Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

Bloodspell (Bloodspell #1)
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?
Publisher:  Langdon Street Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
Kat's Review
I love the premise of this book.  Witch with incredible power meets vampire who harbors his own secrets.  In many books the vampires have the ultimate power, but in this one it's the witch who holds the control. 
Victoria grows up unaware of her powers, until she inherits a necklace and a journal on her birthday that explains what she is and the nature of her powers.  It also opens her eyes to the creatures that inhabit the world around her.  At her new school, witches, werewolves and vampires are everywhere once you know how to identify them.  When Victoria meets Christian, they fall in love despite the laws that forbid it.  Only Victoria is being hunted for her powers, and Christian is hiding things. 
I want to say that I loved this book, but I didn't.  I should have.  It has a great concept, an intriguing story and a new twist on old mythology. 
I don't know what it was missing, but I just couldn't get into it from the start.  I'm not sure if it was the writing style, or the fact that I didn't connect with Victoria, but I struggled to get through the book, putting it down and reading other things along the way. 
Rating: Heavy Page Turner
As I said, this book has all the elements of an interesting paranormal romance.  Mythology, enemies, romance, a feud between brothers, you name it.  I'm sure it will intrigue and entertain many readers, it just didn't do it for me.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher & NetGalley in return for and honest review.

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