Review: Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

October 20, 2014 5 stars, Book Review 19 ★★★★★

Review: Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra HarveyWhisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey
Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on October 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 408
Source: Publisher
My Reviews in this series: A Breath of Frost

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.


Bubble bubble toil and trouble – Second verse better than the first

Yes my dears, Whisper the Dead packs even more of a punch then the first book, A Breath of Frost did! The Lovegrove cousins are back and not much time at all (days maybe) have passed since the Greymalkin sisters spirits were bottled by Emma. The Order has assigned Keepers to each of the cousins to watch them at all times.

Gretchen has her time in the limelight

Readers of the first book will likely remember that while we got to read from all three of the cousins perspectives the first time around, Emma, Penelope and Gretchen (as well as reading some from Cormac, Emma’s love interest) the lead character in A Breath of Frost was really Emma. So I was excited to see when I read the synopsis for Whisper the Dead that Gretchen was going to be the lead character in this one and she does not let us down. She is fiery and quirky and loads of fun. Her gift is that of a Whisperer – where she hears the voices of dead witches anytime she comes upon a spell that is incorrect or indeed when she wants to know how to do a spell. There seems to be so much more to her powers that she has yet to learn and it’s a very painful process for her to learn them…so much so that sometimes her ears bleed and she passes out from the cacophony of voices that bombard her. But her even though her budding powers are causing her no end of pain her newfound powers are helping the Order of Keepers immensely with rogue magic that is terrorizing the people of the city in a number of ways both small and large.

Enter stage left, one proper and stiff….werewolf?

I was surprised to see the addition of shapeshifters added to this YA fantasy but I have to say I was so happy with the way it was done. Indeed this entire world is so rich with magic and cool creatures and oddball spell ingredients that I ate every bit of it up. And then we get Tobias, a Keeper for the Order who is Cormac’s partner and gets added to our set of POVs because he happens to be the Keeper assigned to watch Gretchen. Mix his noble, icy, stiff and proper personage with Gretchen who is anything but and there is bound to be a clashing of the skulls like no other. The torments she seems to want to visit upon him….hijinx how I love them. And he won’t be scared off. *wink* Maybe she can melt that icy exterior?

Let’s not forget about Penelope

I really wonder where the series is headed next because in the trend of most 2nd books in a series it ends with a cliffhanger. Normally I’d get really upset at such an offense (yes I’m offended by cliffhangers! lol) but in this case the cliffhanger works perfectly as a transition to what will be the next book. At least I’m seeing it that way. I assume at this point that book 3 will star Penelope and I can’t wait to see what happens with her as well as how the stories of the other two cousins wraps up. There has been an a lot of tragedy in their lives and it’s got me biting my nails to find out what happens next! I highly recommend these books for lovers of witches, Victorian London and girls who just know how to have fun!

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19 Responses to “Review: Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey”

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I’m of a mind to agree with you. While I know usually vampires and werewolves seem to go hand in hand with urban fantasy – the addition of just the shapeshifters in this novel did NOT change this historical fantasy into an urban feeling one at all. I mean it’s already “urban” in that it’s set in London but it’s still so very much just a FANTASY in my mind. Know idea if I’m getting my gist across or not.
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  1. Kirsty-Marie

    I loved it more than A Breath of Frost (maybe because of Gretchen, I don’t know, It just took me a while to get into A Breath of Frost while I got into this straight away.)I loved Gretchen and Tobias though, (I love Emma and Cormac too, but GRETCHEN and Tobias!) I know there were a lot of scenes with them together, but more, please, more? They’re just…:(
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  2. Richelle Nicole

    Hot dang, you know I love me some witchy witch awesomeness, and this book sounds like my kind of broomstick! Of course I’ll have to read the first one first. Thanks for another heads up, you fabulous book hoarder you
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  3. Molly Mortensen

    The whispering power sounds like a pain, but she would know anytime someone was casting a spell on her though. Oh, they’re dead witches, that makes it all kinds of creepy. Still could come in handy. A sequel that is better? That so rarely happens! I like main character swaps. Adding shape shifters? I have to try this series. I hate cliffhangers too, but I’m interested to read one that worked. Can there be such a thing? I’m in the mood for a witchy book. (too bad I have so many arcs.) Nice review. 🙂
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