Friday, March 8, 2013
Bloodspell by Amalie Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Please note: I read and reviewed this book in October, 2011. I'm adding the disclosure that I received a copy of this book from JKS Communications (the author's publicist) in exchange for an honest review and updating the formatting.
My Synopsis: Victoria was more or less a normal girl – her parents were killed when she was nine and she has subsequently lived with a woman she calls Aunt Holly, who was a very close friend of her grandmother. She is attending a private prep school in a small town in Maine called St. Xavier’s when she turns 17 – and everything changes. She discovers that she is the latest in a line of powerful witches, whose main strength lies in their blood. When she transfers to a different school for her senior year, she meets the handsome and enigmatic Christian Devereaux – their attraction is immediate. Their love is forbidden. Will she gain control of her blood magic, or will it control her? And will she and Christian be able to overcome centuries of mistrust and hatred to allow their love to grow, or will the inevitable problems arising from their differences drive them apart?
My Thoughts: This debut novel from Amalie Howard is a really amazing book. I was absolutely enthralled by the story as I was reading it. The struggles that Victoria goes through trying to maintain her equilibrium and control her magic, while at the same time dealing with school and friends and all sorts of normal teenage problems spoke volumes about her personal strength. The only thing that drove me nuts was that the whole relationship with Christian was filled with misunderstandings and tantrums – you know the sort. As Buffy said – Love makes you do the wacky – and Victoria and Christian are definitely doing the wacky all the time through the book. It got old by the 3rd argument about the same thing. But then I don’t have a lot of patience with romance stuff; I think most people wouldn’t have a problem with it, because it is pretty typical romance fare. Fortunately for me, there is plenty of action and plot and character development to keep my mind active. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and can highly recommend it to folks who enjoy paranormal/fantasy/vampires and witches and werewolves ohmy! Give it a read – and I hope to see many more books by this talented author in the future.
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