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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Whispers by Aram Keledjian finds Henry facing a changing civilization and the return of his past after living for years in isolation. Henry White is a typical teenage boy, except he's secretly an immortal who escaped his past and a tragic loss to live out his years in an isolated mansion. As time moves on, civilization drags Henry into the modern world where an unfortunate encounter sends a cop to his doorstep and forces him into public school where he must blend in as an ordinary teenager. He goes through the motions just to make it through until he meets Elizabeth, who draws him back into life and love. Then he hears the whispers again, an approaching threat from long ago, coming back into his life and forcing him to make a choice that may have dire consequences.
As an immortal, Henry has an old-fashioned outlook and uses certain proper phrases which are contrasted throughout against the dialogue of the modern teenagers. Aram Keledjian plays with Henry's placement as an old soul among today's teenagers which adds humor to the story. He has a cool and collected personality which causes immediate conflict when he's thrown into this high school setting where he faces bullies, teachers, and teenagers. Mickey is a modern teenager who balances out Henry's foray into the modern world with his own into this supernatural world where he gets in over his head, but this world also brings out his strength and courage. Elizabeth is laid-back and sweet, someone who provides a nice balance to Henry's personality. It's easy to see how the two begin a romance. She fills a void in Henry that occurred long ago, providing him with a second chance at happiness.
The writing style and tone fit in with Henry's old-fashioned perspective with modern touches and dialogue infused throughout to show Henry in this strange new world. The vampire element is reminiscent of older works, more similar to Dracula than the modern vampire romances, with dangerous vampires and a romance that's sweet rather than seductive. Henry is a hero who breaks the stereotype of the deadly or seductive vampire by being sincere and protective. He contains much of his darkness and as a result has a somewhat confined personality. Whispers is a great read for those looking for a new twist on vampires and who enjoy sweet romances.