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Death Whispers (Death #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,361 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Almost fifteen-year-old Caleb Hart is a Cadaver-Manipulator in the year 2025.

When teens receive a government-sanctioned pharmaceutical cocktail during school,
paranormal abilities begin manifesting... making the teens more powerful than the adults.

After Caleb discovers he has the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he must do whatever it takes to hide it from a super-secret govern
Nook, 352 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Tamara Rose Blodgett, via Smashwords
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Holy crap... So I can see where this story MIGHT be good... if the dialog wasnt SO boring. It's no where near well written. It COULD have been an awesome book. The story is original and interesting. I just really really cannot get past the he said she said and the random "cool" comments... It drove me insane!
Also, things like not explaining what the heck a "pulse" was till like the 3rd time it was used in the book. I didn't realize I should just KNOW what things were in 2025 or whatever year it
May 29, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes! Finally a story told from a male protagonist’s point of view! Ever since I read Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy, I was on the hunt for another book like that. I thought Ness did a great job in his book, but Tamara Rose Blodgett did an even better one! I was literally blown away by her writing style and flawless storytelling. Tamara, are you really an Indie writer? It’s really hard to believe that!

Random rambling aside, let’s get down to the plot!

The protagonist of this book, a fourte
Once Upon a Twilight
Its great as a reviewer when you have that chance and you find a diamond in the ruff. I believe strongly in reading Indie Authors and Self - published authors books, you can't imagine how many times I have read Amazing books from both ends. If we don't give the book a chance or author a chance these great books won't ever be discovered. So it pleases me to write my review for Death Whispers.

Death Whispers doesn't seems like its written by a unknown author, It has the quality of a big known auth
Oct 04, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a few reservations about this one, but it ended up being a pretty good book. Written in a first person format of a young boy named Caleb Hart. The book starts out with Caleb finding out that he has an "Affinity of The Dead" when he starts hearing the thoughts of the frogs that they're dissecting in biology class.

I'll give you a little back history here, the book is set in the future(year 2025), and scientists have mapped the human genome. In doing so they found out that most humans are cap
Christy LoveOfBooks
Let me start off by saying thank you to Tamara for the e-copy of Death Whispers. I actually had the book on my TBR list prior to winning it, so I was super excited to read it.

The story is set in the not too distant future when pubescent kids may or may not develop a paranormal ability, all thanks to government intervention. Sound fun? Not so much. When Caleb discovers he has one of the rarest abilities, all hell breaks loose. Turns out Caleb has Affinity For The Dead (AFTD), which means he has
Apr 07, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death Whispers turned out much better than I was thinking. The idea of using the mapped genome to activate paranormal powers in children is a nice hook for the story. The kids seemed pretty realistic and were aware of their own limitations as kids. They still got in trouble but things with this level of weirdness of course it will happen. The middle school crushes and beginning relationship interests is done well. Though I must say Onyx the dog is one of my favorites. I loved how the author uses ...more
This book is so unique! I loved it.It was well written and lacked annoying typos, misspellings and general sloppy errors that I usually find in young adult novels (ebooks and hard copy books from large publishers alike). It is well written and I enjoyed that it was from the perspective of a young "man". I love Jonesy. He kept cracking me up! He is definately a boy after my own heart. Of course in real life I would probably hate him (I just don't like teenagers). But in this book they are not onl ...more
dnf at 7%.I gave it a shot. but really - rolling eyes here - this starts in first person present tense, 'I am Caleb Hart' jumps to past tense jumps back to present, then past again.... There was far too much 'what I did in school today with my friends' (boring and pointless) and then we have the incident with the dog, which was totally inexplicable. The dialogue was clunky, the characters 2-dimensional and in the end I gave up. I couldn't really make sense of what was happening.
Death Whispers is a lot more fun than I was expecting. As a YA Urban Fantasy, there were so many directions it could have gone. In my opinion, there was as much X-men as there was Ghost Whisperer, and more X-Files than The Walking Dead. I plan to read the sequel(s) as well.

So, two thumbs up for Tamara Rose Blodgett and Death Whispers!
Feb 16, 2014 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My worst enemy.
Shelves: own, 2014-read, reviewed, 1star
I was very disappointed with this book. Really disappointed. Based on the blurb, it sounds like a really good plot. Basically, a boy (Caleb Hart) develops the ability to raise bodies from the dead. During the novel, we also find that he has other cadaver related talents. Other teenagers have various other abilities; astral projection, fire related, empathy related, etc. However, the actual novel was a very poor follow through for the plot.

It basically starts off with a vague explanation of how t
Yzabel Ginsberg
DNFed at 42%. I can't trudge through it any longer, not without booze, and I guess this is a sure sign I shouldn't go on.

I wanted to like this story so, so badly. You can't imagine. Necromancy is exactly the kind of magic (or, more generally, power) that fascinates me, for all the possibilities it offers and questions it raises, and from the blurb, I thought I would love this story. Even the acronym for Caleb's ability (AFTD - Affinity For The Dead) got my attention.

But I just can't, for the fol
Tammy K.
Two things stand out the most with this story for me. The first is that it’s extremely "Young Adult" as in immature, childish characters. The second is that in spite of that the supernatural plot line was highly entertaining.
Let me try to break this down a little, first you should know the characters are ages 13-14 + adult figures. There is a talking dog. Well not exactly a talking dog, rather that the author gives voice to the dog’s internal thoughts, "the boy child, sent me those human good s
A Book Vacation
Apr 10, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this novel. I especially love that the main character is male, as more often than not, lead roles in YA literature are female (why is that?). I’ve been looking for something along these lines to promote reading among my male student for a while, and thankfully, I’ve now found it. With a main character that can raise corpses, how can you go wrong?

It is obvious that Blodgett spent a lot of time writing Death Whispers, perfecting the scientific and technological aspects of this futuri
Ariel Mathis
I tend to stay away from YA books that involve high schoolers because I find them to be immature and silly. This book, so not the case. I grabbed this book as a freebie a couple of years ago and am so glad I did. The author just 'gets it' with describing teenage life. It felt as if it could really happen.
As it turns out, the human genome has been fully mapped out & with it, paranormal 'markers' have been discovered. As a result, our government has decided to inoculate the children to bring
Sep 15, 2011 Lace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
1st Reading

It was a great book, but seemed to have lots of grammatical errors, and that REALLY bugged me. But I'm just very weird that way. Other than that, it was a great book, and I can't wait to get the second book in the series!
2nd Reading:
I found the grammer improved, figured id mention that first since im weird like that.
the story itself is a fun read that sucks you into the lives of an amazing group of friends. o
Dec 31, 2012 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to start! I LOVED this book! I felt like I was a fly on the wall listening to these kids talk unguarded...(fascinating vocabularies, by the way!) Even though the story takes place in the future, there were so many references to today's times and the semi-recent past, that it was all totally believable! Loved the characters, young teens at that in-between stage coming from so many different lifestyles. Great read!!!
Nov 12, 2011 Kami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I wasnt sure about this book at first since the main character is a guy, and I am used to reading book that have female leads. But I was suprisingly astounded. I really loved this book. The kids in it crack me up, and the parents, well most of them, are great. On a few parts I am sitting here saying wtf are these boys thinking doing that, and then I realize well they are boys, and thats what boys do. Im starting on the 2nd book in the series right now.
Dec 09, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EXCELLENT!!! What an incredible book. Tamara Rose Blodgett captures the essence of teen boy relationships and combines it perfectly with a fantastical paranormal tale.
Evan Peterson
Sep 13, 2012 Evan Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*50 Book Challenge 2012, Book 38*
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After the bad taste left by my last foray into books provided for free on Amazon I surprised myself by jumping right into another one instead of a work or author already tried and true. I'm glad I did.

The most basic premise is this: imagine a world where government backed mapping of the human genome in 2010 leads to a vaccine all children receive that has the added bonus of giving most children a superhuman power during puberty. Now fast forwar
Feb 25, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that stood out to me about Death Whispers is that it's told from a male point of view! It was very interesting and different to be in the mind of a teenage boy. Even though I myself have never been a teenage boy, I thought the author did a great job capturing the teen boy essence, complete with smelly socks and an insatiable appetite! But Caleb isn't a normal teenage boy, even among those who develop paranormal abilities. He has a rare ability to raise the dead!

I loved the setup
Aaron Lewis
Apr 16, 2011 Aaron Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stories with male leads aren’t normally my thing, and I wasn’t sure how far I’d get when I first started reading. But I was hooked by the end of the first page, and starting with a past event and then transitioning back to the present was what did it. It made me feel like the world inside Death Whispers had existed long before I’d opened the book, but at the same time I didn’t feel like I was struggling to catch up. Caleb’s memory of a disastrous day in Biology was the perfect place to start. It ...more
May 16, 2011 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviews
In Death Whispers by Tamara Rose Blodgett the human genome project has been finished and some amazing things were discovered. Human beings have the ability to harness paranormal powers! With this discovery the government becomes much more involved in everyone's lives as certain injections to help trigger these powers become mandatory. There are various types of power, but the rarest of all is affinity for the dead (AFTD). Caleb is a normal eighth grade boy, hanging out with his friends trying to ...more
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Aug 09, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to The Haunted Reading Room by: Joshua Cook
Reviewed for Free Book Dude for Aug. 27 2012

5 Stars!

I totally enjoyed this book and plan to immediately move on to the other books in the series. Author Tamara Rose Blodgett constructs an intricate framework in which her characters interact. Attuned to the adolescent patois, attitudes, and emotions, she skillfully draws both her young characters (most in eight grade and at or near puberty-a crucial factor in the plot) and the adults: parents, educators, school administrators, law enforcement per
Sep 24, 2012 Skylar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started this book, apart from it being YA. What I got was a cool paranormal story set in the futuristic 2025 with awesome attention to detail from extreme recycling, to Pulses, the mobile phones of the future. TRB has the most amazing imagination!
In the future, the teenage population not only have to deal with puberty but the possible onset of paranormal powers like Empath, Pyrokenesis, Telepathy and Affinity for the Dead(AFTD-corpse raising) just to na
Kimberly Spencer
Jul 27, 2011 Kimberly Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
So after a long break from reading/blogging/fun in general (worst decision ever), I finally finished Death Whispers by Tamara Rose Blodgett. And yes my friends, it was amazing. I don't usually go for books with male protags, but I lurved this one. It was definitely a fun read ... a little creepy (The kids have a thing for cemeteries), but fun. I don't want to give too much away, but it's basically about a group of kids who manifest powers after a government sanctioned vaccine or something. Their ...more
Tabitha Rowland
Dec 14, 2011 Tabitha Rowland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-reviewed
It was hard for me to decide of this book was a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

The beginning was a bit slow for me and it took me a while to adjust to the tone. After a few chapters I had almost considered putting it on "the back burner" and starting a new book.

I'm quite glad I didn't.

I realized that the tone was supposed to reflect the age of the teens in the story, and I was judging too harshly. So I read on, and soon found myself quite addicted to the story line. I found myself really wanting to know what
Logan Rutherford
This is the best free book I have read, and it is better than most paid ones; Indie and Traditionally published alike. I loved how the story took place from a guys perspective. I'm a dude, and sometimes, reading all these YA books taking place from a chicks POV can get old (and unmanly). This is one of the most original books I have ever read. I love the different powers in the book world, and it makes me wish that all teens could get these powers in real life...almost. It was also cool to read ...more
David Fournier
Jul 15, 2011 David Fournier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and Young Adults
Tamara Rose Blodgett does an excellent job of character building at the beginning of the story, which helps to surround the reader with her characters. And I like the digs she makes about the differences in eating habits between male and female teens.

While I am not a fan of zombies, Tamara tells the story in an exciting way; to make it not a true zombie story. As in this case the zombies are tools to be used, just as a sorcerer would summon demons to use as tools. This story is a mix of Sci-Fi a
Sherri Dub
For a debut book, this author shows promise.
I like the plot of the story that she was trying to weave together, but the (Point-of-view) needed to be a bit clearer at times. It nearly felt like "head-popping" was going on, due to the lack of quotation marks around many speaking parts for the first-person narration of Caleb.
There were definite formatting problems, too. But, those can easily be fixed.
I'm not much of a zombie fan, but I did like the concept of these kids having special powers. At ti
May 23, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this story was amazing. The characters were each unique and well thought through. The future setting in 2025 was very believeable and consistent. The idea of having a male main character was fantastic. It wouldnt be the same if it was a girl, and with him being only 14 the way he spoke and acted was very believeable.

Very well thought through and cant wait for the next book in this series.
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Tamara Rose Blodgett is the author of over seventy titles, including her NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novel, A TERRIBLE LOVE, and the international bestselling TOKEN serial, written under the pen name Marata Eros. Tamara writes a variety of dark fiction in the genres of erotica, fantasy, horror, romance, suspense and sci-fi. She and her hus
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