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Hallowed Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,042 ratings  ·  118 reviews

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

Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published December 14th 2009)
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I loved it!

I enjoyed book 1 but to be honest it wasn't as great as some of the amazing urban fantasy series I've read over the years. However, book two was much better than the first and I'm now a big fan of this series and I'll definitely read more books in this world.

I genuinely love Persephone, shes a great character and very likeable. Taking in and raising a little girl is a huge responsibility and she just embraces it.

The magic in this was very cool
Good ideas, but man, waayyy too much description, and when we're done with the description, look, we've got some bad poems to throw in as well! But if we call them "song lyrics" then they aren't bad, right? Sorry, honey, I don't care what happens to you any 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

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
Alexia Chantel
Robertson gives us book two in the Persephone Alcmedi series, proving that this is an author and series to follow!

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
"If you want to know about the meat that's up—" Johnny whispered.
"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
Linda Robertson’s first novel, Vicious Circle, was a fun read, and its sequel, Hallowed Circle, is even better. In this second installment, Robertson spins a highly original plot (if this has been done in urban fantasy before, it was in a book I missed!), further develops her characters and the relationships among them, and as an added bonus, passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors.

Persephone Alcmedi is still reeling from the discovery that she is the Lustrata, a “chosen one” sort of figure.
Although I like first person perspectives, I am finding it difficult to like hearing about what’s going on in Seph’s head. I don’t find her as selfless as she is portrayed. Seph seems to spend most of her time sharing her own mental ramblings and meditation sessions with the reader. For someone who writes a syndicated informative column about waerewolves, she doesn’t seem to know much about them. Things one should know, considering the column she writes. So what does she write about? The most sh ...more
This is the second book in Linda Robertson’s ‘Persephone Alcmedi’ series.

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
Magically Delicious
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
3 1/2 stars, but I'll round up this time.

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
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
In Hallowed Circle, Persephone has her hands full. She has her dead friend's daughter living w/her, her elderly grandmother, her possible waere boyfriend and she is marked by a powerful vampire sorcerer. What else could happen? Well, the nice little witch down the street nominates her to compete to be the next High Priestess in the Eximium, which she cannot be since she is the Lustrata. Oh yea, I forgot, she also has some fairies threatening her and the vampire!

There is a lot going on in this bo
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: 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 witches realize, but the epic struggle she's just survived has left her with some highly unusual powers; ones that could be dangerous to reveal. Despite her rel ...more
Joshua Burns
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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
I was hoping the 2nd in this series would be as good as the 1st...I was wrong, it was better! We are watching a character grow and come to terms with her witch gifts and vampire mark(stain) and her love/lust for her live in protector...a werewolf named Johnny. Also the love and care for her Nana and her foster daughter. As she dons the mantle of the famed Lustrata, a justice bringer to all "others" she is also nominated to become High Priestess to the local coven. Seeking to make sure that the F ...more
Steph Ann
This book reminded me a lot of the first in the series in that it had a very slow start, but by the time I was at the halfway point, I was invested in the story. I'm finding myself kind of at a loss for what to write in my review, which I guess really is an indicator of how I feel about the book/series in general. I don't really have strong feelings one way or the other. I liked the book, but wasn't blown away by it. Same goes with the characters. I like them, but don't really feel a big connect ...more
I read the first in the series, but I felt like I missed a whole book in between- apparently there was this big fight with Menessos where Seph destroyed the stake amongst other dramatic things, and this really did play a big part in the story- it influenced how all the characters acted and Seph was constantly mentioning it- so I want to read about it! It's just frustrating to have a huge chunk of story missed out.

I also found the writing overly descriptive- I don't car who has the gray ribbon wi
One of the reviews I stumbled across said that the book almost read like 3 in 1. First, Seph's relationship with Johnny, second things with the coven politics, and then a fight with the fey.

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.
I liked this story for the most part- the idea of the competition for high priestess was a good one, and there was excellent mystery and drama. Still- the ideology grates. Characters make high and mighty speeches that seem silly in the context, and I often don't follow the logic on the Lustrata thing. Why is Seph the Lustrata? Why MUST she do this and this and this? Plus, we get some poems and lyrics thrown in there- usually I would love this, but they were really really bad. Horrifying. And for ...more
Again with the info dumps...holy moly I think I skipped around 200 pages of nonsense and still understood what was happening.

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 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
What I really love about these books is quiet they are. And not in a bad way. They just don't have the same level of physical violence and fights that a lot of UF has, and it makes for a nice change of pace. Plus, witches! And hot, rock star weres!
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Hallowed Circle is the second book in the Persephone Alcmedi series. And it begins when Seph is nominated to become the high priestess of the local witch coven. But the thing is she has way too much on her plate to actually win the testing, but when it looks like the other contestants won't be able to do good enough, she's going to go in and try to change the outcome. However, she didn't expect her vampire to show up, nor did she expect her relationship
Stephanie Bolen
We think of change as something gradual, losing weight, addiction, all those little choices everyday all day that become a pattern until we don't know any other way to live. But change can come in an instant, and then how do we deal. Persephone is dealing with the changes that hit her rapid fire in the first book. Going from single, living alone, mildly successful, solitary, and slightly into the other than ordinary world to in a relationship, having a kid and an elderly person to care for, real ...more
Book Review Diva
Book Review of "Hallowed Circle" by Linda Robertson

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
In this second installment we find our heroine, Persephone manipulated into vying for the position of High Priestess of her local coven. I have to admit I was upset thinking that she is going to go like the last book a be manipulated by others again. However, in this case, this maneuver not only proves to be wise, but it accelerates her character growth.

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
I loved book 1, Vicious Circle, and this second installment of the Persephone Alcmedi series just made this series a must buy for me.

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
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)
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
4 1/2 stars

“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
Khalia Hades
In this second entry into this series, Persephone Alcmdei is living with her grandmother and Beverly, the young daughter of Persephone's friend who was killed in VICIOUS CIRCLE. This book involved several ongoing plots and previous characters from VICIOUS CIRCLE. They consisted of her exploration of her deepening feelings for Johnny, a werewolf and supposed King of the Wolves, her elderly witch grandmother that lives with her, her new relationship with young Beverly, her deceased friends daughte ...more
Bethany C
This one started off just okay for me. I liked Johnny's innuendos (what can I say, I'm not terrible mature and constantly say 'that's what she said), but other than that the dialogue seemed a little unnatural. The author occasionally loses me just slightly when I feel that descriptions of a scene or object(s) go on just a little bit too long, the exact same way Ilona Andrews does. However, that's really the only criticism I could offer either of them. And some people really like lots of descript ...more
This book starts off with some smexy fireworks, then drags for a bit then BAM back to the good stuff.
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
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“The right thing to do would be for you to acknowledge that you feel something for me that's remotely close to what I feel for you. I've asked only for a single grain of sand from you, Persephone, while I'm the whole fucking beach at your feet...” 9 likes
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