Whisper

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****This is the originally published YOUNG ADULT version of the newly re-released (digital) New Adult version.**

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 ...

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Overview

****This is the originally published YOUNG ADULT version of the newly re-released (digital) New Adult version.**

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...

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Braine at Talking Supe Reviews
"I enjoyed Whisper's story, it's a good take on a teenager dealing with the loss of her parents. But even with the motif of death in the background, Heather didn't delve too deeply on the pain but focused on moving forward with life after losing someone you love, choosing Hope over Grief, conquering death as Heather calls it... There are some mystical elements involved in the story such as curses, immortality, reincarnation but as you can tell what resonated with me were the emotions involved."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475223897
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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 husband and 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 helping her husband with DIY projects in their home (he woodworks - she paints) or 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 www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com
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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Another amazing book from author Heather Hildenbrand!

    The choice to read this book was an incredibly simple one to make. I absolutely fell in love with the author's Dirty Blood series; if you haven't read them yet, you definitely should. Not convinced? Check out my reviews for Dirty Blood and Cold Blood. Anyway, back to my review of Whisper. It was everything I hoped it would be and more! The main character is Whisper and when we are introduced to her she is still trying to come to terms with her parents dying. There is so much to admire about her: she's caring, intelligent, witty at times, and extremely passionate when it comes to rescuing animals. The family farm serves as a reserve for these animals that have nowhere else to go. It's obvious that Whisper has always had a love for animals, based on her memories, but I suspect it became more important to her after her parents died, since it was a big part of their lives as well. It certainly served to help her feel connected to them, by continuing their work. Her grandfather, Tinker, is a huge part of her life. They are very close and he's really the only person that knows exactly how she feels about her parents; he lost them too. There's a guy, Taregan, who works at the animal clinic and seem so to have some sort of romantic interest in Whisper. When we first meet him he seems innocent enough; just a boy with a crush. Things soon change though, which I'm not going to elaborate on. Mystery and intrigue enter the picture when Whisper happens to find a young man, Dylan, in the woods. He can't remember anything about who he is, but the connection between he and Whisper was very apparent early on. The characters were all so detailed and such great care was taken to develop them, that it was easy to forget that they don't really exist. Let's talk a little more about the connection between Dylan and Whisper, shall we? I'm not sure there were ever two fictional book characters more right for each other. Even though Dylan couldn't remember a thing, the way he was with Whisper made me fall in love with him. He understood her without even knowing much about her, something most people who had been in her life for years could not do. I had a lot of respect for him from the beginning, especially after Whisper tells him what happened to her parents. There are so many sweet moments like this that just cement the fact that these two were meant to be together. Their relationship is actually much more complicated than it seems (yes that's an understatement, and yes, I realize I'm being cryptic). You'll just have to read it for yourself to find out what I mean. I loved the mystery that surrounded Dylan. Who he really was, what he was doing in the woods that night, who might have wanted to hurt him. It made it impossible for me to put the book down. I enjoyed the ending immensely. Not only was it intense, but some mystery still remained as to how everything would work out. It was hard to write this review, simply because I didn't want to give too much away. All you really need to know is that the characters and story are absolutely amazing and you will love the romance between Whisper and Dylan.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Over the past year I've read several Heather Hildenbrand's books

    Over the past year I've read several Heather Hildenbrand's books. I believe WHISPER makes book number four. And each time I begin a new book, I'm consistently struck by her talent. Hildenbrand's writing is simply pure, a true pleasure to read.

    WHISPER is the story of a young woman, Whisper, struggling through the depression that follows her parents' tragic deaths. Withdrawn from the friends, activities that once occupied her life, Whisper honestly just wants to be left alone, away from pity. When she happens upon a young man in the woods, injured, with no memory or family, Whisper's life is set on a new path of love, loss, and destiny.

    What I found interesting about WHISPER was the use of the Native American, specifically Cherokee, culture and beliefs. I must admit, I've read very few books with Native American characters. My knowledge about the culture is very limited. (Although I think every kid I ever went to school with claimed their grandmother was half-"Indian". Always Cherokee.) So with that limited knowledge in hand, I was fascinated by the legends employed in the story.

    The use of the Native American legends made me consider an entirely different train of thought. Which is, while I would technically classify WHISPER as a paranormal story (based on events throughout the last half of the book), if you believe in the Native American culture, that's not necessarily the case. The events would be considered entirely possible. Granted, this whole line of thinking has gotten a bit off point, but I'm hoping someone will think that is as cool as I did.

    I did find the pace at the beginning of the story to be a bit slow. A lot of that can be contributed to the effort of laying out the background to Whisper's story; her parents' deaths, the depression that followed. Once Whisper and the boy she rescues begins to piece together the whole story, that's when the story really began to gel and move for me. I loved the revelations, the struggles, and the conclusion. And I am always happy to find a nice stand-alone story.

    I found WHISPER to be a really good, beautifully written story. Heather Hildenbrand never disappoints me.

    Favorite Quote:
    "If there was ever a moment so sweet, so brimming with life that I knew I'd never forget it, this was it. Our breath hung on the air. There was a collective pause that seemed to include, not only the house itself, but the entire universe. As if every existing thing hung in the balance under the weight of our joined gaze." (ebook, 46%)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

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    As I expected, I was totally engrossed in this book until the very end. I absolutely love Heather’s writing style and anytime she comes out with new work, I have to read it!

    I must say that the feelings that I had in the beginning of the book were very dark and sad. When Whisper explains all that has happened to her surrounding her parent’s accident, I could not help but tear up. Heather uses such powerful words that I found my heart breaking for Whisper.

    Whisper is a great character. She is a lot stronger than she thinks she is and I think by the end of the book, she was learning that! Dylan, oh sweet Dylan! Who would not love him? He is sweet and caring. Although, there were a couple of times throughout the book that I wondered what the heck he was up to? I know what he did was all for Whisper, but, geesh, give a girl a break.

    I really enjoyed the Cherokee aspects of the book and I liked learning about the different legends. The rituals were very interesting and it made me want to research into it further.

    All in all, I can say that it did not take me long to finish reading. It captivated my attention and I used every free moment to keep going. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Beautiful!!

    Oh Wow..I really loved this story! It was so beautiful & unique! I loved all the Cherokee traditions & rituals that were incorporated into it. Whisper is such a loving, caring soul. She suffered through a terrible tragedy but somehow finds a way to survive & help others. And Dylan, Oh Dylan.. he's just perfect. So much mystery surrounding his life, yet he's still strong & compassionate. And even though Dylan & Whisper both have experienced so much sadness, this story is one of hope that will leave your heart full & warm. This is definitely a book I will read again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2014

    I absolutely loved this book! It reminded me a little of Shiver

    I absolutely loved this book! It reminded me a little of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, but for a slightly more mature audience (and I adored that book too!). Whisper had me hanging on every word, desperately wanting this beautiful stranger to remember who he was and why he was in the woods that night. When he does wake up, I love how the two of them interact with each other The fact that she gives him a name like she would a lost dog just sums up the kind of person she is.
    I developed such a fondness for Whisper (what an amazing name, huh?), who had been through such hell herself. She is a broken soul and it's only when you get to the end do you realise just how broken. And it's not just the tragedy of losing her parents, there's so much more to it than that.
    The fact that the author delved into Cherokee traditions particularly interested me. I do love to learn about people with deep spiritual connections and perhaps that is another reason why this book spoke to me like it did.
    Not only will Whisper leave you breathless, it's also beautifully written by Heather Hildenbrand - a name I'm sure we'll be seeing lots more in the future and I know I can hardly wait!

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    From the start of this book, the author was able to describe the

    From the start of this book, the author was able to describe the deep sadness of the main character.  The main character, Whisper, doesn’t even speak in the first paragraph and the reader is already feeling a strong sense of sadness.  We don’t know why we are so sad but we feel what Whisper is feeling.

    As Whisper’s best friend tries to bring her back to a sense of normalcy, I found myself wanting to resist the push to go out and mingle.  It had been 5 months since Whisper’s world fell apart but it still felt too soon to start living again.

    Whisper agrees to go out with her friend anyway but as expected, it ia becomes overwhelming and Whisper needs to find someplace to be alone.  As she is walking in the woods, she hears someone calling for help.  She locates the source of the distress and immediately calls for help.  Help arrives and brings the injured boy to the hospital.  When Whisper refuses to leave his side, we start to wonder is she being really nice or is she trying to help him in order to heal herself.

    In the meantime, we are introduced to another guy from her life before it fell apart.  He is very concerned about Whisper and tries to help her heal but she will not accept it.

    As the story goes on, the two boys start playing bigger roles in Whisper’s life and the reader starts to wonder which boy is right for her.  Is anything they are saying the truth? 

    As we figure out which guy is the right one, secrets start to unfold that leave the reader even more anxious than we had been up to this point.  Whisper will have to make a decision that will make the wrong guy happy but the right guy upset.  Seems like this decision would be a no-brainer but there are enough consequences with her different choices that there appears to be no good decision.  

    The author did such a wonderful job setting up the story that I could actually feel the emotions that the main character, Whisper, was going though.  I was sad when Whisper was sad; unsure when she was trying to figure out the intentions of the two guys in the story; and conflicted as she tried to make a decision about how to deal with the secrets that were unfolding as the story went on.

    I couldn’t put this book down.  This was one of those books where the only reason I stopped reading is because it was 3:00am and I had to be up at 7:00.  Even then, I was reluctant to stop reading.  This is a paranormal romance but with a Cherokee legend twist in it that made it really different from other paranormal books I have read in the past.

    This book stuck with me after finishing it.  I keep thinking about the characters and how unique and interesting they are.  I will probably end up reading this one again because I miss the characters and want to go on the journey with them again. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    There is a myth that Whisper's aunt Lydia knows. It is about the

    There is a myth that Whisper's aunt Lydia knows. It is about their first chief's daughter and how she was in love with one while she had to marry another. The man she had to marry wanted power over the tribe and used black magic to further his growing power. When they consummated their marriage, she died and he gained immortality. The man she loved went to their wise woman and asked if he could gain immortality so he could protect her when she is reincarnated and has to face the evil man again and again. But some day something would change the way the end plays out and the curse will be broken at midnight.




    I was a little skeptical about this book because the synopsis didn't give much detail on the book, but when I started reading it I totally fell in love with it. After going through the death of her parents, you can see why she didn't want to leave the mysterious boy she found in the woods to die. I really connected with her resilient nature of not giving up on the boy in case he didn't have a family to go to. Once he woke up, he no longer remembered who he was or where.




    Not knowing anythingother then there was poem of death by Dylan Thomas, Whisper names him Dylan. He has Brown hair and eyes and according to Whisper, "Sexy. As. Hell." He is a great guy who, through out the book, helps Whisper to understand their instant attraction and calm down her hero complex. Although Whisper is only interested in Dylan, there is another who set their eyes on becoming more for Whisper and his name is Taregan. He is full Cherokee blood and thinks she is perfect for him.  But he has a dark side. One that remains hidden until Dylan remembers who is and what he has to do.




    All in all, this was a great book about Cherokee myths and how love has the power to conquer even the most darkest days. It deals with the heavy topic of losing arenas and having to go on myself. This is YA, but defiantly has NA moments. This books earns all 5 stars. It captures your soul and never lets it go. The sexy Dylan isn't bad to read about either! *cue drool and stares!*

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    So what happens to the soul when we die? Some religions believe

    So what happens to the soul when we die? Some religions believe we go to Heaven (Christianity and all the sub religions belonging to it), The Summer Land and subsequently reincarnation (Pagan Faiths and all other sub systems belonging to it), and then others believe the soul continues to live on life after life until the mission of that soul is complete, can this be real? Who knows, no one truly knows what happens after death, but what about what happens when there’s a curse initiated on a trio of souls by an ancient Medicine woman in hopes that the wrongs of the past lives can be corrected in this life.  To answer these questions we must look into the lives of Whisper, Taregan, and Dylan who live in modern-day Colorado.
    Taregan and Dylan, ancient warrior brothers of the Cherokee tribes once fought for the affections of one Cherokee Princess Uganowa, it was through a means of deceit that Taregan won her hand via her father’s blessing.  However, something dark was coming into play, Taregan had other ideas.  And so set the cycle that continued until our story picked up right after Whisper’s parents’ death – in what she believed to be a motor vehicle accident – and her release from a mental hospital.  The story plays out from Whisper’s perspective and we’re led on a path to find the ending wishing and hoping she finally gets her fairy tale happy ending.  As cliché as it sound after all the tragedy that’s surrounded her for the last year the reader knows she deserves it and we cling to the hope she finds it.
    Ultimately this novel was a quick and amazing read, the author weaves the story together beautifully – in this genre of YA novels the story does not play out like a typical YA romance novel or any other for that matter, she stayed away from the typical romance novel “formula” or guy/girl meets girl/guy, they bicker and fight, figure out they actually like each other, dance around one another for a while, finally go on a date, and BAM we’re thrown into sex scene after sex scene after sex scene to the point that you wonder if their lives actually go on at some point, then they have a huge argument, split, some circumstance throws them back together and they realize they love each other and happy ending.  Instead, she chooses to slowly build the romance between Taregan and Dylan to the point that you know it is coming and sort of expect it, but don’t actually see it coming until it’s there.
    Whisper is beautifully written, with the mythology of the Cherokee Legends interwoven beautifully into the story while staying away from the cliché romance formula.  Five out of Five Stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    really liked it

    good read. Sweet characters. interesting and twisting plot

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

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    This book blew me away. I am a huge fan of Heather's writing and

    This book blew me away. I am a huge fan of Heather's writing and this was I think her best ever. I could re-read this 10 times over and still love it every time. Heather does such a wonderful job describing the emotions that Whisper is going through to a point that you almost feel what she is feeling. It rings so true to anyone who has had a tragic loss in their life. She brings hope when you feel there is no hope left or reason to go on. In Whisper's story Heather brings light and hope for someone who is surrounded in darkness, giving them just what they need to survive. In this case it's a soul mate. There are so many what if's when it comes to "soul mates" and magic in Native American history, and after reading this it makes you want to believe. I won't give details about the story in my review because it would honestly take away from the emotions you should feel when you don't know what is going to happen. Kind of like a surprise. Don't read any detailed synopsis of this book. Read it with a blank slate. You will get so much more from it that way and it will leave you speechless. I hope that...no I know that you will love this story.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have had it for awhile, and wish I had gott

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have had it for awhile, and wish I had gotten to it sooner. It is a story of hope, and curses, and love.
    Whisper is a 17 year old Cherokee girl whose parents have recently died. Since then she has had a hard time moving on with life and being social at all. That is until she finds Dylan. Dylan brings hope back into her life. But everything isn't all happiness. Heather Hildenbrand spins a tale of magic and curses that had me anxiously turning pages to uncover the mystery. There are even a few unexpected twists in the end. I don't think there are any sequels planned, but I would love to read one. I recommend this to eveyone!

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    Posted November 28, 2012

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