Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey: Book review

Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy, #2)
Book title/ Author: Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher/ Year: October 7th 2014 Bloomsbury Childrens
Genre: YA Paranormal/ Historical Fiction
Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #2
Pages: 408
Source/ Format: eARC Netgalley (Thanks Netgalley/ Bloomsbury!)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.

*This review may contain spoilers!*

Synopsis

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.

My review

The first sentence of this book instantly intrigues you and makes you want to read more. And I can tell you now, it just keeps going up, getting better and better.

The one negative thing I had to say about A Breath of Frost was that I didn't understand why there was Moira, but now I do. She brings the completely opposite perspective of the story, which is refreshing to see the contrast.

It was nice to see how everyone had a partner in this book - Emma and Cormac, Gretchen and Tobias, Godric and Moira, and Penelope and Lucius originally but preferably Cedric in my head.

Speaking of Penelope, I didn't know in the slightest who I wanted Penelope to be with more- Cedric or Lucius. I liked how Cedric was her childhood crush, but Lucius seemed so nice and genuine. That was, until I found out he wasn't all that he seemed.

I enjoyed the element of Tobias being a wolf - it didn't seem cliché surprisingly. Also, it gave Tobias and Gretchen's relationship that special touch. I have to say my favourite couple was definitely Gretchen and Tobias - all of their conversations made me smile with laughter, though especially the whole 'meeting the family' part; it had me grinning all the way through.

I feel as though Gretchen was more of the main character in this book, as opposed to Emma, who was the protagonist in the first book.

I loved Godric and Gretchen's affection towards each other and how close they were. It makes me wish for a brother. And whilst on the subject of Godric - I couldn't believe what happened to him; I almost cried. And now we'll never know if anything ever happened between him and Moira.

Even though I didn't read as much of Emma and Cormac as in the first book, I still thought it was really sweet how Alyxandra Harvey wrote their final scene of the book with him asking her to marry him.

If there was one word to describe how I felt after reading the ending, it would be SHOCKED. At first I couldn't believe it at all. Although I would've liked a happy ending, for the characters' sakes, I appreciate that it wasn't one.

I don't think I have ever rated a sequel higher than the first in its series ever in my life. This definitely goes to show how amazing it was. Already, I can't wait for the next book; I'm dying for it! I don't know anything whatsoever about it, but I hope to soon.

This book was absolutely unbelievable and left me speechless, so if that's not enough praise I don't know what is! I truly hope you buy this book when it comes out soon.

Izzy

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