Krista Reviews: Joanna Mauzurkiewicz's - "The Whispers of the Sprite"
When Ania moves from London to Swansea city in Wales she is hoping that her life will get a bit more exciting, after all she is running away from her controlling mother to taste more freedom and feel more independent. Everything seems to be going the way she wanted until she almost dies while taking a quiet walk around the beach in the late evening.
When she opens her eyes, nothing seems the same…
She starts seeing people that no one else is able to notice. An enchanting looking man keeps following her and Ania’s life seems to getting more exciting than she ever wished for.
After the attack something changes inside her, she has been blessed with the new frightening gift of seeing and hearing sprites all around her… the magical creatures that only existed in folklore, myths and legends of Britain.
Gabriel is attractive and handsome but no … he is not a vampire. He keeps coming back and Ania feels an instant connection between them but this might get her into more trouble. Supernatural romance is not on her mind right now.
Because he is forbidden to even touch her … the line between the death and love has never been so thin and the sprites won’t stop whispering until … she will choose to love or abandon Gabriel.
The Whispers of the sprite – the first book in the Young adult paranormal romance series, The Whispers series)
If you looking for a fresh new urban fantasy romance filled with folklore, myths, legends, fairies and magic then this is the one to keep an eye on.
This is a young adult paranormal romance which includes violence and sexual scenes recommended for ages sixteen and up
Our main character Ania is determined to have some freedom away from her overbearing mother. They just recently moved from Russia to London, and now after graduation she is ready to go to college. If possible, far away from her mother. She chooses a school relatively close within driving distance, but far enough to feel like she’s got some freedom. Ania’s character is very stubborn, her relationship with her mother is very tender and it seems to affect all of the decisions that she makes in her own life. But the reader is kept in the dark until the very end.
Upon arrival to her new home to attend college, Ania has a near death experience when she is stabbed by a stranger on the beach. After this event she begins to notice people she couldn’t see before, but soon realized they cannot be seen by others. Just her. This starts her life on a very fast track of trying to figure out who they are. When she falls for the one who seems to always be around her, she’s asking for trouble. But when Gabriel begins to fall for her as well, there are too many rules being broken, and eventually somebody has got to pay.
This story was a pretty fast-paced one, but comes with a very emotional and indecisive main character who although she caused me some frustration, I rooted for in the end. Ania has to overcome several different things emotionally, and as this is just the first book in the series, there is a lot of room for her growth. I was proud of her when she finally made that decision to put all of her thoughts into moving forward in one direction.
We just barely get a glimpse into the other world that is introduced in this first book, but it has a lot of fun and imaginative potential with a mixture of paranormal worlds blending.