Sunday, 1 February 2015

Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey / Bloomsbury

Reviews, Vol. I, Issue III

The second script of The Lovegrove legacy, Harvey brings many facets and beauty of literary fiction through the pages of this exuberant novel; a step ahead of the first book in the series. A vivid portrayal of imagination of the human mind and an essence of grace is showcased through this pace of writing.

As the plot advances, cousins Gretchen, Emma and Penelope are dealing with what it means to be a lovegrove. For Gretchen, it means she often feels that her head is going to explode. As a whisperer, Gretchen constantly hears the whispers of the witches’ spells, these in some parts are funny, though a bit irritating too in parts. While whispers help her to know when her own spells are going wrong, but on the other side the incessant buzzing and pain the whispers cause makes it difficult to use her gifts as a witch. These sequences are a joy to read, blended with suspense at its apex. Not only this, Gretchen through her deeds in various ways spreads the message of women empowerment too.

But when something evil starts to menace Mayfair, she tries to master her powers. Along with her cousins, the character of Moira is worth to mention, a madcap. Harvey brings out flawless romance through the irresistible and magnetic Tobias Lawless, but the good thing is romance is not the main ingredient of the recipe, like many other novels. It’s rather a sensational merge of humour, romance, suspense, a fast paced cliff-hanger plot, dark twists and other thrilling spices.

As the plot progresses, other characters are revealed through poetically vibrant metaphors, strong and lyrical adjectives, yes, it’s hazy and confusing in pieces but the other refreshing factors completely out shadows them. It has everything for burning a little of your pocket. A different taste guaranteed for the readers with a spellbound experience. A must read for getting the aroma of good literature.

Reviewed by Partho Mishra
He lives in Dhanbad, Jharkhand and can be contacted at 

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