Whisper

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 22 Jun 2018

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YA sci-fi that's sure to please fans of the genre, this is a fun take on the teens-with-powers idea.

The characters here are interesting enough, as is watching "Jane Doe" navigate both her relationships and her unusual abilities in the strange underground facility where she's being kept. Information is withheld from her in an upsetting way that will make you as angry as she is, and yet silence and lack of communication are -- can't you guess from the title? -- among the themes of the book.

I've become a Lynnette Noni fan over the years, and look forward to what comes next in this series.
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I've always enjoyed Lynette Noni's books and " Whisper " certainly didn't disappoint. The beginning starts off a bit slow and confusing, between trying to create Jane's world while only feeding the reader small morsels of information about her past and present circumstances and what lead her to be in her present situation; but the story moves along fairly well once we have a found to work with. Good characters and again, after, the initial slump, good pacing and plotting. Definitely more for older teens content-wise. 

I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Whisper was such an intriguing and thrilling sci-fi mystery, I was always kept guessing and questioned what was going on. Overall it was quite enjoyable.
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-- I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review --

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading, and I'm happy to say that it was pretty good! The characters seem well developed, and have natural story arcs that make sense, something I'm noticing more and more as I sit down to review books. I love how the ending escalated and people acted differently than might have been expected. However, there is a lot of dishonesty in the story, which at times seems forced - for example, they keep pressing the main character for her real name, while they knew all along. But I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series!
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I was glued to this book from the beginning. Everything about it was amazing. The plot, the characters, the mystery, oh my.

The story is set in a secret government facility and follows a girl referred to as Jane Doe or 684 because she refuses to tell anyone her name. She actually doesn’t even speak at all. Jane has little to no clue why she is being held at this facility, all she knows is they brought her there after she checked herself into a psychiatric hospital due to something in her brain scans. She is experimented on and tortured for over two years and in all that time she hasn’t spoken a single word.

Lynette Noni has created a fantastic world. The characters and world building are incredible. Everything is so real and vivid, I could picture everything perfectly. And let’s not forget about the mystery. Why is Jane being held in this place? Why won’t she speak? Why has no one even bothered to tell her what they want? You’ll have to read and find out.

There’s only one thing that could have been better. I feel like more could have happened. Like there could have been more. (I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a sequel but still.) Like the big climactic scene could have had more, ya know? It just felt like something was missing.

I absolutely recommend this book. With its strong plot, awesome characters, and suspense? You simply can’t go wrong.
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Sorry, somehow I never was able to download this book. I do not have a copy to review. I was just going to leave a note, but the only place to leave anything is in the review. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Lynette Noni is one of my favorite authors. She has such a way with her stories and ideas and Whisper was just as good as the rest of her books. If you haven't read anything by Lynette Noni, start with Whisper! The plot was amazing, the characters were lively, smart, funny, and amazing.
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Have you ever heard a book described as “crisp?” For some reason, that’s the adjective that first comes to mind when I think of Whisper by Lynette Noni. It’s suspenseful and a little bit scary, not fast-paced enough to be called “brisk,” but nail-biting and tense, with a narrative style that moves you quickly through the story. I recommend it for fans of suspense, fantasy, and science fiction books, as it has elements that will definitely satisfy all of those groups.

What Is Whisper About?
From Goodreads:

“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me. I believed them. That was my mistake. There isn’t anyone else in the world like me. I’m different…an anomaly…a monster. For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word. As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.
What’s The Deal?
You can get it on Kindle for $3.99. Very much worth it.

Who Would Like Whisper?
As mentioned, anyone who likes suspense or sci-fi. It reminded me strongly of Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi, since it starts off almost exactly the same way.

Nutrition Facts, Anyone?
Profanity (sh*, d*, f*, g*d*): 7

Sex: none

Violence: some

positive themes (helping others, familial love, etc.): 2-3

negative themes (vindictiveness, revenge, selfishness): 4-5
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“Words are too precious to throw around carelessly. I don’t need to have a supernatural power over them to know that. I’ve seen it. Words demand respect. They are beautiful; they are terrible. They are a gift and a curse. I will never forget what they can do. Because words have cost me everything."

Brilliant. Compelling. And well unique World building! This book is definitely one of those books that will keep you up at night and won’t give you a chance to sleep not until you finished it. 

For starters, there are no dull moment in this book. The first few chapters will keep you at edge of asking yourself, what the hell happened? What is she? And what kind of genre am I to expect to this book?  Boy, when the story starts to unravel? It got better and better until I was surprised that The story had ended. Now I really do want the next book!! (scream). 

The Characters are all lovable, well except Vanik. The only question I have in mind is if there would be a love triangle between Alyssa, Ward, and Kael. Am rooting for both of them, so I really don’t know what to expect on the next book. So yeah! Bring it on! 

Definitely a must read! I would highly recommned this book!
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Unputdownable!
Once I started I was compelled to keep reading. 
This poor girl - her inner dialogue clashed with her thoughts and feelings towards herself. And everything she endured made me cringe. 
Such a strong girl with such a broken soul.  Self imposed isolation and silence. Suffering in her loneliness but so resolved in her need to keep everyone at arms length. 
I was beyond impressed with this story. The writing, the characters and the way the story unfolded. 


This was my first book from Lynette Noni but it won’t be my last. 

I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Firstly, thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t what I’d hoped it to be and it’s currently a DNF. Over the last couple of months, I’ve picked it up several times, but each time I just couldn’t get into the story much past the 60% mark and so it FELT like reading and I just wasn’t as absorbed in the story as I wanted to be. 

Don’t get me wrong; the beginning was brilliant. Jane’s situation sucked me in right from the start and I was so curious. I devoured the opening. 

But then the pacing just seemed a little off. I don’t know, it just seemed a bit too flat at times and way too tense at others—to me, the reveals and twists didn’t quite meant sense. I felt there were a lot of contradictions, especially regarding the supernatural abilities. 

Ward was by far my favourite character and I loved the romance building and how he gave Jane a nickname. 

But unfortunately this book just wasn’t for me at the moment.
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The summary of Whisper is so damn clickbait that YouTubers should start taking notes. And to think this book had had such potential. While reading Whisper, I kept thinking about all kinds of books that had already done everything this book was trying to achieve. It didn't bring anything new to the table and that made it downright tedious despite Noni's best efforts. The plot was your basic YA story line with your basic plot twists, what could have been nice light romance was boring with a not-very-subtle hinting on a future love triangle, and don't even get me started on the fact that we once again have a special snowflake heroine.

The beginning was actually quite intriguing - mysterious setting, unreliable narrator, all that jazz, and I can't say I wasn't excited. The biggest disappointment came gradually with the realization that the excitement had completely dissipated and I was left rolling my eyes at the forceful denial our main character Jane was insisting on staying in. 

My biggest problem is that everything felt too rushed but at the same time the pacing was off and the story dragged here and there. I wouldn't have minded reading a couple more pages if it'd have meant added depth and reasoning behind actions the characters took. Jane, with all her resolve, seems to soften up to Ward (and everyone else) way too easily, and, with all the coldness and distancing herself from everyone she preached, it just didn't feel natural. I would have appreciated some more structure to the breaking of Jane Doe's walls. This way, she comes off as gullible, love-sick teenage girl who has a terrible, terrible secret she's not willing to give away. It get's old really fast. Also, the humor was so unnaturally forced - you know those comedies that have ridiculous scenes just for the sake of "comedy," those kinds of scenes that didn't really take any thought or smart contemplation of possible inteligent humor? Those "oh my god, he farted" or "look at him falling down the stairs" scenes? Yeah, that was the kind of humorous scenes that occurred from time to time in Whisper to lighten the mood, I'm guessing. Oh, let's have our friend be attacked by a llama, that'll make people laugh. C'mon. 

Now to the gaping holes in the construction of the whole fantasy aspect of this book. I haven't seen a super-power-based abilities this poorly done before. Seriously, how hard is it to stay consistent with the rules you yourself have set? After the great realization that she's not the only one with special powers, she's brought into the world of Speakers. Speakers, I repeat. Then how come some of them don't need to speak to use their abilities (like, say, Ward and Kael)? And then when they speak a blob of light comes out of their mouth. So how come she hasn't noticed when she has Spoken before? Or when she was Spoken to by Enzo all those alleged times? So, the rules of the great Speaking apply only when it's convenient? Not cool, not cool at all. Speakers are just glorified superheroes. Nothing more, nothing less. The whole Speaking thing is there just to make it "different." Simple as that.

Whisper is nothing more than a basis for the next books in the series to stand upon and it's painfully obvious. The way the last few chapters kept opening up new questions so the sequel would be more then necessary didn't even attempt at being subtle. I had my hopes up too high and, sadly enough, my expectations weren't met. I should really learn to lower my standards because I'm literally becoming my grandma - always grumbling about something.
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I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review,  so thank you netgalley and publishers for offering me this book! ♡
The cover and title is what originally drew me to this book. It was kind of slow in the beginning but about 25-30 percent in it had me hooked!
This was my first book by this author.. It was slow paced but it was alltogether an easy read. ♡ I give this book a 
4.5 star rating!
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This book is a hybrid of the Darkest Minds Series by Alexander Bracken and the Shatter Me series by Thahereh Mafi both of which I absolutely loved and so it is pretty safe to say that I loved this book too. 



You see Jane grow in both strength and confidence throughout this book as she discovers who she really is and what she is capable of. The transition from weak mute girl to strong Bad ass is gradual and so you don't really realise everything has clicked until you are shocked into it.



I loved the differences between Ward and Kael. Ward was a favourite for me from the beginning, I found him interesting and a little mysterious. I didn't think he seemed like a bad guy and then he was horrid and I felt like oh yeah he is an ass.  I'm still a little unsure on whether Ward, Kael and Jane are going to be a love triangle, If i am being honest I really hope that this will be the one series where she picks a guy and sticks with him but I think we are leaning towards a love triangle. 



I don't think I have ever read a book that was set in Australia so that was a new element which I found quite exciting. I really really enjoyed this book and look forward to the series. Its definitely up there with one of my favourites this year so far.



Thanks For Reading

Emx

emmacoxy88@gmail.com
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This was the first time I had read anything by Lynette Noni.  I found this to be a story that caught my attention right from the beginning and kept me wanting to read right up to the end.  This was a fun story with interesting twist on speaking and what can happen in a paranormal world.  The author did a fabulous job of developing the characters and describing the setting.  Whisper was a quick and easy read.  The story has a good ending but leaves room for the continuation of the story.  I will be looking forward #2.  If you enjoy a good YA read this book is for you.  Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
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I found myself not wanting to talk in solidarity with 'Jane Doe'. I thought I would be really frustrated by the wait to find out her story, but it was easy to be patient with everything else the author was throwing out at me. I found Jane to be extremely strong. She didn't let the pain and horror of her life override her morals. Jane wasn't the only characters I fell in love with. The secondary characters were just as exciting.

The emotions that WHISPER brought out were a bit crazy. There were a few points that I felt completely heartbroken right along with Jane. You know the writing is good when the author can make you feel what the characters are feeling. 

The suspense was crazy high in WHISPER and the pace was nice and steady. I really don't want to give anything away so I'm going to stop there. I would recommend you stay away from spoilers as much as possible, because not knowing what was happening or why was one of the best parts of WHISPER.

I'm really excited to see what else will happen in the Whisper series, so book two will be on my wishlist as soon as it's listed on Goodreads.

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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For two years, six months, and fourteen days, subject Six-Eight-Four (also known as Jane Doe), has been locked up in Lengard and experimented on relentlessly. The entire time she has not uttered a single word. Jane's resolve begins to fracture when she is introduced to a new evaluator, Landon Ward. Jane slowly begins learning what Lengard has to offer, while also struggled to come to grips with her ability, and what how she has used it in her past.

This book caught me completely off guard. I thoroughly enjoyed. Maybe even enjoyed it enough to say it's one of my favorites I've read this year.

I don't think I can review this book in a way that will give it justice, but I'll try!

When we are introduced to Jane, she's already been at Lengard for two and a half years. She spends her days being handed off from evaluator to evaluator. These evaluators range from Enzo, the almost friendly athletic coach, to Vanik, the man who spends hours a day carrying out painful experiments on her. She spends all other time in her colorless cell, where she is given the blandest type of food and is not allowed entertainment, or even shoes.

Jane is an extremely strong character, but we also learn she has her weaknesses. She has panic attacks whenever her parents are mentioned. Noni wrote these attacks in a way that made them feel painfully real.

I loved almost all the characters in this book, which is very uncommon for me. My favorites were Cami, Ward's younger sister, and Kael. To avoid spoilers, I won't say too much about him.

Whisper is set in Australia, which I thought was really cool! Most sci-fi type books I've read are either set in a fictional land, or in the US.

The book does have a bit of a slow beginning, but I felt like once Jane shows her abilities for the first time, it really picks up. I loved how the story was both action packed, but also information packed. This book was mostly world-building and I think the sequel will be more about moving the story forwards.

I recommend Whisper for people who like YA science fiction, with a touch of a dystopian feel.
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I have this book waiting for me to read for quite a while. I was excited when we received the ARC, but it took me a while to go for it. When I first started this book, it interested me right away, but it was a little slow going. So it took to about 35 percent through to really grab me. Then once it did, it was on. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to read more. 


Jane Doe has been living in a facility,  she's been tested on, tortured, kept away for the general population. It's been over two years and since then she has not spoken a single world. When she speaks, bad things happen. 

After years of this treatment, the facility brings in a new guy, Landon Ward, he is different. he seems a little kinder, more caring. Jane still doesn't know what he wants from her and still, she does not speak. 

She gets to know this man, she is invited to his home. She meets his family. They go out into the real world. An accident happens. Jane speaks. This is when everything changes, the truth comes out, secrets revealed. At least so it seems. 

Time marches on. Jane is still underground in this facility, but things are different now. She is speaking and she is becoming a part of something... until the day she goes outside again. She meets a new guy. He takes her to another underground facility. This one is different. She then learns more secrets, more lies, more danger. 

Now Jane must decide what to believe and figure out the right thing to do. 



I really enjoyed this read. It was original and creative and well written. I really enjoyed the characters. I mean I loved the characters. The first 35 percent of the book was slow going for me but I think it was me not the book. I am very impatient and without Jane talking and being stuck in her head. Well, she didn't know what was going on so I didn't know what was going... so we were both confused and lonely. Then Land Ward showed up and everything changed. 

I didn't know it would be so difficult to read a book where the main character doesn't speak. It is hard though. I need the character interaction o really enjoy a book. So once Jane starts to talk, the book took off for me. The characters in this book were just fun, funny, witty, the conversations were truly entertaining. There are so many great characters in this book too. 

So Jane is a smart ass. There is no other way to put it. She is snarky and she stubborn and she is independent. She is just an all-around very badass character. She has a heart and loves all those that are important to her. She is a fast thinker and very witty. I really connected to her and I really just loved her.

I connected to all the characters. I loved them all. I mean I really loved them all. And there is quite a few so I can't go through all of them but Cam is really one of my favorites. She is so bouncy and sweet and fun. She is like a ball of energy that is non stop talk and a big ol' heart. 

SO the story was good. I felt it was original but still in the realm of other superpower books. This is a superpower, gene mutation, good vs evil, science fiction read. I wish there were more of these. So if you like these kinds of books, read this one. 

What I enjoyed was the way the powers came about and what they are. It is quite different than any other superpower book I have read. It was well done, well thought out, well written. I could visualize so clearly in this book and just really got into the story. I feel like I am not giving this book justice.

It's really hard to talk too much about it without giving anything away but it's a really good story, its fun, its heartbreaking, its hopeful, its action-packed. 

There isn't really any romance yet. But it's building. There is a chance of a love triangle, nothing to lead me there yet but I see it's a possibility. I hope not but I do know I love both boys already so yeah, it will be hard. 

The friendships are really the focus. There is a lot of friendships building and loyalty lines being drawn. So this is where so much will happen in the next book. This book was for sure the set up. Next installment is going to be crazy, I have a feeling. 


Really really good book. A little slow but one it takes off it rocks!
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this wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. I was pretty good though!! I loved how this book suprised me and went a completely different way than I expected it to. I like the magic sort of feel to it
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I'm new to Miss Noni's books so I didn't know what to expect but this exceeded my expectations. The beginning was a little slow in that we weren't told why Jane thinks she's a monster and why she was being treated the way she was and it drove me crazy until the middle when we start getting answers and things got really good. Miss Noni's writing is fantastic and as far as I can recall she didn't use a lot of profanity and the romance wasn't obnoxious which of course earned bonus points. 
The speaking powers were really cool and the whole system was really interesting, the twists and revelations upped the entertainment value as well. I hope there'll be a book 2 because I need more!
rating: 5 Stars!
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
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