notable Moments

  • Kami knocks Henry Thornton out with his own kitchen chair.
  • Kami’s mother reveals the Glass family’s connection to the Lynburns and how that bond affects Kami and Jared now.
  • And yet, Claire Glass manages to remain infuriatingly mysterious. The same goes for the Lynburns.
  • Rosalind Lynburn does not care about a criminal record.
  • Angela hates people, but loves her bestie. What? This is Notable to me!

Favourite Quotes

“If you’re here to ask me if I’ve accepted the love of our Savior into my heart,” Henry said, “I feel awful right now and I feel Jewish all the time, so–“

Henry may be a coward, but he’s very hard to hate, and this line made me laugh out loud the first time I read it. Even now, can’t read it without grinning.

“In love. That’s how it sounds, doesn’t it? His heart is my heart, nobody can ever take him away from me, I keep him in here!” She thumped her breastbone so hard it hurt. “People stay stuff like that but they don’t mean it: they meant they’re in love. All except me. I mean it. Rosalind and you made me mean it.”

Being connected the way Kami and Jared are can be confusing, but Kami has no disillusions about what this means, how the magic and the decisions of people older than her have taken away her choices, and why she doesn’t want to be a Source.

“Ours is a hungry magic …”

Basically, anything Lillian Lynburn says is dramatic, but this is one of my favourite lines about the Lynburns. They are all about power, so of course, it’s the kind of power that devours.

“I have no interest in power of any sort …”

The reason I love Kami is that she does have power, and sometimes she needs it too, but mostly, her disinterest in having power over others is what makes her an exceptional hero.

So, what did you think about Parts 4 & 5? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to join us next week–*gasp* we are nearing the end–and ready your copies of “Untold”!

TO BE LINKED: Posts [1], [2], [4 & 5].