Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Blog Tour: Whispers in Autumn - Review & Excerpt

Was delighted to be offered the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, as the synopsis grabbed my attention immediately! This is the first book in what promises to be an excellent new series. Check out the info below and I'll bet you'll be hooked just like I was! Trisha Leigh is one of my new favorites, as I can't resist a story that grabs me on the first page and won't let go!

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.

Then 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. (book blurb)

My Thoughts:
This book was incredible! Hooked me on the very first page, when Althea wakes up and we slowly begin to piece together her strange existence.

Despite her odd past, I really liked the way that Althea didn't give up no matter what. It must have been really hard on her, not really knowing why her life was the way it was and why no one seemed to really be able to see her. Until she meets Lucas that is....

Althea is a refreshing main character, in that she doesn't have all of the answers and isn't confident in herself or her abilities. I get really tired of MCs who claim they don't know what they're doing, yet become superheroes in the blink of an eye.

Really enjoyed this one, as it had great characters, good pacing, and Trisha is a talented writer. Have already downloaded Winter Omens and looking forward to reading it! Check out this excerpt and you'll see what I mean:

It’s early morning. It always is. The sound of movement on the floor below forces my fists to unclench, releasing the garish orange comforter wrinkled inside them. Last night I fell asleep at the Hammond’s house, where the bedding is green and spring crept toward an end. I never get used to starting over like this, but as my travels grow more frequent, a kind of numbness settles in. My feet find their way out from under the heavy down and settle into the slippers beside the bed.

As if I never left.

I shuffle across the thick, brown carpet and kneel on the padded window seat to peer outside. The trees are bright splotches against the vivid blue sky - some crimson, others a sunny yellow - with a few fiery oranges scattered about. Their bold colors verify my suspicions.

It’s autumn now.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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. 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.

You can find Trisha on her website, Twitter:  @trishaleighkc, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Facebook

Thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions for hosting this blog tour!


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  2. The beginning of the synopsis totally reminds me of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull...you know where the kooky lady wanted to mind have mind control over everyone? ~shivers~ _reads on_ Certainly sounds like an interesting read, I can definitely see where it caught your interest. Might have to add it to the old wish list. Thanks for the share!

  3. Loving the cover. I'm so glad that this was a winner with you as with such a gorgeous cover I would have been disappointed if it wasn't.

  4. I just love this series. Such fantastic writing and the story is just phenomenal!

  5. Great review, thank you. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

  6. Thanks for the great review. I like that the heroine of the story isn't perfect but she never gives up which makes you relate to her even more. Thanks for sharing

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  7. Thank you for the review!


  8. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds like an excellent series and read. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

  9. Are there ever really, truly "ex-farmers"? And the mix of farmers and rock stars sounds like an unusual combo.
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  10. I'm glad you liked this one. my friend is obsessed with this series and I've been meaning to read them!

  11. This sounds really good. A lot of people seem to enjoy this :) Amazing review!

  12. I like the synoposis. It sounds like it's got a lot of potential. I may have to sample it.

  13. The Last of the Year series is just so good! I can't wait for the next book *jumps around excitedly*


  14. A fabulous review thank you. I can tell how much you enjoyed this.