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Vicious Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  4,069 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
Being a witch doesn't pay the bills, but Persephone Alcmedi gets by reading Tarot cards, writing a syndicated newspaper column and kenneling wærewolves in the basement during full moons. Everything changes when one of Seph's friends is murdered. The high priestess of the local coven offers Seph an unbelievable sum to hunt down the killer, and Seph enlists the help of her w ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Pocket (first published June 11th 2009)
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Mar 08, 2011 Paradoxical rated it did not like it
First reaction: sounds like every other voice in urban fantasy. Nothing seems to really stand out to me, the main character could probably be interchanged with every other mediocre urban fantasy main character.

And then the situation Persephone gets into? She says yes to killing someone? With no real information, other than the fact that the person she is to kill supposedly murdered a friend of hers? It's just... stupid. The person who gives her the job is super sketchy, and she gets guilted int
Jun 26, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
The bare bones of this story will be familiar to urban-fantasy devotees: Werewolves, vampires, faeries, and witches all exist and have become public knowledge in recent years. Girl, tough and feisty, takes it upon herself to dispense justice in a supernatural murder case. Girl is chosen against her will to play a major role in paranormal affairs. Girl is wooed by attractive werewolf and attractive vampire. I was worried Vicious Circle would be just like a hundred other novels with a similar prem ...more

I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a solid introduction to this world and these characters. But I am being a little cautious in my review and my expectations as I move forward with the series, because there are some serious shades of Anita Blake at play here. Given that that series became a total crap-fest, it makes me nervous. Anyway, here's what we have:

Our heroine, Persephone, is a more powerful witch than she realizes. Further, she seems to have an important role to play in keepi
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
2.5 stars. Maybe.

This book was kind of ridiculous. And by "kind of" I mean almost completely.

Persephone (our heroine) is a King Arthur-obsessed witch who doesn't give Johnny (our hero) the time of day for six months b/c of his tattoos and the way he dresses. It should be noted that I didn't infer her reasons for giving him the brushoff--she said it, straight out.

She's a witch. And she's intimidated by tattoos. And leather.

She has her "have I been judgmental?" epiphany when her cantankerous gran
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
So this book wasn't quite what I had expected. When it comes to urban fantasy, I tend to like for things to be exciting. This book wasn't really exciting save for the parts where Menessos was involved.

I think my problem was the characters. I didn't connect with any of them and something just felt off the entire I was reading the book. The whole deal with Lorrie's killer was pretty obvious. Vivian told Persephone she was naive and she certainly showed herself to be exactly that. Not to mention r
Jul 07, 2011 rebelrebs rated it really liked it
-I loved Persephone, she was an awesome heroine. She knew when to fight and when not to fight. She was strong and soft at the same time and she was one bad ass witch.
-Johnny was also excellent, he was bad ass too, but he could also cook and was in a band. I wasn't a huge fan of his look, covered in tattoos, piercings, and long hair, some of that is great, but it was too much for me. He also had to make more dirty innuendos than was necessary. Again some is great, but it was bordering on too
3.5 stars

I think I may have enjoyed this more if I hadn't finished the Hollows series a few weeks ago. Kim Harrison's world is one of the best the urban fantasty genre has to offer and I knew going into Vicious Circle that I probably wouldn't love it as much as I've loved the Hollows. I probably should have waited a few months before trying another UF series and I may have liked this more.

I did enjoy Vicious Circle. The witches were very Wiccan inspired and I liked that they were quite religious
Misericordia ❣
Nov 02, 2016 Misericordia ❣ rated it it was amazing
Nice book. Stupid agenda. But still a fetching and refreshing read. A good take on Wicca as well.
Sep 08, 2011 Roxanne rated it liked it
“Only when the sun’s light has fled
is my life lived and my hungers fed,
but I will live on and on, forever
if you will but swear to leave me never.”

He leaned in and put his lips to mine.

3.5 Stars

Surprisingly good book, I have no idea why but I thought I had already read this book and didn't like it. But I went back and re-read the blurb and there was a blank in my memory so I gave into my curiosity and read it. Turns out, no...I hadn't read it before. :P After finally sorting the confusion out I
All Things Urban Fantasy
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Persephone Alcmeda (aka Seph) is little like Rachel Morgan and Stephanie Plum rolled into one. Like Rachel, she's a powerful witch who can tap into ley lines and manipulate magic. And like Stephanie, she has to deal with her batty old grandmother making comments about her love life and random people moving in with her all the time.

In the back of my address book was a list of contact numbers for the wærewolves who kenneled in my basement during
3.5 stars

I felt like the little Chihuahua trying to keep up with the boss dog in those cartoons as we entered the hospital. Johnny’s long legs took him smoothly and swiftly inside while I half ran to keep up, finger-combing my hair in an effort not to look like the witch stereotype.

I need to say this first ... Johnny the waere tattoed techno-metal-Goth band frontman ... ROAARR :D. Sexy and yummy!!! I can't help it, I love shifters better than vampires, so hands down, Johnny makes me all tingling
Fiendishly Bookish
Jan 24, 2010 Fiendishly Bookish rated it really liked it
Imagine you are witch just minding your own witchy business. And then imagine that you are drawn neck deep into a murder, are conned into taking a hit out on a vampire (and haven’t the foggiest on how to “off” someone), and housing one very sexy rock n’ roll waerewolf. All with your elderly crabby nana nipping at your heels, a ciggy ever present at her lips. Such is the case of Linda Robertson’s Vicious Circle. Robertson gently clubs you over the head with a thrilling read.

One of the things tha
1.5 stars

Meh. Nothing new here. Of course, this book was published a decade ago and if I had read it back then maybe I would have thought it was new and awesome. As it is, I've read a LOT of urban fantasy stories over the years so I'll just review all the old standards that are present in this one.

1. A likable yet still mostly bland heroine. Nothing much stands out about her until suddenly, *Bum-Bum-BUM!* she becomes The One.
2. The enigmatic, devastatingly handsome, immortal being who takes a su
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
This story starts right off the bat with one of Persephone's friends being murdered leaving behind her young daughter. A situation that Persephone can so relate to. Add into the mix that she is then hired to kill the murderer by the local high priestess and Persephone is in quite a dilemma.

This book is so not what I thought it would be. I totally expected it to be about witches and only witches but it's so much more:

~ Add into the mix that Persephone has been kenneling some of the local waerew
Nov 09, 2009 Tez rated it liked it
Persephone Alcmedi is by no means a professional assassin, but she did kill a guy once. Now her secret is no longer safe, and a High Priestess offers to pay Seph mucho moolah to kill Goliath Kane. Who's a vampire. However, vampire-wizard Menessos is more dangerous, and if he's going to die, Seph's going down with him.

A friend in need is a friend indeed, and now Seph's gone from a quiet home to sharing with six others. Sometimes more. Witches, wærewolves and vampires don't seem a gratuitous numbe
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
So I understand what the book was about but it didn't quite complete the task that the it was out for.

The mystery wasn't quite solved and the perpetrator wasn't brought to justice and all I got was more questions than answers.

This book had a heck of a lot of potential and a lot of stuff was left unanswered as more things were introduced. Seph had potential as a character as did Johnny and Demeter. I'm not a fan of Menessos so if he was supposed to be a sympathetic character I never received the
Oct 17, 2009 Darcy rated it really liked it
I picked up this book after seeing the cover on a site I went to. I didn't expect much from it, but do have to say that it quickly sucked me in. It is a litte different take on the whole witches, werewolves, and vampires thing.

Persephone, or Seph, as she goes by most of the time, seems to just collect people that she watches over. As she gathers more and more of these people she winds up trying to help them and quickly gets into a situation where she is lied to and is over her head. She tries h
Jul 12, 2012 Chani rated it did not like it
I need to just stop reading anything published after 2008. This had no voice, no solid background, and nothing unique. While I enjoyed the spunky Nana character, I quickly grew angry at the main character for not confronting her about rules for moving into her house. Then the whole, oh I randomly agree to kill someone? First off, did I miss a part where she had superpowers and was trained in fighting or homicidal magic? People don't just decide to agree to kill someone because they feel bad for ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Lorelle rated it liked it
3.5. Plodded along at a decent enough pace but the supernatural beings didnt really do it for me, and other than Johnny and Nana, noone seemed to have a real personality. Oh and the vampire is a little too Jean Claude for my liking...and I dont like him at all!. I thought it was handled quite strangely near the end, where storylines were resolved 100 pages before the end, then you sort of had to follow Seph on her day to day activities wondering when this was finally going to end..Ok back to 3 s ...more
Shari Kay
Jul 23, 2016 Shari Kay marked it as skip-it
series (view spoiler) Hate them with the burning passion of a thousand suns!
Nov 14, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it liked it
Robertson’s ‘Vicious Circle’ throws us in the deep-end from page one. The book starts with Persephone Alcmedi learning that a werewolf friend of hers, Lorrie, has been violently murdered. Not long after learning this news Persephone receives a call from the local witch Priestess, Vivian Diamond, who wants to enlist Persephone’s help to find and kill the murderer. Persephone feels obligated to hunt down the guilty party, mainly as a way to give Lorrie’s young daughter, Beverley, justice.

The plot
Nov 03, 2009 Colleen rated it liked it
Ever read a really great book that you can read over and over and enjoy it the third time as much as the first? This isn't one of those books. I read Vicious Circle when was first released and I enjoyed it. I rated it a strong 4. It's been a while since I read it, so I decided to re-read it before I read Hallowed Circle. I've just finished and found that I didn't enjoy it as much as I remembered.


* The sub-plot with Persephone's school friends is filler. It could have easily be l
Jun 20, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
This book was ok. I neither hated nor loved it. There were some things that I really liked and some things that were just somewhat annoying. This also applied to the characters. I really didn't have a problem with Johnny. I thought it was weird that Persephone had a problem with him because of...tattoos. Tattoos in a world that includes vampires, waeres, witches, fairies, etc... how on earth would someone feel wary of someone else because of tattoos? Personally I thought it was kind of shallow a ...more
Barbara ★
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it reminded me somewhat of Anita Blake without the sex! Vampires, werewolves, witches, some friendly and some not so much. I also saw elements of C.E. Murphy's Walker Paper series, particularly the spirit guides. Persephone does lots of meditation where her spirit animal, a jackal gives her help and advice as well as a mustang who embodies the Goddess.

For the most part I liked Persephone's character though her naivety regarding vampires and even werewolves beca
This is a decent urban fantasy with werewolves and vampires and kick-ass female witch for a protagonist. I liked it, but a few things sort of bugged me. For one thing, it's a bit heavy-handed with the emotional growth, and the incessant poetry got on my nerves.

Re the emotional growth, it's written okay, it's just like the heroine comes to a whole lot of conclusions and goes through a whole lot of changes in the course of one book; I found that almost exhausting and a bit implausible.)

Re the bad
Dec 10, 2012 StrangeBedfellows rated it liked it
A witch who kennels werewolves during the full moon -- how fun is that? Quite a bit, it turns out. Persephone is the kind of heroine you like to read about. She's kind, intelligent, courageous, and still believable. Surrounded by her motley band of friends and family, she's the perfect focus for a story with a little bit of everything.

Like many urban fantasies out there, "Vicious Circle" takes place in a world where witches, werewolves, and vampires are very much real. Persephone is in a rare p
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Vicious Circle begins with Persephone being a local witch and reading Tarot cards. She just recently had her Nana move in with her, and she's trying to figure out how to manage life now. But when her werewolf friend Lorrie is murdered, things go from bad to worse for Persephone. With more werewolves then she knows what to do with, and a teenager she's got her hands full. Not to mention some crazy vampires seem to be after them as well. She must find the
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 20, 2011 Blodeuedd Finland rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Oh no, it happened again. An UF book that failed to grab my attention, I can't seem to muster up my reviewing powers either.

But ok the book then. I just do not know, it was the same old story. The heroine failed to make me care for her. Sure I liked her, but I did not care. I did not care for the hunky love interest either. The one thing that did make me care was when the wicked bad vampire showed up, oh he was fine and evil. I would have liked to see more of his dark seductive powers.

Bethany C
Feb 10, 2010 Bethany C rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Often when I start a new series, it takes a good portion of the book to get me used to and get to know the characters and the setting, author's style of writing, etc. But I was very impressed with how the author somehow made the characters instantly familiar, like I was reading a subsequent book in a series rather than the first. There could have been a touch more action, but I think that will come in the next and later novels as the author has established the main ch ...more
There were things I liked in this book but not enough for me to read the next one. It's a lite read. The characters aren't very complex, really. Persephone sometimes worked for me, sometimes seemed a little off. I didn't like how the plot started - the part where she's guilted into doing something. And the explanations later on, during her meditation, felt very forced - very very telling not showing. And I definitely didn't like the vampire Menessos (I generally dont much like vampires) and the ...more
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He snickered in a very masculine way and lowered his voice. "'Cause I like the idea of the big bad wolf visiting you and Grandma.”
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