Saturday, April 24, 2010

Review #16: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

Title: Whisper
Author: Phoebe Kitadinis
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Genre: Fiction/Urban Fantasy/YA
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Source: ARC/Editor
Synopsis: 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.

MY THOUGHTS

Joy would be a normal girl, except for the fact that she Hears Whispers. In other words, she Hears what others desire, their desire-thoughts. In possession of this hereditary gift, Joy likes to make people happy, to give people what they want, which is the opposite of her sister's choice—use it to make people's lives miserable.

Like I have said since I closed this book: I have no words to describe how much I loved it! It is like no other "hearing thoughts" story. It is such a different, criative, unpredictable and well-written story. I dove into this and almost couldn't get off if it wasn't people calling me to do something while I was reading. I was so excited to know what would happen next that I stayed up really late. I needed to know what Joy would say and do next, who she would meet next. Although it is fast-paced, it doesn't sound like the whole story happens in only one weekend. It seems to happen in a longer time! It did surprised me, because the story is not a cliche at all, like the summary might make you wonder.

I am so sure the highest positive point of my identification with this book were the characters and the dialogues—and, as a consequence, the writing style of Phoebe Kitanidis, of course. It made Joy sound like she wasn't only fifteen, but an older, mature person with characteristics of a teenager girl. Oh, I can tell how big her heart is! Even when Jessica aka. Icka, her sister, treats her like a shit—which means always since they weren't kids anymore—, she is a sweet person, until she explodes and tells Icka the worst things she thinks about their relationship she had kept inside, which leaves Joy super-regretful. Besides all that, she still has to deal with her so-called friends and their desire-thoughts, which turn into kind of "evil" ones.

I really don't know if I can talk about J, who Joy barely knows, but steals a car and runs away with him to save her precious sister. I got so excited about it! Although they had once met, they don't completely know each othe, but get into a great, well-developed conversation after some events. They share feelings and things that even Joy's best-friend doesn't know about. J's revelation is a very interesting one. I'd love to learn more about it! Their relationship gets pretty intense in those two days while Phoebe Kitadinis shows us how two people who looks so different can be so much closer than you might think.

The ending doesn't make you think it is going to have a sequel. Not for me. It sounded lovely and peaceful for the situation the characters were in. But I want to know what is going to happen to Joy after all this. And there is going to have a sequel!
Whisper is an amazing debut novel that might make you consider carefully every little attitude you and people around you do. Phoebe Kitadinis has totally proved her writing quality.
Overall: ★★★★★

54 comments:

  1. Menina, me conta como conseguiu o ARC autografado de Before I Fall! Eu QUERO! HAHA
    E I Heart You, You Haunt Me, você vai amar *-* Eu amei, chorei demais, sou manteiga derretida.
    Você podia ajudar a digitalizar *hihi, pidona*
    Adorei a resenha. Você sabe se tem em paperback pra vender? Ando tão 'pobrinha', hardcover não tá pro meu bico. HUAHUAHUA
    :*

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  2. Oi, Íris! Ah, depois de mandar um email para a Lauren Oliver, ela se ofereceu pra me mandar um ARC que tinha sobrado e ainda autografou (fui descobrir isso hoje de manhã!). Eu ia até sortear ele pra alguém do Brazil que quisesse, porque pensei que não tinha nada de autógrafo, sabe? Eu tava até "excited" pra fazer isso! :( Enfim, como tá o andamento da digitalização de IHYYHM? Eu tenho uma multifuncional, mas preciso aprender a digitalizar as coisas direito, senão sai tudo tronxo e não dá, né... Hehe! Por enquanto só vai ter WHISPER em hardcover e acho que deve demorar um pouco até lançar em paperback.

    :*

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  3. Oooh, an ARC! You're so lucky- I want to read this book so badly after reading your review >w< It's hard to find an urban fantasy that doesn't resort to cliches :D

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  4. OMG now I want to read it even more than before! I think I'll love it!!!!

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  5. Wow this one got a really good rating, and you made it sound REALLY good. I'll definitely be reading this one. Thanks for the awesome review!

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  6. I can't wait to read this one!

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  7. Awesome review! I enjoyed reading it. I will definitely put this on my TBR pile. I agree- you made it sound really good. :) I'll be keeping my eye out for this one!

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  8. Great review, this is already on my tbr list and it sounds so fabulous. :) I cant wait to read this for myself.

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  9. I agree, this was a unique story line that doesn't appear very often... at least not that I have read.

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  10. hey raila! is this book a young adult book? i mean, the young adult books are really big today, aren't they not? i may want to read this book, if i can find a copy hehehe. but your review is very persuading.i'll try to look for it whenever im in one of my book hunting days! Cheerz!

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  11. Wow, a full five stars must mean this is an excellent read! And I totally didn't just state the obvious... :)
    Love, Hannah

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  12. A great review - It certainly sounds like one I'd enjoy reading :)

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  13. I just read this book and absolutely loved it! My review is up now.

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  14. Awesome review of Whisper. I hadn't read any description of the novel's plot before today, but I'm really glad that I did now. :)

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  15. Okay, eu nunca tinha ouvido falar de Whisper, mas de fato o nome não me é estranho.
    Também nunca vi nem li alguém falando que o livro é bom, mas pelo fato de você ter dado 5 estrelas, creio que seja bom, né?
    E como eu sou metida, leio os comentários também! HUAHUAAHSUAHUSAS To doida pra ler o "Before I Fall" :D
    Amei a resenha, e o livro parece ser bom sim!
    Beijoo :*
    Thayná, blog Bookaholic Girls.

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  16. Great review! I've heard great things about this book so I'm looking forward to it!

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  17. Hearing thoughts and whispers are way too creepy..If I have that capability, I'm gooing to be nut for a while before i'm adapted to it.Wow..This book really interesting and I'm intrigued to read it.Thanks for the opportunity dear =)

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  18. After reading the summary, I like this book. After reading your review, I want this book!

    I'm really curious about why Joy has to to all that to save her sister, I can't understand just by reading the summary.

    your review is a bit spoiler-ish BUT it only made me even more curious. -__-

    thanks! adding it to my goodreads wishlist nyahaha.

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  19. This book didn't even show up on my radar of ones I HAVE to read, but now that I've read your review, I've changed that. Must read it now!
    Margay

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  20. I love a good paranormalacy book, especially hearing voices, that sounds like a great book already. I like it that the ending sounds peaceful, and that it won't have a sequel. A nice filling ending is lovely, I haven't had one of those in a while! Great review!

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  21. I've been seeing this cover around, and now I'm gonna add this to my cart!
    The synopsis sounds interesting, and your reviews is an awesome plus, but it was the hijacking that really got to me. :)
    Love, Hannah

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  22. Great review. I really want to read this book.. but imported books usually take a LONG time to reach my country. But I will definitely read it when it get here. :)

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  23. oh wow, I think that would be SUCH a curse to Hear Whispers. It sounds like Joy deals with it magnificently. Great review - this sounds like a wonderful book!

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  24. OMG this book sound so good and i love the cover, it's really intriguing.
    thanks for your great review i so want to read this book now! 8D

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  25. I have been dying to read this! It is on my wait list at the library! Great review and thanks for sharing!

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  26. Ha - I like it that she's not the only one who has this gift, so often this kind of book seems to be where the protag suddenly gets a mysterious gift, then finds a wise older man/cute younger guy her own age who possesses the knowledge to tell her all about it, and so on and so on....

    I also really like that this is a family story (as in, she has a sister who's involved in the plot). I'm kinda sick of YA novels where the protag never has any sisters or brothers. I know it makes it easier for the author, but come on! I think siblings are a whole big undiscovered area in terms of writing - I really like protags who have siblings important to them. Esp if the protag's sibling is older - ie the protag isn't the one shielding them or saving them from whatever disasters lurk out there in the world. Adds a whooole new level of interest for me. :)

    Thanks for the review! The book sounds really good.

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  27. That's one serious review. I realised you did a review when I found the interview and now realise you've got a giveaway too...WOW!

    I think I WANT to read this one!

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  28. I'm simply in love with this book. And I didn't even read more than your review! *-*

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  29. I think the concept of this book is great. I definitely wanna read this book after your glowing review! I'm excited!

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  30. Wow, great review. Which you probably get all the time because everyone says that and to be honest it's a bit of a cop-out, but that honestly was a great review, thought out, thorough, and just really really good. :)

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  31. Great review. It sounds as if Joy and her sister give new meaning to sibling rivalry.

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  32. I've heard a lot of good things about Whispers, but I wasn't too sure about it still. I think you're review has convinced me that I have to have this book!

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  33. It seems really good. I start to like this paranormal/misterious books. As I've heard some good reviews, I think I'll give it a chance. Next time I go to the bookshop I'll buy it :)

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  34. Very thoughtful review. You definitely win over the reader with your clear summary and insight into why this book works. I am reading a book about a girl who can sense the emotions of others if she eats what they have eaten, it's got that same "desire" component that makes a book really interesting.

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  35. Great Review... Just found out about you blog yesterday. Really hard to find good blogs in English. Defenitly this book is added to my whish list.
    Thanks

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  36. This book sounds amazing! I really need to get my hands on it. I've heard nothing but good things about it, and your review just confirmed this.

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  37. great review sounds so good just got in to reading these types of books and I'm hooked on them.I can not wait for this one.

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  38. Great review . Till now I used to only read literary fiction but now this review seems so interesting that i want to read this too.

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  39. Wow nice review! I haven't read Whisper yet, but it sounds really good. I didn't really know much about it, other than what the synopsis says. After reading your review, I'm really excited!

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  40. Really nice review! It makes me want to read it even more now!
    You're so lucky you got an arc!!

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  41. This sounds really good! Its reminds me of my fav tv show, Heroes. A girl in it could do almost the same thing.

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  42. wow!!! Whisper looks amazing!!! I have heard lots about it-i am very excited to read it!!!! =)

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  43. OMG! You have totally whetted my appetite for Whisper! I have never read anything along this line. This looks like such a wonderful and sensitive book,a little creepy too if I may say so! I am so excited about Whisper!

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  44. I've always wanted to read Whisper! Thank you for your thoughtful review.

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  45. Nossa um ARC? Vc é tão sortuda!!! Já morro de vontade de ler Whisper e agora depois da sua resenha, quero mais ainda. Ok, não deveria ter lido. rsrs

    Beijos

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  46. Se eu apenas tivesse lido a sinopse, não teria me interessado tanto. Mas já que vcê falou tão entusiasmadamente do livro :) adoooro qndo um livro me faz ficar tão presa nele qe esqço de fazr as outras coisas, como vcê ficou com Whisper. É como estar dentro da história, e eu simplesmente odeio qndo alguém me chama e me tira dela, rs.

    E isso de se passar em um fim de semana me lembrou os livros do Dan Brown... acontece tanta coisa qe a gente meio qe se pergunta como pode ser em tão pouco tempo.

    Agora fikei curiosa e quero ler Whisper! ^^

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  47. Wow! Great review. I cant wait to read this book now!

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  48. Hi Raila:

    Lovely review of "Whispers", your enjoyment of this novel really came through and as I mentioned on your interview with Phoebe the premise sounds very unique. It is wonderful when a book impacts us this much.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts..

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  49. Wow! Now I feel like having this so called *unique* ability could be somewhat useful to me. Sounds very interesting and a mature character in YA is always a huge welcome to me! Thanks for this honest review. I think I'll surely love this book!

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  50. I haven't heard of Whispers before your review. First it was the striking cover which got my eye, then I found the premise fascinating. Thanks for such a great and detailed review, it's reassuring to know that you found this great idea was amazingly executed and that Whispers is a book not to be missed.

    I put it on my wishlist and can't wait to read it myself. Thank you!

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  51. Reading your review made me even more determined to get my hands on a copy of Whisper! Thank you so much! The premise of hearing everyone's thoughts might not be entirely new (what is, anyway???), but I can't wait to read this. It seems like an awesome book!

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  52. I think hearing voices would be very scary... I've read your review and I now I want to read it!
    :)

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  53. OH, come on!!
    I loveeeeeed your review!!! It's amazing!!! =D
    Now, you've left with no other option but to read Whisper!!
    :))

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