Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Book Review: Speak of the Devil by Shawna Romkey

by Shawna Romkey
Pbulisher: Crescent Moon Press

About the book:

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?

My take:

I really enjoyed Speak of the Devil. Lily, the MC, struggles with depression after the loss of her two closest friends. To escape the everyday reminder of them, she moves in with her father. New school. New life. But that isn’t enough to make her forget the tragic accident that took her friends. She’s befriended by a group of drama students. There’s something different about them, and it was fun to discover just what that was.   

Shawna does a great job of pulling the reader into the story with realistic dialogue and well developed characters. I’m looking forward to reading book two in this series. 

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About the author
Shawna grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, two rescue dogs and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.    She has her BA in creative writing from the University of Kansas where one of her plays was chosen by her creative writing professor to be produced locally, and two of her short stories were published in a university creative arts handbook.  She earned her MA in English from Central Missouri State University where she wrote a novel as her thesis.  She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same.  She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

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