Hallowed Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #2)
And you think beauty pageants are scary?
Persephone Alcmedi has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess of the Cleveland, Ohio, coven now that the former priestess, Vivian Diamond, has strangely gone missing. Unfortunately, there are a few small problems with the idea. Not only does Seph know rather more about Vivian's disappearance than the other wi...more
“Hallowed Circle” by Linda Robertson is the second novel in the entertaining paranormal Persephone Alcmedi series which centers around a solitary witch who normally operates outside of a coven. She is maneuvered into competing for the highest position of her local coven which is named the Venefica (Sorceress) Coven but fears that her recently acquired status as the Lustrata and her ties to a powerful vampire-wizard will have extremely negative repercussions. Her complicated life which...more
Johnny, the irresistable tattooed alpha were is now Seph’s boyfriend. Who else is glad that she got over her prejudices and saw the man behind the tattoos? He has her best interest at heart, but in true alpha male form he makes some choices that benefit him without considering what his actions could mean for Seph. Too bad for Johnny he brings Menessos a little closer to Seph in the p...more
The fact that this book and its predecessor were published in the same year stuns me. But let's assume that for a moment that I should be the one checking myself. Perhaps it was my attitude that was out of wack. For some reason I believed Linda Robertson published Vicious Circle as a one-off then returned to her idea a year or two later. I can't quite explain why I had this echoing in my head as I cracked the first book's spine or even its successor. How are we to know w...more
I strongly recommend you read the previous book Vicious Circle before reading this book.
Persephone Alcmedi has finally accepted that the path she had chosen for her life has been drastically altered. Seph has gone from only being accountable for herself, to now caring for her crafty and hilarious grandma, smart and adaptable foster child, hot rock-star were boyfriend and her ethereal connection with the devious and cunning vampire, Menessos. Seph has grown...more
I liked the first book ‘Vicious Circle’, but felt Robertson put too much emphasis on past relationships that weren’t established but often referenced. I think this second book works much better because those relationships are now familiar to readers.
First there’s the romance between Persephone and biker werewolf, Johnny. In ‘Vicious Circle’ Johnny was already enamored of Persephone, but she was wary of his tattooed appearan...more
"I don't need to hear about your kielbasa."
"Okay, so rather than an oral description, you'd prefer actual hands-on experience with my 'ball-sa.' I'm good with that."
So much excitement in this book!! I was around 30% last night and thought...OK 1 more chapter then bed time. THEN something shocking happened with Johnny and Persephone so I then thought...OK maybe 1 more won't hurt right?? WRONG! I stayed up till 2am till I finished...more
Set just a handful of weeks following the events of Vicious Circle, the book that introduces the reader to Robertson's world of witches, waeres, vamps, and fairies, Persephone Alcmedi is back to stir up some magic. The justice-loving, solitary witch and earnest granddaughter of Demeter, guardian of Beverley, and witch-of-Johnny's-dreams hasn't yet fully dealt with nor truly understands the ramifications of a vampire stain forced on her by Menessos and a mythical position of po...more
I am superbly annoyed with how Persephone deals with her attraction with Johnny. I mean, come on, she needs to ask her totem regarding the good sex?!? Because she's afraid that the mindblowing sex is because of the vampire mark?? She doesn't count the fact that she's doing it with Johnny, who h...more
Hallowed Circle, the second book in the Persephone Alcmedi series takes place approximately three weeks after Vicious Circle. Seph is trying to balance her life and time between her Wærewolf column, taking care of Nana and her foster daughter Beverly, figuring out her feelings for Wærewolf Johnny, and coming to term with her Lustrata destiny. To add to her ever burdening shoulders, Seph finds out that she was nominated to be a candidate to be high priestess, with Vivan Diamond ‘’miss...more
There is a lot going on in this bo...more
This book was... hmm. It is a hard one to review. In some ways, I liked the first one better. Mostly, I think, because the first one had a concrete and linear plot. This one had what felt like 6 B-plots, but no strong A-plot. And in that way, to me, it felt like a bridge book. Some very important things happened, things that needed to happen to set Persephone up for her Big Role (not saying that sarcastically, just trying to avoid being spoilery).
I am not quite sure how I feel about w...more
Hm... I also have to say I wanted to kick Johnny's arse in this book for quite some time. I was heartbroken that the one I LOVED in the first bo...more
Her love life is still a little rocky. She admits to her feelings for Johnny more and more, but there are still quite a few challenges for her to overcome. But not for lack of trying...more
Persephone Alcmedi is still reeling from the discovery that she is the Lustrata, a “chosen one” sort of figure....more
One of the thing I liked the most was the relationship between the three main characters.
In the beginning we have a bit of sexual tension between Persephone and Johnny,that was actually fun. Then they have hot witch-waere sex and things are good for a little while until she thinks he cheated on her, well, pretty much a normal relationship this days.
And well let's not forget Menessos, the power...more
Nana, Beverley, Johnny, Menessos, Goliath, Poopsie the Pup, and others from the fir...more
And I'm taking off a full star for chain-smokin' grannie. Maybe the author thinks nicotine addiction adds "character," but instead she's more of a caricature. To have someone constantly smoking around a kid would add all kinds of respira...more
"There are legends...aren't there always?" Nana said quietly, the croak of her voice softer than usual. Legends about the beginning of time, the ending of it. Every culture, every religion has their stories about it--ours is no different. And there are always secret societies, keepers of knowledge hidden from the general populace. There are enemies. There are heroes. The pendulum of power swings." Her focus sharpened on me, and I felt it like a cold blade at my throat. Nana stubbed...more
And the horrible poetry! Dear gods, enough already with the 13 year old version of "song lyrics." It was just gag-inducing for me.
I'd probably give the third one a chance just to see if some of the spark from the first one comes back but if not, ugh, I'll definitely be done with the series. I couldn'...more
In the beginning Seph finally is won over by Johnny's charms which turns into a very hot scene. This leaves Seph confused, and wondering if she's herself or if it's her stain making her passionate. When Johnny's gets a chance to acquire a record contract she goes to support and surprise him only to see something she shouldn't. Because I love Johnny, I kept telling myself through out the book that...more