The Lynburn Legacy Novellas 1 and 2 by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Spring Before I Met You (The Lynburn Legacy, #0.25)

Instead of providing my own review here I’ll just add the introduction by Holly Black, because it says exactly what I feel about the book…minus the bit about having read Unspoken. The fab five star review of the novel Unspoken by Lee @ Rally the Readers got me curious about Jared and Kami, so when I discovered these two freebie prequel novellas, I simply had to read them.

Introduction by Holly Black
I had the privilege of reading this story many months ago and swooning over it almost as much as I swooned over Unspoken, the first book of Sarah Rees Brennan’s gorgeously crafted modern gothic trilogy. Sarah’s writing is incredible in that she is able to write these witty, lush scenes that have you smiling along until suddenly, in a single sentence, she reaches out to break your heart.

This story introduces us to one of the main characters of Unspoken, Jared Lynburn. Seeing him as the broken, dangerous, closed-off teenager that he appears to be from the outside allows us to anticipate all of the insight we’ll have into his character when we get inside his head–which we will, since he’s the heroine’s “imaginary friend.”

I enjoy the contrast of Jared’s loneliness in the rough streets of Hunters Point/Bayview in San Francisco and the small, strange English town Jared is headed toward, and the girl he is about to meet. But most of all, in this story, I enjoy Jared himself, a character who is a study in contrasts–pushed to such extremes of despair and fury that he’s truly capable of anything and yet capable of vast kindness, gentleness and humor.

Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy, including The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Available Free on Amazon as a PDF, here

The Summer Before I Met You (The Lynburn Legacy, #0.5)

The Summer Before I Met You (The Lynburn Legacy 0.5)

Take care of your spirit, Kami,” said Megumi. “And don’t burn the place down.”
Kami grabbed both the suitcases and headed for the cabin she was sharing with Liz and Angela. Liz walked with her, and on their way Kami stopped.
“My Sobo was exaggerating,” she said earnestly. “There have been very few fires

There’s no intro to this one, so here are my thoughts. The story is as beautiful as The Spring Before I Met You, and focuses on Kami. Although Kami is considered ‘weird’ much the same way as Jared, I saw straight away that they have very different personalities. Jared keeps to himself, while Kami is brimming with life and wants to be in the middle of everything. She’s also not afraid to try at relationships and has a strangely sweet friendship with a very cutting and memorable Angela.
I’m even more curious about Unspoken now because there are so many intriguing little hints in these novellas. What’s up with the hints of fires? Clearly, Kami and Jared are each other’s ‘invisible friends’ but how did that connection happen.
These novellas are a super introduction to Sarah Rees Brennan’s wonderful storytelling. They’re both well worth a read.

Available on Oblong Books as pdf, here


  1. I’ve had the first book in this series sitting on my shelf for the longest. I really want to read this ASAP. I downloaded the PDF’s too! Thank you so much for it! ❤

  2. These sounds great! I’m thinking of listening to the audiobook version of Unspoken rather than reading it, as I didn’t do very well with the papeback version of The Demon’s Lexicon.

      1. Yep, the voice is definitely important. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t been listening to Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. 😦

      2. OMG! tell me about it!!! I downloaded The Golden Lily and she’s sort of nasal and has a higher pitch than is comfortable listening to for too long! She also speak in such a clipped way. Not the worst narrator ever, but I’d prefer to read the book myself. Now January LaVoy is a fab narrator – she does The Diviners by Libba Bray. i love love love her! also Rupert Degas who narrates Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind is excellent.

  3. Somehow, I have not read these yet, and you’d think with how much I fangirled over Unspoken, I would have! * Shaking head at own weirdness * Jared and Kami are such wonderful characters, and Angela just cracks me up. I love how these novella covers perfectly complement the Unspoken cover, which further makes me bummed about the upcoming mid-series cover change. I need to get a move on buying a copy with the original cover.

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