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.
"A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart." --Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author
"A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic." --Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author
"Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel." --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author
"Breathtaking--a compulsive, rocketing read."--Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author
"Captures the reader with true magic."--Esther Friesner, author of Nobody's Princess
"A laugh-out-loud delight." --Publishers Weekly
Kami Glass is the kind of 17-year-old who can roll a sentence like "I can defenestrate my own thugs" off her tongue. She's working on becoming an investigative reporter, and someone in her tiny English village of Sorry-in-the-Vale is trying to kill her. Almost as distracting as that fact are the Lynburn cousins, Ash and Jared, scions of the manor house family Ash because he's gorgeous, and Jared because he's been the voice in Kami's head for all of her life. Like its characters, the kickoff to Brennan's Lynburn Legacy series is charming, awkward, and smart, occasionally biting off a bit more than it can chew. In the acknowledgments, Brennan (the Demon Lexicon trilogy) notes her debt to two centuries of gothic novelists, but many plot elements the light boy and the dark boy, the inexplicable family curse, the emergence of magic as an explanation owe as much to manga (and indeed Kami is part Japanese). The dialogue, if sometimes improbable, is frequently a laugh-out-loud delight. A promising launch with a dark cliffhanger of an ending. Ages 12 up.