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Whisper: Review

Synopsis: Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She's used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people's deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people's lives - especially Joy's - miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a frightening whisper from Jessica's own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car and running away with a boy she barely knows - a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.

Details: "Whisper" by Phoebe Kitanidis, 288 pages, 4 stars on Amazon.

My Thoughts: First, the cover is amazing. I love the wispy depiction of a Whisper, and the subdued colors are brilliant for this book.

I love urban fantasies, especially when these fantasies don't include vampires, werewolves, fairies, unicorns, dinosaurs (actually, show me a dinosaur book and I will show you eternal devotion), and "Whisper" was right on the dot. Joy's power sounds really neat, but Kitanidis did a good job of demonstrating how every gift can be seen as a curse. When I first started the book, I was thinking how nice it would be to have the ability to hear people's desires, but then I realized that sometimes you're better off not knowing exactly what your friends think about you.

The book was suspenseful and well-written, but I would have liked to learn more about Joy's compulsion to make people happy. A few times, it was mentioned that she gets horrible stomach pains when she fails to help people get their desires, but it never really explained how she deals with this when she's, for example, in a crowd. Also, how does she manage to stop the Whispers from drowning out everything? Aren't people constantly harboring some desire or other?

I also feel like the story could have gone more in-depth with the characters. I never really felt like I got to know Joy or Jamie that well. Other than that, "Whisper" was amazing, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA. 4 smiles out of 5!


Precious said...

Great review Izzy! I've read and reviewed Whisper too. I loved it! I wish I could know more about what exactly happened to Icka when she started hearing dark whispers. I'm from Comment Exchange Program!

Raíla said...
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Raíla said...

You have any idea of how happy I am because I just read a good review of Whisper, one of the books I love the most? Really. I never felt so into a book and, yes, I agree with you when you said that "the story could have gone more in-depth with the characters". I want to know even more about Jamie, especially. I loved it all. Thank you very much for your review! It's awesome! :) Sorry for having deleted the comment. It's to mention that I'm from the Comment Exchange Program! :D

Manga Maniac said...

This book is on my wish list. Thanks for the review!

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

What a good review! This sounds very intriguing. I also like that it is not your typical urban fantasy.

Cari said...

I will add this to my list. Sounds a little like The Body Finder if you haven't read it I would suggest picking it up. Great review!


Jami said...

Here from CEP!

I have been wanting to read this one. Too bad you didn't get to know the characters as well as you wanted. But it still sounds like a great read! :)

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Here from the CEP.

I, too, think that the cover is stunning. This book sounds like it'd be a great read, as long as you don't think too much about the technical difficulties like the whispering interfering with her thoughts. Sounds entertaining!

Phoebe Kitanidis said...

Izzy, Christopher Pike once wrote an urban fantasy about dinosaurs, but if I tell you which one it is, I'm spoiling the ending. So, no devotion for me! Thanks for the review and good luck with Winter Child. :-)

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