It Started With a Whisper Tour- Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Today I have a stop on the review tour for It Started with a Whisper tour. I have review, excerpt and giveaway for you all!

It Started With a Whisper
by A. W. Hartoin

Wishes are powerful things, if you belong to the MacClarity clan. You can ask Ernest for anything and he’ll make it come true, even though he’s been dead for nearly a hundred years. Puppy MacClarity doesn’t take the rumors about Ernest too seriously. But when he’s had enough of his teacher’s harassment, Puppy asks Ernest to take care of Miss Pritchett for him. Ernest does and family secrets start to surface like magic. During a summer filled with both fear and fun, Puppy begins to realize that Ernest isn’t the only special thing about his family, and their oddities aren’t just skin deep. Too bad he didn’t know sooner.

My Review
Puppy comes from a different famil than other people. His family has powers even he isn't sure about, crazy animals, a ghost of one of his ancestors and the family is actually called the Pack which includes people who might not be related by blood but are the same thing to them. The fun really begins when a teacher makes Puppy angry and he inlist the help of the family ghost to pay them back. That is just the beguinning to the fun as the Pack goes to the Camp for the summer and mystery fun, growing up and more happen to Puppy and the rest of the Pack kids.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It completely blowed me away in how magnificant it is. This story is how Puppy begins to really grow up in a strange family. He does a lot of things that make him seem the kid he is but towards the end you see he is starting to grow up. This book has plenty of laughs as the kids get into different stuff and with the ghost around it is always interesting. The author does a fantastic job writing this book as you feel you are in the Camp with Pack truly you feel part of the Pack by the time you finish this book. I really hope to see more of this story as Puppy and the other have so much potential to go on. I am trying to review this without spoilers so I will say for a story with morales that you can read underneath all the other stuff, a different kind of family with powers and a boy slowly becoming an adult pick this up. It is fantastic.
4 out of 5 Stars

Mom cut my hair at the beginning of every summer with a pair of rusty old clippers, once used on a poodle named Ragamuffin. She didn’t see anything wrong with that, even though the clippers cut odd furrows and missed some of my hair altogether.
I stretched out across the kitchen island between flour sacks and stacks of well-worn pots, shivering as the small strip of skin between my uniform shirt and pants touched the frigid zinc countertop. There was no escape. When I was younger, I tried running away, or hiding in the storage closet with the rest of the family’s odds and ends, but Mom always found me in three minutes flat. I think she had a secret weapon, it might’ve been Ernest, but I was never sure. 
“I’m too old for this,” I said. 
Mom didn’t look at me, but continued to search through a drawer filled with rusty egg beaters, broken crayons, and bits of jagged scrap metal. 
“You’re not too old for anything until I say you are,” she said.
I picked a walnut off a loaf of zucchini bread and popped it in my mouth. “Can’t I go to the barber like other people?”
Mom smacked my hand as I went for another walnut. “Why would I pay someone to cut your hair, when I can do it for free?”
Then she discovered the clippers in the back of a drawer with dog hairs still sticking out of the blade and pulled me upright. She switched it on with a look of triumph and my curls rained down around me, sticking to my sweaty arms and tickling my neck. After Mom finished, I ran my hand over my head. Spiny hair pricked my fingers and I sighed. It wasn’t so bad. If I could stand being called Puppy, I could stand anything. My real name was Ernest and that was worse. Mom nicknamed me Puppy when she was potty-training me, because I kept peeing all over the house. She loved telling everybody the origin of my name, so the hair wasn’t so bad in comparison.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A.W. Hartoin is the author of the Mercy Watts mystery series and the Away From Whipplethorn fantasy series. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and six bad chickens.



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  1. Thanks for a great review. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. A really great review and I loved the excerpt.

  3. Poor boy, what mother would do that?

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  4. What is your favorite genre?

    moonsurfer123 at gmail dot com

  5. Great review and excerpt, thank you.


  6. Puppy sounds cute!


  7. Great excerpt! I'm looking forward to read more of this!

    lennascloud at gmail dot com

  8. I am so looking forward to this novel! I have to say, every time I read the title, that pop song always rings through my head... haha ;-)


  9. It is nice to find a new author to me and a new book. THank you



  10. What a great review and for a new-to-me author. Cool!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. Very nice review


  12. The excerpt had me laughing. My Mother used to get my older sister to cut my hair. I used to run away too.

    I don't know why before today's post I thought Puppy was a girl. He is obviously not.



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