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Whispering Hills

(Whispering Hills #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Life and death, love and hate, friends and enemies...

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 su
Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 19th 2012 (first published March 15th 2012)
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Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Whispering Hills' plot which involves ghosts, witches, and telepathy is a sure way to lure me in, especially after having previously enjoyed Taryn's work in Dark Seeker. It's vastly different from her other series, however, and even though I never grew very fond of the characters in this novel, I was easily kept entertained by its suspense and mystery that are aplenty.

The characters are honestly the only reason that this novel failed to get me glued to its pages. The protagonist, Alexis, can com
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17-year-old Alexis can hear other people’s thoughts, but only when they are making a decision to do something. When she hears someone thinking ‘I’m going to dump her dead body in the lake’, she knows that she is hearing the thoughts of a murderer.

The new boy at school Chance seems to be showing an interest in her though, and she arranges to go with him to the autumn dance, even though she is worried over who is about to be killed.
What is Chance hidi
Audrey Wilkerson
Alexis Forbes has been able to hear the thoughts of those around her for as long as she can remember. To be precise, she only can hear when someone has made a decision, so in that regard she is fortunate that she does not have to listen to everyone’s constant chatter. No one but her sister, Brooke, knows of her “ability;” not her mother, the town social committee president, her father, an absentee CIA agent or somesuch, and not even her best friend, Tiffany.

Alexis meets the handsome new guy at s
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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I am a huge fan of Taryn Browning's Dark Seeker novel so I was quite excited to get hold of and participate in her Whispering Hills blog tour.

Alexis Forbes has the unique ability to hear the thoughts of others, but its a gift that can be quite sporadic. When she starts hearing a callous murderer thinking of his victim she begins to wonder who the sociopath could possibly be and unable to inform the authorities she relies on the school outca
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was so great! This is not your average ghost story by any means. Whispering Hills keeps you guessing, intrigued and engaged. I was sucked in from the very first page and then the next thing I know I'm done with the book and immediately wanting more.

Alexis is cool and I immediately connected with her. I thought Chance was beyond adorable too. Plus Chance is a great name. I have actually been seeing it a lot lately. He was great, but it certainly took Alexis long enough to actually real
Heather Robbins
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I was so excited to read this! Taryn has a way with words and this book is NO exception. Whispering Hills is like no other story I've read. It has mystery, suspense, action, and of course Romance! It's a Ghost Story...a love story and man do I enjoy both of those :)

The story line is so interesting and has loads of twists and turns but not so much that you get lost. It is just the right amount and it will KEEP you turning the pages to
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
Chapter by Chapter
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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: ...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
He removed his hand from mine, pushed my hair behind my ear, and leaned in to kiss my forehead.. “I’d do anything for you.”

Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning had me on such a roller coaster, every time I thought I knew what was going to happen next, Taryn would completely surprise me and throw in an amazingly awesome twist to the story! This story had me on the edge of my seat from the very first page, till the very last and then left me dying to know what will happen next in book two.

Now there
Isra Starr
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Whispering Hills is a book that I was definitely excited to read when I found out about the book tour and I was so lucky that there was room for me on the tour! I have to say that I don’t regret it in the slightest. The book was really rather good and despite a few flaws, it was an enjoyable read that I finished in two days!

Alexis is seventeen years old and has been living in Whispering Hills her entire life. She’s just like every other teenager in her small town except for one small addition; s
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I was super excited to read this book! I absolutely LOVED Miss Browning's debut book Dark Seeker. I wasn't at all worried about her turning from vampires to something totally new. I knew she was capable of just about anything and new this book would be good just not....THIS GOOD! I loved her new book! It took me a while to read but only because of life getting in the way.

I loved the characters but sometimes (honestly) Alexis was a bit
Elsa Carrion
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story very much with a plot that is very different and have not come accross before. Gabriel, Summer, Alexis, & Chance are the main characters in the story and are described very well. Alexis is 17 years old and can hear everyone’s thought, that is until Chance and Gabriel come along. She can not explain this unique ability but it has to do with something that happened 13 years ago and why they are all linked somehow. Summer is a very different girl that has no friends at scho ...more
Amy Fournier
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When approached about doing the blog tour for this book, I was very excited. The synopsis sounded awesome and just my type of book. I was not disappointed. This book was wonderful. The characters are great and the story was amazing. I didn't want to put this book down. I am big on paranormal and this was a very cool and interesting take on it.

Alexis can hear voices, no it's not just in her head. She hears other people's thoughts. The only other person who knows is her sister. When she hears tho
Whispering Hills is just another normal town, only 17-year-old Alexis Forbes, who can hear thoughts of the people around her, knows the truth. Luckily no one knows about Alexis Forbes ability but her older sister, Brooke, but that will soon change, since new guy 'Chance Whitefield' rocks up at Alexis school with a scert of his own. Suddenly Alexis start's to hear someones thoughts and they will kill to get back what was stolen from them. In my option, I found that Taryn Browning gives her reader ...more
Kristin  Aragon
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal

Originally reviewed at Better Read Than Dead

Ah, I loved Whispering Hills. Taryn did an excellent job winding the elements of suspense, terror, and romance into one this one magically spine-tingling and roller-coaster ride of a book. My favorite thing about Taryn's writing is her ability to create strong, no-nonsense, kick butt heroines.

Alexis hangs with the popular crowd, but only on the fringes. Her best friend is a cheerleader but Alexis is much more content, alone in her room painting. Part o
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

I'm really glad I signed up for this tour because I got to read a really good book. Taryn Browning provided me another world I want to live in, another group of people I would love to be friends with.

Alexis isn't like most girls, she can read minds. Only, she can't do it when she wants to or when it would be most convenient for her. It just sort of happens and she doesn't know why. She is friends with the popular girls, but isn't really one of them.
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Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning is one of those books you cannot put down, not matter how hard you try. It sucks you in and holds you there through the very end. Alexis Forbes is no stranger to weird, considering she hears voices. Not just any voices, the thoughts more specifically decisions made by anyone and everyone around her. Now her problems are spinning further from “normal,” when she hears the voice of someone planning to kill someone. The problem, she does not recognize the voice.

Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Alexis Forbes is not your average high school student. Alexis can hear people’s thoughts – but not in the way you think of when you hear that someone can read minds. Alexis can only hear people’s thoughts when they have made a decision to do something. The story starts with Alexis hearing the thought , “I’m going to kill her.” Right after hearing those words, Alexis meets her new locker neighbor, Chance. Oddly enough, Alexis can’t hear Chance’s thoughts.

As Alexis and Chance become closer, she s
E. Bard
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a good quick read with some very enjoyable characters. I'm giving it 4.5 stars but yes, over where you see them, the rating translates into five. I'm old school, so hey, it's rounding.

This story had an excellent start and hooked me early. Here's my synopsis:

Alexis is a high school senior who can hear the thoughts of others. Not just any thoughts mind you - she only hears the decisive ones. So when the thoughts of a killer are voiced in the girl's mind, Alexis panics. She's powerless t
Paige (TheBookVulture)
**I will be updating my review soon. But for now, it's 2am and I'm tired and this probably won't make much sense.**

I had a lot of problems with this book.

Firstly, instalove. Chance and Alexis were thrown together way, WAY too early. And then - after like 1 kiss - they start saying "I love you" to each other. Ugh. Ruined what could've been an amazing romance. They also met in chapter one. Far too early. It needed to be spread out; I mean, this is only book one. It really needed to be paced better
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are numerous points I can make about Whispering Hills, but I'll stick with the one that impressed me most. Rarely in this genre do we readers get to experience a female protagonist that is strong willed, no-nonsense, head strong, and most unbelievably, not whiny. Alex Forbes is all that and more.

Somewhere in her short 17 years she developed the curse of reading others thoughts - not on purpose, but randomly. Her entire life she's been barraged with the decisions and whims of others withou
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When Alexis hears the thoughts of a killer, she knows she has to find out who it is before they kill again. Though, what she doesn't realize, is that working out the mystery will open her memory to an event that should have been different.
Can you really change fate, and not have any implications?

This was an okay book, but all the plot holes ruined it, and by the halfway mark, i was quite bored.

Alexis stated how she can only hear peoples thoughts when they made decisions, but i found the stuff
Brianna Kilcrease
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thrilling! This book was a masterpiece. Ghosts aren't really a genre I read about, but this one was awesome! It was a love story too :)

The romance was perfect, and so was the amount of thrill, adventure, suspense, etc. Alexis is tied to three people in a horrific event when she is just four years old. Whispering Hills tells of the story about these bonds, and how one of the four plans to break them. As the truth comes out, Alexis, Chance and Summer must team up to defeat Gabriel, but who will wi
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having a very interesting theme, “Whispering Hills” (YA paranormal romance) by Taryn Browning really drags you inside with its attractive story. Althoughugh it looks like a unique ability, being able to hear other people’s decisions is a very difficult thing for Alexis, especially when she starts to hear the thoughts of a horrible killer. Through this flow, you’ll learn about her connection to the dead and her dark past.
Of course in this darkness, there is love between Alexis and Chance; I real
Marik Berghs
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

“Whispering Hills” is a promising debut for a series and should be well received by anyone who enjoys a “ghostly” story. The book is well written, the characters are interesting and the author does a slow reveal of the paranormal aspects, which adds to the overall feeling of spookiness. I liked the secondary characters as well as the protagonist. Alexis has the ability to hear other people’s thoughts but only under certain circumstances, a mysterious condition that is part of the carefully const
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
So I read this book within the
matter of hours . I really enjoyed it ! It was refreshingly unique . It sits apart from a lot of others in this genre . It wasn't totally predictable and I was engaged to the very end
I enjoyed the main characters especially Summer and Alexis . I hope to learn more about grace and summer in the next book.
I look forward to reading the next installment in the series . It was a fast and enjoyable read and I highly recommend it .
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ry-2012, read-in-2013
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Alexis is just passing through like a normal student in high school, well as normal as a girl can be with the ability to hear the decisions people make in their minds. That's when she hears "him" make the decision to kill her, and put her in the lake. But who is he and who is the her he is going to kill? Alexis goes on a search to find out who this him is. There has been word that the mayor's daughter has been missing. Could this be the her that he was talking about? Eventually the mayor's daugh ...more
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See original review post by IMReviews over @The Bookish Brunette

Dude. I have so many thoughts on this book, that I honestly DO NOT know how to put them all into something that makes sense. I hate it when that happens! I wanted this book to rock my face off so bad and it was so close! Yea.. I know… boo. The very first sentence of the book reads: “I’m going to kill you.”
(&& really How can something that starts this way NOT rock your face.. err – everything off!?)

Alexis can hear peoples tho
Mar 24, 2012 added it
After reading Taryn's book, Dark Seeker, I knew that she would be an author to follow. And, lucky me, there was an upcoming blog tour for her newest novel, Whispering Hills. Whispering Hills is a paranormal romance that follows the supernatural mind reading life of Alexis, and the drama that becomes her norm. While I prefer Taryn's Janie Grey character, Alexis and her band of misfits continues, even now that I'm done with Whispering Hills, to grow on me.

It all starts with Chance, doesn't it alwa
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I write novels for young adults. My debut novel, DARK SEEKER, is available on Amazon and B&N. The sequel, DARK RETURN, will be available in late fall, 2012. My YA paranormal romance, WHISPERING HILLS, was just released, March 2012. If you like YA urban fantasy and paranormal romance, please check them out!

I graduated with a BS in Education from Towson University and went on to earn a MS in Re