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A Double Review of Whisper by Lynette Noni

Whisper
Author: Lynette Noni
Published:  May 1, 2018
320 pages

Today Kim and I bring you a double review of Whisper by Lynette Noni!  Thank you KCP Loft for our copy! One great thing about double reviews is that you get both of our thoughts on books.  Kim loved Whisper though it wasn’t really for me.  I sent it to her after I read it as I thought it would be a book she would enjoy and she did!  Here are both of our reviews:

Book Description:

“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. I’m an anomaly. I’m 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.

Kim’s Review:
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

Jessica sent me this ARC book, thinking that I’d like it, and boy howdy, was she right! Secret government complexes and experiments are my jam! Whisper had me from the first page. Jane Doe’s situation is unique . . . you don’t know who she is. She won’t even acknowledge her own identity. I went thru the entire book before I had even a clue about who Jane is. Yet I liked her. I knew nothing about her, yet I liked her. She handles herself far better than I ever could, were I in her situation. Noni does an excellent job of making you feel the things that Jane is feeling and thinking. You like other people based on Jane liking them. You feel the fear that Jane does when the schedule she was forced into for the last two years, is interrupted. I was so caught up with Jane and what was happening to her, I could barely put the book down!

And what’s interesting is that there is so little information given for most of the book. Everyone else in Jane’s life seems to know what’s going on, but it’s not until halfway thru that Jane is given any information. I love Ward, and Cami, and Enzo just as I’m supposed to. They’re wonderful people who care for Jane and help her whenever possible. I hate Vanik because of his insane recklessness while experimenting on Jane and because she hates him. I kept from forming an opinion on Falon and Manning until the end because I knew that I didn’t have all the information yet. And for someone who hates anticipation and wants to know what’s going on from the very beginning, I’m shocked that I liked this book as much as I did. The fact that so little information is present makes this book more interesting.

I think this book would be great for teens. There is some language, but nothing too bad and the story is interesting enough to hold wandering teenage minds. I really liked it and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!

Jessica’s Review:
Dates Read: April 19-May 3, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars

I first have to say that I am selective with my sci-fi and fantasy. Thus, I am not the target demographic for this novel. But KCP Loft sent it to me and I love them as a publisher, so I had to read it. Oh, and the cover is just pretty!!

There was nothing wrong with Whisper, in fact it is well written and the characters are likeable.  I liked Jane Doe and wanted to know what was going to happen to her, which is what kept me reading. This looks to be the first in the series, so there will be more to come!  And I loved Cami: she was just adorable and everything all rolled into one person. She’s the sweet ‘little sister’ type everyone wants in their life!  Then there is Ward- I had mixed feelings about him throughout… Do I like him or not? Should he be trusted or not!?!?He is a mystery that you keep changing your mind about, but still feel something for.

I wanted to know why Jane Doe does not talk.  What’s going to happen if she does?  Will it really be as bad as she seems to think it is if she speaks? What did she do in her past? And what is her real name?!?!?  It was my curiosity in those questions that kept me reading. When they slowly got answered it was an ‘Oh, ok” moment.  It was nothing earth shattering for me. Again, this is because of me and not the novel.

I really wished I enjoyed Whisper more. The cover alone is perfect. The girl on the cover is how I pictured Jane Doe.  As it looks to be the beginning of the series, I was expecting a cliffhanger ending, but there was not: YAY!!  There is an ending, but also room left open for future novels in the series.

If you enjoy YA and  sci-fi give this one a try. Thank you KCP Loft for my copy to read and review!

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A Double Review of The Dispatcher

Today Kim and I both review The Dispatcher by John Scalzi. We both listened to the Audible version which is masterfully narrated by Zachary Quinto. It is a short book, the narration is 2 hours and 18 minutes.  Needless to say both Kim and I loved The Dispatcher!

Author: John Scalzi
Narrator: Zachary Quinto
Published: October 4, 2016
Audible: 2 hours 18 minutes

Book Description from Goodreads:

One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone – 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.

Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher – a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death’s crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge a supposed wrong.

It’s a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it’s too late…before not even a Dispatcher can save him.

Zachary Quinto: Best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes – brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi.

Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Kim’s Review:

This was a short, simple mystery, with a doozy of a twist! I had never heard of anything like the dispatchers before. If a person is murdered, then 9 times out of 10, they’ll end up alive and well in their bed at home. I’m not sure where that idea came from, but I love it! And I’m totally crushing on Tony Valdez . . . it helps that he has Zachary Quinto’s voice. 😊 I liked that it was a short listen; the author didn’t detail every little thing in every room, conversations weren’t repeated, and the mystery was easily solved with some good, old detective work. It’s simple, enjoyable, and easy. I really enjoyed this audiobook!

Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Dates Listened To: March 16-18, 2018
Jessica’s Review:

The Dispatcher has an interesting premise to it: If you die at the hands some someone else, 999 times out of 1000 you come back to life.  If you die of natural causes you do not come back to life.  It is a mystery why this started happening, but we do learn about the first person that this happened to.  The Dispatcher is short at just 2 hours 18 minutes long.  And it covers a lot in that short time period!  I listened to the Audible version which was narrated by Zachary Quinto and I couldn’t help but picture him as Tony Valdez as the story progressed.

Tony is a Dispatcher, one who helps to bring people back. In other words, he murders them.  We see several examples of Tony doing his job, which he has done for eight years.  One of his dispatcher friends disappears and it is a race to find out what happened to him.

This is a novella that will make you think about many things: who could become a Dispatcher and how do they handle their job when there is that one chance out of 1000 that the person will not come back? What does someone experience when they die and then come back? There are also theological, ethical, and moral issues that surround this story and the novella brings those up as well.

I liked Tony’s character and hope that Scalzi will expand on him and write more. If this ever comes to life on film I hope they cast Quinto in the Tony Valdez role!

The Dispatcher is highly recommended.

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Short Story Collection Double Review: Sticky Fingers

Today Kim and I are both reviewing the short story collection Sticky Fingers by JT Lawrence. Kim and I received an Audible copy from the author that we were more than happy to listen too. I had previously bought it on my Kindle, but had yet to read it, so this way I was able to get to it sooner.  Thank you so much JT Lawrence for the copy, we both really enjoyed it and took different approaches for our reviews. This short story collection received 5 stars from both of us! That is not an easy accomplishment as Kim and I are so different in our opinions. Bravo to JT Lawrence for achieving this!

Author: JT Lawrence
Published: July 28, 2016
Audible Audiobook

Book Description from Goodreads:

Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories includes:
Escape
A suicidal baby who knows he was born into the wrong life must get creative to correct the mistake, much to his mother’s horror.
The Itch
A story about an intense, uncontrollable, unexplainable itch that lands the protagonist in a mental institution.
Bridge Gate
A daughter years to connect with her absent father through the letters they exchange. She’s not put off by his pedantic corrections of her writing, despite the slow reveal that he is less than perfect himself.
The Unsuspecting Gold-Digger
A woman gradually poisons her husband so that she doesn’t have to break his heart.

Kim’s Review
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

I normally don’t do short story collections, but the author gave me a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for a review, so I went for it. I loved it!! Seriously, I came up with excuses to get in my car just so I could keep listening. They all were definitely on the darker side, but in a great way. Every time a new story started, I ended up trying to guess what the twist would be. Some were easier to figure out than others. I think my two favorites were The Itch and A Pair of Pigeons. Both escalated so quickly and I was left looking like that little emoji with the huge eyes, just staring. The narrator was really good too! Sticky Fingers is definitely the collection for the reader who is slightly off color and enjoys the darker side of fiction. I recommend this to anybody!

Jessica’s Review:
Dates Read: December 18-22, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 Stars

Wow!  I am a fan of short stories if they are well written and JT Lawrence is outstanding!  Not every story was for me, but Lawrence’s writing pulls you in and you quickly get through each short story all the way up to the unexpected endings.  These stories are dark, twisted, and delightful!  It was perfect for me to listen to in the car during my commute to and from work.  I will share a brief review of each of the twelve stories written below.

I had previously purchased this on my Kindle, but the author sent Kim and I an Audible version.  Lawrence is from South Africa and I believe that the narrator is as well. Due to my hearing issues, I had to adjust to the narrator’s accent but I enjoyed the narration. She is clear and well spoken.

Bridge Gate

I enjoyed the communication via letter for father and daughter.  I quickly figured out where dad was located. I enjoyed the letters as we saw Emily grow up.  I wanted to know more about dad.

The Itch

This one would be a living nightmare!  I had to scratch and did throughout this one! I dare you to NOT scratch while reading this one.  I still scratch thinking about this story!

The Unsuspecting Gold Digger

I did not see that ending coming! OMG…..  That is all I can say.

Traveling Slacks

This was my favorite of all the stories.  It is a hidden gem.  If you work with the public at all you will love this one!  If only we could actually say what we think….

Something Borrowed

Another twist I did not see coming.  There are so many emotions with this one.  I thought it was going in one direction but it was a in reality a complete 180.

She Did It

Who is the victim and who is the suspect?  What is going to happen next? Who is helping the detective?

Grey Magic

I enjoyed this one was different as it dealt with magic and witches.  I’m hoping this was an introduction of sorts to the novel of the same name that Lawrence has written.

Pigeon Pair

This one freaked me out.  Though I have never seen the movie The Birds, I kept thinking of it while listening to this one.  I loved the ending!

The Little Pink Book

Being a midwife and helping to deliver babies should be a wonderful thing… shouldn’t it??? I wanted more to this story!!!

Off the Hinge

This one is a schizophrenic mess and that is the point.  Can someone just get the lady some milk!?!?!

Sticky Fingers

What happens when you have ‘sticky fingers’? Let’s hope it doesn’t end the way this short story did with that surprising ending!

Escape

A suicidal baby.  He knows he is in the wrong family and wants to correct that error.  This one won’t be for everyone, but it makes you wonder just how cognitive babies really are….

 

**Thank you again to JT Lawrence for the Audible copy. We both enjoyed it and highly recommend this short story collection!

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