Thursday, October 23, 2014

Whisper the Dead Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Whisper the Dead book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of Whisper the Dead. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy, #2)
Release date: October 9, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: YA Historical/Paranormal Romance
Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #2

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 Dead will leave readers spellbound.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A lovely sequel that was as thrilling, romantic, and action-packed as the first one, Whisper the Dead was a wonderful YA read. I really liked this book and I enjoyed reading it.

Gretchen was a strong heroine. She had a will and mind of her own and didn't bother to hide it. She could be a bit too reckless at times but, otherwise, I thought she was a tough, likable character.

Tobias was also great. On the surface, he was very calm, self-controlled, and faithful to rules. Underneath, he proved to also be kind, sweet, and, above all, very loyal to those he cared about. I really liked him, as well.

The romance was lovely. Gretchen and Tobias were great together. Despite how different they appeared on the surface, they were the perfect balance for each other and simply understood each other. I thought they were a lovely couple.

So, why, despite liking the characters and the story, did I not give this book a full rating? It wasn't something specific, nothing about the book that I didn't like. For some reason, I just didn't fully connect with the characters and the story. I was interested in them, but I never felt fully engaged and I'm not sure why. It's entirely possible that it might have just been my frame of mind while reading the book, because I can't pinpoint why I had this issue. However, even with this, I still liked the book, so it wasn't an irredeemable problem.

The plot was well paced and, though I wasn't hooked, I was kept interested the entire way through. There were several twists that I never saw coming, plenty of thrills, and tons of intriguing magic and I enjoyed it all. And, the ending was a huge cliffhanger that has me anxious to get my hands on the next book. Can't wait to read book 3!

Whisper the Dead was a wonderful YA read. With magic, romance, tons of thrills, and an enjoyable story, this book was great. Despite any issues I had, I really liked it. YA lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

The contrast between fighting off the Rovers and pasting a polite smile on her face for the single sons of earls was too stark. Residual magic burned through her. She was surprised the air around her didn’t crackle. Her mother shouldn’t begrudge her a stolen moment in the library, not if the alternative involved magic shooting off the ends of her hair. Hardly subtle.

Not to mention hardly marriageable material.

On second thought....

Better not. She’d already pushed her luck by going off with Godric.

Egyptian onion farming it was then. She walked along the book shelves, reading titles and glancing into the glass-fronted cabinets that held Lord Worthing’s collection of painted globes. It was dull and dusty and soothing. Her witch knot stopped aching.

Until someone grabbed her arm, yanking it behind her back and spinning her around. Her check pressed to the cold glass of a curio cabinet. Pain shot up to her elbow when she tried to move. “Who are you?” a man’s asked, his voice quiet and cold in her ear.

“Who am I?” she barked back. “Who the hell are you?” He evaded the kick she aimed at his most sensitive parts. Her skirts wrapped around her knees, hobbling and infuriating her. He turned her roughly around.

Tobias Lawless.

She wasn’t sure which of the two of them was more surprised.

Someone so chilly and perfect and wearing such a flawless cravat shouldn’t be mauling ladies in dark libraries. He also shouldn’t have several short iron daggers tucked inside his cutaway coat. It probably said something unsavory about her character that the sight of those daggers made her like him a bit more. But only a little bit.

“Let me go,” she yanked savagely down, breaking his hold. He didn’t move back, and his body continued to block her against the cabinets. The glass rattled.

“What are you doing?” he stepped closer still. She had to tilt her chin up.

“I am currently being accosted,” she snapped, driving the heel of her shoe into the top of his foot. He fell back a step, growling in his throat. Growling. He really didn’t seem the type.

She made a proper fist, not like the ones girls made when they hadn’t practiced before. She’d already punched a Rover tonight. She was very comfortable punching Tobias, Lord Killingsworth. Eager, in fact.

“What is wrong with you?” she asked finally. “Are you drunk?”

“Certainly not.”

She raised an eyebrow. “I’m the one being mauled and yet you take offense?”

“I can smell it on you,” he answered which was no answer at all. “There’s no use prevaricating.”

“I don’t usually bother lying about perfume,” she replied, now more bewildered than concerned.

“Not perfume,” he ground out, as if she was the frustrating one. “Dark magic.”

Her eyes narrowed to angry slits. “I beg your pardon.”

“As you should.”

She aimed for his head. It was big and fat and so perfectly groomed, how could she miss?

He caught her wrist and squeezed. Hard. He shouldn’t have been fast enough.

An iron-nail pendant in the shape of a wheel slipped out from under his collar. Gretchen stared at it, then transferred her glare to his haughty, unkindly beautiful face. “I knew it.” She gave him a smile better suited to one of the animals in the zoological gardens. “You’re a bloody Keeper.”
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About the Author:
Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.


  1. Thanks for the great excerpt, it makes me want to read this book even more! I really love the beautiful cover on this one as well... it's stunning!

  2. I have this one approved on NetGalley. Need to read!