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Whisper: A Lakeview Novel (Lakeview Series Book 2)

Whisper: A Lakeview Novel (Lakeview Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Stacey R. Campbell
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It’s Halle Henry’s first year at Lakeview Academy . . .
On a snowy January night, just days after a fire that nearly destroyed the school’s library, Elsie Stewart, daughter of the headmaster and founder of Lakeview Academy, dies slipping beneath the ice of frozen Clearwater Lake. Unable to right the wrongs she committed before her tragic death, Elsie’s ghost walks the halls of her father’s boarding school, waiting for someone who can.
One hundred years later, while joining her sister’s friend Leigh to help clean out the school’s administration building before the big remodel, Halle stumbles upon Elsie’s hidden journal.
Obsessed with what she finds, Halle searches the school for clues that may lead to solving a century-old mystery. The only problem is that Halle also talks Calum Stewart, Leigh’s worst nightmare, into helping them.
Once Leigh and Calum are forced to work together, sparks fly and no one around them, alive or dead, is left unaffected.

* Whisper is a fantastic story of intrigue, mystery, suppressed love and friendship, all in the glorious setting of a boarding school. -Olivia @

* Well hello to this beautiful novel, reminds me of Nancy Drew's books except fore darker. -Benish Khan

* I don't want to say anything to ruin the book, but I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. It was exciting, creepy, funny, and nail biting for me at times. It's a great series. - Becca @

* Loved this book as much as the first one. I can't believe I have to wait a year for the next one. I'm completely addicted. -Katarina @

* Whereas Hush, the first Lakeview story, was a brilliant modern day fairytale, Whisper is a faultless paranormal romance. - Kirsty @

About the Author

Stacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet turtle named Todd. Whisper is the second book in the Lakeview Novel series. Look for book three, Scream, in spring 2015 and book one, Hush, in stores everywhere.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1898 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988478463
  • Publisher: Green Darner Press (13 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This story is hauntingly beautiful - bad pun intended. Although this is the second in a series of books - the Lakeview Novels - I feel it works well as a stand alone and was able to enjoy it without feeling confused due to not reading the first in the series.

Campbell has a great cast of characters. I loved the tension between Leigh and Calum as they tried to work together to help Halle find a missing crest and stop the ghost of a long-dead ancestor of Calum's haunting the young girl. There were times when I wrote Calum off as a complete jerk, but his progression at the end of the book changed my mind - much the same way it changed Leigh's.

The plot itself is quite simple - the group of students are on a treasure hunt to find a 100 year old crest after Elsie Stewart (who tragically died at 15) starts haunting Halle after she finds Elsie's diary - but it's the dynamics between the characters that really grip the reader in with this story.

I'm very much looking forward to checking out the other books in this series, if Whisper is anything to go by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous story . . . . 18 Jun 2014
By kirstyv
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Whereas Hush, the first Lakeview story, was a brilliant modern day fairytale, Whisper is a faultless paranormal romance. Stacey R Campbell's writing is linear but always asks the reader to stretch their imagination and believe in the impossible, not only mystically but also romantically.
The story's central character is Halle, the younger sister of the princess found at Lakeview in Hush. Halle is beginning her time as a "lifer" at the Academy, with the guidance of Leigh, who is in her final year. It is Halle who has the first paranormal experiences, just before she discovers the hidden journal of Elsie Stewart, the famous Lakeview ghost. In this journal Halle, Leigh and their friends find the secret of the Academy's treasure and begin an adventure to find it and bring peace to Elsie's spirit.
Whilst searching for the treasure unites the group, Stacey R Campbell explores Leigh's character and in particular Whisper's omniscient narrator, but it is the when and how both Leigh and Calum will come to a mutual realisation, which keeps us entertained. Although Calum has clearly made mistakes I loved the fact they they are both pivotal in Halle's life and appear genuine.
Though this is not a complicated plot, I was captivated by Lakeview's beautiful setting, as described by the author, and the tangibility of Halle and her group of friends. This is a perfect young adult series and I am very excited for the final book in the trilogy.
I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.​
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well hello to this beautiful novel, reminds me of Nancy Drew's books except ... 29 Oct 2014
By benish khan - Published on
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Well hello to this beautiful novel, reminds me of Nancy Drew's books except more darker.

This book is a lovely mix of Young Adult, mystery, and paranormal. It's a refreshing novel, that reminds me of a haunting love story. Stacey is a gifted writer, I'm amazed that even though she has Dyslexia, she can pull herself through this book. Its well-written, and so thought provoking. The author makes me think, anything is possible if you try hard enough! Her novel portrays a different story and a different side of the students at Campbell. It can be read as a standalone since it's not a continuation.

Boarding Schools are one of my favorite settings to read in books.
Aaaah .. they sound so posh and dreamy but characters have crazy secrets that they hide.

The true star of this novel is clearly Elise, but she's been dead for over hundred years. It's a ghost story as well, it fascinated me. The character Halle discovers Elise's journal, and things get really creepy afterwards. The love story between the two main characters was sweet, it's a love-hate relationship. It's a fun read to read at night, spooks you up a bit. Since it's almost Halloween, I would recommend it :)

I loved the second book so much more than the first one! The first book is historical fiction. This one was more paranormal romance. I knew I would like it, after I had read the first novel. It's quite an impressive series, I cannot wait to read the third installment in this series, Scream. I'm sure the author will nail the final piece of the trilogy, as she has done with her past books. If you like paranormal with romance, this book is lovely. I would give it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure: This book was sent free of charge from Stacey Campbell and Green Darner Press in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunted Love Story 10 Aug 2014
By E. VanZwoll - Published on
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Stacey R. Campbell takes a very unique approach with her Lakeview Academy novels. While the first novel, Hush, was a take on a fairy tale and a mystery, her second novel is a ghost story. Both Novels have the ties of family members and romance, but other than that, each novel shows a different side of Lakeview Academy and the students there.

Whisper starts out with Leigh, who was (and still is) one of Blakely's friends and was a secondary character in the first Novel about Blakely & Max. Here she gets to star, though the supporting roles go to Blakely's sister Halle and an old beau of Leigh's, Calum. But the true star of the story is Elsie, the daughter of the original Headmaster of the school. Even though she died in 1914, she is as present in this book as any of the other characters after Halle finds Elsie's journal and learns some shocking facts about the fire that took place shortly before her death.

This novel is wonderful because it has so many stories intertwined into one, and it all works well together. You have Leigh and Calum, who have been attracted to each other for five years, yet can't have a civil conversation because of hurtful words shared in the past. You have Halle, the sister of the Queen of Tamura, who is haunted by the ghost of Elsie after reading her journal. Mixed in with this, you have all of the students trying to make it through their normal school year.

I am very impressed by this series. It's difficult enough writing a good YA Romance series, set in the same location, but Stacey R. Campbell manages to create the atmosphere of the school while making the stories completely different from each other. You also might expect the second book to be primarily about Halle, since she is the sister of Royalty, but she is just a normal school girl... well, if you ignore the ghost and haunting. But Stacey instead uses Halle as a major character in the story... but not the main character, which leaves room open for Halle to have her own story in the future.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, creepy, and love story to boot :) 10 April 2014
By quibecca - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I had just finished the first book to this the other day, and couldn't wait to start on this one. This time we get to follow Halle, Blakely's younger sister as she starts at Lakeview Academy.

This book surprised me. The last one was about a lost princess, and uncovering where she came from, this one follows the story of a girl named Elsie that use to live at the academy when it first started. She died when she was young and has haunted the halls of Lakeview since. When Halle finds Elsie's journal things get a little strange.

While the group of students is clearing out a building for remodel Halle finds the journal, but when she starts seeing things and feeling things it gets a little weird. I have to admit this book was a little creepy. AND, I loved it!!! I love scary. I don't think it was super scary, but it has it's creepy moments. It was fantastic.

Halle begins to read Elsie's journal and comes to find out what really happened all those years ago when a fire engulfed the Library. Halle begins to see things, and feel things that make her think Elsie is trying to tell her something. This leads Halle, and her friends Leigh, Christi, David, Calum (and eventually Griffen) on a quest to find what Elsie so desperately wants them to find.

There are a few times in this book that I got goose bumps, and a little scared because I usually read late at night with the lights off. It was so much fun to read though! It kept me on my toes. Then on top of the mystery, there is a love story to boot. This love story is hilarious and frustrating all at the same time. Leigh and Calum act as though they hate each other, and their banter back and forth is actually quite comical. They are so snarky with each other, which of course just reaffirms the fact that they have conflicting feelings towards each other. It is fun to see how things work out.

I don't want to say anything to ruin the book, but I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. It was exciting, creepy, funny, and nail biting for me at times. It's a great series.

Now, again on a personal note. This is the same author I wrote about earlier that has Dyslexia. While I am reading this story all I can think to myself is how amazed I am at her ability to write such a great book. My son has Dyslexia, and I know for a fact how hard it is for this little man of mine to write his thoughts down on paper, and even harder for him to read them out loud. Yet, I read this book, and it is written so well. I am so thankful for authors, actors, anyone out there that shares their struggle with Dyslexia. I love to be able to show my son that anything is possible. I can honestly say I will read anything this author comes out with, just for that reason. BUT, on top of it she is an amazing author, so why wouldn't I want to read her fabulous books :).

If you like mystery, chills, and love, this is a great book to pick up!

content: there is mild swearing and the "f" word is used a few times, but not excessively!

Source: I got this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway for this review, and these are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who died with a terrible secret, now one hundred years later 5 Oct 2014
By Sara - Published on
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A boarding school haunted by the ghost of the founders daughter, Elsie Stewart. Who died with a terrible secret, now one hundred years later, it's time for the secret to be revealed. Halle finds her journal while helping clean out the attic of the administration building. This reveals that there is a treasure hidden somewhere on campus. She enlists the help of her big sisters friend Leigh, Leigh's roommate and her boyfriend, and Elsie's distant retaliative Callum. Callum and Leigh have a past, but that doesn't stop sparks flying every time they're near each other. Will they be able to find the treasure before the end of school? And will Leigh and Callum manage not to kill each other? All this and more await you within the pages of this book.

This book has everything, mystery, intrigue, romance, and suspense. The point of view switches between Halle, Leigh, and Callum. The main perspective however is Leigh's as you read more from her than from anywhere else.

I really loved the setting of Lakeview Academy. It's described as a vast campus, with several dorms, several sports fields, it seems amazing. I always wished I could go to a boarding school, but since that never happened I just live vicariously through books like this.

Whisper is the second book in the Lakeview series, but this book is perfectly capable of standing on its own. There is a few references to the previous book, but nothing that will make you completely lost and confused if you don't read the first book.

If you have a chance to read this book I highly recommend it, for myself I'm going to have to obtain the first book.

I received this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better then the first 4 May 2014
By Ann M Wilson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
*I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That has no impact on my opinion of this book*

I loved “Hush”, book 1 in this series, and fell in love with Blakely and Max. Though “Whisper” focuses on Blakely’s younger sister, Halle, I think this book is just as good, if not better, then the first.

Halle spends a lot of time with her older sister’s close friend, Leigh, as well as Calum and Griffin. One day while a group of students were cleaning out a building that was set for remodel, Halle finds an old journal that seems to have been hidden just for her to find. After reading the journal that belonged to Elsie, the daughter of the man that founded Lakeview Academy, Halle starts having weird dreams and swears she sees Elsie at night.

Elsie died when she was a young girl by drowning in the lake at the school, and she has items that need to be found and returned to the Stewart family so that she can be at peace. Calum happens to be a descendent, and relative of Elsie, so he is enthusiastic in helping Halle, along with Leigh and a few other friends unravel the mysteries the journal holds.

Without revealing any spoilers to ruin this book for another reader, I cannot go into much detail. But believe me when I say that you will not be disappointed in reading “Whisper”. There are some creepy parts, as well as learning about forgiveness for two characters, with some slight romance thrown into the mix for good measure. I anxiously await the release of “Scream”, book 3 in the series.
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