The Lynburn Legacy has to be one of the best discoveries I’ve ever made. I can’t remember where I first heard about Unspoken but I was charmed by the illustrated cover and drawn in by the promise of Gothicness and romantic entanglements with imaginary boys. I even went to the library in the next county over to get it! What I didn’t expect was how hilarious it was, and how charming and heartbreaking it would be. Basically, Unspoken had fantastic voice and characters. I loved the setting, the plot, the dialogue, everything. Sarah Rees Brennan does a wonderful job of juxtaposing snark and humor with serious situations, a very real sort of reaction in my opinion. It’s also Gothic at heart; there’s spooky unease and magic in the air throughout the book. It’s very atmospheric and a good read for fall. The downside? SRB is the master of the gut punch cliffhanger! But luckily for you, dear readers, you can binge read to your heart’s content with all three books out now! Takes the sting away :)
Kami Glass is one of my favorite characters ever, in anything- she’s so REAL and spirited and hilarious. I love her sarcasm and her humor, how deeply she loves her family and her friends. She’s fascinating to me. And you know I love Jared, wounded and mean as he sometimes is. He’s not like other leads that can come off as a-holes. Yeah, Jared says and does things he shouldn’t but it never crossed that line for me. He was still thoughtful, confused, loyal Jared underneath the hurt (also swoooon!). Angela is more than the Mean Girl. Holly is more than the Air Head. Just great character arcs in general.
I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible. One of the strengths of The Lynburn Legacy (of which there are many) is its relationships between characters. Familial, romantic, platonic- they all shine in different ways and all the characters have interesting relationships with each other, like a real group of people would. I love Kami and Angie’s friendship, opposites to the core but best friends all the same. I also find Rusty fascinating; it was nice to get a more in-depth view of him in Untold (Book 2) instead of the silliness he always projects.
One of my other favorite things about this series is all the parents! Parents everywhere! That’s SO rare in YA. Kami’s dad is really awesome- I always picture him like the dad from My Neighbor Totoro haha. But yeah, so much of the book revolves around moms and dads and their relationships (or lack thereof) with their kids. It adds nice layers to the story. I love that the action is mainly contained to the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale; it’s not a plan for world domination. I also loved how Kami dove into the archives and the history of the town to learn more about the Lynburns. I’m a big fan anytime the past directly affects the characters in the present.
The pacing in general is fantastic. Untold picks up right after Unspoken and Unmade picks up a couple months after Untold. Each book simmers with strangeness and tension but it’s non-stop action and uncovering mysteries and ROMANCE the whole time. Oh my god. The romance. For everyone. Love love love all that happened! All the confusion and the mixed up signals (which I usually hate) and the kissing oh my goddddd the swoony kissing. God. Just perfect.
I love the Gothic atmosphere of these books, the diversity (half-Asian heroines! Gay and bisexual characters!), the history, the magic, the mystery, the sleepy town, the ruthlessness, the characters. I love it all. I even adore the name of the series! And Unmade was the cherry on top. A practically perfect wrap up with so much humor and tears and darkness and light. I had a few quibbles but there are spoilerific and not enough to tarnish my overall impression. Such a brilliant trilogy that I wish more people read.
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?
It’s time to choose sides….
On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.
But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?
A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.
Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?
Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.
Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.
As coauthor with Cassandra Clare of the bestselling Bane Chronicles, Sarah Rees Brennan has mastered the art of the page-turner. This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.