Friday, September 5, 2014

A Whispered Darkness blog tour: review and giveaway @chapterxchapter @VanessaBarger @month9books

Title: A Whispered Darkness
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Vanessa Barger

When Claire Mallory’s father leaves, her mom moves them to a new town and into a dilapidated Victorian house.

The old house creaks and whistles, and smells well — like it’s been abandoned for years. But as the nights grow longer and the shadows take on substance, Claire wonders if the strange sounds and occurrences might be more than the house showing its age.

Just as things start to pick up in Claire’s love life, her mother becomes possessed. In an attempt to save her mother and their new home, Claire enlists the help of two boys, each of whom is interested in Claire for different reasons. As she chooses one boy over the other, something dangerous is unleashed, and the spirits make their move.

They aren’t content to moan and scream inside Claire’s house, or even control her mom. They want a taste of freedom, and she’s their key to getting it. But is Claire strong enough to fight off the evil spirits, or will they claim her and her mom before it’s all over?

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I love ghost stories so signing up for this tour was an easy decision. A Whispered Darkness is an interesting read and fans of creepy paranormal stories will want to check it out. Claire's family is going through changes. Her dad leaves and her mom moves her and her brother, Grant, to a strange house in a new town. Poor Claire is dealing with her own issues, namely trying to keep her mental health healthy which isn't easy when one can hear the voices of the dead. The house itself is weird with its gloomy setting and strange noises. Claire can see the ghosts inhabiting the old Victorian and the paranormal aspect of the story is cool. She also meets two guys, cousins Bryan and Haven, and develops feelings for them. Her mom begins to act stranger than usual and Claire worries that the ghosts may be interfering. Or could it be a case of possession?

I liked the relationship between Claire and Grant. They seemed to truly care for each other. As for her relationship with the guys, though a bit quick, I could understand why Claire latched onto these guys with concerns about her sanity and such. What I couldn't understand was why Claire's mom thought buying the house she did would be a good, mature decision, especially with her daughter's history of hospitalization for mental illness. I thought the paranormal parts were intriguing and kept me reading. The pace was a bit unsteady in parts and that's okay since I liked Claire and wanted to see what would happen. 

All in all I found A Whispered Darkness to be an entertaining and atmospheric YA paranormal. Drama, romance, a girl who can talk to ghosts and a possessed mom made for a cool weekend afternoon read.

Rating: 3.5

Cover comment:
I really like the cover art for this book.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy.


Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and the Virginia Writer's Club. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

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Winner will be drawn September 26, 2014

· Four (4) winners will receive a digital copy of A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger (INT)
· One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)
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1 comment:

  1. This is a new to me author. Story sounds very interesting I think I would enjoy reading it. I have added this book to my book wish list.

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