Series: The Lovegrove Legacy
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on October 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
At slightly over 400 overwhelming pages, WHISPER THE DEAD took a few chapters for me to fully immerse myself. Once I did, however, I was rewarded with a mystery that managed to be consequential and yet a story that felt lighthearted, all at once.
Once I got back into the rhythm of The Lovegrove Legacy series, I recalled why I liked book one so much - the key here is the cousins and their relationships with each other. Their sarcastic quips and loving insults are fun to read, and make a reader feel right at home amongst the three of them. While at times I got a bit confused what with all the boys whose names ended in C, I still managed to eventually fall for the various paramours, as well. The characters in WHISPER THE DEAD are not completely unpredictable, but they're also not caricatures or one-dimensional, either.
Though lengthy, WHISPER THE DEAD felt a little like a filler book, holding a place between books one and three (and with cliffhanger, to boot). This doesn't diminish the excellent writing, but it definitely is something to keep in mind if you're looking for a story with a nice tidy happy ending. Be prepared to groan in frustration when you finish WHISPER THE DEAD and quickly look up how long to wait until book three (my Google-fu says undetermined).
All in all, a lovely treat of a book. WHISPER THE DEAD is everything one could want from a paranormal regency - magic, high society, handsome young suitors, and three wonderfully headstrong young ladies. If you haven't yet, pick up A BREATH OF FROST, and then treat yourself to WHISPER THE DEAD. You won't be disappointed.Series Titles:
- A Breath of Frost - 4/5
- Whisper the Dead