Speak of the Devil

Speak of the Devil

by Shawna Romkey

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Lily is falling in love.

Luc is falling from grace.

In a divine war between heaven and hell, does one high school student hold the key to everything? After the car crash that killed her two best friends, Lily awakens by the side of the road with memories of the angels. The only person able to break through her grief is Luc, the mysterious boy with green eyes who looks at her like she's the most important thing on Heaven and Earth. But if Lily can't find the strength to hold back her demons—and his—all Hell will break loose. In the mean time, she just has to reconcile her feelings for Luc, stop a divine war, and pass the eleventh grade. Is that too much to ask?

Fans of Lauren Kate and Becca Fitzpatrick will love this new divine spin on angels and demons!

Buy Speak of the Devil and start this dark romantic series today.

2013 Amazon bestselling novel

2014 WisRWA Write Touch Finalist

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152223125
Publisher: Shawna Romkey
Publication date: 04/15/2015
Series: Speak of the Devil , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 124,916
File size: 2 MB

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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Speak of the Devil 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CnelsonCN More than 1 year ago
I knew from the second I laid eyes on the cover of this book I was going to fall in love.  And Ms. Romkey did not disappoint.  Everything about this story had me hooked.  The setting in my home state of Missouri.  The YA genre with a unique paranormal storyline.  Strong characters, both male and female, some who have you rooting for their success, and some who you just wish would disappear. The story follows Missouri native, Lily Tyler, who is involved in a tragic accident with her best friend Julie and almost boyfriend Mike.  Both of her friends are killed and she is brought back from death by first responders to the scene.  Unable to handle living in the town and attending the school where the ghosts of her friends still haunt her, she moves to Kansas City to live with her dad and his family.  There she meets a group of theater friends all too eager to make sure she is okay and fitting in to her new school.  At the center of these new friends are Mo and Luc.  Mo, the geeky theater boy is full of kindness and a need to take care of her.  And Luc, the gorgeous yet mysterious young man who Lily feels drawn to and always shows up at the right place and the right time.  A war between good and evil will feature Lily right in the center of the action.  She will learn who she must trust to stand beside during the struggle and who will ultimately wish her gone. Ms. Romkey took me on a rollercoaster with this story and I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.  It is a beautiful tale and I will be anxiously awaiting a sequel to see where the characters are taken and who will ultimately win the war between good and evil.    From Platinum Book Reviews by Charissa Nelson
ErinMT More than 1 year ago
Imagine being in high school, and being in a car accident with your two best (and only) friends.  Now imagine dying with them, then coming back to life at the scene of the accident, to the shock of everyone.  This is only the beginning of Lily’s story.  The book was very well written, showing that especially at her age, it would be amazingly difficult to come to terms with you friends dying, and “why me”, when she’s the only one that survives.  And even moving to a new town doesn’t change the struggle. Her new friends are a whole other story.  What do you do when 2 hot guys argue over who’s meant to save you from your own grief?  Definitely not a bad thing, but a bit confusing when you think you’re nothing special.  She slowly finds that many of the friends in this group are wanting to help her more than expected.  And she can’t help feeling especially drawn to one, hoping maybe he will save her – from herself, and what seems to be going wrong in the world – and possibly fall in love with her too.  As she gets to know them more, she gets to know herself more, and that maybe there’s more to her own strength than she thinks. This book was very moving, and especially as I got closer and closer to the end, I kept feeling more moved by the story, and the beauty of the story and its characters.  I really loved the characters – good and bad.  Even the bad ones you somewhat felt bad for, because you understood why.  It’s rare for me to even care a little for the “bad” characters.  The book ended perfectly.  Only with a small cliffhanger, leaving you looking forward to the next book, but this particular story was wrapped up very well, so it’s not killing me to wait for the next one – which I most definitely will be reading!  5 out 5 stars ~ Erin This Review is copyrighted. Please do not share without giving Paranormal Reads/Erin full credit.
joakess More than 1 year ago
A fun, entertaining, and light read -- with a hint of dark. 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.
BittenByBooksRS More than 1 year ago
Lily is in high school with her two best friends, Julie and Mike. They do everything together and are looking forward to the end of the school year. When Julie and Mike pick up Lily, they have no idea that their lives are about to change forever. After a horrific car accident, Lily is left to deal with the fact that she will never see her best friends again. The loss is overwhelming, and when she tries to go back to school, she cannot help but stare at their empty desks any longer. Making a huge decision, she decides to leave her mom and dog, not to mention the memories of her best friends behind, and move to Kansas City, where her dad, stepmother and half-siblings live. Going to school and working, she tries to keep as busy as possible, to try and move on with her life. Her obsession with her best friends’ deaths keep her at arm’s length from everyone, until she meets “THEM”. They seem to be high school students like herself, but Lily get the vibe that something is “off” about this group of theatre kids. One day while spying on them, Lily finds out there is more to them than what they seem to be: Angels on Earth, there to protect the Guardians, but where good is, there is also evil. Angels versus Demons. Who will win the war? And will Lily truly believe before it is too late? Even though I am not a teenager, I found myself immersed in Lily’s story. The writing is impeccable, and the characters seem so real that you truly hesitate to put it down. I actually read it twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time.  Speak of the Devil is truly a TBR book that should be moved to the top of your pile. The author has really created a wonderful new series that should not be missed, whatever age you are. Don’t let the “Young Adult,” fool you; this is a book that anyone interested in the Paranormal can enjoy— a wonderful story about coping with death, a unique take on Angels and Demons, not to mention how to not to mention how to cope with a “new” family, including younger siblings, and their relationship. I will be looking for the next book in this new series with anticipation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Would like to read more from th is author!
Tami-IntotheNightReviews More than 1 year ago
Visit Into the Night Reviews for great book reviews, new release updates, giveaways and more!! Speak of the Devil is a gorgeous YA/Paranormal story.  It deals with a number of issues such as loss, questioning faith, belonging and of course love.  It is a fabulous debut from Shawna Romkey. In the early stages of the story Romkey established the mystery about a number of characters really well.  I was intrigued as to what Mo, Luc and the band of theatre students were and loved the way the story unfolded and the characters developed.  Lily was a wonderful character.  As a teenage girl she endured some terrible losses and grappled with the grief, but despite that she had a strength to her character that I admired.  There were some minor elements to the story that I didn't think were completely realistic - such as the limited interest from Lily's parents - while their level of engagement was plausible, for me they seemed too absent without good reason, particularly given the significant loss Lily had endured. Speak of the Devil was a relatively quick read and the story moved at a good pace.  I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a bit more 'romance' for Lily, but really the love story wasn't the primary focus of Speak of the Devil.  Having read a number of Angel vs Demon stories I still felt that there were unique elements to this one.  I also thought there was some consistency with the Angel 'lore' that I've encountered in other books that added to the integrity of the story. While the ending left an opening for a sequel, there is a conclusion to the story in this book.  I would definitely pick up the next book in the series as I feel a strong connection with Lily and I'm keen to see what will happen for her next, both in the new relationship that she has established with .... now that would be a spoiler ;) .... you'll have to read it to find out who it is ... and also what happens in the battle between Angels and Demons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago