Aug 20, 2012

{Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt} Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh


Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Science Fiction
THEME: Aliens
RECEIVED: Review for Reading Addiction Tour

In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.

I’ve been trying to get back in reading more science fiction lately and was excited to be apart of the tour for Whispers in Autumn, it has a dystopian type world that has been taken over by an alien race. The writing kept me hooked and the world and alien life was really well thought out, even though I couldn’t connect to the lead character as much as I would of liked, I really enjoyed this story.

Whispers in Autumn follows Althea, she is different from everyone around her, only with little knowledge that she is called a Dissident. Earth has been taken by an alien race and humans are controlled by them and don’t even know it. Althea has to go through each day knowing she is the only one who knows about what’s really going on, until she finally meets someone who is like her. Together they find out the truth about who they are and work together to keep each other safe.

Althea is a strong and lonely character; all her life has been repetitive. Jumping to each season into lives she pretends to be apart of and parents who aren’t really her own. I felt sorry for her, the whole first half of the book, she was so lonely and I was really looking forward to her meeting someone that connected to her. It was almost creepy how the other humans reacted to her, confused and not knowing why they stayed away from her in away. Leigh did a fantastic job creating the world that Althea lived in and how brave this character was living out each day and really not understands who she is.

Lucas is like Althea and really stole the show in the book. The two have some major chemistry and I liked that there was no insta-love, it was more like they thought “finally someone like me.” He protected Althea like crazy and was determined to find answers about who they are and what happened to their parents.

Now for the world Leigh created it was clever and very enjoyable. While everyone is under the mind control, the world is controlled by the Others, while their leaders are known as the Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water). It took me a while to figure out all the names and what was really going on. I only wished I was giving a little bit more insight before getting put right in the middle of Althea’s world, just so it didn’t take me so long to figure it all out.

Overall I enjoyed Whispers in Autumn, the ending was fantastic and the secrets that are unfolded near the end got me super excited for the next book. The past of the lead characters really will surprise the readers; this is a science fiction series that will defiantly get you thinking.

This is a young adult science fiction novel that is a perfect read for all teens and adults. Fans of Jennifer Armentrouts Lux’s series and Cat Patricks novel Revived will love Trisha Leigh’s Whispers in Autumn.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*
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The thought of Lucas watching me stroll about without my knowledge makes me both embarrassed and angry. “I don’t think so. I don’t need any extra attention, and you and your fish and your hiding in the shadows is bound to get one or both of us in trouble.”

“What do you mean, any extra attention?”

One evening alone with another person and my secret’s all but painted on my forehead. Running from the Wardens, frowning at Lucas, saying out loud that I don’t want to catch the Wardens’ eyes—any one of those actions is enough to land me in a bad situation. I force a smile, cursing my loose lips and ignoring the beads of sweat breaking out on my palms. “Did I say extra? I just meant attention. With the Wardens in town and everything. Goodnight.”

Lucas grabs my wrist and holds on tight, stopping me from heading to the Morgans’. His fingers tighten and my skin chafes as I try to twist free, his frigid touch relieving the burning panic for a moment. A wild look flashes in his eyes and he leans in until our noses almost touch.

My breath catches as our eyes meet, a shocking level of anticipation mingling with fear. I push away from him, heart thrashing, but he only leans closer. I freeze, closing my eyes against whatever is coming next.

Words emerge from his pale lips in a whisper, expelling breath frostier than the fall breeze winding about us. “Think about it, Althea. There’s a good chance one or both of us is going to get into trouble anyway.”

Raised by a family of ex-farmers and/or almost rock stars from Northeastern Iowa, I’ve always loved to tell stories. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Film, I began to search for a way to release the voices in my head. I wrote a thriller and a couple of ghost stories, getting my feet wet and learning with each attempt. When I attempted my first YA novel, which would become Whispers in Autumn, I was hooked. I knew then my heart lay with telling stories about and for young adults, and for anyone who loves to read and recapture those fleeting “first” moments.

My spare time is spent reviewing television and movies, spending time with my large, loud, loving family, reading any book that falls into my hands, and being dragged into the fresh air by my dogs Yoda and Jilly.

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