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Words Once Spoken (Words Once Spoken #1)

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YA meets high fantasy in this lush series debut about a girl who never quite fit in — and the reason why...

Evelyn might not love the confines of her village life, but she takes her small freedoms where she can get them. But everything changes when her parents decide it’s time for her to wed. Suddenly she loses her tunic and breeches, her bow, her horse, and gains rigid gow
Published October 2013 by Escape Publishing
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Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
Thanks to Escape Publishing and Netgalley for providing this advanced reader copy for an honest review.

Evelyn is being forced to attend court against her wishes, where her mother hopes she will become handmaiden to the princess, and she has to wear dresses and meet people live in luxury and leave her beloved horse behind because she refuses to ride sidesaddle like a lady. Luckily Evelyn meets two boys who fall head over heels in love with her, one of whom is a prince (!!) and the other is a hand
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Thanks!*

Oh my god I wanted to love this book so bad. When I saw the cover on Netgalley, I fell in love with it and when I read the blurb I knew I had to read the book. And I was praying that it would be awesome. And for the first time, praying and wishing has paid off because I really loved this book. Definitely earns a spot among my favorites!

Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
Words Once Spoken is the magical story of Evelyn, a young lady on the brink of adulthood, who has always been “different”. From childhood, she’s never liked the indoors, preferring to run wild and free in the forest with her horse and bow, and she’s never been able to stand the taste of anything that comes from animals, choosing instead to eat the flowers and fruits provided by nature. Since Evelyn is coming of age to be married, her mother drags her to the King’s court to be introduced into soc ...more
Charlotte  Black
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carly Drake's writing is mesmerising. Her creation of life outside the Fey world and within it captivates with her visionary prose.

Evie is a girl who has never felt like she belonged to her own world. Her father has only a small part in this story but he loves her dearly. Her mother has a constant dislike of her and spends all her time trying to tame Evie, who lives in a small castle, and loves nothing more than escaping to the woods, feeling at home with the forest. She hates eating meat and l
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
We all have times when we don’t seem to quite fit in, but for Evelyn, it was a constant feeling that she just wasn’t right for the life she lived. Preferring breeches and the feel of nature all around her, her horse underneath her, Evelyn’s free spirited life came to an abrupt halt when her cold and uncaring mother decides it’s time for her to make her debut into society as a lady in waiting to the princess, complete with gowns, feminine primping and total confinement indoors, acting like a “lad ...more
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it
It’s been a while since I’ve read a novella, so this review will be short and to the point. After all, there are less things to comment on (sometimes) for a story that’s not of the length as a novel is.

I have to say; whoever did the cover for this novella is fantastic. It’s gorgeous! It caught my eye as soon as I saw it and was one of the main reasons why I picked it up. Good job. Really catches potential readers.

The story though, while engaging, tends to drag. I figure most of the blame lies on
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
So...yeah. At first I didn't really get it. No, I mean I couldn't get into the story line and the characters felt a little flat. Good news to follow? Indeed. By about a third of the way through, the author had me hooked on the main character and interested in seeing what would happen to her.

There have been a lot of books with the basic premise of a main character that doesn't fit in with her family/people, but this one was written in such a way where the entire story revolves around her differe
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
***I received this ebook from NetGalley and the publisher in return for my honest opinion . * * *

Okay normally I am all for vampires and fae people and even werewolves rock sometimes , however , I wasn't actually sure I liked this book. I have such mixed feelings on the matter I had to finish the book to know for sure and the verdict is in lol.

I did enjoy most of the book, yes there were parts I just didn't get and others that seriously left me wondering wtf lol. I understand this not a new rel
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*

Honestly guys, looking at this cover, who doesn't feel the need to read this book right now?! It's so gorgeous, I love it. So, I got curious about this book and requested it from Netgalley. I didn't have high expectations because I read lots of bad galleys lately. But this one turned out to be good... well at least the first 40% of it. I really liked it then. But things got a bit
Sep 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
(e-Arc provided by NetGalley)

I’m not sure how to describe this book, so I’m only going to provide the briefest summary. Evelyn is a young woman who has always defied traditional gender roles. She hunts, rides like a man, and can’t sew, for a few examples. Just before her eighteenth birthday she’s sent to Court to try for the position of lady’s maid to the princess. Right off, she meets a mysterious young man and the prince, both intriguing and handsome. She learns about the fae. And she learns
Words Once Spoken was a book of two halves for me. I was so blown away by the cover and loved the synopsis so I was really looking forward to it. And from the off I was delighted.

The story of a girl frustrated by the restrictions and expectations placed on her growing up in medieval England isn't a new one to me, but I loved the simplicity of the writing which flowed like a fairy tale and what made it for me was the characterisation of Evelyn herself.

She was different in that she needed freedom
Veronica Hardy
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Words Once Spoken Has Great Potential, With a Few Issues with... Words
Overall: ★★★☆☆

Carly Drake has a compelling story with a few plot holes, and a writing style that is hard to overcome. But if you do, I promise it is worth the read. I love the world and though I wish it was in anything but first person present tense, it had me turning pages!

Authors Description:

YA meets high fantasy in this lush series debut about a girl who never quite fit in — and the reason why...

Evelyn might not love the co
Sarah Hulyer
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Words once spoken is the story of a young girl, who differs greatly from those her age. She prefers the great outdoors and nature (and eating flowers?) to formal dinners and long dresses. As always, she has a love interest that she is immediately and strangely 'drawn' to. It is a fast-paced and fun story of a teenage girl figuring out who she really is and where she belongs.

As much as I enjoyed this book I had a few problems. Towards the beginning it felt very Mortal Instruments-ey. What with re
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: I requested and received a free ebook copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

For a debut novel this isn’t a terrible book, but it is by no means a great book. There are some good elements and some bad elements but I think the main problem that kept me from truly enjoying this book was the pacing.

The pacing was bad, if I’m honest. It was nice to start with a gentle beginning but the beginning dragged on and on and on while the plot went nowhere in the beginnin
Bella Heart
Sep 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm honestly not completely sure how I felt about this book. I wanted to like it very much but unfortunately it was actually quite hard to finish.

This book follows the life of Evelyn, a girl who is an oddity amongst her people. Her parents, a Lord and Lady of a small town, despair of Evelyn and know that she will never be normal, though it doesn't stop her mother from trying to make her so. Evelyn doesn't like dressing up and learning how to be a lady - the very things her mother wants her to d
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to lie, I went into this book with less than high expectations. The cover drew me in then it sat on my netgalley shelf, and sat and sat. It's review on goodreads isn't the worst, but also not the greatest. I picked it up on New Years at like twelve thirty am, read for about an hour, went home and went to sleep. The story ruminated while I slept and when I woke up I realized I was questioning all kinds of things in the book. I finished it that day, I felt like I had to know what hap ...more
Sharon L
Sep 19, 2013 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley, 10-2013
I'm DNFing this book. it is not a review- just me bitching on my lack of ability to finish a book.

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Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Words Once Spoken was a YA fantasy book following Evelyn, a girl who never fit in and finally finds out why.
The pace moved slowly for most of this book, eventually picking up as it threw you into another world.
The plot twist was predictable, but thankfully not overly drawn out. I like that the author tried to do something slightly different, but it didn’t work for me in this instance. The two halves of the story didn’t seem to mesh.
The love interests in this book seemed to be somewhat contrive
The Reading Otter
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This book was a little all over the place.

It almost seems like the author started out with one idea that kept morphing into another, and most of it didn't really match up all the way.

"Evie" is a walking cliche in a depressing number of YA fiction.

"Girl of court doesn't want to be a lady, she wants to wear leather pants and tunics, and use a bow. Said girl's mother tries at every turn to make her be a lady, girl hates mother for making her behave that way."
It's getting old and
Ceri ( A Book Between)
The stunning cover of this book captured me immediately and the synopsis offered a wonderful adventure. I was so excited starting this book and fell in love with Evelyn in the first few chapters. She is a strong-willed and resourceful main character who knows exactly what she wants. But as much as I enjoyed these first few chapters I soon began to find myself frustrated and confused.

The pacing of the story is fast, so fast in fact that it rushes through the last half of the story at lightning sp
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 4 stars

General: I love a good YA fantasy…they keep things a little simpler than the adult versions and I find them more enjoyable. Words Once Spoken was no exception, however it was extremely complex. The overall plot stole me right away. I’m a sucker for a princess story and while she wasn’t a princess exactly, she was in the right time frame. The world building in this story was utterly insane. From beginn
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Words Once Spoken is a really good introduction to this new series from Carly Drake. The leading lady is strong, opinionated, quick thinking, and easy to root for. She plays no games and does whatever is necessary to do the right thing. You gotta respect that.

The others that we are introduced to are colorful, full of depth, and add a lot to the story without taking away or distracting. The use of Fae, vampire, and werewolf is interesting, and the backstory ensures that the reader doesn't know ex
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had no trouble getting into the story and was engaged until the end. In fact, the end came too fast. I wish the book had been longer; I was enjoying seeing how the characters’ roles became entwined as the story progressed. I would have enjoyed hearing more about Evelyn, her childhood and how her parents’ behavior towards her shaped her character. I sense this is the first of a series and I’m looking forward to the next installment. I think this book had some int ...more
Cover insta-love drew me in but Words Once Spoken was also a quick, fun read, and a solid start to a new fantasy trilogy set in medieval times.

Evelyn is a strong, feisty character, constantly bucking the constraints of the time she lives in, a bit of a tomboy and ace with a bow and arrow. Carly Drake's Fey world is intriguing, they're a cruel lot with their curses, favours and tricks but I really enjoyed being immersed in the magic. And let’s not forget Liam and Padraic, they certainly add both
Megan La Follett
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Set in a fantasy version of medieval England, this fresh take on the fey world (including a completely new origin story for vampires and werewolves, though neither creature is the focus of the book) was a very enjoyable read. I adore the leading lady, Evelyn, the out-of-place young woman who has no compunction about killing animals to provide meat for her village but can withstand only a diet of flowers and greenery. A strong-willed hunter who is forced to try to fit in at the royal court, she q ...more
Although it contained some clichés, 'Words Once Spoken' was an enjoyable novel. Our heroine Evelyn wasn't the weakest or the strongest, although she was quite strong. Some of the things she did bothered me though. For instance, when she learned what she was she didn't even question the sanity of the person telling her this for five seconds. Although it's annoying when the MC freaks out too much, it also bothers me when they have no reaction to the newly learned information at all. Her willingnes ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok

Rating 2.5/5

The cover art instantly drew me in, and I really wanted to enjoy it. Such promise! Unfortunately it did not quite get there for me.

First the pros:

-The writing style was lovely
-Strong heroine

Then the cons:

-Carly Drake’s world only seemed partially realized. There was so much more I wanted to know!
-Pacing. It started off a bit slowly, then took off like a rocket leaving me woefully behind.

Despite some shortcomings, I am still very much interested in Carly Drake’s writing and can onl
Priya Kanaparti
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn't expecting it to be so good. But as the story progress, I was more drawn into the characters and their worlds. Carly did an amazing job at building this fantasy world that includes werewolves and vampires that work together, and faeries that are against them. I also liked the whole semi triangle love-story that came along with the story. ALTHOUGH I have to say, I was routing for one guy FIRST, then the other. Overall, this is a pl ...more
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Carly Drake loves books, but loving them was not enough -- she has to write them too. As a reader and as an author, she gravitates toward period pieces and supernatural works, stories that offer the advantage of escape to a different time and set of rules. Mix a magical world with the drama of young adults discovering who they are, or in some cases what they are, and you have a recipe for her favo ...more
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