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Preview — Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson
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
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
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
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
"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 finishe ...more
Persephone Alcmedi is still reeling from the discovery that she is the Lustrata, a “chosen one” sort of figure. ...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
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
Ever see an archetype paranormal creature de-evolve into a caricature, without the intention to be self mocking? For example, when I'm looking for vampire books, I avoid books where you've got a character named Dracula with a widow's peak who swirls around a cloak. Beyond the original that's just a caricature. It really works when it's self-mocking like in Jim Carrey's "Once Bitten". Outside of that, it feels lazy and a bit cheesy.
Well, towards the end of ...more
There is a lot going on in this bo ...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 also found the writing overly descriptive- I don't car who has the gray ribbon wi ...more
There were some twists I could have done without- the waere twins- and some I did not see coming. And there were some that I wish had been given more time, like Hunter's motivations and Seph's revelation about the stain.
Still, enjoyed it overall and number 3 is already on my to-read list.
Positives...I liked the progression with Johnny although I'd like to see him be a bit more alpha I mean come on he's the Wolf King but he's just a giant pussy who got his arse kicked by a vampire...how embarrassing.
I felt like the whole Johnny cheating arc was meant to be so,etching meatier but the author changed her mind mid story and came up with a ludicrous reason for h ...more
Persephone Alcmedi is a solitary Witch, she belongs to no coven, but she is allowed to vote at the Cleveland Witch’s coven, and she can also attend Witch balls. Persephone has recently been nominated to be High Priestess of Cleveland’s Witch’s Covenstead. Persephone does not know if she wants the position as she is now raising her good friends daughter, Beverly, since her mother was killed. Persephone is also known as the Lustrata, and she has a ...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
I have to be honest and say that the beginning, up to the first third of the book was a bit slow and patchy for me. Some of my favorite characters took a while to show and I missed them and it also took a while for the story to build up and reach a nice steady pace. There was a lot of preparing ground for the end and when I was done with the book I could actually a ...more
If you haven’t met Persephone Alcmedi yet, this review is a bit spoilery but I’m being vague to avoid big spoilers.
This is the 2nd book in the Persephone Alcmedi series, the 1st book being Vicious Circle .
My fellow Crazy Book Lover also reviewed this book on her blog and we seem to agree on this one.
I have been waiting for this book ever since I finished Vicious Circle. This series is very addictive. Persephone is a witch, but not ANY witch (This ...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
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
Seph gets nominated to compete in the Eximium to see who is the best for the High Priestess job that is now available. She really doesn't want to, but after she meets one of the other competitors, she decides to compete in order to knock her out of the running. This is no normal contest. There were some pretty crazy tests. It got pretty exciting.
Johnny and Seph also connect some more, and we learn a lot more about her new duties(?). Totally love Johnny. Yum yum.
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