Title: Whisper the Dead
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Genre: Fantasy, supernatural, paranormal, young adult fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Pages: 304 pages
Publication Date: 9th October 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Hi there friends,
I’ve just finished reading Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey. It was certainly a different read and it wasn’t all that I was expecting. Here’s what I thought about the book…
I received a free ebook copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a really fun supernatural read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! The characters are immensely enjoyable and realistic. Gretchen was by far my favourite character – her stubborn nature, kindness and disregard for rules made this novel brilliant. Her romance with Tobias was well written and enjoyable with lots of secrets lurking just beneath the surface.
The reason this book didn’t get five stars was not completely down to Harvey’s writing style. I’m not sure what it was about the book but it just didn’t keep me fully engaged. It was well paced at times but not at others which led me to stop and start whilst reading this book and I even read another book when I was halfway through as it just wasn’t keeping my interest. I think this is mainly due to parts of the book being somewhat predictable. The beginning and ending were by far more enjoyable than the middle of the book which just became slightly monotonous to read at times.
The book is left on a real cliffhanger which I loved. I can’t wait to read the next book but I really hope it maintains my interest more than this book did. It’s an enjoyable supernatural, fantasy novel with magic, witches, shape-shifters and a whole new side to London. In many ways it reminded me of a slightly less enjoyable version of Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series which maintained my interest and had lots more twist and turns.
It still is worth a read and is good for any fans of supernatural/paranormal and YA fantasy. It’s certainly a series I will continue to look out for to read!
If you want to grab a copy of the book, it is available from Amazon UK, Waterstones and Barnes and Noble. Let me know what you think about the book in the comments if you read it! Please like my review if you enjoyed it and let me know what books you’re currently enjoying too!