- File Size: 2831 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1509217088
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (October 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0755QWHG8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Evil Speaks Softly (The Nightwalkers Series) Kindle Edition
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Liv’s relationship with her grandmother was one of my favorite parts of this tale. They shared so many of the same quirks that I would have immediately known they were related even if the main character hadn’t been so clear about it. What made this even better was that Liv would probably never admit to being so much like her grandma! The conversations between them in the beginning were thought provoking as well. There was something about her grandmother’s serious approach to life that I found irresistible, especially when Liv unconsciously acted the same way.
The pacing was uneven. While it began strongly, there were several times in the plot when the characters either had far too much going on in their lives or weren’t experiencing very much conflict at all. I enjoyed the more exciting scenes quite a bit, but it was a struggle for me to keep reading when Liv and Gage entered the quiet parts of the storyline.
Horror, fantasy, and romance aren’t genres I see mixed together very often, but I really liked how Ms. Bonatch handled all three of them. The horror scenes were genuinely frightening, especially once the characters began to dig more deeply into the curse on Liv’s family and who might be trying to harm her. What made these scenes even better was how seamlessly they were woven into the budding romance between Liv and Gage and all of the strange things that happen in a universe where spirits are everywhere. It was an unique experience to move so quickly between passion, wonder, and fear. These emotions ended up complementing each other nicely, and I was pleased with how much effort the author put into making sure she struck an even balance between all of them.
I had trouble keeping track of all of the characters. There were so many folks running around that I often mixed up the ones that didn’t spend a lot of time interacting with Liv. While I understand why all of them were included, it would have been helpful to have a list of characters and their occupations to refer to so I could refresh my memory and avoid having to search for their names so often when I forgot how they were connected to the main characters.
The dialogue was well written. There were a few times when various characters said something that made me chuckle. That wasn’t something I was expecting to happen, so I was pretty pleased by those moments. I also appreciated the fact that Liv and the people around her got straight to the point when they had something on their mind. That kind of straightforward dialogue was perfect for the tone of this story overall.
Evil Speaks Softly should be read by anyone who is looking for some horror in the romance and fantasy genres.
originally posted at long and short reviews
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Sidney Olivia Stevens is a writer like her mother and grandmother but she is about to learn where her story ideas really come from. Liv believes that she has a muse, a muse that helps her tell her story but in reality her muse is a Nightwalker, a spirit who wants his story told. Her latest book ends with a woman dying in a bathtub but when Liv decides to change the ending it is her life that will change.
Gage approaches Liv at a bar where she hangs out, it is Gage who explains to her what she is and what he is. Liv is a Recorder meaning she can hear the words of the spirit who wants his story told and Gage is a Watcher the one who can actually see the spirit. The killer whose story she is telling wants his ending and not the one Liv wants and he is not going to take no for an answer.
Olivia begins to learn about her family, why her grandmother decided to change her genre and write romances and why her mother stopped writing and commited suicide. Apparently the women in her family are Recorders but her mother couldn’t face what she heard and her grandmother moved out of the family home and fought to write about love not death.
When Gage revealed himself to Olivia it was something unheard of but he has been her Watcher for years and decided he didn’t want to watch from a distance anymore. As with Olivia his family is also all Watchers only as a Watcher they are gifted with the ability to succeed in anything they do. Olivia on the other hand has to deal with Nightwalkers who disturb her sleep and won’t hesitate in doing whatever they have to to get their stories told their way.
If having to deal with Nightwalkers is not enough she also has to deal with a demon who appears once a year. Olivia has always resented her mother for taking her own life and leaving behind her young daughter. Olivia always questions whether her mother took her life because of her and why she wasn’t important enough for her mother to stay with her.
Everything happening to Olivia and her family was the result of actions taken by a distant relative Caroline that caused them to be cursed. We learn about Caroline and her husband Charles’ story but is there a way to break the curse. The Nightwalkers that have been speaking to Olivia unfortunately are killers but not all Nightwalkers who want their stories told are evil.
Gage is determined to stay with Olivia and help her and their relationship changes from Recorder and Watcher to boyfriend and girlfriend even though Olivia tries very hard not to accept that that is what they are. There are surprises and secrets but no blatant sex or violence just an interesting and unique story.
This book amazed me in small parts here and there and was all together a great read.
Liv is a recorder, she’s someone who hears the words of spirits and puts them into stories, but in one of those stories she changed the ending and the spirit isn’t happy with this and he’s not going to sit back and let it happen.
Gage is a watcher, he sees the spirits that speak to the recorders and he is Liv watcher, he’s not supposed to get involved but he decides it’s time to meet Liv and together they try to unravel the secrets of Liv’s ancestors.