Series: The Lynburn Legacy Book 1
Published by Random House on 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance, paranormal, Young Adult
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 spellbinding romance. Bound together. Worlds apart. 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.
Having an imaginary friend was not something unusual when Kami Glass was six, but unlike her friends, her imaginary friend never left. At seventeen, she had only her best friend, Angela, and the voice in her head, Jared, for company. When the aloof Lynburn family comes back to Sorry-in-the-Vale, Kami’s curiosity is piqued, her journalism skills causing more trouble than good. Her imaginary friend soon becomes a reality, and the feelings she harbored for the faceless friend are more confusing than ever. Will she be able to disconnect imagination from reality in order to uproot the secrets of her small English town?
This book has been one I’ve picked up a few times, debating to read it, and heard only good things about it. I found myself without a book one day and in a bookstore—a lethal combination—and picked it up and began to read it. After the first few pages I knew that I wanted to continue reading and got swept up by Sorry-in-the-Vale, the town with hidden secrets and an enigmatic past.
“People seemed to respond to them with either awe or fear, and neither made sense.”
The cover of the hardback edition is absolutely gorgeous, and I feel like I can’t review this book without mentioning it. The paperback edition is just as eerie, a book—and cover—Edgar Allen Poe fans will devour. I can honestly believe that some who have picked up this book did it as a cover buy, pleasantly surprised by the glorious journey inside.
Each character added a certain pizazz to the story, each having his or her unique personality. Sorry-in-the-Vale’s foundation was based on the secrets they hid from outsiders. The families that had been there for generations knew about the Lynburn family, but being there six years didn’t earn Angela, Kami’s best friend, the right to know the age-old tales. Having Angela as her unfriendly sidekick offered a different perspective on the town. Holly, the newest member, also presented a different outlook because of who her family was. And of course, having the Lynburn boys constantly around made the investigation a lot more interesting.
Jared and Kami’s relationship was peculiar. For as long as they could remember they had always had one another—but only as the voice inside their heads. Both had convinced themselves that the person they were talking to was just a figment of their imagination, not a breathing human being. It made their interactions with one another tenuous, awkward, unlike any love story I’ve ever read. What would it be like to be in love with someone you secretly wished didn’t exist? Someone who knows all of your secrets, the person who watched you grow up through your own eyes, the one who could crush your soul by hurting his self?
“All the words to describe what he was to her were from love stories and love songs, but those were not words anyone truly meant…like Jared…If they were real, they’d be terrifying.”
I’m so glad that I decided to begin this series. The ending literally crushed me, and I’m immensely relieved that the next book has already shipped. Kami isn’t finished unearthing the grotesque and disturbing secrets Sorry-in-the-Vale has to offer—walking the streets of this small town is an adventure I can’t wait to continue.