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Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Whisper to a Scream

A Whisper to a Scream

Ellory Graham detested high school. She relished the fact that she was a rebel. A wild, carefree, type of girl. She basked in the glory of being the type of girl who stood up to authority. Unfortunately for her, her upfront, honest and bitchy nature always managed to land her in some kind of trouble.

Adam Jacobs was everything Ellory was not. Not only was he beautiful, but he was smart, artistic, and sweet. To almost every girl he seemed like the total package- that all around perfect guy. But in a town were nothing particularly interesting happens, and gossip seems like the only fun thing to do, sometimes those perfections become flaws. And it doesn’t take long for Ellory to find out, even Adam has secrets.

But Adam’s secrets, are the kind of secrets people die for...
Sometimes love....can be deadly. 

I have to say Lauren Hammond’s A Whisper to a Scream was a really fresh and original read for me—not to mention creepy to the core!

Right from the beginning Hammond sets an intense, dark, gripping mood, which carries through all the way to the last page.  And I was on the edge at every twist and turn.

A Whisper to a Scream alternates between the voices of Ellory and Adam.

I think Ellory was the biggest shock for me.  I usually identify with the “good girls” who are trying to do everything right.  And even when they do something wrong, it’s for the right reasons, or they think it’s right at the time.  But Ellory isn’t trying to be good, isn’t trying to make life easier for her mother or her teachers.  Ellory hasn’t been corrupted by peer pressure or bad boys.  Ellory IS the bad influence—She sneaks out at night.  She sneaks out during the day.  She gets drunk at parties and makes out with other girls’ boyfriends.  Well, ok, if she’d been sober she probably would have just made out with single guys…

And then there’s the new guy in town, Adam.  He’s smart, athletic, perfect, and dangerous.  He’s a good boy, every mother’s dream…  Except, you know, he’s a got this thing about blood.  But Adam ISN’T a vampire.  He’s worse.  He’s REAL.  There isn’t any afterlife if you’re in love with Adam… just blood.

I got visions of Twilight and Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon while I was reading A Whisper to a Scream—It’s dark, without the sparklies.

I finally understood what all the naysayers have been saying about Twilight.  All the things about Twilight, about Bella’s and Edward’s epic and doomed love that I thought were romantic and sweet and passionate…suddenly became scary and dangerous and creepy and unsafe and NOT healthy, not to mention VERY deadly.  And VERY serious.

Oddly, in almost a Frankenstein kind of way, I sympathized with Adam more than Ellory.  Adam couldn’t help the way he was born, Adam can’t help being a monster.  But that doesn’t mean he WANTS to be a monster.

And what do you do when you’re being pursued by a monster?

A Whisper to a Scream is twisty and turny, and by the time you get to the end you won’t know which way to go…just that you’ll want more.

Scariness factor=Nail-biter

(\__/)p.s. check out my super awesome interview with Lauren Hammond for some juicy insights into A Whisper to a Scream!
p.p.s. received E-ARC from  author in exchange for fair/unbiased review. 'cause that's how I roll.

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