TOUR REVIEW: The Murmurings

Title: The Murmurings
Author: Carly Anne West
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Pages: 384
Genre: Horror
Source: DAC ARC tours
Rating: 5/5

Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not….

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My reaction when I first read about this book: This looks so creeptastic! Must read!
My reaction when “The Murmurings” became available on the DAC ARC tours site: Pretty please with ALL THE CHERRIES on top?!
My reaction upon being chosen as a tour stop: Holy &#$&^&@#$&! Holy *%*#%&(*%! Holy (@#$(*)(#@(&^! *runs down hallway dancing and screaming*
My reaction after actually reading the book: every excited/sad meme on the internet, because I really loved it that much.

This book was right up my alley. Even if I hadn’t been that interested in it before picking it up, the first sentence would’ve caught my attention right away: “I’m supposed to wonder why Gregor Samsa is a cockroach. Not how. Why.” And the story just kept getting better from there.

First of all, Sophie is a great character. She’s smart and sarcastic, and everything she says and does in the story just made me want to hug her and be her friend. She is a superbly fiery heroine, and is genuine and believable to boot.

And then we have Evan Gold. Has there ever been a more perfect specimen of man in young adult literature? I think not. He is caring, accepting, and vulnerable, which are qualities you don’t often see in male characters today. His love for others (Deb and Sophie) motivates him and allows him to believe in the impossible.

I think one of the things I wish had been explored further in this book is the beginning of Evan and Sophie’s relationship. It’s established early on how Sophie knows him and that she has a crush on him, but other than that West pretty much just jumps right in to the awkward mental-institution dates and making out sessions. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I do wish their relationship had evolved a tad more slowly. Oh, and that’s another wonderful thing about Evan: he loves all of Sophie’s crazy.

West portrayed the relationship between Sophie and her mother in a perfectly heartbreaking way. I was a little worried at first that this very important element of the story might get buried beneath all the paranormal madness happening, but West dealt with it very well. She gave the reader a picture of how broken the relationship was without making it unbearably depressing.

The Murmurings is a wild ride with just the perfect blend of horror, romance, and falling-off-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense to keep you hooked until the very end, and close the cover hungry for more. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Carly Anne West does next!

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