Publisher: Balzer + Bay.
Release Date: April 27th.
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.Whisper is another one of those breath-of-fresh-air kind of paranormals. Although it features no monsters or sinister villains, it still managed to capture me and take me on a suspenseful, fast-paced ride.
I really love the plot and how it’s set up. Hearing people’s desires is something that most would wish they could do. Kitanidis plays on both the positive and negative side of this power by creating the happy-go-lucky protagonist, Joy and her complete opposite older sister, Jessica. The book shines light on both of their struggles with this ability as it enhances and begins to take a turn for the worst, and I was really pleased with the creativity of it all.
I think the characters could’ve been a bit more smoothed out. Joy seemed to stay in the same place, figuratively, throughout the length of the book. Jessica’s hatred of their ability and the extreme danger she leads herself into because of it came as quickly as it ended. I would’ve preferred to see a bit more development in those areas.
And more Jamie, the misunderstood loner whom takes an interest in Joy both romantically and ability-wise. I really loved his character, but I would’ve loved to see a lot more of him. Perhaps in book two? If there is a book two. I certainly hope there is!
Overall, Whisper is a fantastic debut from Phoebe Kitanidis. Packed with action, suspense, paranormal elements and even a bit of romance, I definitely recommend it to anybody in the mood for something dark and fast-paced.