Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Review: Dark Whispers

Dark Whispers

By:  Krista D. Ball

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Publish Date:  February 23, 2013

Format:  eBook, 91pgs

Genre:  Paranormal

Series:  2nd in The Spirit Callers series; 1st book ~ Spirits Rising

Recommendation:  Oh yes!  You enjoy spirits and ghosts, this novella is a great read.  There are Dark Whispers creeping through town and it's killing...

Synopsis:
A rash of teen suicides shakes the remote Newfoundland village that Rachel Mills calls home.  As Rachel helps the school investigate, painful memories from her past - events she'd worked very hard to forget - continue to resurface.

As if she didn't have enough problems.  Her beloved 93-year-old neighbor develops heart problems.  The man Rachel's in love with, moves into her house -- along with his girlfriend, the most perfect woman in creation.  And a strung-out wreck of a woman claiming to be Rachel's biological mother shows up on her doorstep.  But it isn't until a local boy with a talent for spellwork, is attacked by a mysterious stranger that Rachel asks the question she's avoided her whole life: how powerful can a Spirit Caller like herself become?

First Sentence:
Let's clear something up straight away: I am not hiding in my bedroom.

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**Both books, Spirits Rising & Dark Whispers, are on sale for 99c each until Friday March 1, 2013!!

My Thoughts and Summary:
Rachel has reserved herself to her room, with music, when the Elder Spirit she meet after the meddling of a young mans doing shows up.  This spirit keeps showing up, claiming Rachel is summoning her yet not tearing her mind apart like spirits do in her presence  of course no other spirits have shown either.  Rachel's loss for the feel of the spiritual world stopped two weeks ago.  Rachel thinks it might be stress; working as grief councilor for a double suicide of two teens she knows, Mrs. Saunders has been sick with no clue as to what's wrong, and the cute boy - Jeremy, the unknowing love or Rachel's live - and his perfect girlfriend staying with her.  Then suddenly a strange new woman shows up on her doorstep claiming to not be lying.  Then more suicides occur, drawing Rachel in as she knows them all...  There are Dark Whispers creeping through town and it's killing.

Seems a depressed feel is floating around Rachel here, and maybe around others too.  This is the draw for the suicides, but makes us curious for the sudden pull in this direction.  Even though there are low feelings around Rachel, we don't hit that low as a reader.  Krista is great at keeping the reader from getting bummed with the read and flipping pages to know whats going to happen next.  I wanted to keep going to know more!  Oh and the things we learn about Rachel here.  Wow.  Great to learn about our girl.

The Elder Spirit made me smile in the beginning with her remark about Jeremy and his girl friend.  See Rachel's and Jeremy's relationship is...complicated.  Well, they are friends, she would love more but he doesn't know it yet he puts vibes off but doesn't seem to know it.  The Elder Spirit is of a time far past, giving a feel of the past in this little town and a connection to the spirit world for Rachel.  Someone, or spirit, that could help her learn more of who she is.  Then we have the mysterious new woman that shows!  Oh, what she has to tell us quickly will lead to so much more to come!

I so love Mrs. Saunders!  She's ninety three but she's spunky and doesn't hold back her comments or thoughts.  I guess at this age who could or would want to.  She has seen, done, and knows a few things by this age.

This book brings this little series into a new level and gives us the feel there is much more to come from Rachel and others.  She seems more than what we, and even she, knows.  Major! story growth here.  There is more consequences from the spell Manny did and Rachel stopped (in Spirits Rising) than anyone knew possible.  Rachel could be in trouble now that her power is known on the magical radar.  She's different and some may not like it...



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*I read this book for my own enjoyment as I requested it.

22 comments:

  1. Oh I think I'd read it just for Mrs. Saunders! She sounds like a great character. Oh will have to check out that first book too!

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    1. Melissa (B&T) Mrs. Saunders is a hoot! And the series is really picking up. Do hope you pick up the first book, or two ;), as they are on sale right now. :) Thank you!

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  2. I do love ghosts and a little paranormal woo-woo!

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    1. Kimba, glad to hear it! Do hope you give these reads a try. :) Thank you!

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  3. Oooh this one looks uber creepy. Sounds like a lot of mysterious characters and can't pass up a spunky 93 year old :D Loved the review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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    1. Jaclyn Canada, its funny, Krista has a great way of telling the story that it didn't creep me out or anything. I really enjoyed the story and could sleep too. lol. And yes, love the spunky 93 yr old woman. LOL! Thank you!

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  4. Yay, so happy to hear book two was good. I liked book one. I read it a long time ago but I still remember it. I like me a good ghost story.

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I remember you reviewing it. I believe I promised you a copy of this one when it came out. I'll go hunt down your email now...

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    2. Hey Jennifer Bielman, I remember you reading the first one. :) You will love this one! Really. :D

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  5. I never heard of this series, but it sounds creepy, and I love spunky elderly ppl. Glad you enjoyed these!

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    1. Oh Silverlight, I'm so glad to introduce you to a new book then! :D Yea! I hope you get a chance to check out the books. :) Thank you!

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  6. oh it's been a while since I read a thriller with ghosts, I like books like that, you should try Amanda Stevens if you haven't yet she is really good!

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    1. Melliane, you know I remember your reviews of Amanda Stevens books. I'll have to see about getting them one day. :) Thank you.

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  7. I haven't read the first book but it sounds like an interesting seres. As long as it's not so scary and evil lol, I get scared easily. I think the scariest book I've read is The Dark Half by Stephen King and it wasn't even scary lol

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    1. Hey Rivie, have you ever read Jim Butcher? I tried not to keep it at or lower than his level of creepy or gore (and his aren't very much of either), but Mel can probably give a more impartial judge.

      I do recommend you stay away from my epic fantasy, however. I don't think it's for you :)

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    2. Rivie Bleu, I think you could enjoy these easily. I didn't think this was scary. Really, I don't like reading spooky reads and heading to bed, and this I was A-okay with. :) Krista is very right on with her creepy and gore. You should be safe with this one. :)

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    3. Lol, I haven't read Jim Butcher but sometimes creepy and gore aren't as bad (for me) as scary ghosts and demons and other things lol. The weird thing is zombies don't scare me. I was thinking I'll have to read the book for demons (April, paranormal challenge) in the morning so I wont be thinking about it by the time I go to bed

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    4. lol. I understand Rivie Bleu. :) I've got a few things I won't read at night too. These stories I was more caught with the story, but I understand, and if you think it might be more on the paranormal side, best to go with you feelings. :)

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  8. Mrs Saunders was a hoot and she's good for Rachel. I hate to think about what will happen to Rachel when Mrs Saunders finally goes.

    I enjoyed this one so much. I want the next one NOW!

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    1. Hi Bea! Oh I just adore Mrs. Saunders. She does bring a lightness to the stories. :) And yes, I don't want anything to happen to her as Rachel would take it so hard! LOL Glad you enjoyed this one as well. :)

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    2. You guys realize that Mrs. Saunders is in her 90s... ;)

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    3. Does that mean you are going to kill her, Krista? Dang. She is quite a spunky lady and so enjoy her humor. :)

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