Sunday, August 4, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: The Whispering

Tharin and Lily find themselves back in Pathen in search of Julia and the key to Eirrell, but old foes and new ones are in close pursuit. Adding to their plight, all doorways to Velesi have been closed.

Forced to discover a way back to their realm, the group finds help from new friends and those who once stood against them are now allies. To make matters worse, a betrayal causes the door to the UnderRealm to open, allowing demons and monsters once imprisoned to roam the realm freely.

Time is of the essence as there are only two Ancients left while Ka grows weaker, struggling to hold the realm together. It is up to Tharin and Lily to find the doorway to Eirrell, call the Unnamed Sidhe and save Velesi.

Journey back to Velesi and join Tharin, Lily, Tolan, Julia, Alorn, Mellis, Ziri and Cessa to save the realm and maybe have a wedding... or two, but then again, it is Velesi, so... maybe not.


Another closing to a well loved series. T_T Why are endings so freakin' bittersweet?!

In this final installment, Thalin and Lily and Co. are racing to save their home- and other worlds -from being destroyed, but in all this chaos, one thing still holds Lily back: with duty and everything being thrust upon her instead of getting a real choice or say in things, how can she know for sure that what comes with the job description is what she wants?

Like it's two predecessors, a lot of stuff happens in this book. It's like a million novellas or something. Action keeps your blood pumping, sweet romance rises the pressure even more, and hilarious (sometimes cartoonish) situations balance out that blood pressure of yours. This book presses all your buttons, tempting you to wanna strangle some elves and put them on a pedestal.

I fell in lust with this series when its first book, The Binding, introduced me to a girl named Lily who was really a Halfling princess in another world, and fiance to the elf prince of Velesi, Prince Tharin. The promise was a story between a prince traveling to Earth to do his duty and a girl thrust into a new world that held answers for a mysterious past, and believe me, it was delivered, and then some. When I first met Tharin, he was an obnoxious, tall, hot ashelldfhdasdghrohfioafhdf elf with a girlfriend named Kelis back in Velesi. Yes, he knew he was gorgeous and very good at the things he did, and yes, he was falling out of love (though unbeknowst at the time) with Kelis, but his "duty" to marry Lily while flirting with her- and then her finding out that he had a girlfriend -just made me wanna--

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I mean who does that?! (Don't answer that.) Then things started to get better but then she gets kidnapped by his own relative and we have to wait for a whole century before the next book comes out- oh, what a way to kill a person! All of them made bad mistakes at some point in the books, for some, more than a hundred. But that's what we do, too: we make bad mistakes and learn from them.
*Though the whole reason why I read books are so that I can escape people like us, so it kinda defeats the purpose to some degree*
But then his falling for Lily along their time spent getting back to Velesi made me squeal and laugh out loud, and when they were together, it was just so right. Sometimes too many characters can turn a reader off, but Filloon did so well with that- I actually love every single one of them. And another thing! She's so connected with her characters and is able to deliver them so well that when Thalin and Tolan secretly switched places, I knew right off the bat what they'd done. Why? Because Thalin's mannerisms and the subconscious reactions he gets from the others is so well imprinted onto the readers that I already had an inkling of what they'd done by the first sentence with him as "Tolan". By the time Lily's wondering about his oddness, it's confirmed for me that they've switched. It's things like that, that really enamor me to an author.

Small things bothered me. One of them was the small stuff the editor missed; overall it wasn't too bad, but it'd make me go back and reread a sentence. Another thing was figuring out what the bad guys were up to. Like, in one chapter you're reading that Lily is their target, but then an attack had them all realizing it's Thalin they're after, because she'd do anything for him, and then the title gets swooshed on to Tolan, and it gives a whole explanation for that. And thennnn, when Lily sees that Julia, Tolan's significant other, is getting a visit from demons of her past, I'm thinking, "And this is where we realize that they were trying to get to Julia through Tolan, and then when that's done we'll realize again that by getting Julia, they'll be able to get Lily." We've come full circle, bitches-!
Another thing was the random information popup. I don't know if it's because it's been a while since I've read the Velesi series, but when something new and major would happen to one of the characters, a back story would randomly follow and explain why this is the way it is. Or if something contributing to the climax would happen, and it's completely new to the present situation, a back story would follow and explain... get the pattern? These things were popping up like daisies- so either the book was a field of daisies or these "popups" were really answers well-awaited for. In which case (if true), I stand corrected.

I very much recommend this series. Like, seriously, this is a dangerous book. It can make you bipolar. As a precaution, you should make sure you're hydrated and near boxes of tissues. Oh, and pad your Kindle- or use someone else's, either saves your baby from bodily harm -and make sure to remind yourself as you're reading the first book, The Binding, that there is a happy ending at the very last page. :) Of The Whispering, not the Binding.


Happy Reading!

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