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I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. The author has a quirky and smart sense of humor that comes across through her characters.
Lily is an average mid-western girl who is a bit nerdy and just wants to get through high school with her two best friends. When tragedy strikes, Lily moves to St. Louis, starts a new school, and suddenly finds herself surrounded by a group of not so normal drama students. At first sight she feels an instant connection with Luc, but Luc's friend, Mo, makes the first move on Lily, and Luc fades into the background -- but not for long. When Lily begins to lose all hope that she will ever feel like a regular teenager again, she has a heavenly encounter with her deceased best friend and begins to realize that there may be more to heaven and earth than she realized.
I don't want to give away any spoilers but let's just say that Lily and I were both equally surprised to find out what her "new friends" -- including Luc and Mo -- are up to. The plot has plenty of action to keep the story moving along at a quick pace, but also enough down time so I didn't feel like the story was forced or unbelievable.
Horns and tails vs. halos and wings? If you're feeling intrigued, you'll have to give Speak of the Devil a read and find out how Lily survives a battle of good versus evil while falling in love.
From beginning to end this is a great book! Shawna Romkey does an excellent job creating a world where Angels walk among us -- though they may forget their purpose, or even fall from grace. Great writing, creative, and so entertaining. I can't wait for book two.
She attends a new school, and meets new people there, but she can't forget about the accident that ruined her life. Even though Lily survives, she refers to it as "our death", "we died" and "I'd died with Julie and Mike", which produced a great impact on me.
She meets Mo and Luc and is torn about who she likes more. But then there's a mystery about them she can't get. Mo and Luc seem to be fighting over her and Lily doesn't know why. Frankly speaking, I was afraid it would be another Edward-Jacob-Bella triangle, but it turned out to be better than that. No spoilers here, sorry.
I recommend this book to YA readers. I assume there's going to be a continuation, and I'd be interested in taking a look at book 2.
I really enjoyed this book and the way it was written had me drawn in from the very start and I ended up reading this in one setting as I just couldn't put it down :)
This is fantastic tale of good against evil and I would love to read more by this auhtor
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So the book starts out with Lily going to a party with her friends and they die. Lily ends up waking up and has to deal with the fact that she survived and they didn't. She moves to another town and ends up being friends with some interesting people. They have a lot of secrets and Lily tries to figure it all out. They help her heal a little bit from the loss of her friends.
I don't like saying too much in reviews but I was a little annoyed with Lily. Then I thought how would I act if I was the only survivor of a wreck? So then I was a lot more accepting of her. I can say I was not a fan of Mo from the beginning. Not really sure what it was at first but I didn't like him. Luc was a little bit better for me.
Seriously, go get this book and read it so that you can jump into the next book. I am really glad that don't have to wait very long get started on The Devil Made Me Do It. I am so ready to figure out how to go home "sick" from work today so I can read!!! I am giving the Speak of the Devil 4.5 stars out of 5!
From the blurb: What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?
After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.
Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?
What I liked best about this book was the characterization of Lily. She’s a pretty together girl when it starts and then devolves, but not completely; at her “worst,” Lily never really loses the core of herself. Throw in a new high school, trying to fit in there and with a family she hasn’t lived with full time before, and her gumption grows instead of falters. I could list examples, but that would be spoiling.
It was an unusual plot, too, which I appreciated a lot. Between dealing with her feelings, the angel twist on the love triangle, and the mysterious question that even the angels don’t know the answer to – why are so many of them in the same place? – Speak of the Devil gives the reader plenty to dig into. I did wish for more detail in places, but then, that’s probably me being greedy. ;o)
The good news is the sequel – The Devil Made Me Do It – is out now. The bad news is I have to get up at a decent hour tomorrow so I can’t stay up all night again and finish reading it all at once. Do yourself a favor and read this on the weekend.
But Lily's life isn't easy after her two friends drown and she's left the only survivor. Even moving to a new town, a new school doesn't seem to help. But when Lily meets a group of Theater Kids, she finds that life is not exactly as she knew it. Suddenly there are explanations, but even more questions. And then there's Luc, a mysterious boy, enchanting. Could he be the one to bring her back?
The writing flows easily, and the dialog is crisp and entertaining. But it's the mystery that drew me in. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I found I was wrong, and a new question was added to the list. By the end, I felt as if I'd been going from one dimension to another. Now I await the sequel with bated breath! Ms. Romkey is a talented writer, and very much in touch with her inner-teen. I look forward not only to the sequels, but whatever else she decides to write. With an imagination like hers, the sky's the limit!
This was NOT the case for Speak of the Devil. I enjoyed this book just as much as my daughter did. It was engaging and creative and we are both anxiously awaiting the sequel.
Author Shawna Romkey kept the story moving at a fast enough pace to keep my teen amused while still giving a depth of storyline that worked for me too. I encourage readers of all ages to take the time to read this book. You won't be disappointed.