I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Romance, Paranormal, YA
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Publishing Pages: 408
Also by this author: A Breath of Frost, Red
Cousins Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope are all dealing with what it means to be a Lovegrove. For Gretchen, it means she often feels like her head is going to explode. As a Whisperer, Gretchen constantly hears the whispers of other witches' spells. And while this does help her to know when one of her own spells is going wrong, the incessant buzzing and pain the whispers cause makes it difficult to use her gift.
But when something evil begins to menace Mayfair, Gretchen must find a way to master her power. Along with her cousins, a madcap named Moira, and the icy yet irresistible Tobias Lawless, Gretchen faces deadly threats and unimaginable loss in the hopes of preventing the terrible Greymalkin Sisters from rising again.
The second book in The Lovegrove Legacy trilogy, Whisper the Deadwill leave readers spellbound.
Gretchen was on her way to the Worthing musicale when her head exploded. She finally knew exactly what a ripe melon felt like when it burst open. Frankly, it was knowledge she could have done without.*
*First couple lines from the ARC so it could be different in the actual product, but doesn’t that just really peak your interest!
What I thought of this book.
Alyxandra Harvey is one of my favorite YA authors and I am really enjoying her Lovegrove Legacy. It has been a while since I read the first book and so I really had to search my brain to remember but as I read Whisper the Dead things started to come back to me.
In the first book the cousins had to deal with the Greymakin sisters and to make this spoiler free I won’t mention anything else from the first book. So you would think everyone would think the cousins, Emma, Gretchen and Penelope would be more heros than criminals but not so much to the witching world. The order has keepers always tailing them and Gretchen gets Tobias Lawless.
This is where you see how well opposites attract as Gretchen is all about breaking traditions. She doesn’t want to be a debutante she wants to be part of the order. She is always defying her mother and her brother Godric is always helping her. Tobias is so straitlaced, neat and ordered. We learn a lot about Tobias in this book and underneath that aristocratic ere is a man trying to be everything he can be for his family. I love Gretchen and Tobias in this book they were so fun!
Emma has a boyfriend but they try to keep it under wraps but it’s sort of hard when Cormac and her can’t keep from looking at each other all the times. It’s really nice to know a guy can love a girl with antlers. (You will just have to read the first book) Emma has a bit of a secret from the first book and has to do with the Greymakins and she is high on the Orders list. They want to know how did things and all Emma wants to do is find a way to get to her father.
Penelope is the romantic of the three sisters and I felt a little sorry for her a bit but I also wanted to smack her around. She is the one who acts the most like a debutante out of all three cousins.
Each cousin has something they can do that is very useful to the bad guy in the story. It has something to do with Greymakins and that is all I am telling. 🙂
One of my favorite secondary characters is Moira, she is a madcap and is always on the rooftops. Godric has a major crush on her and it mortifies her.
There is a totally sad part toward the end that really made me upset, but other than that I really enjoyed this one and it leaves me so hanging as to what is going to happen next. I really feel that I can’t talk to much about the book without giving away some key things, so I won’t.
If you love stories about witches then you really need to try the Lovegrove Legacy. I really really enjoyed it and I so can’t wait for the next book…give it to me now!!!! (I hate waiting.)
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