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Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning
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Aug 23, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from August 23 to September 15, 2012

I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book baised solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen.
1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Alexis is a complicated individual with a lot on her plate and she deals with every situation as it comes. She is a strong character that thinks quick on her feet and instantly makes connections between certain events, even though the reader never sees it coming. Instead of dramatic irony, where the reader knows what is going on but the character doesn't, this book is the total opposite with the character making connections that the reader never saw coming. I found this to be quite enjoyable instead of the opposite. What I did not find enjoyable what-so-ever was how clingy Alexis is with Chance. This girl really needs to learn to stop being so stupidly in love. She is a kickarse character though and having a tragic flaw makes this character, oh-so-real. 5 out of 5 stars
2. Strong Minor Characters:
Brooke is so sassy and a real girl version of an older doting sister. It is refreshing to not have siblings argueing all the time and since I think most siblings get along MOST of the time, the character is very convincing. She reminds me of a bewildered puppy. She is so innocent in everything. Chance's character I find a little boring only because he is always so wrapped up in Alexis. It annoys me a little that he always thinks about her, but that is his tragic flaw that makes him more real to me. Plus, he has a lot of his plate. Plus, I loved the fire-girl and creepy, dark ghost man. I do not want to name them in keeping with the mystery of the story, but you will be pleasantly surprised. 5 out of 5 stars
3. The Setting:
The area is so diverse that I feel as if I have been there before. The details of the setting are so sharp like a picture. I guess, the saying is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, only in reverse. A thousand words is worth a picture. I enjoy a setting that takes place all over, whether a town, community, or really all over. Being in one place, one setting too long takes the fun out of reading, because the setting gets boring and isn't diverse enough. This book had a great balance. It did all the regular teen stuff, like a majority of school, but the author took the reader all over town, which was great. 5 out of 5 stars
4. The Plot:
This was one unique read. I have never read a story like it before and I have read a lot of books. The only thing remotely traceable is the star-crossed lovers thing going on between Alexis and Chance. Even with that though, the novel is very unique. It is not like a remake of Romeo and Juliet. Anything that isn't a remake or similar to another book's story, is unique to me. I would hate to read the same book twice with different titles. 5 out of 5 stars
I am looking forward to reading the next installment of this series. I would love a free copy inexchange for an intensive review like this one or something stronger. No one will know until I get a free book. Hint, hint.
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