Note: I'm uploading my books from Goodreads and since there are like 200+ it's going to take awhile. The uploading seems a bit wonky too, so hang with me as I fix things. Also there may be spoilers until I can make all the appropriate tags.
I'm an ex-English Major who, sick of reading classics after college, decided to read all the trashy books I didn't before because I was too snobby. Since graduating, I've entertained myself with comics, YA, and romance novels, finding out they can not only be decently written, but superbly written. I've since recovered from my classics aversion, but I'm now more open-minded reader willing to read from any genre. If a book has kick-ass heroines and/or witty banter and/or takes place in a different time or place (including fantasy settings), I will most likely fall in love with it. My favorite authors are Jane Austen, Shakespeare, E.M. Forster, Meljean Brook, Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Hartman, Catherynne M. Valente, and Aliette de Bodard.
4.5 out of 5 Stars
I declare 2012 the year I discovered Sarah Rees Brennan and her awesomeness. Unspoken is unlike any other PNR YA I’ve read (but I can’t tell you the secret because that ruins the mystery). Kami (a quarter Asian heroine this time, SRB is pretty awesome in regards to diversity), the heroine, is self-possessed, strong, and independent like nobody ever was at that age (but hey, that’s part of the charm of YA). Jared is that type of rough-around-the-edges, but incredibly vulnerable hero I eat up with a spoon. Kami’s relationship with him was heartbreaking. Brennan somehow manages to blend laugh-out-loud humor with the beautiful and haunting English town Kami and the gang live in. The secondary characters are wonderful and memorable, each deeper than they appear on the outset (I love Angela and her naps – I can relate). The only problem was this book ended and I have to wait until June for the release of Untold. DAMN YOU YA AND YOUR LOVE OF TRILOGIES/SERIES! Unspoken is a beautiful novel that is both funny and heartbreaking at the same time.