Speak of the Devil
by Shawna Romkey
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication date: March 15th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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?
Speak of the Devil is a fabulous debut novel by Shawna Romkey. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this book really turned out to be. The action begins almost immediately and I was consumed by the book from then on, unable to stop turning pages. This young adult novel touches on some really difficult issues – unexpected death, the struggles that follow a loss, and eventually the line between good and evil becoming blurred. I know it’s a paranormal novel, but Romkey writes so flawlessly, it felt like it could have been real.
Lily is just a simple girl in high school, not popular at all. She and her best friend, Julie, and Lily’s almost boyfriend Mike, do everything together; they are her whole life. When the three of them get into a car accident everything changes. Lily struggles to manage the pain of losing the two people in this world she really cares about, and also has to cope with the feeling of guilt for being the sole survivor of the accident. She decides she just can’t move forward being in the same town they all lived in – driving past their houses, seeing empty desks in class – so she moves in with her dad, several hours away, to start fresh in a new home and a new school. She falls in with a crowd of students that seem very different from normal high school kids, but she can’t quite figure out what it is that sets them apart from the rest. She finds out soon enough, and from there she is thrown into the middle of a battle she can’t run from this time…
I recommend this book to everyone! It will touch the hearts of any person, any age, and captivate from the very first page. I can’t wait to let my fifteen year old son read it. Shawna Romkey is definitely one to watch. I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!
About the Author
Shawna grew up in 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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