I’ve been waiting for this book for MONTHS, and I’m so excited that it’s finally out! πŸ˜€

I love books with the creepy Gothic setting/vibe. And a girl in love with a boy in her head–seriously? It just doesn’t get more amazing than that! πŸ˜€

Here’s the official description:

“Kami Glass is in love with someone she’s never metβ€”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 secretsβ€”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.”

I adore Sarah’s books (if you haven’t read The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy, stop RIGHT NOW and go read it. You will not be disappointed). They make me laugh and cry and fall for characters that anyone with a lick of sense would be slightly terrified of (Nick *dreamy sigh*).

And if you haven’t read her loving parodies of Northanger Abbey, The Vampire Diaries, or Teen Wolf, you are truly missing out. Especially if you enjoy laughing so hard that you cry. πŸ™‚

Anyway…*Stacey wanders back toward the point*…I bought two copies of UNSPOKEN, one for me and one for you. Well, one of you! πŸ™‚

It’s going to be super easy to win.

All you have to do is comment below. In your comment, tell me if YOU had an imaginary friend growing up and share his/her/its name. (An imaginary friend is not required to win; just a comment.) The contest is open internationally.

I will start. I did not have an imaginary friend, but I did pretend to own two very large jungle cats (of no specific variety) as pets. They went with me everywhere, especially school. I think it was the idea of something so wild and scary and powerful that was loyal and protective of me. (Yes, I think we all know I was something of a strange child. Such a shame I never grew out of it. :mrgreen:)

So, comment below and I’ll draw a winner (by random number) on Monday!

25 comments to “Win UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan”

  1. Lauren Goff
    · September 28th, 2012 at 2:28 pm · Link

    I had an imaginary friend named Zeeko who was an alien! I talked to him all the time until one day randomly, I took our house phone and pretended to take a call from him. He told me he was going back to his home planet and we parted ways. lol

  2. Sarah
    · September 28th, 2012 at 2:37 pm · Link

    I never had an imaginary friend, but I wished I had. Movies like “Drop Dead Fred” were my favorite growing up, although I probably wouldn’t have liked having an imaginary friend as unruly as him. Ha!

    I hadn’t heard of this book, but I’m really looking forward to checking it out now, even if I don’t win! I’m glad you plugged it! πŸ˜€

  3. Marissa
    · September 28th, 2012 at 3:53 pm · Link

    This book definitely sounds right up my alley. I’m going to put it on my list.

    I had an imaginary friend named Girly. She lived in the garage. A few years after I stopped talking about her, my little sister had an imaginary friend who was also named Girly and lived in the garage.

    • Tonari
      · September 29th, 2012 at 9:12 am · Link

      Are you sure that was an imaginary friend?

  4. Deirdre
    · September 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm · Link

    My parents tell me I had an invisible fox friend as a kid, I honestly don’t remember it, sadly.

  5. Stacy L. Palm
    · September 28th, 2012 at 4:31 pm · Link

    I’m not sure if this counts, but my imaginary friend was actually an imaginary hero – Luke Skywalker. Yes, this may be strange for a 6 yr old girl, but hey my Dad is a Sci-Fi fanatic so it makes perfect sense that Luke was my knight in shining armor.

    Haven’t read the book yet, but I’m looking forward to hearing you speak at the Austin Teen Book Festival tomorrow!

  6. Misty
    · September 28th, 2012 at 4:33 pm · Link

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend, but I did have an imaginary Davy Jones. I apparently watched a lot of TVland as a toddler (why was I up so late?), and when I was about 3 I fell in love with Davy Jones. I would walk around talking to him – I called him Dave Baby – and I’m pretty sure he belonged to me. Imaginary soul mate style.

    I was so serious about him, apparently, that my mom felt the need to call me when he died earlier this year, to make sure I was okay…

    (I have to say, I think my imaginary Dave Baby was better than my friends’ imaginary friends. My neighbors IF was named “Skunk-boy”… I mean, if you’re going to imagine a friend for yourself, at least make it a non-smelly one!)

  7. Kelsey Foster
    · September 28th, 2012 at 4:34 pm · Link

    I didn’t just have an imaginary friend; I had whole imaginary cities. I was always independent, working or traveling or running away from or toward something, and meeting imaginary people and climbing imaginary mountains. No friends, just acquaintances and Arch Enemies, of course.

  8. Alexandra
    · September 28th, 2012 at 5:02 pm · Link

    My parents claim I had an imaginary friend named Riley, but I don’t remember this. Actually, I don’t remember even knowing anyone named Riley until years later…

  9. Grace Radford
    · September 28th, 2012 at 6:11 pm · Link

    I don’t think I had an imaginary friend when I was little…I know I had a blanket I named robedy, but that’s it.

  10. Freya
    · September 28th, 2012 at 7:17 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to this one too. I checked the library to see if they were getting it and it looks like yet another teen book missing from the library.

  11. Ashley
    · September 28th, 2012 at 7:51 pm · Link

    I had an imaginary friend who was a fox named “Elodie” (it’s French). I spent a good part of my childhood growing up on military bases, often surrounded by good chunks of forest; if I ever decided to wander into the woods alone I always felt safe if I had Elodie as my guide and – thankfully, perhaps obviously – it always worked out!

  12. Melissa
    · September 28th, 2012 at 8:10 pm · Link

    I did not have an imaginary friend…but sometimes I wished that I did!!! My best friends as a child were books!

    • Stacey Kade
      · October 1st, 2012 at 7:57 pm · Link

      Melissa! According to the Random Number Generator, you are the winner! πŸ˜€ Congratulations!!!

      Please send me your mailing address, stacey(at)staceykade(dot)com, and I’ll get the book in the mail to you. πŸ™‚

  13. Anahit
    · September 28th, 2012 at 8:11 pm · Link

    I never had an imaginary friend, but I used to give voices to my beanie-babies and pretend at they had story lines that went on and on and differed in each dimension. I made a new dimension whenever I felt bored with a beanie’s current story line.

  14. Dana Meve
    · September 28th, 2012 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Didn’t have an imaginary friend. Instead I always pretended I had an imaginary life. Usually, I’d inject myself into whatever book I was reading.

    This book sounds great. Love to read it and share it with my daughter.


  15. Vivien
    · September 28th, 2012 at 8:15 pm · Link

    I did not have an imaginary friend. Though I did really love this stuffed Gremlin (from the movies) that I had. Loved it!!!


  16. Becky Williams
    · September 28th, 2012 at 8:17 pm · Link

    I do remember having an imaginary friend, mum always reminds me, all I can remember is reading to him, I can’t remember anything else other than the fact he was a boy and I read to him:)

  17. Sara Suleski
    · September 28th, 2012 at 8:27 pm · Link

    I had an imaginary friend named Jenna (with two n’s). I remember role playing with her as the Power Rangers! We would fight the bad guys in my backyard and at the playground at my elementary school. Eventually other kids would join in. She was really cool because most girls didn’t watch Power Rangers but we did.

  18. Danielle Nguyen
    · September 28th, 2012 at 10:18 pm · Link

    I don’t think I had an imaginary friend, HOWEVER, I was obsessed with the ninja turtles & liked to pretend they were real. I would run around outside & pretend to fight crime with them. How embarrassing.

  19. Marie-Michel
    · September 29th, 2012 at 1:29 am · Link

    I did have an imaginary friend but I don’t think he had a name…all I know is that it was a boy and the only place we spoke to each other was in the bathroom…
    Yep, I’m weird…

  20. Tonari
    · September 29th, 2012 at 9:09 am · Link

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend. But I have my Teddy bear named Teddy … (not creative I know ). I don’t remember ever talking to him, but I do remember when I was down I would think questions while looking at him, and yet, even though he didn’t have a voice, I always herd what he said like we had telepathy. He protected me from the nightmares I had.

    I wa a child with acquaintances, so I would just imagine myself in whatever book I was reading. I also remember having a huge crush on Zuko from avatar πŸ˜›

  21. Ashley S
    · September 29th, 2012 at 11:52 am · Link

    I don’t think I ever had an imaginary friend… but I did have a stuffed horse named black….

  22. Lili
    · September 30th, 2012 at 11:12 am · Link

    Hah my imaginary friend was my a life-sized version of my stuffed turtle named Turtle. Weird, I know!

  23. Ariel Kirst
    · September 30th, 2012 at 12:59 pm · Link

    I had an imaginary friend named Maya. My mom used to take us out to the bakery, and she would get me and Maya both a treat. I had her for years growing up.

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