Publication Date/Version: April 2010/Hardcover
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Around The World Tours (Thanks!)
Joy is used to Hearing Whispers - to walking down the street and instantly knowing people's deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister Jessica, the family gift is a curse and she uses it to make people's lives - especially Joy's - miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a mysterious and frightening Whisper from Jessica's own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means running away with a boy she barely knows - a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.
Joy can Hear people's thoughts and desires, as can the other females in her family, including her mother and older sister, Jessica a.k.a. Icka. Jessica doesn't handle the gift well. She Hears the negative, not the positive. Joy Hears both, until things start going wrong. The splitting headaches come more often. Soon she hears a rare and scary Whisper from her sister. Only Jamie, the loner boy, can help her and he's got a gift of his own to share.
Shout out to all debut authors! I've seen so much potential this year especially. Phoebe Kitanidis presents a new intriguing storyline, though flat at times, still packs a lot of excitement.
Joy was an on and off character for me. She had to deal with her evil sister Jessica, but at the same time she could be a jerk. Even she firsts comes to know of Jamie, he gives her a flower because it's her birthday. Because he's a bit of an outcast and because of her rude friend, Joy picks it up in front of him and dumps it in the trash. Really...really? I wasn't sure what to think of her. I mostly enjoyed her through the rest of the story but she wasn't a standout character. Jessica was easy to hate in the beginning, but as the story progresses I began to feel more for her. Her situation was difficult. The one character that stood out to me was Jamie. He was sweet and innocent, but willing to help and break a few rules for Joy. He was a nice combination of sugar and spice.
The general plot was a bit slow in the beginning and rushed in the end. That's one thing I believe could have been improved upon. The end actually disgusted me - where Jessica was found and in what conditions. I was happy with how the book turned out though, especially the connection between Joy and Jamie. Jamie, to me personally, was a refreshing boy amongst the sea of many so-so guys.
Overall: Iffy pacing. Sweet romance. Evoked some pretty strong emotions.
My Advice: Borrow it. It's worth a read, but probably not the cost of a new hardcover.
Cover: Love the girl! Her makeup is beautiful. I like the concept of the white wisps behind the title, but they're a bit too overdone for me. I would like it more if the title wasn't repeated and if the smoke effect was toned down.