Thursday, January 24, 2013

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand


The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.

Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.

Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…


Review of Whisper:

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand, wow, just wow!  Words really cannot express how wonderful this novel was.  I sat down to read, not knowing what to expect, and was blown away.  The story is poignant and moving, especially when Whisper speaks of her loss.  Loss for any one is a hard burden to carry, but Whisper is unfortunately doubly cursed as she loses both of her parents in one night, the victims of a tragic vehicle accident…or is it? 
Whisper comes to find out that magic is real and still exists in a multitude of ways, especially with her people, the Cherokee.  Her tale takes you on a journey through loss and the eventual healing that does come, along with a love that has lasted generations.
I loved this novel.  I enjoy paranormal fiction, but this is fresh and new.  Instead of snarling werewolves or lovesick vampires, Whisper educates us on the legends of the Cherokee.  I loved the glimpse into a culture that is so different from what most of us know.  What Whisper believes to be nothing more than a story is as real as you or I.  The loss that she feels coupled with the eventual love she comes to feel for Dylan played on my heartstrings.  I felt her loss keenly and the developing relationship with Dylan made me sigh.  And the twists and turns, well they sure did keep me guessing, right up to the very end.
I loved this novel, and this is one that I can very well see myself reading again and again.  This is a book that will appeal to a wide variety of readers, whether you enjoy suspense, romance, drama, or paranormal fiction, as this book has a little of each captured within its pages.
Check out Whisper, as I believe it to be worthy of everyone’s TBR list! 

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About the author:


Heather Hildenbrand
 was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she's not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she's lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.
Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab is her DVR player.
You can find out more about her and her books at
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Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire. This is something Accendo strives to do inside a readers imagination with every title released. For a complete list of titles and author bios, visit www.accendopress.com.


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