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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Bloodspell

Title: Bloodspell
Author: Amalie Howard
Series: Bloodspell #1
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Published: June 1st 2011
Source: Great Minds Think Aloud giveaway

The spell was simple... Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood). But what do you do if your blood is your enemy? Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds -- much less one that reveals she's a witch with unimaginable power. What's more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own...Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood's deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?

Forget what you've read about witches and vampires lately. Amalie Howard blows them all out of the water and reminds us that they're not just friendly creatures with cool superpowers.

Victoria is an outcast, teased by everyone around her. When she reaches breaking point because of a too friendly bully, she causes the boy to bleed while an evil voice in her head encourages her. Whenever Victoria's powerful blood compels her to commit evil, she revels in her infliction of pain despite how much it disgusts her initially and upon reflection every single time. Victoria blindly takes on the task of exploring her abilities whilst holding onto her humanity, attempting to fight her impending doom which will come from the hands of others who want her power or from her own if she cannot control herself.

Unlike many supernatural romances, the characters are genuinely evil. Don't expect fun magic tricks and sunshine because you most definitely won't get it. Bloodspell is deliciously dark, without being overly so. Sweet, humorous and relaxing moments are also thrown in so there are nice contrasts in mood and pace. The romance between Victoria and [French] Christian is unsurprisingly steamy………how about some telepathic kissing? *faints*

Whilst trying to harness her dark powers safely, Victoria finds that a prophecy marks her as the wanted. Many thirst for her immense power and the only way they can have it? By convincing her to relinquish it to them or by killing her. Victoria doesn't like the sound of either of those. This novel is fast paced and scattered with dynamic action sequences. Amalie Howard finds the perfect balance between the calm and exciting moments, effectively building the tension and our interest. When you least expect it, there are big twists that will get your heart pumping and mind whirring.

Bloodspell was thoroughly enjoyable and I recommend it to those who aren't afraid of a little nitty gritty. Although the romance between Victoria and Christian is shaky at times, it eventually solidifies and becomes a force to be reckoned with! I am so looking forward to more and will be counting the days until book 2. So…is a talking cat enough to get you interested?

Find Amalie on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.

Let me know whether you're planning on crossing over to the dark side! I see white chocolate cookies? And naked French vampires?! *gasp*

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