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A Whisper to a Scream by Elissa Gabrielle
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Dec 13, 2010

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With A Whisper to a Scream, Elissa Gabrielle takes poetry, drama and romance and sculpts a phenomenal reading experience. Taking the boy-meets-girl template, Gabrielle infuses social issues like racial consciousness, domestic violence and interracial relationships to switch up the monotony that can be found in many romance novels on the market today. Each character is carefully placed in A Whisper to a Scream's wordscapes, making this novel progress as fluidly as a motion picture centered around two main characters on a collision course of love.

The reader swings back and forth between Queen and Quincy chapter-by-chapter as they explore their lives past, present and future. Gabrielle uses this to great effect, building each characters' history and the inevitable connection of sweet surrender. The volley sometimes allows a scene started by either Quincy or Queen shift perspective in the next chapter. There were a couple of points in A Whisper to a Scream that had me devastated by its conclusion only to be sucked right back into the fray as the next chapter started without skipping a beat.

Elissa Gabrielle's A Whisper to a Scream is not without fault in terms of readability. Riddled with punctuation errors and inconsistencies, there are quite a few bumps in the road to A Whisper to a Scream's redemption. I also wished that the woman on the book's over was a tad bit darker, not necesarrily dark-skinned. This would better highlight the contrast between Queen and Quincy. Both the man and the woman on the book I read looked White at a glance. Even on a closer look, I didn't get the "interracial" feel from them. However, this novel is so compelling and so gripping, the characters realistic and stirring, the issues so relevant and openly discussed, A Whisper to a Scream is easily recommendable.

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