Friday, April 5, 2013

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard + Featured Freebie

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?


My Rating: 4/5

A pleasant surprise. Bloodspell was a wonderful YA that featured a new idea beyond witches and vampires.


I loved that this book had such an interesting magical element. There are tons of YA books out there about witches and vampires, but this one adds a different element. The whole thing about the cursed blood and how it seems to have a mind of its own was brilliant. 

On the flip side, this book didn't stray from predictability in terms of story line. It followed a certain vampire series *cough*Twilight*cough* a little too closely at times. Girl goes to a new school. Girl meets mysterious, ridiculously attractive guy. Guy is nice to girl and girl gets a huge crush. Guy ignores girl for her own good for, like, 5 chapters. Need I go on?

However, after that first bit that was huge deja vu for me, Bloodspell did go off on its own and it became a unique, interesting story. So, that trouble in the beginning was soon forgotten.

Victoria was a great heroine. I loved that she wasn't a powerless girl among fantastically powerful mythical beings. She had a hell of a lot of power and she could take anyone out with it. Her magic as a witch combined with her cursed blood made her extremely powerful. And that allowed her to be a strong heroine. 

Christian was positively dreamy, and not just because of his amazing  name (which I adore). He was a total sweetheart. He has a lot of power himself, though he gave it up because he never wanted it. That in itself said a lot about his character. I also loved the fact that he helped Victoria learn how to use her powers instead of trying to keep her ignorant "for her own good." That happens way to much in YA. I adored Christian. He was so sweet and an absolutely perfect hero.

I liked Victoria and Christian together. I thought they were a great couple and I liked how they were saving each other rather than having a damsel in distress all the time. But, there was some serious insta-love going on. I don't mind if characters fall in love quickly, after only a few days of knowing each other. As long as I feel like they spent enough time together to get to know each other, I don't mind characters falling in love quickly. I don't think love is a matter of time, but a matter of knowing someone. Christian and Victoria fell in love after just a few-very short-conversations, so I didn't feel like they actually got to know each other. And, thus, they fell into one of the biggest pitfalls in YA.
However, I felt like their functionality as a couple made up for it, somewhat. They worked well as a couple, so I didn't mind their rushed beginning too much.

The plot was fast paced and I was totally hooked the entire way through. There were thrills that had me on the edge of my seat and surprises that had my jaw dropping. And the ending has me insanely curious to find out what happens in the next book.

Bloodspell was a lovely book. Though it fell into a few pitfalls, in the end, it was a wonderful YA. Lovers of the genre, you should give this book a read.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Langdon Street Press for a copy!
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Lady Christy Macdonald had been ordered to marry St. John Thornton when she was a mere child. But her wedding day was the last time the spirited Scottish beauty had set eyes on her English bridegroom, who has become the notorious rake they call “Lord Sin”. Now she is a woman, and under pressure to end her sham marriage in order to wed the Cameron chieftain, Yet fiery, independent Christy wants a new groom even less that she wanted the first. So she hatches a plan to secure an heir and deter a suitor by seducing the infamous “Sin”.
Come hell or high water, Lady Christy would have her long-awaited wedding night at last. But first she had to seduce the dashing rogue who has claimed her as bride--in name only!

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