“Your daughter is special”
Special, that was an interesting word for it. More like broken. Broken and scared she was losing her mind. Or maybe she’d already lost it. Thoughts, images, ideas that had no business in the mind of a child raced through her brain, taking over her consciousness until all she could do was shut down and let them run. There was no room for her. Maybe there wasn’t really a “her” underneath all the noise. The only thing that tethered her to her body, to the here and now was the pain. Careful always to hide the marks, Natalie relied on her knife to feel alive.
Sent to a college she couldn’t remember applying to on a scholarship she didn’t try for, Natalie clung to the hope that she could hide her madness from the family it was destroying. Alone at last she would finally have some modicum of peace, right?
Luka took the assignment reluctantly. In his Senior year, she was the last “special” student he would have to work with before heading off to intern and hopefully land the job, start the life his family had planned for him. The same one they wanted for his sister before she took her life.
Two broken souls with a rare ability in common, Luka and Natalie form a friendship that promises to heal them both until fate intervenes. Faced with a lie so great it threatens all Natalie has come to believe, she must make a choice: lie down and accept it or fight for those she loves.
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Troubled young girl meets troubled young guy. Typical story, before you add in the paranormal abilities, odd side characters, dramatic lies, and danger. Within the first few chapters, I figured it would be a four star book. Half way through, it went down to three, and stayed there. My most consistent complaint and reason for removing a star, is the writing. You can most certainly tell that the author is intelligent, however when that is put into her book, at least in this case, she tended to be too wordy, and over-explain simple things. I went cross-eyed a few times while reading, getting lost in over explaining and excessive complicated medical and technical words and phrases. What it came across as, to me, was that the author was trying to show she knew a lot about things she'd researched, but went a little overboard. It didn't flow very well, for that reason, and pulled me out of the story far too often. The biggest thing that pulled me out of the book though, was the idea that the main character didn't understand it was other people's voices she was hearing. She was supposed to be very intelligent, and had several instances where it was proven to her that she'd heard others' thoughts, yet she remained naive. She took them as "good guesses" which made her seem a bit dumb and oblivious, not intelligent. In any other instance, she was portrayed as a teen who, while medicated, thought of things on a deep level. She had the ability to figure people out quickly, understand why they did things, their motives and reasons for acting, and wasn't nearly as fog-minded and unsociable as the book tried to make her seem. I guess that's mainly it: the book's description of her painted her in a very different light than she actually acted. The actual character would have been able to figure things out quite easily. Had her actions matched her mismatched description, she would have been dumb, she would not have thought of things like she did, and she would never have made friends with anyone. Ever. It wasn't believable, at all, and seemed as though this intelligent, gifted young girl was painted dumb so she could be rescued by the generic "troubled young man" in the cliche match-up. While I do have my irritations with this book, it was still interesting. Once I chose to simply go with it, and not actually care if the character made sense, it was entertaining. There was a lot of emotion and drama, for those who like that sort of story, and while I'm not a big drama fan, it wasn't enough to make me cringe. This isn't a very original story, and does have it's issues, but in my opinion, it is a solid 3 stars. For fans who like the cliche paranormal romance and characters with personal struggles, this would be an entertaining story, and I would consider recommending it. *I was given this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
So the opinion I had when I started this book totally changed by the time I finished it, I thought it was going to be a straight forward NA/YA read but by the last word it proved to be something much much more. Whispers is the story of Natalie a girl who has been branded as "Special", she is talked at and talked about, she is different, things appear in her head that have no business of being there. She is a troubled girl and the only thing that keeps her tethered to her own thoughts is the knife she uses to harm herself. Her family and doctors decide the best step to take is to use medication and slowly she starts to feel...well maybe better is not the best word but she starts to feel a tiny bit normal. She receives a letter offering her a place at a college she does not remember applying to but hoping to lead a normal life and to have some quiet time away from her family she takes her place and begins to live again. She has to take part in a study programme and during this course she meets Luka who will be her tutor, he is gorgeous, dark and brooding, and she is shocked to find out she can hear him inside her head. Natalie is thrown by Luka and tries to avoid him but they are drawn together and she finds out that the "special" branding that she has had is wrong, she can hear people, she can hear their thoughts and Luka can hear them too. Together they form a special bond, one that goes from friendship to love and when Luka starts working away as an intern Natalie misses him terribly but things are about to get worse with one phone call that destroys her world. Now I toyed with the idea of telling you about what happens in the phone call but nope I don't want to spoil it for you what I will say it that this book is just superb, as I said I thought it was just a YA/NA read but on the discovery of Natalie and Luka's abilities it goes a bit paranormal which steps it up a gear then wham it really takes off after the phone call, everything you thought was one thing turns out to be......well you will just need to read for yourself. It does start out a little slow but bear with it as it is worth it, it does cover self-harming and the taking of medication but it does so with great tact on a difficult subject. This really deserves your time! Awarded 4 out of 5 I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Bob and Valerie find out that their daughter Natalie is a cutter when the school noticed they ordered testing. Bob and Valerie wanting to keep her being different a secret so others won't tease her. After the some testing is done Dr. Spencer says "Natalie’s issues are relatively minor and there is no reason why with counseling and medication we can’t keep her as a student at this school." Her parents just think it's going to go away until they learn she needs treatment. With help from counselors and teachers she makes it through high school. She get accepted into college and that is where she meets Ivy a teacher who is helping her get the voices under manage without meds. She also introduces her to Luka he is just like she is and she learns that. Luka and Ivy teach Natalie how to cope with the voices. She is attracted to Luka and working with him so much makes it hard since he can hear her thoughts. Will they get together before he graduates and leaves for work. There is a place they all work and Luca and Ivy are going to work there and there will be some dramatic things that happens. Very well written. Story flows wonerfully. Valerie is a character that i relate to . A girl struggling with life and herself. 4 stars A wonderful story