Monday, July 23, 2012


Author: Heather Hildenbrand
YA Book
(Amy’s Review)

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.  Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.  Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…

This book blew me away.  I am a huge fan of Heather’s writing and this was I think her best ever.  I could re-read this 10 times over and still love it every time.  Heather does such a wonderful job describing the emotions that Whisper is going through to a point that you almost feel what she is feeling.  It rings so true to anyone who has had a tragic loss in their life.  She brings hope when you feel there is no hope left or reason to go on.  In Whisper’s story Heather brings light and hope for someone who is surrounded in darkness, giving them just what they need to survive.  In this case it’s a soul mate.  There are so many what if’s when it comes to “soul mates” and magic in Native American history, and after reading this it makes you want to believe.  I won’t give details about the story in my review because it would honestly take away from the emotions you should feel when you don’t know what is going to happen.  Kind of like a surprise.  Don’t read any detailed synopsis of this book.  Read it with a blank slate.  You will get so much more from it that way and it will leave you speechless.  I hope that…no I know that you will love this story. 
Rating 5 out of 5

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