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Rating: 5 out of 5 unicorns
This short read had me hooked from start to finish. Serenity and Hope are sisters who have secrets in their past that may stop them enjoying the future. I liked that all the characters had their own voice and the structure was not the standard, traditional linear one, but the book went from present to past to present, which made the narrative more interesting (in my opinion). I think the editing could be tighter, and I was going to give this one 4 stars when I was in the middle of the book, however, I cried not once, but twice! When I read the last page, I had tears running down my cheeks, and any book that can do that to me gets 5 stars! If you like romance with a touch of erotica, I’d definitely recommend this one.Reviewed by: Dionne Lister Reviewer`s blog: Dionne Lister Writer
Rating: 4 out of 5 unicorns
Speak of the Devil is a gorgeous YA/Paranormal story. It deals with a number of issues such as loss, questioning faith, belonging and of course love. It is a fabulous debut from Shawna Romkey.
In the early stages of the story Romkey established the mystery about a number of characters really well. I was intrigued as to what Mo, Luc and the band of theatre students were and loved the way the story unfolded and the characters developed. Lily was a wonderful character. As a teenage girl she endured some terrible losses and grappled with the grief, but despite that she had a strength to her character that I admired. There were some minor elements to the story that I didn’t think were completely realistic – such as the limited interest from Lily’s parents – while their level of engagement was plausible, for me they seemed too absent without good reason, particularly given the significant loss Lily had endured.
Speak of the Devil was a relatively quick read and the story moved at a good pace. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a bit more ‘romance’ for Lily, but really the love story wasn’t the primary focus of Speak of the Devil. Having read a number of Angel vs Demon stories I still felt that there were unique elements to this one. I also thought there was some consistency with the Angel ‘lore’ that I’ve encountered in other books that added to the integrity of the story.
While the ending left an opening for a sequel, there is a conclusion to the story in this book. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series as I feel a strong connection with Lily and I’m keen to see what will happen for her next, both in the new relationship that she has established with …. now that would be a spoiler 😉 …. you’ll have to read it to find out who it is … and also what happens in the battle between Angels and Demons.
Reviewed by: Tami Reviewer`s blog: Into the Night Book Reviews