Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Whisper Cape by Regan Walsh

* I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes. The review is based solely on my opinion and was not influenced by author or publisher.

After her father suddenly dies, Addison MacKenna moves back to the town of Whisper Cape, Oregon where she was born. Along for the move is Addison's Aunt Maia, who helped raise her from infancy because Addison's mother died shortly after giving birth. With the exception of the nightmares life seems to be moving forward for Addison, that is until a stranger appears in town. With the appearance of the stranger comes changes in Addison and the knowledge that her father wasn't at all what he seemed. Secrets and powers arise which could cost Addison her life and the lives of those she loves.

After reading the synopsis of this book, I jumped at the chance to read and review it. I was a bit disappointed as I had a very hard time getting through it. The idea behind the story was intriguing but the execution was missing something. I was not able to connect with the characters. Most of the main characters were in their mid 20's to late 30's but their dialogue and interactions with each other appeared to be more juvenile. There are sex scenes and while they are not juvenile they seem immature and even awkward at times. There is a great deal of anticipation and buildup to the battle with the "big bad", but the actual altercation is swift and unsatisfying.

On the positive side, the Sectorium and it's members is a great concept. The powers that the members possess, how they come into those powers and how they manifest are all fascinating ideas. With a little more character growth and balancing of buildup to resolution I think the author could have a worthy series on her hands.

My Rating: 2/5 stars

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