Thursday, April 05, 2012

Blog Tour: Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by the blog for my Tour Stop for
Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning
 hosted by SupaGurl Tours!

Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post.  
3 winners will have a chance at winning ONE (1) of the following:

1 e-copy of Whispering Hills
1 signed Dark Seeker bookmark
1 signed Whispering Hills bookmark

This is INTERNATIONAL folks...yay!

First, a little something about the book, our thoughts and an excerpt...

For as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Alexis Forbes can hear the thoughts of others. Most recently, she is disturbed by the dark, unfamiliar voice of a frightening killer: callous, cunning, charismatic…and dead.

She hears his every sinister thought. But she can’t tell anyone. No one would believe her. Alexis is suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago.

I went into Whispering Hills completely blind. I didn’t know what to expect and my predictions of the novel sounded outrageous. My first guess was that it was going to be some creep-show thriller and my next guess was that it was going to literally be about whispering hills. Thankfully, the novel is nothing like my guesses—it was even better! Instantly as the novel began I was brought back to memories of the Shade series and began falling in love with Whispering Hills from the opening sentence: “I’m going to kill her.” Come on. If you aren’t already interested in the novel…well, then *la pretzel face*. Oh and just in case that hasn’t reeled you in yet (which I am shocked by) I’ll also mention that we get such a fast introduction to the romantic male lead Chance.

Oh Chance… who is so charming, witty and romantic. Readers are bound to fall in love with him, I know that I did. Not only does Chance manage to end up in a relationship with the main character Alexis in record time after knowing her for only a period of days (pretty speedy there tough guy), but there are chapters in his POV (point of view) and they are told in the third person.Personally, I found these third person chapters more enjoyable than the story itself sometimes. Mainly because they held so much mystery, not only did author Taryn Browning manage to put in so many details that hinted at Chance not having normal teenage experiences (ex: his first high school dance, but he’s seventeen…) and at him not being normal in general. Kind of fishy, but it’s definitely worth it.

Alexis’s psychic ability played a major role in the novel, and it was one of those abilities that I wouldn’t mind having; Mind reading.  The way that Browning wrote about the thoughts that Alexis could hear and the impact that they had on her physically had me thinking of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Buff could hear everybody’s thoughts and one of the thoughts being a killers. Maybe you’ve seen it, maybe you haven’t—my point is that the novel is exactly like that. Alexis would be hearing somebody’s decisions and then BANG! You hear the killer. Not only did it have my creep levels off the charts, but at one point we end up learning one thing and that is the killer’s name: Gabriel the ghost… erm…yeah you heard me right: Ghost.

As the novel progressed, it began to move at an insanely quick pace. Not only was it twist after twist and dramatic chapter conclusion after dramatic chapter conclusion, but there is actually a whole lot more than simple ghost whispering going on. There’s witchcraft and pyrokenisis and dark secrets that are about to become discovered when really they should be left alone. All in all, a heart pounding read that I won’t soon forget. Not to mention that it finishes on a note where a sequel must be created and I know who will eagerly counting the days until it lands in my hands. *points at self*.

I would recommend this to somebody who wants to read a paranormal novel or even fans of the Shade series. Ghost and romance lovers everywhere are bound to love Whispering Hills. Happy ghost hunting.


I’m going to kill her.’

Dread shot through my veins. I lost my balance. My back slammed into my locker. The cool metal stung my bare shoulders and the grated slats dug into the exposed skin above my fitted tank. I gasped, dropping my notebook onto the waxy linoleum floor. The plastic binding bounced and settled to the ground with a hollow slap!.

My heartbeat thudded in my ears. Clutching my sweater, I squeezed the soft thin cotton until my nails punctured my palm.

Someone rushed by, snapping my focus up. His heavy footfalls pounded my chest with fast hard blows. The boy slung his backpack over one shoulder and skidded past a teacher through an open classroom door. A girl laughed. Still frozen in place, my eyes shifted. She giggled once more and slid out of her boyfriend’s embrace.

I stood, paralyzed, pressed firmly against my locker. That unfamiliar voice, those words, the thought— I’m going to kill her’—held me captive.

Life at Whispering Hills High went on around me.

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april_hunter24 said... Best Blogger Tips
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april_hunter24 said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like really interesting read !Loved your review:D I would say i believe in ghosts x

Shawn Kirsten Maravel said... Best Blogger Tips

I definitely believe in ghosts! I've never seen one but I'm not a skeptic.

Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

alicia marie said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never actually seen a ghost or experienced any ghosty things but i'm still a believer : ) thanks for the giveaway!!

Rachelia (Bookish Comforts) said... Best Blogger Tips

Holy crap this book sounds good and has a lot of what I love in books! I'd say I believe in ghosts, I've had some creepy experiences, and I've grown up with a grandmother in the spiritualist church, so yeah. But I do tell myself they don't exist at night so I can go to sleep, haha!

Liz Gomez said... Best Blogger Tips

When it comes to ghosts, I'm on the fence. I've had a tiny experience myself and I've heard stories from people I know but I'm still not entirely positive. I do believe there are things out there, spirits and whatnot and that there's more than we can sure so I'm sure that ghosts could exist!!
Thanks for the giveaway; the book sounds great :D

Kappi said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, I believe in ghosts. Thank you for this great giveaway!!

books first love said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't believe in ghosts but when I read a book about ghosts, I like how it still frighten me, if IS a good written book.

Michele said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a little skeptical about ghosts/spirits, but deep inside, I do believe, because I have two friends that sense ghosts and can see them.

nat said... Best Blogger Tips

Im a skeptic I think :) Not sure what to believe.

Maegan Morin said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally believe in ghosts! Although I dont believe they are evil or malicious. I just think they are lost.

Míša said... Best Blogger Tips

I don´t believe in ghosts, more likely I try:D. Thanks for giveaway:)).

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm usually a skeptic, but I'm undecided on ghosts. Based on stories my mum has told me.

Andrea @ Cozy Up said... Best Blogger Tips
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Andrea @ Cozy Up said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the great giveaway! Your review definitely makes this book sound interesting, and the excerpt definitely drew me in. I actually do believe in ghosts, not sure why but I always have believed.

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Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

I believe we are all spirits in a mortal body and when we die our spirits are separated from the body. I don't believe that we hang around and haunt people after we die. But I love to pretend when I read!

Amber Garcia said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't believe in ghosts but I do believe in spirits if that makes any since lol

Tiffany Mahaffy said... Best Blogger Tips

It was a good read!! Awesome stop, LOVED your review!!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't believe in ghosts.

Hayley said... Best Blogger Tips

This book sounds really interesting... I love psychic novels, and the love interest here seems really interesting. While I'm not sure if I have the time to pick it up, I'll definitely be putting this up on the TBR pile and will try to get into this some time.


Lauren Mackesy said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally believe in ghosts. I've had a few experiences and I'm pretty sure we have "friends" in this house too.

SusanD1408 Crochet Addict said... Best Blogger Tips

I believe in them. We had a ghost from when they were filling & building the bunkers for bullets etc in world war 2. At least one man died in an explosion and at certain times when you walk upstairs you can smell them. My room also filled with smoke. I woke up switched my light on and it was still there, it only went when I shouted my dad.

Persephone said... Best Blogger Tips

I believe in ghosts.

Denise Z said... Best Blogger Tips

Yep! I do admit that there has to be more out there so I will never discount the possibility of ghosts. Thanks for the fun. I am so crossing my fingers and everything else that still crosses for this one :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a bit of a skeptic; I don't believe people linger around on earth after they die, haunting abandoned buildings and such. But then, the world is full of unpredictable events and things, so although I don't wholly believe ghosts exist, neither do I wholly disbelieve their existence.

Taryn Browning said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for your wonderful review and for being part of the tour. Awesome post! :) The tour has been amazing! <3

avry15 said... Best Blogger Tips

I believe in ghosts although I haven't seen one..:)

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