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Review and Giveaway: Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh


Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year #1) by Trisha Leigh

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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.

The autumn 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


The thought of Lucas watching me stroll about without my knowledge makes me both embarrassed and angry. “I don’t think so. I don’t need any extra attention, and you and your fish and your hiding in the shadows is bound to get one or both of us in trouble.”

“What do you mean, any extra attention?” One evening alone with another person and my secret’s all but painted on my forehead. Running from the Wardens, frowning at Lucas, saying out loud that I don’t want to catch the Wardens’ eyes—any one of those actions is enough to land me in a bad situation.

I force a smile, cursing my loose lips and ignoring the beads of sweat breaking out on my palms. “Did I say extra? I just meant attention. With the Wardens in town and everything. Goodnight.”

Lucas grabs my wrist and holds on tight, stopping me from heading to the Morgans’. His fingers tighten and my skin chafes as I try to twist free, his frigid touch relieving the burning panic for a moment. A wild look flashes in his eyes and he leans in until our noses almost touch. My breath catches as our eyes meet, a shocking level of anticipation mingling with fear.

I push away from him, heart thrashing, but he only leans closer. I freeze, closing my eyes against whatever is coming next. Words emerge from his pale lips in a whisper, expelling breath frostier than the fall breeze winding about us.

“Think about it, Althea. There’s a good chance one or both of us is going to get into trouble anyway.”



Whispers in Autumn is a unique and wonderfully written dystopia novel about aliens who have taken over Earth. The plot is very well thought out and the characters are very compelling.

Althea is different than from everyone else. For some reason every season she jumps to a new home and to parents that are not hers. Every season except the summer and currently it is autumn. She has only one clue about herself. A necklace that has a secret message in it from someone named Ko.

She knows not to trust anyone and then she meets Lucas. Soon she realizes he is just like her and they both could be in danger…

Whispers in Autumn is the first in The Last Year series. I can honestly say that I cannot wait Winter Omens to be release in late September. This is a great YA dystopian adventure and one I would recommend to anyone.

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Author Bio

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. I wrote a thriller and a couple of ghost stories, getting my feet wet and learning with each attempt. 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.

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising

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