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Mia has lived a life full of harassment, for an affliction not many understand. She thought college would be different, her escape, after all, people there are more mature right? She was wrong. A rebellious girl, Vee, saves her from a bad situation and teaches her that every single day is a gift. A romance blooms between them that not even time can erase.


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Mia has lived a life full of harassment, for an affliction not many understand. She thought college would be different, her escape, after all, people there are more mature right? She was wrong. A rebellious girl, Vee, saves her from a bad situation and teaches her that every single day is a gift. A romance blooms between them that not even time can erase.

30 review for A Deafening Whisper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fia

    This was a nice quick read. Although it was a stereotypical u-haul syndrome, more or less, it wasn't that annoying. I liked the way Schubach dealt with such a sensitive subject, as disability is. Maybe it wasn't the best way but I liked it. From the start we knew what's wrong with Mia. There's no surprise. But we do not know what is happening with Valla and honestly, it kept me quessing big time. I was quite surprised when I found out and (view spoiler)[all my hope for a happy ending flew away. This was a nice quick read. Although it was a stereotypical u-haul syndrome, more or less, it wasn't that annoying. I liked the way Schubach dealt with such a sensitive subject, as disability is. Maybe it wasn't the best way but I liked it. From the start we knew what's wrong with Mia. There's no surprise. But we do not know what is happening with Valla and honestly, it kept me quessing big time. I was quite surprised when I found out and (view spoiler)[all my hope for a happy ending flew away. Cystic fibrosis is a terminal illnes but somehow I still hoped she'd live. Didn't happen, apparently. (hide spoiler)] Mia and Valla were sweet together. Maybe I didn't buy the instant falling in love after a day of knowing each other, but you know what. I didn't mind that much. There was a big chemistry between them and I fell for it. Now Vicky, their best friend. Vicky was my favorite. Sometimes - or often - she reminded me a 10 years old, but God, she was really my favorite. It's been a long time since there been a character in a story that I liked so much. She was a sweetheart. Honestly, I want a friend like that. Yup, I liked her that much. (view spoiler)[I was worried when she left to Oxford, because after I found out Valla was going to die, I badly wanted her and Mia together. But after she left and we found out Mia haven't been in a relationship since Valla's death, I figured that wasn't going to happen. Imagine my excitement when there she was, back home. It made me giddy and not a lot of things make me giddy. But... I did not like the ending at all. I think Schubach could've added a couple of more pages. It felt very rushed. I mean, they haven't seen each other for like 20 years and now looked at each other, had a small talk and were kissing all of a sudden? What? I was happy they ended up together but not like that. I was disappointed, that's why 3 stars instead of 4. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kexx

    Wow, what a roller-coaster. Loved it, of course, but many tears. Love the conflict, the reality of the kid out of water, struggling and alone. And the changes a love can make. Thank you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kageashi

    Written by the same author as "Return of the Asgard", "A Deafening Whisper" is so dramatically different that I had to verify before writing this review that it WAS, in fact, the same author. All of the problems I found in "Return of the Asgard" down to the basic narrative were missing from "A Deafening Whisper" and the story could barely be compared to the other. So much so that I won't further compare the two. "A Deafening Whisper" is one of those rare pieces that is so poignantly written, so b Written by the same author as "Return of the Asgard", "A Deafening Whisper" is so dramatically different that I had to verify before writing this review that it WAS, in fact, the same author. All of the problems I found in "Return of the Asgard" down to the basic narrative were missing from "A Deafening Whisper" and the story could barely be compared to the other. So much so that I won't further compare the two. "A Deafening Whisper" is one of those rare pieces that is so poignantly written, so beautiful and stirring that it sinks its hooks into the reader and won't let go. It's not action that compels the story forward, but rather the interactions of the characters and the love shared by Vee and Mia, and by extension with Vicky (Vee's hyperactive but genius roommate). All of the characters have depth to them and realism, and the only fault I can find with the book is with how thoroughly it ensconced itself within my heart. And as someone with low-grade OCD and borderline Tourette Syndrome, I have to find the depictions of both to be fantastic. A simply beautiful tale. Synopsis below: Abbey Jacobs comes home for vacation with her girlfriend and asks her mother, Mia Jacobs, to tell the story of how Mia fell in love with Abbey's other mom, Vee. The successive chapters tell the story of a love so few are fortunate to find. When Mia was in Junior High and in foster care, she was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, which forces her when stressed to have episodes involving involuntary muscle movement and random outbursts. Her high school life is hell because of the elements of her Tourette's - her overpowering OCD coupled with her episodes. Her escape into college seems to free her, until her biggest tormenter shows up at lunch one day and triggers an episode. Vee happens upon Mia in the midsts of her episode and rescues her, secreting her to the bathroom while Mia rides out the remainder of her episode. When Mia expresses that perhaps her tormentor was right - that she'd be better off dead - she is stunned by Vee's sudden slap, telling her every day is a gift and how we fill those days defines who we are.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kath

    Absolutely loved it My absolutely favorite one in the MOTS series, one of Erik's heartwarming story about love and being different and staying true to yourself. Absolutely loved it My absolutely favorite one in the MOTS series, one of Erik's heartwarming story about love and being different and staying true to yourself.

  5. 5 out of 5

    River Gheuens

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I listened to the book instead of reading it. I will say this. The book is sad and brought tears to my eyes. It is the second book in the series. I went back to this book after reading the fourth book to check some characters, since Sam comes up. In many books, in point of fact. The characters are masterfully written. The story line is amazing with the twists and turns that we are lead down. Like I say, the series can be read in any order, as each are stand alone books, but...I have got more out I listened to the book instead of reading it. I will say this. The book is sad and brought tears to my eyes. It is the second book in the series. I went back to this book after reading the fourth book to check some characters, since Sam comes up. In many books, in point of fact. The characters are masterfully written. The story line is amazing with the twists and turns that we are lead down. Like I say, the series can be read in any order, as each are stand alone books, but...I have got more out of reading them in order since characters from previous books make appearances and there is a better understanding of who certain people are. In ending, prepare for an emotional ride and have tissues. It also has one of my favourite quotes in it. "Well, a deafening whisper, once spoken, is a defining moment in time, where two lives are changed irrevocably, whether for the good or the bad."

  6. 4 out of 5

    For the Love of Books

    A Deafening Whisper is a beautiful emotionally touching read. It took me for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster. The story that Mr. Schubach has written made me laugh and cry, it broke my heart and put it back together all in the span of one wonderfully written book. This story grabs your heartstrings and will not let go until the end, and even then it still stays with you. I loved that the heroines have a disability, but together still possess such an unimaginable strength that they are able A Deafening Whisper is a beautiful emotionally touching read. It took me for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster. The story that Mr. Schubach has written made me laugh and cry, it broke my heart and put it back together all in the span of one wonderfully written book. This story grabs your heartstrings and will not let go until the end, and even then it still stays with you. I loved that the heroines have a disability, but together still possess such an unimaginable strength that they are able to overcome many of the difficulties and do not let their disabilities define them and who they are. The characters are all well developed and well written, and the fact that they aren’t perfect, makes them that much more real. This was my first book by Erik Schubach, but most definitely will not be my last! Kudos for such a well written emotionally moving read! ~Lauren~

  7. 5 out of 5

    MD

    Let's see where to start: Oh yeah, this is sad, I'm not kidding but is beautiful, well written (I'm sure that people with a better knowledge of the English language will find mistakes but for me it was fine) This book was definitely better than Music of The Soul, more deep. I almost didn't read it but since I want to read the whole series I couldn't skip it. I'm so glad I didn't because as I mention above, It Is Beautiful. I loved the characters and the way that the story is told. The ending was Let's see where to start: Oh yeah, this is sad, I'm not kidding but is beautiful, well written (I'm sure that people with a better knowledge of the English language will find mistakes but for me it was fine) This book was definitely better than Music of The Soul, more deep. I almost didn't read it but since I want to read the whole series I couldn't skip it. I'm so glad I didn't because as I mention above, It Is Beautiful. I loved the characters and the way that the story is told. The ending was great I did not expect it but I was glad. Although it is insta-love it is not insta-bed and I really like that. In conclusion: Is worth the read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Me

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've never been a big fan of 'romance' books where one of the parties is already dead. It's sad hearing all about how they met, fell in love, and had a family, knowing they'll be dead soon. I almost stopped reading this because of that. I however decided (based on previous books in this series) that it might turn out ok. And it did. I loved this book. Was it sad an emotional, yes. Very much so. But was it a wonderful read, definitely. And it ended in a very wonderful, positive way. In the end, I I've never been a big fan of 'romance' books where one of the parties is already dead. It's sad hearing all about how they met, fell in love, and had a family, knowing they'll be dead soon. I almost stopped reading this because of that. I however decided (based on previous books in this series) that it might turn out ok. And it did. I loved this book. Was it sad an emotional, yes. Very much so. But was it a wonderful read, definitely. And it ended in a very wonderful, positive way. In the end, I'm very glad I decided to read this wonderful story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Delitealex

    3.5 Good short read. Sad and emotional at points but overall a good story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ch

    “Am I yours?" She nodded. "Are you mine?” my emerald eyes searched her amber as she nodded again. "Then it's enough. Can I have every moment?" Okayyyyy, I wasn't ready for this. I feel so attacked after reading this. What did I do to deserve this kind of tortureeeeeee. No, really. This is a different card Erik pulled. This was different, from the beginning, the style was different. And eventhough the readers were already given a glimpse of what will happen, it still broke me. I am in pieces as I “Am I yours?" She nodded. "Are you mine?” my emerald eyes searched her amber as she nodded again. "Then it's enough. Can I have every moment?" Okayyyyy, I wasn't ready for this. I feel so attacked after reading this. What did I do to deserve this kind of tortureeeeeee. No, really. This is a different card Erik pulled. This was different, from the beginning, the style was different. And eventhough the readers were already given a glimpse of what will happen, it still broke me. I am in pieces as I type this. How could you do this to us, Erik :-( A defeaning whisper started as a cute and cheesy story but ended up emotionally charged. A defeaning whisper was a beautiful heartbreak. I'd gladly read this over and over again despite the heartbreak it would cause me. I love the way the characters were written, their dynamics, their friendships and relationships were gold. Everything felt real. All the characters were so likeable. (I want to hear more from Missy, hello dear author!) I don't even know what to say other than the fact that I greatly enjoyed this... :-( Plus! +Our dear activist, Annabella (MOTS) was mentioned <3 +Mandy (MOTS) was also mentioned, being one of Mr. Davenport's client :-) Looking forward for more crossovers as the series progresses.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fae

    This one made me cry. I am a sucker for romance. I am also a very sensitive person over these kind of ending. With that said, I almost stop myself from turning the page any further when I realized what going to happen next. However, I'm glad I continued reading this until the end. It was so worth it. I am at a borderline between giving this a four or a five. Apparently this work is so much better than the author's other works, added up with the significant improvement for the editing skill, a fi This one made me cry. I am a sucker for romance. I am also a very sensitive person over these kind of ending. With that said, I almost stop myself from turning the page any further when I realized what going to happen next. However, I'm glad I continued reading this until the end. It was so worth it. I am at a borderline between giving this a four or a five. Apparently this work is so much better than the author's other works, added up with the significant improvement for the editing skill, a five it is. I have some minor complains however. (view spoiler)[ The characters fell in love with one another so fast; especially between Vicky and Mia. From years of not seeing each other, and *bam* (lightning struck)?? But I'm glad Mia still get her happy ending after all the tragedies in her life. Plus, the last moments between Mia and Valla seemed to go by like a flash. It's like a short and fast summary of the remaining time those two have for each other. Normally I am very mad when one of my favorite character got killed off in a story. However, in this particular one, it showed that a person can still live their life to the fullest even if there is so little time left, and I appreciate the author for showing that. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joan Clark

    This is a very complex read. Mia and her “quirks” will capture your heart and at times amuse you. She is a brilliant artist with a huge heart. Mia’s childhood and past experiences shadow her past with pain, not unheard of when dealing with hurtful peers. Valla is the tough; take no prisoner, protector of the underdogs. Her sense of morals and compassion make her a character I will carry with me as an example of a champion. This romance is incredibly sweet and one of my favorites. This book, howe This is a very complex read. Mia and her “quirks” will capture your heart and at times amuse you. She is a brilliant artist with a huge heart. Mia’s childhood and past experiences shadow her past with pain, not unheard of when dealing with hurtful peers. Valla is the tough; take no prisoner, protector of the underdogs. Her sense of morals and compassion make her a character I will carry with me as an example of a champion. This romance is incredibly sweet and one of my favorites. This book, however, does contain an incredible amount of emotional pain. This novel is neither a lighter (I bawled at one part) nor shallow read! This doesn’t have your typical HEA either. It isn’t a miserable ending that would keep me from reading the book, but something I wished I had known to better prepare myself before reading. It actually enhances the feeling behind the book. It is full of hope and possibilities that I could feel to the bottom of my heart, but not what I expected after reading “Music of the Soul”. I highly recommend this book and series as a constant favorite of mine.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Absolutely AMAZING. It oulled out my heart strings, At one point I think my heart was actually breaking, The pain I got was horrible. I love this book, I read it in a day and as soon as i finished it I wanted to go back and read it again. Valla and Mia's story was beautiful, I have never read anything like it. The patience Valla had with Mia and how Mia was being strog for Valla but then just breaking down when she was on her own. It was a beautiful story. Loved the ending as well, that made me Absolutely AMAZING. It oulled out my heart strings, At one point I think my heart was actually breaking, The pain I got was horrible. I love this book, I read it in a day and as soon as i finished it I wanted to go back and read it again. Valla and Mia's story was beautiful, I have never read anything like it. The patience Valla had with Mia and how Mia was being strog for Valla but then just breaking down when she was on her own. It was a beautiful story. Loved the ending as well, that made me smile after crying through the last chapter. P.S also love how the book mentioned characters from Music of the Soul :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    This is my favorite from this series because I felt Erik developed the characters and I felt empathy for Mia and all she has endured and will continue to endure. Without spoiling the end, which is a great ending by the way, it did not end they way I expected...it had a much more hopeful ending than I anticipated. I highly recommend this book and the other books which continues the story of the Jacobs family.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fin

    This was not a bad book, but it was rushed in places and in those places where it was rushed, it was really REALLY rushed. I also thought it was somewhat creepy the level of detail and intimacy that Mia shared with Abby and Sam when telling the story of her and Valla. Overall, I liked it, the story was cute but terribly flawed in both story/character development and the grammar/spelling was awful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    This story was so sweet and heart wrenching and heart warming and so full of emotions. Fear, love, anger, hate, laughter. The relationships formed were beautiful and well thought out. The end through me a bit but it made me wish there was another book so I could just keep reading. I missed the characters after I was done. The narrators voice kind of hurt my ears! She was not good...but the story held its own just fine that I was able to get over her monotone screech.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Lovel

    I absolutely love the way Erik writes. I am totally engrossed into the story from chapter one. I love that his characters aren't portrayed as perfect. This particular story made me feel love, happiness, and sadness to a degree that is indescribable. I highly recommend this book. It will help you fall in love with the oddballs of society. I absolutely love the way Erik writes. I am totally engrossed into the story from chapter one. I love that his characters aren't portrayed as perfect. This particular story made me feel love, happiness, and sadness to a degree that is indescribable. I highly recommend this book. It will help you fall in love with the oddballs of society.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Reaves

    This is one of the prettiest and saddest love stories I have read in awhile. The emotions in this book can almost give a person whiplash. The few chapters I saw coming but it was still heart wrenching nonetheless. I will be reading this one again for sure! Several readings lever and it still makes my eyes fill with tears.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    An excellent well written story. I nearly gave it 5 stars but I did feel it tried a bit too hard to play with my emotions. Even so I enjoyed the book and didn't put it down until I had finished. (warning, have a box of tissues handy) An excellent well written story. I nearly gave it 5 stars but I did feel it tried a bit too hard to play with my emotions. Even so I enjoyed the book and didn't put it down until I had finished. (warning, have a box of tissues handy)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sally Trotter

    This is one of the best in the MOTS series we are introduced to Mia Jacobs who features in future books in the series

  21. 4 out of 5

    Z

    Love these books couldn't put them down moment picked them up Love these books couldn't put them down moment picked them up

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Lebron

    One of my favorites from Erik!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alan Clements

    Amazing story of love and loss and life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ed Ray

    I liked the characters and the warmth, loyalty, and love they had for each other. Story is sad and happy at the same time. Punched me in the gut.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat Giraldo

    So far it is my least favorite music of the soul book, but i still liked it! It was a heart wrenching story, filled with the descriptions and subtle hints to the other books i have come to love!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alealea

    I picked this one because it was in a list called "the 40 lesfic you must read" or something similar. huh. It's not that bad, but it lost a star to the epilogue that was just so screwy. I don't mind happily ever after, but it just was too sudden. It sad for a book with multiple disabled characters but I don't think it pass the Fries test. I picked this one because it was in a list called "the 40 lesfic you must read" or something similar. huh. It's not that bad, but it lost a star to the epilogue that was just so screwy. I don't mind happily ever after, but it just was too sudden. It sad for a book with multiple disabled characters but I don't think it pass the Fries test.

  27. 5 out of 5

    WonderGoon

    This didn't suffer from the same poor editing as the previous books in the series, so that is a plus. Good book with good characterizations. Enjoyable. This didn't suffer from the same poor editing as the previous books in the series, so that is a plus. Good book with good characterizations. Enjoyable.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    I would have given the book more stars, but the author needed to do more research on CF. There were some MAJOR details ignored about how cf affects ones life every day.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aidita Cruz Santoni

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pat Bane

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