Whispering Hills

Whispering Hills

by Taryn Browning


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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 suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn't remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she's falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He's definitely not like any guy she's ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she'll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago.

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ISBN-13: 9781470140175
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Taryn Browning writes young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. Her debut novel, DARK SEEKER, is available on Amazon and B&N. The sequel, DARK RETURN, comes out in late, 2012.

Taryn graduated with a BS in Education from Towson University and went on to earn a MS in Reading from Hood College. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two young sons and their dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, music, movies, and the beach.

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Whispering Hills 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Minnie_Medina More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first sentence. I literally had to force myself to put down the book. It puts a new and intriguing twist to the supernatural world. I liked the way Taryn Browning puts this world together and the plot and story behind it. It is very intriguing how the characters interact and the mystery around the cousins. I definitively recommend this book and I'll be waiting for the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I read Taryn Browning's Dark Beauty and Dark Seeker, I knew Whispering Hills was going to be great. It was such a real treat to read. Taryn Browning's writing is so original. From the characters to the story line and the theme...When I think I know what is going to happen next, she surprises me with something else. It's a page turner, definitely. I couldn't put it down! I look forward to reading more of Taryn Browning's!!
StormmySky More than 1 year ago
Over all this was a quick, easy, and entertaining read. Part of me wished it would have been more of a murder mystery than a paranormal romance, but I still couldn't stop reading. It's a definite page turner. The first half of the book had a great amount of mystery that really sucked me in, and a good level of suspense. What I wanted to see more of: I didn't feel like Alexis' relationship with Chance was fully developed in the beginning/middle of the book. If it was more developed, it probably would have pushed my rating to 4 stars. I also would have loved to have read more chapters from Chance's point of view. I thought the jump between narrators was really interesting and added to the mystery and suspense. I wish Brooke would have been in the story a little bit more. I enjoyed the time she and Alexis spent together as sisters. And of course the ending was wide open! I will definitely be picking up the next one.
ELSACARRION More than 1 year ago
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 school but is in for the ride of her life when Alexis pulls her in kicking and screaming to their little adventure. Alexi’s uniqueness was something that was not advertised. Summer’s uniqueness on the other hand was known and she was helped through out her childhood which in turn made her stronger and a kick ass kind of girl. Chance is a great guy with very good male qualities, I want one of those. Gabriel whom is Chance’s cousin, is just plain nuts, but still very cute. It broke my heart when Summer was very hateful toward Chance but I was able to see what and why she was doing it. Why is it that they think their actions are for the best when it’s obvious going to blow up in their face! At times I was aggravated with Alexi’s with her actions, it seemed that she was smarter than some of the actions and situations she placed her self in. There were several slaps to my forehead with my palm, yelling at her not to do it!!! Yes, I looked like a fool since I was reading in a very public place, but who really cares. It was just some of those things that teenagers think they are right and not really think it threw. I was left with saying “really”,”really”, “are you really that clueless!” Alexis and Chance made a great couple and I was hoping that Gabriel would change his ways and hook up with Summer, but oh well maybe Ms. Taryn Browning saved that romance for the next book, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the second one. I would like to thank you Ms. Browning for the opportunity to review her great story. (Oh gosh this review got away from me did not mean to make it this long; I just couldn’t stop jabbering about it).
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
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 school, Chance Whitefield. He is drawn to Alexis and she finds him intriguing as well, though it seems his family is not exactly new to town. One day, Alexis hears an evil voice; one that speaks of killing. Soon after, Whispering Hills is thrown into turmoil when the mayor’s daughter, Tracey, goes missing. Could this act be related to the evil voice Alexis had heard? Soon Alexis is drawn into a mystery about how her past connects her to Chance, his cousin, Gabriel, and Summer, the school outcast. Will they find Tracey? Will Alexis learn the truth about her past and how she got her ability? Overall, I think the author had a very interesting and intriguing idea for a story. However, I also think this book could have benefitted from another run through the edit machine. The story does not seem fully formed; it feels rushed, like it should have been several chapters longer. I felt there was a lack of balance in the story as well. We read about the dad, but never met him. Convenience for the writer? The mom sounded more like a cipher of a mom who didn’t care at all about her kids. Though her portrayal made me think something bigger was going to happen with her, it didn’t. The relationships didn’t have time to develop. There wasn’t enough “meat” in the supposed bond between Alexis and Brooke to convince me of any deep ties. Was I supposed to assume them because Brooke was the only person trusted with Alexis’ secret? With Alexis and Chance, all of the sudden they are holding hands and she’s referring to him as her boyfriend? I had to re-read some pages to make sure I hadn’t missed something. Also, the lame fight at the end...no. The only relationship that feels real to me is the one between Alexis and Summer, maybe because they don’t really know each other and things are supposed to be awkward between them. It seems like the reader is supposed to infer a lot from a little. The random thoughts that Alexis hears read very awkwardly and, on occasion, I felt pulled out of the story because of a clunky description or term. These are all things I assume a good editor would have seen and repaired. I always appreciate a well-written book, and I think that Ms. Browning, for the most part, comes up with more hits than misses with her descriptions, variety of word usage and character development; I just wish it had been a little fuller and more even. Hopefully the second book in the series will improve in these areas. Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning was published March 15, 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
ObsessionwithBooks More than 1 year ago
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 outcast, Summer to help her find the killer. When new student Chance Whitehead arrives in Whispering Hills he is instantly drawn to Alexis for reasons she is yet to understand. She is curious about him and why she can’t hear his thoughts. Chance was certainly a mystery, his interactions in the early stages of the book with his uncle had me intrigued - I was really keen to find out what he was so secretive about. As the story progresses, we learn about who is behind the murder and the connection Alexis shares with this person, trying to stop him proves to be quite difficult so seeing them work out a resolution was interesting (I won’t reveal any details to avoid spoilers). I liked Alexis and Chance as characters and as a couple, the only thing which put me off with them was their relationship moving at an unrealistic pace, I generally enjoy a slow build-up between a h/h rather than it being too much too soon. In saying this, I am quite eager to see how their relationship will pan out and if it is at all possible. Each of the secondary characters were thought out well, Summer was absolutely wonderful! I was intrigued by her past and of her witchy abilities, she was fascinating and believable. I also liked the relationship Alexis shared with her sister Brooke, it was a sweet and open bond that I enjoyed reading about. Gabriel I was torn about, I loved him but hated him at the same time, I really felt for him and the grudge he had held on to for so long. Whispering Hills has an edgy, dark feel to it; I am impressed by its originality. I was so eager to find out the mystery of the Whitehead boys and their history and I must admit it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting. I haven’t read many ghostly YA books and the premise I found to be fascinating, Whispering Hills has an engaging and intriguing plot with so many exciting twists and turns, the characters were each likeable and the world building was strong. I also enjoy Taryn Browning’s descriptive and entertaining writing. All in all, a great start to this new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First Line: "I'm going to kill her." 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 win in the end? I really liked this concept, and if I was Alexis, I would have fallen in love with Chance the moment I met him. First off, I love the name Chance, so cute! And second off, he's such a sweetheart :) Gabriel on the other hand is the demon the Chance's angel. He constantly harasses everyone in the world and should be shot. But that's another story... "Alex, I'll feel ya later." Gabriel saluted me. "Unfortunately," I grumbled. That's just one funny example of how Gabriel gets on Alexis' nerves. And then Summer is like the sidekick and best friend of Alexis. I won't spill the beans on what she actually is or what part she plays in the book. But the point is, this was a great book and the cover is FREAKIN BEAUTIFUL.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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: “I’m going to kill her.” Come on. If you aren’t already interested in the novel…well, then *la pretzel face*. Oh and just in case that hasn’t reeled you in yet (which I am shocked by) I’ll also mention that we get such a fast introduction to the romantic male lead Chance. Oh Chance… who is so charming, witty and romantic. Readers are bound to fall in love with him, I know that I did. Not only does Chance manage to end up in a relationship with the main character Alexis in record time after knowing her for only a period of days (pretty speedy there tough guy), but there are chapters in his POV (point of view) and they are told in the third person.Personally, I found these third person chapters more enjoyable than the story itself sometimes. Mainly because they held so much mystery, not only did author Taryn Browning manage to put in so many details that hinted at Chance not having normal teenage experiences (ex: his first high school dance, but he’s seventeen…) and at him not being normal in general. Kind of fishy, but it’s definitely worth it. Alexis’s psychic ability played a major role in the novel, and it was one of those abilities that I wouldn’t mind having; Mind reading. The way that Browning wrote about the thoughts that Alexis could hear and the impact that they had on her physically had me thinking of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Buff could hear everybody’s thoughts and one of the thoughts being a killers. Maybe you’ve seen it, maybe you haven’t—my point is that the novel is exactly like that. Alexis would be hearing somebody’s decisions and then BANG! You hear the killer. Not only did it have my creep levels off the charts, but at one point we end up learning one thing and that is the killer’s name: Gabriel the ghost… erm…yeah you heard me right: Ghost. As the novel progressed, it began to move at an insanely quick pace. Not only was it twist after twist and dramatic chapter conclusion after dramatic chapter conclusion, but there is actually a whole lot more than simple ghost whispering going on. There’s witchcraft and pyrokenisis and dark secrets that are about to become discovered when really they should be left alone. All in all, a heart pounding read that I won’t soon forget. Not to mention that it finishes on a note where a sequel must be created and I know who will eagerly counting the days until it lands in my hands. *points at self*. I would recommend this to somebody who wants to read a paranormal novel or even fans of the Shade series. Ghost and romance lovers everywhere are bound to love Whispering Hills. Happy ghost hunting.
livelife More than 1 year ago
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 always start with a boy? Chance is a mystery and his arrival, or is it return, to Whispering Hills ignites more than gossip in the small town. With this mysterious new boy also comes murder, but Alexis is inexplicably drawn to him. Unfortunately, Alexis' best friend Tiffany has her eye on him as well, and when Chance tells Tiffany that he has feelings for someone else it seems to cause a major rift between Alexis and Tiff; well, that partnered with some other events and people (like Summer). Ah, Summer. By far my favorite Whispering Hills resident. She is a spunky and smart tough girl who doesn't seem to need anyone. I really liked her character, and while I didn't feel very attached to Alexis I definitely understood Summer. This book follows the YA paranormal romance pattern exactly. Misunderstood teen girl, meets mysterious and secretive teen boy, they share a connection, and supernatural events occur. It is a good story and it does have some very original plot points. One of my favorite parts of the book is the inclusion of opposites and I always love the addition of good versus evil. This book left me with some questions, one for example is what about Tiffany? Alexis' best friend before the events that follow Chance's involvement in her life. When Alexis begins solving the mystery that is her life she just drops her, isn't that like girl rule number one? I didn't really like her anyway, but I feel like she just faded (haha inside joke) into the background. Also, why can't parents be involved more in YA books? I read so many that the parents are absent and the children make all the decisions themselves, I want to read more that have better parental relationships (I loved Grace, Summer's mom, and her involvement in the story). I feel like kids who read these books feel they shouldn't be including their parents in their lives. I love Taryn Browning, and she's definitely a creative and fun author. Whispering Hills is a fast paced read that I recommend. And, I also recommend Dark Seeker.
TLToolbox More than 1 year ago
Has it been a while since you read a good ghost story? Open the pages of Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning and prepare to be haunted. For as long as she can remember, seventeen-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 suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago. It has been a while since I have read a good ghost story and there were some unique twists and turns in this paranormal. There was also just enough romance - hello Chance - to keep the story simmering. Just when you think you have figured out what is happening, the story takes an interesting twist. Alexis is an interesting teen struggling to live with some obvious challenges and a huge secret; it's hard for her to know who to trust and let people in. Chance has some secrets of his own and a long love for Alexis. Alexis also befriends an outsider named Summer who has secrets of her own and a witty, gothic personality. Fans of paranormals won't be disappointed and will look forward to reading the next book in the series as Whispering Hills sets up some intriguing questions. It is important to give new (and newer) authors a try and although paranormal is popular right now, they tend to be more angel, demon, vampire, werewolf focused as opposed to ghosts so Whispering Hills is a great way to fill your paranormal needs with a twist.
haley18 More than 1 year ago
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 were multiple things I loved about Whispering Hills, but first I must start with what really made me love this story, that was the suspense of this novel, and the fact that it kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. I will be the first to admit there is a large number of YA novels that are predictable, normally right from the beginning you can tell where the story is going to go. This doesn’t make the story bad by any means, but when I find a book the does the complete opposite…I know I have found a winning book. When I started Whispering Hills I made some mental guesses about where the story was going to go, and this is one of the few times I was completely wrong almost every time. This novel is suspense at its best, Taryn is an amazing writer for being able to make ever surprise…a serious surprise! Each time I would find a new piece to the puzzle of what was going on, I was shocked about the new information and dying to know where it was going to lead the characters. There were two other things I loved a lot about Whispering Hills, one being how this paranormal was so different, and two being the characters. The paranormal that Whispering Hills revolves around is ghosts, but this ghost novel was nothing like the other ones I have read, it had a whole new twist that involves what happens when you change fate, I don’t want to give too much away, so let’s just say it is intense! Then the characters, I loved them all! Chance was so caring, Gabriel was terrifying, but I still kinda liked him for some weird reason. Alexis our main girl was awesome, she was so caring of her friends and family and even though a lot of times she was scared she would still suck it up for the ones she would love. My favorite character though was Summer hands down! She was so different compared to most characters, she was so edgy yet still deep down you knew she was actually a really caring person! The characters were all so refreshing! Over all Whispering Hills was my first Taryn Brown novel and it did not disappoint! If you’re looking for a YA novel that is non-predictable, has an awesome paranormal romance, and keeps you on the edge of your seat then Whispering Hills is a must read for you! It leaves you with a chilling ending that will have you dying for book two!
Artistadonna More than 1 year ago
First of all, I love the title 'Whispering Hills' Immediately hooked from the very first sentence "I'm going to kill her,"and something about dumping a body at the lake made me wonder who was trying to kill her? Alexis was instantly attracted to the new hot guy, Chance. Alexis's thirteen year old torn drawing of a butterfly and Chance's heartagram necklace were the crucial puzzle pieces weaved into the story. Alexis could hear people's thoughts except for some strange reason she couldn't hear Chance's thoughts. The only person Alexis confided in was her sister, Brooke. Alexis couldn't and wouldn't tell her mother about her telephathic power, otherwise she might risk being locked up in the crazy house. Her mother, too busy organizing the towns social events, was oblivious to what was happening to her daughter. Summer, was introduced early in the story, portrayed as a goth outcast, daughter of a Dianic witch, dressed in black, colored hair and heavy makeup, who later became Alexis's best friend. They didn't know at first about their unusual bond. So it turned out that the creepy voice that spoke in Alexis's head was Chance's cousin Gabriel. And to make matters even worse, Chance and Gabriel were ghosts. You may wonder how could Alexis and other people see Chance if he was a ghost, well that's when the heartagram came into play. The heartagrams power allowed Chance and Gabriel to be visible to the living. How cool is that! Gabriel returns to Whispering Hills with only one thing on his mind, possession of the heartagram. Finally, a memory wiped from Alexis's memory at the age of four, came back full force, revealing her standing in the middle of a road attempting to retrieve her butterfly drawing. Summer saved Alexis from being hit by a car. Summer changed the order of events by pushing the car of the road with her mind, saving Alexis from her death, causing the death of Gabriel, his parents and his cousin Chance, resulting in a butterfly effect. I truly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to others.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 starts to discover that there is something unusual about Chance. Along the way, she makes friends with social outcast, Summer. Together Summer and Alexis struggle to uncover what it is that binds the two girls and Chance, while trying to figure out who the murderous thoughts are coming from, and how to stop the killer. I really liked this book. The plot of Whispering Hills is very different than a lot of books that I’ve read. In fact, of all the paranormal books I’ve read, I’ve never read one that had this books surprising paranormal twist. And no, I’m not talking about the mind reading aspect – I’m talking about how Chance, Summer and Alexis are all connected and why. I’m not going to give it way, because I think everyone should read and find out for themselves. The plot is unique, and the book thoroughly enjoyable. The first few chapters start a little bit slow, but after that, it’s a page turner. I read the whole book in one sitting. The characters are interesting and dynamic. I really liked Summer a lot. There is so much more to her than her hardened, slightly gothic exterior. I can’t wait to see how Summer’s character develops in the next book.
UnabridgedBookshelf More than 1 year ago
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. Alexis wants to stop the killer, but she has no idea where to start. On top of it all, she is falling for the new guy Chance, but something is off, because Alexis has no idea what he is thinking. As she tries to find the person behind the disturbing voice, she discovers he may not actually be living. With secrets around every corner, and a ghostly killer on the loose, Whispering Hills is no longer safe. I have to say I could not put Whispering Hills down. Taryn Browning has a way with words that captivated me until the very last word. Alexis is a beautifully written character, who I instantly took a liking too. She is not completely crazy from hearing the thoughts of everyone around her Alexis actually manages fairly well considering. Chance is gorgeous and protective, which are great qualities for a love interest. Reading a book with him in it was not a bad way to spend a few hours. Alexis ends up forming a friendship with Summer, who is an outcast. She tends to wear heavy black makeup and wear dark cloths, who is sarcastic and snarky, but also very caring. I really like Summer, and I loved the relationship between her and Alexis. I absolutely loved every second of Whispering Hills. There were moments I was anxious for what would happen next, then the next moment I would laugh at something one of the character would say. If you pick up Whispering Hills, you will not regret it. **Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review**
EmmyDoodle More than 1 year ago
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. Then she forms an unlikely friendship with Summer, a girl who knows the answers to almost all of Alexis's questions, but won't let on to all the details. Then we have Chance. He has just met Alexis but is completely enamored with her. And what about the unfamiliar killer? Well I guess you will have to read to find out. I wouldn't want to give that juicy detail away. Upon beginning the book, I wasn't as enraptured as I have been with other books. I wasn't one hundred percent sure what exactly was going, but all my questions were answered at some point throughout the book. After getting about a quarter of the way through, I couldn't put it down. I actually debated whether I wanted to go to bed at four in the morning or finish the last five chapters and then go to bed. I opted for the former, but only because I wanted to wake up and look forward to reading the end of an awesome book. Taryn did a great job weaving this book together. What I liked most about Whispering Hills was that I would think I knew exactly what was going on just to be thrown completely off course to the point where I did not expect the ending at all. I like books where I second guess my conclusions because they make me think. The only thing I didn't really like was feeling in the dark at the beginning. Overall, it was well written and made me laugh and cry like all good books do. It was a great read and I definitely recommend it to paranormal lovers! I can't wait for the next book.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
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 thoughts of someone planning to do something horrible, she discovers that there is more to her power than just hearing voices. The poor girl ends up going through so much in this book. I think she definitely could have handled some things a little better, but lets be honest, she's a teenage girl, they make stupid decisions. I do admire her selflessness though. Once she knows what is going on, she tries to do what she really believes is the right thing to do. I really enjoyed her character. Chase is definitely swoon worthy. He is so sweet and great, but I didn't like how he was always so secretive to Alexis. I know that he thinks it's what is best, but I think he could have been a bit more trusting of her about some things especially when it is something that will really affect her. All that aside though, he was great to get to know and I really like how caring he is for Alexis. His main priority is to protect her no matter what. Also Summer is one of my favorite characters. She is totally the goth chick who is all emo and wants to just be left alone, but there is so much more to her once we get to know her. She still has a really snarky attitude that I really enjoy though. Underneath all of the snark and the "I don't give a crap" attitude, she is very likeable though. You always need that humorous and sarcastic character to lighten things up a little. I really enjoy ghost stories, and I loved the creativity of this one and other elements added in too. The romance aspect was great and didn't take away from the main story. There were a lot of darker parts to the story too. The character interactions were fantastic and the story never felt slow to me. I also liked how the parents weren't absent from the story, but there is a good reason why they are pretty oblivious to things. I was intrigued and wanting more. I think this was a fabulous start to a new series and I am eagerly awaiting the next book! 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Whispering Hills is a mystery through and through. The supernatural elements I really loved. Mind-reading is one of my favorite powers to read about and Taryn Browning showed mind-reading at a different angle. Alexis can only hear others’ decisions when, usually, mind-readers hear every thought and can delve into another’s mind at will. I thought this was a great idea because it presented a challenge for Alexis when she went looking for clues and answers. There was just something about Alexis’ character that screamed curious and headstrong. That doesn’t sound like much, but I see those traits signifying that she’s the kind of character that always gets her way, no matter the consequences of her actions. She’s the type of character that doesn’t let issues rest and keeps pushing and pushing until the truth comes out. Whispering Hills ends with a promise. A promise that this adventure is not over and evil will find its way back into the small town. Not exactly a cliffhanger, but I feel it had the same effect. I had lingering feelings and thoughts about what could possibly happen next. Taryn Browning keeps readers on their toes in this thrilling mystery. This is the first work I’ve read from her, and it’s enough to make me check out her Dark Seeker Series. Alexis’ story is still with me and I recommend for anyone who loves suspense and surprise turns.
The-Reading-Geek More than 1 year ago
Taryn Browning's Whispering Hills is the story of Alexis who can hear the thoughts of others around her. Lately there has been one person in particular whose dark and disturbing thoughts she has been hearing. She has always had to keep what she knows a secret though because of the fear that everyone would think she is crazy. However, Alexis soon learns that there is so much more to her gift. I really enjoyed Whispering Hills and finished this book in one sitting. Alexis is an interesting protagonist who has the ability to hear the thoughts of others around her. She is somewhat of a loner though and doesn't trust anyone with her secret except her sister Brooke. Alexis is also tough and will do anything for the people she cares about. When she begins to hear the thoughts of a killer, she even tries to find him or her. Alexis then meets Chance who is the new boy at school. Chance is mysterious though and has many of his own secrets. I was unsure of him for a while but, as the story progressed he definitely grew on me. There several other characters that I really enjoyed as well such as Gabriel and Summer. I loved Summer who is a girl at school that also has a special ability. Summer was hilarious and she easily became my favorite character. I haven't read many books involving ghosts but I really enjoyed how Browning incorporated them into the story and some parts were so creepy. This is the second book I have read by Browning and I really enjoy her writing. The plot flows at a good pace and I can instantly get wrapped up in the story. Although at times I was beginning to suspect what would happen next, there were still a couple of shocking twists. The ending was especially a surprising twist that I never saw coming and left me on the edge of my seat. I definitely will continue to read more of Browning's work in the future. I strongly recommend Whispering Hills, it is a mysterious and exciting story.