Book Review: Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning

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Whispering Hills
by Taryn Browning

Published: 3/1932012

From Goodreads:

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.

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Tabatha thought:

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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Tabatha - or Tabby for short (: Founder of Insightful Minds & IM Design Studio. Mommy to an amazingly gorgeous 6 year old & proud wife of an amazingly gifted Combat Medic (: Yea; I own the Army Wife thing.. **dust the shoulders off** I love me some Romance; YA; Mystery, Erotica (yea, I said it!) and pretty much anything else that doesn't consist of Non Fiction or anything Historical. Oh! I am also a cover whore & according to Goodreads - I am Ashley's other book half! <3

12 Responses to Book Review: Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning

  1. Hmmm… Hmmm… Hmmm… Sounds a bit Twilighty to me… Minus the vamps add in ghosts? No? Maybe it was the mind reading thing- or rather DESCISION reading that put me in that frame of mind!

    Great review doll!!

  2. I enjoyed this book. I didn’t love it, but it kept me sucked in the whole time. I am interested to see where it will go now. Great review!!

  3. I don’t think this one is for me. I get the up side to it and that does sound interesting, but parts of it sound uneven. Thoughts or decisions? What is the difference? Hm…

    • The “thoughts” are things like – I think this shirt is cute. or – I wonder if I should buy those shoes.

      The decisions are things like ‘ I am going to my car’ – or the one she heard of ‘I’m going to kill you’

  4. Molli says:

    I keep forgetting about this one; I think it’s buried somewhere in my TBR, but it does sounds pretty cool and like something spooky I might enjoy. I’m not too sure though about the “everything just kind of happened,” because that sort of book tends to annoy me! Great review though, Tabitha! You were really fair!

  5. candace says:

    This has such an interesting concept. Its too bad the romance wasn’t better for you, but sometimes I’m okay with that if the rest is great. I have been wanting to try this author and I might have one on my kindle, I should check. Anyway, great review!

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