by Taryn Browning
Life and death, love and hate, friends and enemies…
For as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Alexis Forbes can hear the thoughts of others. Most recently, she is disturbed by the dark, unfamiliar voice of a frightening killer: callous, cunning, charismatic…and dead.
She hears his every sinister thought. But she can’t tell anyone. No one would believe her. Alexis is suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago.
Dude. I have so many thoughts on this book, that I honestly DO NOT know how to put them all into something that makes sense. I hate it when that happens! I wanted this book to rock my face off so bad and it was so close! Yea.. I know… boo. The very first sentence of the book reads:
(&& really How can something that starts this way NOT rock your
face.. err – everything off!?)
“I’m going to kill you.”
Alexis can hear peoples
thoughts.. no – decisions. You would thinking something like this would be of some benefit, until you hear the things she does. Upon hearing that one horrid decision, everything around Alexis begins to change, or rather, come to light. She meets the new guy in school, Chance – who sends off an aura that there is more to him than meets the eye. Which she kind of already figured, since his decisions are the only ones she seems to be UNABLE to hear! Talk about annoyance. With that aside, the two seem to be instantly drawn to each other.
There were a few things I disliked about this story. The main two things being the mother and father of Alexis. Her mother, while touched upon throughout the book, kind of just.. existed. With the way she was portrayed, I was completely expecting something EXCITING or HORRID to happen with her and I got neither. Bummer. The other thing that didn’t quite work with me was the relationship of Alexis and Chance. Everything just kind of seemed to HAPPEN. It was all very – Boy meets Girl – Girl Meets Boy – Both are hiding something from the other, lets just fall in love and call it a day – kind of thing. I felt like that was no lead up. Nothing to get me EXCITED that they were FINALLY going to be together! Dude, I didn’t even get to pull out my pom poms for this one!
He became serious. “I have never lied to you.”
I eyed him accusingly. “You lied by omission.”
“It was for your own good,” he defended. “I was trying to protect you.”
Aside from that – this book had it’s upside. A ton of them actually. Browning knows how to to work her plots and surprises to where we always stay guessing. At least I did, anyways! She thew in twist that I THOUGHT I saw coming, yet was totally surprised when they actually happened. I noticed that once this book got it’s steam (aside from the romance department), it really picked up. She went full force with the thing. Page after page she kept you wondering, and let me just state that the ending was not a disappointment either! While I may have been saddened by the lack of build up with the romance, the rest of this book really pulled through for me! If you happen to be a fan of witches, ghost, secrets and
mind readers.. decision readers, then Whispering Hills is one that I would recommend to you!
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