Sunday, March 21, 2010

Book Review- Whisper

I just finished reading Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis for an Around the World Tour.

From Goodreads:

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.
Being able to hear people's thoughts is a new power for me to read about.  I mean, I know in some books, vampires have this ability, but this is the first time that I have read a book where this is the main characters only power.  I have always said that if I had the choice, my superpower would be to read minds.  But after reading this book, I would have to add that I would want to be able to switch this power on and off.  I wouldn't want to always have other's thoughts in my head like Joy did in this story.  I think it would drive me crazy!
I have read mixed reviews about this story so I wasn't too sure what to expect going into it.  But I enjoyed it.  I liked the character of Joy and I liked to hate her sister "Icka" (although towards the end I just felt sorry for her).  Most of the story is a character story, until the action at the end, but that's fine with me. 
I thougth the story flowed well and went quickly for me.  If you're looking to read about a new power in the world of YA paranormal, then I think you should check this one out.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

Whisper will be released on April 27, 2010.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
A to Z Challenge: K
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 38
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 28
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 11
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 26
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.