Friday, July 10, 2015

REVIEW: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

Whisper (Whisper, #1)
I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…

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.

I've had this book on my to-read list ever since I first got a Goodreads account so it's about time I picked this one up. This book didn't wow me, but it has a very interesting storyline and I overall enjoyed it.

All the females in Joy's family to hear Whispers. Whispers are of people's desires, their wishes. Joy loves hearing Whispers. It lets her help people and she sees it as a gift. Jessica, aka Icka, sees it as a curse and constantly tries to make everyone miserable. When Icka disappears and Joy's gift begins changing, Joy begins to wonder more about her gift and what it might have done to Icka.

I love the idea behind this book. I've read books with mind reading, but this book is not about mind reading. Joy can only hear the desires of people and it's interesting how much she loves being able to hear Whispers. It lets her be able to help people. I feel like we didn't get to know everything about this ability, as so much was dropped near the end, but I still feel like it was a really great idea and was done very well!

I think the Whispers are important to the book, but I felt like the relationships were also important, especially Joy's and Icka's. In the beginning, you really do not like Icka. It's not because she's an outcast, but because she tried everything to make Joy miserable. It's horrible. It's hard to like her and to understand her, I still have a hard time liking her after reading the book. Even though Icka was horrible to Joy, Joy still went looking for her and Icka still cared for Joy. It's an odd relationship, but it's very important.

My one main issue with this book is how long it took to get to the major plot. Most of the book was about Joy's Whispers and it was very slow-paced leading to what happens with her sister, which isn't really until the very end. I like learning about the Whispers, Joy, and other characters, but not a whole lot happens and it kind of bothers me when they mention something in the synopsis that doesn't happen until the last half of the book.

This book has a very unique premise and besides some slow pacing, it's a wonderful book with a slight paranormal twist. This book is also a very quick read and a solid standalone! Overall, I enjoyed reading this book!

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it

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