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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?

394 pages, Paperback

First published May 25, 2011

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Amalie Howard

34 books2,520 followers
AMALIE HOWARD is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author, most notably of The Beast of Beswick, “a smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance,” and one of O-The Oprah Magazine’s Top 24 Best Historicals to Read. She is the co-author of the #1 bestsellers in regency romance and Scottish historical romance, My Rogue, My Ruin and What A Scot Wants, and has also penned several young adult novels, critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, School Library Journal, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Kid’s INDIE NEXT selection. Of Indo-Caribbean descent, she has written articles on multicultural fiction for The Portland Book Review and Ravishly magazine. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. Visit her at amaliehoward.com.

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Author 34 books2,520 followers
June 27, 2011
I'm totally biased because I wrote it and love it! :) Hopefully you will also!

Bloodspell was selected as a SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE Summer Beach Read!!!

Look for more reviews, interviews and press features on the Bloodspell website. Check out the book trailer too in the Goodreads video section of my profile or on the Bloodspell website, and let me know what you think.

Enjoy Bloodspell!! :)
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1,578 reviews707 followers
November 3, 2011

You know that character, that dark, broody one with a secret so big that it has the character push others away? Well, there were two of those in Blood Spell; all very Edward meets Edward. This same fact allowed for a cycle of I love him/her but must not for his/her sake. Whiplash is what followed the break neck speed at which they changed moods. Neither of them could stick to a decision made; both of them blew hot then cold then hot again. ‘Twas mind boggling… this never ending on then off then on again!

Things were not aided by a tendency towards telling rather than showing what was. For in one instance, things actually went along the lines of “Christian was a vampire! All that was missing was spooky music and a thunder-lightning duo! Not good I tell you.

I’ve been trying to squeeze out a positive and yet the same still eludes me, for none of the characters were developed, none of them talked like you’d think one normally does. None of them provided me something to like, or even to dislike. The baddies were laughably one simple in what they wanted. I had hoped to get a little of something more from the telepathic kitty cat. Yet, even from his end things came up dry. Neither the goodies (Holly) nor the baddies added anything to the story. And speak of the baddies! Dear god… there be an evil twin. ‘Nuf said.

Yet, the biggest issue I have with BS is Tori. For one who claimed to be “nothing but clear with what she wanted” as it dealt with Christian, she really, honestly, truthfully was anything but! Not that she was alone on that front because as I said, there are two broody ones here. Christian was no better with his Step One: Push her away. Step Two: Follow her around like a sad puppy. Step Three: Get pissed when she’d be with others. Step Four: Grovel for forgiveness. Step Five: back to Step one. This pattern is one they both held to time and again!

Nope. Nope. Nope *shakes head*


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230 reviews223 followers
May 21, 2011
Amalie Howard manages to take two elements we see used in hundreds of different ways across an enormous number of YA books and breathe such a fresh new life into them. She stayed true to the darker aspects of witches and vampires while adding her own original spin on the mythology. Rather than just imply that, 'yes, this vampire is good and does not kill, but still struggles to keep his fangs in place' she shows the conflicting emotions, the terrible all-consuming temptation and she allows her characters to falter. Both Christian and Victoria, while battling the darker urges within them both, are trying to gain control. But they aren't foolproof. They slip up. The darker side takes control sometimes. And I love that she doesn't gloss over the consequences. People die. Blood is shed. The flaws and mistakes are what make these characters 'human'.

Relationships between witches and vampires has been forbidden for centuries. So they're also battling with the fact that they're basically starcrossed lovers, neither are permitted by the laws to come together in such a way. But how can you choose not to love someone?

The blood pulsing through Victoria's veins - the one with dark, terrible urges. That fights for control. For sacrifice. For death - the one she calls the Cruentus Curse, is the very same blood that Christian's twin brother, Lucian is hunting. The vampires call the one with this blood Le Sang Noir. And Lucian wants her badly. Her abilities can give him the power and control he craves, not only over the vampires but possibly the witch clans too. But what he doesn't fully realise is the danger of this blood's temptation. Let's just say, that blood running through her veins? It's badass... in all kinds of horrific ways.

I also have to make note of the setting. We not only see the US, but beautiful Paris too! Christian and Victoria both make a few trips (pretty easy to travel between continents when you're a vamp who can fly and a witch with the ability to teleport) to Paris to visit the vampire Council. It the media release I received for the book, it said that Amalie has visited 141 cities in 18 countries (WHOA!), her travels definitely paid off because they give a great backdrop for the novel.

There's also a ton of action and fight scenes to keep readers on their toes. It does not shy away from bloodlust and the violence that you would expect from a guy who craves blood or a girl harbouring a murderous curse within her veins. Bloodspell is everything you could ask for when two supernatural worlds collide together. Amalie explores the darker side of vampires and witches all while maintaining the bond between our two main characters and their struggle to make their love work.

A unique and compelling mythology, deliciously forbidden romance, headstrong characters and a dark, haunting vibe that will keep you hooked until the very last page. I'm so happy this is only the first book in the series, I cannot wait to dive back into this world again!
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Author 1 book425 followers
May 10, 2011

Move over Stephenie Meyer! I must say that I enjoyed this book much better. The fact that the heroine is not so completely dependent on others to always save her was not only refreshing but much more exciting! Victoria is a young woman on the brink of losing everything when she finds out that her heritage is far more than it seems. She's tortured by the history of her grandmother and in complete denial until she learns from her familiar, a cat by the name of Leto that all is not lost.

Meeting Christian Devereux is just the tip of the iceberg as she starts to feel as though she's finally found someone that can fully understand her, only to realize that their relationship is ill-fated and definitely not condoned by either side of the vast spectrum of the supernatural world. It's a story that grabs you up and holds on tight giving you no choice but to stay the course and see what happens next.

The pain and anguish of being a teen on the verge of graduation and womanhood mixes triumphantly with the added angst of not knowing exactly who you are and finding out that you have vast power that is not always under your complete control. There is action in this book! Something I found sadly lacking in Stephenie Meyer's novels. Amalie is capable of writing great fight scenes that you have no choice but to envision perfectly in your mind's eye. This story is different and exciting and not your average run of the mill YA supernatural fiction. It has teeth that aren't afraid to bite! You don't feel as though the characters in this story are all vulnerable as they each have their own vivid qualities that make them unique and in some cases deadly!

Amalie Howard is definitely destined to become the next big thing in YA supernatural writing. I can't wait to see what she brings to the table next and after reading this story I hope to see far more of Christian and Victoria in the near future!
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573 reviews336 followers
March 27, 2018
***** 3.5 Stars *****

The writing lacks a certain finesse; which is a shame because the fantasy is pretty great.

The adventure is fun and exciting, but I just wish the author dived into the story a bit more and embellished certain scenes. I also think the story could have been planned out better.

Victoria's decision making skills are also terrible, but overall.... I really enjoyed it. Will I proceed to book #2? Yes.

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1,449 reviews189 followers
April 17, 2013
I can’t. It’s no use, I just can’t finish this book. The characters, their contrived, useless conflicts, the intriguing world that is hopelessly undeveloped and, above all, the immense cliché abuse just defeat me, Not only can I not finish this book but, since I was tempted to DNF it after a mere 10%, going any further would be unfair to the other DNF books that I finally gave up on.

Now, saying you’re tempted to give up by 10% is pretty extreme – but this book begins with so many of the classic clichés, tropes and general fails that I was cringing.

Firstly, we have a prologue paragraph telling us there’s a law that forbids vampires and witches from consorting.

Right, folks, who can tell me what the plot is about? If you answered “it’s about a vampire and a witch falling in love” have a cookie. I have no idea why we have this new habit of giving away the plot in the opening prelude, especially when you have damn little plot, but it has to end.

Then we have a girl, bullied at school with dead parents (mark off two more points on your checklist). She has super special powers she just doesn’t want because she wants to be normal, wooooe! Yes, it’s another teenager with super powers who just wants to be like everyone else – like every teenager never. Mark another cliché off the checklist. Oh and she has a book that may guide her about her specialness but she just can’t bring herself to read it because it’s just too awful

She goes to a new school and meets a vampire (no he’s not labelled as such but after the opening prelude why even pretend this is supposed to be a secret). And ZOMG he’s hot and awesome and hot and sexy and hot and has an amazing voice and he’s hot – this goes on for a few paragraphs.

Then we switch to his POV - actually, brief interlude for a side rant: the book keeps doing this. There’s no chapter break or anything else, we’re suddenly in Christian’s head rather than Victoria’s – suddenly her thoughts are a mystery and his are an open book. Then we whiplash back again – no rhyme or reason, no necessity, just constantly switching back and forth clumsily to allow more exposition

And yes, it’s all about showing AND telling. If Victoria thinks Christian looks sad, she will describe his sadness, then we’ll go into Christian’s head to describe that yes, he is indeed sad. Interspaced with massive infodumping that is repeatedly shown or can easily be inferred but the author treats the audience like we’re a bunch of concussed kittens who can’t read any subtext at all. Which is probably why the opening paragraph appears just in case we didn’t get the not-so-subtle-clues on the way.

Anyway, I was distracted by the awful writing – back to the first 10%: so we then enter Christian’s head (and yes, he’s a several hundred year old vampire going to school because… no, no reason, just because. After all, of course your 200 year old Parisian vampire aristocrat is going to go to a private school in rural Washingto - errr, Maine!) and he finds her awesome/sexy/hot/pure/wonderful/compelling/amazing/etc etc etc.

At this point I think they passed each other in a corridor. They have had zero meaningful interaction but both think the other is the most amazing thing in the world ever.

But there’s more! Because not only are we going to have that old forbidden love thing coming to bite them on the arse, but it turns out that good/musty vampire Christian who never ever kills to feed because he’s a good vampire, can’t resist her! She smells so good, he can’t be near her or he will drain her dry, nomnomnomnomnom! She just smells SO GOOD TO Edward- sorry, Christian. Can’t imagine why I mixed them up.

Finish off with a pretentious hobby – am I the only one who sees a trend in poorly characterised YA protagonists having a pretentious hobby dropped on them to provide some rough attempt at character building and make them seem extra special and not like their shallow, lesser peers? It’s usually classical literature, classical music or long dead artists. In this case it’s classical music (we get to long dead artists later for a twofer).

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77 reviews39 followers
July 3, 2011
To be honest, the synopsis doesn't do the book justice. And to be fair, the book shares similar plot devices with other books which feature an 'outsider' female and a vampire male love interest. I've read those books and their fallen angel counterparts. It made me nervous to pick this book up for that reason, as I've found some of those other YA offerings to be rather boring.

Here's the difference between them and Amalie Howard's Bloospell: her writing is better, her characters more dynamic, and the plot far richer and more compelling. This is a great read, and it takes the washed out 'supernatural forbidden love' premise, adds some twists and makes it exciting to read again. Truly a breath of fresh air!

Let's talk writing. At first, I was worried. Until page 16, I wasn't into the story. I didn't care for the dialogue, and I just wasn't engaged. Then BAM! Victoria turns 17, the clouds parted, the sun shined, and Ahhhhh! I was hooked. The writing picked up, and it pretty much flowed from there on out. Victoria is a sort of tragic character: she's lost both parents to a horrific car accident, she always been an odd one and feels very alone, and she is attacked, both verbally and physically by her classmates. She moves onto another school after turning 17, and that's where the story really begins. Howard is a debut author, and here are some instances of using cliched phrases, and there are a few, very few, awkward moments. However, there is an eloquence to her simple word choices that make the book flow easily and really grabs your attention. It's been a while, but I truly didn't want to put the book down. I just wrote this review today, and I am itching to get back to it and reread a few things.

Oh, and here's another great thing about this book. Obviously, there is a romance, but what the synopsis can't tell you is that Howard's writing of it is very sensual. Not slutty. Not sexy. Sensual. She really appeals to your senses as you read it, and that made the romance more compelling in a way that I haven't read in YA. Observe:

The words stuck in her throat as Christian unclenched his jaw and forced himself to face her, gently grasping her shoulders. Liquid silver started stared into molten jade, and he touched his lips to hers, the kiss tentative at first, as if he were afraid to give himself over to it. But as the warmth within her bloomed, decimating walls and reason, his lips sank into the softness of hers with desperate urgency. Victoria dug her fingers into his arms, caught. It felt as though her life began and ended in that kiss.

Kind of hot, huh?

The fact that Bloodspell is also written from both Christian and Victoria's points-of-view also makes the story more compelling, particularly as Christian's character becomes more developed. While he occasionally displays the "I want you, but I'm too dangerous for you," syndrome, the interesting twist here is that Victoria is a witch, and not just any witch, but The Witch. She's lethal, and it's not a stretch to say that she is more so than Christian. If need be, she could kill Christian. Boyfriend better watch his neck, because no one is putting this baby in a corner. If he every tried to put her up against a rock so he could take care of a sitch, she'd be like, "Yeah, okay. Bare your fags while me and and my awesome witch amulet make short work of this." Okay, maybe not, because Victoria is actually a kind and laid back character, but there's no doubt that her powers are badass. There seems to be a respect between the two in acknowledgement for the what the other is, both the good and the bad. There's something feral in them both and at times attempts to posses them. For Christian, it's his bloodlust, and for Victoria, it's her blood, or rather, the power in it. While Christian does show his "I gotta protect her" jones, it never felt possessive or stalkerish to me, as it has in other books. It felt more like a practical response to an actual threat to Victoria. She is brand new to this world; he's been in it as a vampire for almost two hundred years. He knows exactly what she's up against, and at the same time acknowledges that she likely is every bit the potential danger her enemies fear her to be. Added into the mix are secondary characters that are much more than filler - every one of them has a purpose, and it was SO refreshing to find they are not merely background noise.

Here's what makes this book a standout in urban fantasy/paranormal YA: Howard entwines personal, family, and mythical history and adds in a good dash of the 1800s. It feels seamless and makes the plot so interesting. Howard is descriptive, but not overly so, and thus the world building here is done naturally and as-it's-needed. The history and the world building combine and produce a story that is rife with politics, rivalries, betrayal, violence, and yes, death. In other YA paranormal/UF books, it sometimes can feel like that it's romance painted with a supernatural brush. In Bloodspell. the paranormal element feels like an established world with its very own conflicted history in which a Romeo and Juliet type romance takes place. It makes the story richer, the stakes higher, and I certainly am looking forward to #2. The last critique I would give this book is that the ending could be shorter and more tightly written - it's a tad drawn out, but overall, Bloodspell is a great twist and a welcome addition to the young adult section. I recommend it.

Who I think will like this book - fans of:

-Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly: Bloodspell isn't as emotional as this one, but both Donnelly and Howard are good with research and historical detail.
-Nightshade by Andrea Cremer: completely different books, but both have that world building and political intrigue that really keeps the plot moving.
-The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith: no, it's not steampunk in the least, but there's something about the descriptions of how things are run, as in people, not clockworks and gears, that had me thinking about the world building in steampunk.
-Also, if you are a fan of Denise and Spade in the Night Huntress/Night Huntress World series by Jeaniene Frost, you may also like Christian and Victoria. They reminded me a little of them.

3.75/4.0 (would have been a very, very solid 4-stars if the ending hadn't gone long - the middle is awesome).
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1,293 reviews282 followers
April 30, 2014
Please note: I read and reviewed this book in October, 2011. I'm adding the disclosure that I received a copy of this book from JKS Communications (the author's publicist) in exchange for an honest review, and also updating the formatting.

My Synopsis: Victoria was more or less a normal girl – her parents were killed when she was nine and she has subsequently lived with a woman she calls Aunt Holly, who was a very close friend of her grandmother. She is attending a private prep school in a small town in Maine called St. Xavier’s when she turns 17 – and everything changes. She discovers that she is the latest in a line of powerful witches, whose main strength lies in their blood. When she transfers to a different school for her senior year, she meets the handsome and enigmatic Christian Devereaux – their attraction is immediate. Their love is forbidden. Will she gain control of her blood magic, or will it control her? And will she and Christian be able to overcome centuries of mistrust and hatred to allow their love to grow, or will the inevitable problems arising from their differences drive them apart?

My Thoughts: This debut novel from Amalie Howard is a really amazing book. I was absolutely enthralled by the story as I was reading it. The struggles that Victoria goes through trying to maintain her equilibrium and control her magic, while at the same time dealing with school and friends and all sorts of normal teenage problems spoke volumes about her personal strength. The only thing that drove me nuts was that the whole relationship with Christian was filled with misunderstandings and tantrums – you know the sort. As Buffy said – Love makes you do the wacky – and Victoria and Christian are definitely doing the wacky all the time through the book. It got old by the 3rd argument about the same thing. But then I don’t have a lot of patience with romance stuff; I think most people wouldn’t have a problem with it, because it is pretty typical romance fare. Fortunately for me, there is plenty of action and plot and character development to keep my mind active. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and can highly recommend it to folks who enjoy paranormal/fantasy/vampires and witches and werewolves ohmy! Give it a read – and I hope to see many more books by this talented author in the future.
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273 reviews32 followers
June 1, 2011
Originally posted at Fragments of Life.

Victoria – Tori – was an outcast at her school. She never really thought much about it. But what she didn't know then was that there was more to it. On her seventeenth birthday, her aunt Holly gave her a gift from her grandmother. The journal inside it held her family’s history and secret. She found out that she was a strong witch just like her ancestors. She struggled to accept this reality, even coming to the point that she intentionally stayed away from the journal and kept herself busy so that she would not think about it.

I have read novels about vampires and witches loathing each other but nothing comes close to Bloodspell. The history between vampires and witches that Howard weaved was captivating and heart-wrenching. I enjoyed reading about Tori’s ancestry. The journal itself generated so much intrigue that it has become one of the things that I looked forward to.

Tori’s blood was dangerous, craving spilled blood, death and sacrifice. It sang of dark desires and dark pleasures, infusing Tori with its evil nature. Not wanting to be like her ancestor, she struggled to control the blood, to prove that she was the master. I found Tori very human despite her gifts. She had that careful, sincere and concerned spark inside her that never vanished even as she embraced her powers. She sided with caution and refused to give in to her blood.

Tori and Christian’s relationship was a difficult one. Aside from it being forbidden, both of them were experiencing the strain between them as they both struggled to control their inner demons. Their moments together were so sweet that they made me smile. But at other times, I was gripping the book, emotionally aching from their problems. Christian craved Tori’s blood and he had to reign in the beast inside him, to make sure that he never slipped whenever they were together. Tori knew that her blood wanted to kill – even Christian – and took precautions too.

The action in Bloodspell was written well. It was as savage, inhuman and magical as the characters. I loved how the scenes reflected the true nature of vampires and witches. The aftermath of the fight scenes were also shown. During these scenes, the emotions of the characters, particularly Tori’s, were explored. Tori often felt disgust and fear as she remembered her joy at killing and winning. She was still vulnerable inside even though she was strong. The drawbacks of being a witch was as great as her power.

Bloodspell is a captivating tale of forbidden love bloodlust and danger. Deliciously dark, fast paced and beautifully written, this novel will get the attention of paranormal romance readers. I highly recommend this! This reminded me of Vampire Diaries (the TV series) when it comes to suspense, action and unpredictability.
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2,705 reviews459 followers
April 26, 2011

Bloodspell is more than just your average YA vampire novel. Amalie Howard took something as unoriginal as vampire's and made in to something original and I love her take of vamps and witches.

The story begings with Victoria on her 17th birthday and what her aunt Holly gives her as a present from her dead grandma she recives a music box,Journal and a amulet necklace.As her day at school starts her powers start to manifest and she has no idea what is happening to her then comes the accident that forces her to go to a new school.

At the new school she meets Christian who is a 175 year old vamp with the most silver eyes Tori has ever seen. Tori dosen't know how to take his Jekyll and Hyde complex towards her but what she dosen't know is that it is against the law for vampire's and witches to be together and he constantly fights against himself for a taste of her blood and his need and the laws to be with her.

What I loved the most about Bloodspell has to be that the main character Victoria(Tori for short)isn't just the some helpless girl with no friends who falls for the vamp boy.She is a kick ass witch even if she doesn't know it straight away.

I loved all the other character's such as Angie,aunt Holly,Charla,Lucian and Gabe even with him being sooooooo evil.I also really loved that it was told from Tori and Christian POV with was a nice surpise as I thought the book was just going to be Tori's voice.

Bloodspell is the story of blood,vamps,witches,war and a book that will sweep you away into a brand new world of paranormal romance you won't want to miss.

Favourite Quotes=
-"Christian knew he was being reckless when it came to Tori Warrrick.But for some reason he couldn't control himself when he was around her.He hadn't felt his human age in years but something about her made him fell like a fumbling awkward teenager."

-"For the first time,Victoria understood that the gray area between right and wrong had become larger,and more indistinct.Things,once simple,were more complicated.Black and white blurred into each other,and with this strange power of hers,intentwouldn't always be enough,it could always be twisted."

-"Don't be afraid of who you are.You cannot hope to control your power if you do not understand it and who you are.You must protect yourself at all cost,even against those you...love"

-"When we fall in love,it's for forever"

All in all I can't wait to read book two and whatever book's Amalie Howard writes next.
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3,130 reviews270 followers
March 7, 2013
Victoria Warrick was orphaned at an early age. Raised by her grandmother’s friend, she lives her life on the outside of society because she is “different”. On her 17th birthday, she receives a special gift from her deceased grandmother…a pendant and a journal which unlocks the secrets to her very powerful blood. But is her blood and its power a blessing or a curse?

Christian Devereux, vampire with a conscience, and Victoria quickly develop strong feelings for each other but they can’t be together. 1st – It is forbidden by vampire and witch law. 2nd – Victoria’s blood calls and kills vampires. I was sold from the beginning on this new and exciting plot but got a little discouraged by the... I love you but I can’t have you... I’m going to have you anyway...I can’t have you... the ping ponging between Christian and Victoria happens through out most of this book and became a bit of an overkill for me.

Yes, it did have similarities to Bella and Edward although Victoria had her own powers and abilities which was definitely a plus.

Bloodspell is a very interesting and original twist to a vampire/teen girl love story. I enjoyed reading this book overlooking the ping pong issue. I appreciated the new story line and take on the vampire/witch dynamic and will be interested to see where it goes from here.

This copy of Bloodspell was given to me by Langdon Street Press in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on June 1, 2012.

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Author 40 books8,986 followers
December 1, 2016
What I really liked about this book was all the deadly spells. Never would have thought about eviscerating an enemy from the inside out or making their blood boil in their veins. Also like vampires who can fly.
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253 reviews57 followers
October 3, 2011
This book was so good. It's not your typical YA. Girls loves boy and boy loves her back. Thee end. No that's not how this book works. It's more defined more emotional. It's not your Cinderella story that's for sure. But it won't leave you hanging in the love part either.

Like moths to a flame. (As written in the book) That's exactly how Victoria and Christian are with each other in this paranormal YA. Their relationship at first were hot and cold. But Victoria in no way can resist Christian when he wasn't acting like a jerk. She was hooked onto him and they were hot together.

When Christian wasn't being a jerk and he lowered his guards, you can actually see how much he really cares for Tori (Victoria). And I actually felt it. There was a scene where Christian had to go away to take care of some business and he calls Victoria, just to urge her to be careful. He insists that she stays in company of her friends and not to go anywhere alone. Because he feared for her safety. He showed such a soft side to him with her that no one got to see but her. Here's a small scene....

"What do you want?" She repeated.
Christian swallowed, his eyes tormented.
He could never let her go.
"You. It's always been you."

If that scene didn't make you "aww" and possibly clutch your hand over your heart. I don't know what will. If my man told me that I'd be melting on the floor. Though he is romantic, so I shouldn't say that. But that's for a different blog post.

Victoria, being the witch that she is has to be careful. Because, they are people out there looking to take what she has. And what she has it's a blessing and a curse at the same time. Those that want it, don't know what they asking for, because those that have it, wish they didn't. So believe me when I tell you there's lots of action in this book. There's lots of magic and spells going around in this book. It has a bit of everything.

And if I can't convince you enough to go check this book out! Check out what Seventeen Magazine has to say about it. Here's a small portion on what they wrote:

You'll love it if... you're sick of all the lovey-dovey stuff other books can't seem to leave out of their supernatural stories. There is just the right amount of romance here, but it doesn't overpower the plot. The fight scenes are terrific, and much more satisfying than listening to people whine about wanting to be together forever!

Need I say I loved this book? NO? Good. Because I do. It was definitely a different read. It gets boring to read that the girls and guy gets together at the end with no consequences. But in this one, so much is at stake and they sacrifice so much just to be together. And that's what makes it different! It's actually refreshing to read a book that you can't actually predict. So let's not just make this a summer read like Seventeen magazine says. Let's also make it a cold season read too. It's good enough to curl up under your quilt and get lost in the world that Amalie created! A 5/5 stars and a Definite "Good Choice for Reading".
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1,161 reviews81 followers
June 25, 2011
I am in love my friends. Not just with hot, hunky Christian, not just with Victoria's beautifully broken story, not even just with the amazing writing in this book, but honestly with the whole package. It has been a long time since a paranormal book has really taken my breath away. So long in fact, that I thought I was done with the concept of vampires, witches and the like. Bloodspell has officially changed my mind, and I'm smitten.

Let me start with the characters. For those of you out there who simply must fall in love with your characters in order to enjoy a book, welcome to your Eden. Victoria and Christian are gorgeously written, and perfectly flawed. See, there is no set line drawn between the "good" and "bad" sides of what the two of them are. Amalie Howard shows the inner battle of emotions that goes on in each of them. The all-consuming need to give in to their baser instincts. They make mistakes. They let the darkness within them take over at times. It's this flawed existence that makes them so amazing and so believable.

What I loved most of all was how Bloodspell takes everything that you know about witches and vampires, and blends it perfectly with brand new content. Lovers of both of these paranormal creatures will appreciate how Howard sticks to what we already know, and just adds in more fantastic back story for you to fall in love with. The blood that burns in Victoria's veins is well, rather vicious! Her powers have the potential to be dark and terrifying, or of course to be used for good. Add in the fact that her and Christian are not even supposed to be friends, much less more, and you have a recipe for a book that will keep you reading no matter what else you are supposed to be doing. Don't start this book if you need to be somewhere, or eat, or really anything else.

The action and fight scenes in this story are descriptive, and I liked how the violence that occurs with these two sets of paranormal creatures wasn't masked over. There is bloodlust. There is violence. Scenes happen where people die and their blood spills upon the Earth. It's not overly gory, but it's there. To me it was an essential part of the story to show that, no matter how composed they look on the outside, Victoria and Christian are constantly fighting that inner demon that is wanting to get out.

A delicious combination of older mythology, new powers, forbidden romance, and so much more, Bloodspell is a book that I cannot wait to read again. Luckily this is the first in a series. I cannot wait to see more from Amalie Howard and her vivid characters. Seriously, this has the highest seal of approval that little old me can give a book. LOVE! Go grab a copy and dive in. Let the darkness consume you.
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257 reviews169 followers
July 21, 2011
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

Forget what you've read about witches and vampires lately. Amalie Howard blows them all out of the water and reminds us that they're not just friendly creatures with cool superpowers.

Victoria is an outcast, teased by everyone around her. When she reaches breaking point because of a too friendly bully, she causes the boy to bleed while an evil voice in her head encourages her. Whenever Victoria's powerful blood compels her to commit evil, she revels in her infliction of pain despite how much it disgusts her initially and upon reflection every single time. Victoria blindly takes on the task of exploring her abilities whilst holding onto her humanity, attempting to fight her impending doom which will come from the hands of others who want her power or from her own if she cannot control herself.

Unlike many supernatural romances, the characters are genuinely evil. Don't expect fun magic tricks and sunshine because you most definitely won't get it. Bloodspell is deliciously dark, without being overly so. Sweet, humorous and relaxing moments are also thrown in so there are nice contrasts in mood and pace. The romance between Victoria and [French] Christian is unsurprisingly steamy………how about some telepathic kissing? *faints*

Whilst trying to harness her dark powers safely, Victoria finds that a prophecy marks her as the wanted. Many thirst for her immense power and the only way they can have it? By convincing her to relinquish it to them or by killing her. Victoria doesn't like the sound of either of those. This novel is fast paced and scattered with dynamic action sequences. Amalie Howard finds the perfect balance between the calm and exciting moments, effectively building the tension and our interest. When you least expect it, there are big twists that will get your heart pumping and mind whirring.

Bloodspell was thoroughly enjoyable and I recommend it to those who aren't afraid of a little nitty gritty. Although the romance between Victoria and Christian is shaky at times, it eventually solidifies and becomes a force to be reckoned with! I am so looking forward to more and will be counting the days until book 2. So…is a talking cat enough to get you interested?
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Author 1 book42 followers
June 4, 2011
This book was sent to me for a review. I never heard of it before holding it in my hands. I fell in love with the cover. It’s one of those books that if you are walking through the store you have to buy just for the cover. Then I read the description on that back and I had to read it. I knew from reading just that small part that it was going to be different.

It all starts with an outcast named Victoria (Tori); she is almost sexually attacked by a class mate and next thing she knows she wakes up in the hospital with her Aunt Holly standing by her. As the memories of that day start to resurface she knew she was different. Then her 17th birthday hits and everything changes.

Tori starts a new school and makes some new, some what, friends. She starts to feel included then she meets the all mysteries handsome, Christian Devereux. They instantly make a connection that they both try to fight. While Tori tries to get Christian’s attention one of her friend’s brother, Gabriel, tries to get her’s, and if that wasn’t enough Christian’s twin brother, Lucian, also wants her.

Tori is at a crossroads in her life and has to decide who she is at the same time she has to figure out how to stay alive and not kill the ones she loves.

I was sucked into this book. I have ready many paranormal books and always run into the issue of being somewhat the same. Bloodspell is not one of those books. It puts a new twist into the mystical world of Vampires, Witches, Werewolves, and all mystical creatures. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fresh new perspective to a world that we all love hiding in.

5 out of 5.
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627 reviews72 followers
September 13, 2013
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks to Netgalley and Langdon Street Press for giving me this book to review.

Victoria Warrick has always known she is different from everyone at her school but when a boy takes his bullying to far, she somehow but them both in hospital. On her 17th birthday she is given a journal that belonged to her grandmother which tells her about an ancestor of hers and discovers that she is a witch with dangerous blood powers. Victoria does not know who to trust her familiar or the mysterious Christian, and she has to find a way to control her bloods desires before it destroys all that she is and whose who she cares about.

Bloodspell is a likable YA paranormal novel with has witches, vampires and warlocks, however it did seem at times that it was trying too hard to be like Twilight as there are quite a few similarities between them.

The characters are all well rounded especially Victoria as she comes as a normal and friendly girl. However it was very annoying how Victoria and Christian would back and forth between wanting to be together and thinking they cannot as it would be too dangerous, this happens awful lot in this book.

While Bloodspell was very predictable, it is an enjoyable book which I would recommend to people who like Twilight and Evermore.
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5,109 reviews542 followers
April 2, 2017
Victoria Warrick is used to being bullied but after an incident has her put in the hospital and losing most of her blood, she doesn't return. At seventeen years old, Victoria heads to a new school out of town where no one knows her history. She meets Christian Devereux right away and their is a chemistry neither can deny but for some reason Christian warns her away. The problem is as much as Christian warns her away they keep finding themselves in each other paths.

Christian knows what Victoria is even though she seem to not. He also knows that witches and vampires do not mix, but he can't stay way from Victoria. When they finally confide in one another their feelings they work to stop the enemies who are intent on taking her and Christian is put in a position that will betray everything he is.

I liked this one quite a bit but it was a bit angsty in parts. I thought this was well written and liked how the story unfolded. Felt for Christian, he is in a bit of a bind with Victoria but he cannot deny his feelings. Great read.
Profile Image for Ashley - The Bookish Brunette.
152 reviews634 followers
May 28, 2011
First off... HOW freaking awesome is this cover? Right?

The tension building in this book is awesome! It was like... I'm dying! I'm dying! Oh my God!!!

Tori and Christian are so sweet together, but wicked sexy at the same time and they are completely forbidden to be together by a centuries old law. Obviously, a major win...

Bloodspell is loaded with compelling characters, not just Tori and Christian either! Gabe... Charla... Angie... Lucian... they are all amazing secondary characters, very intricately written and deliciously mysterious!

Witches, Vampires, war, love and a blood curse all wrapped into one amazingly told story. Seriously a must read of 2011! I only had one complaint- I found it easy to put down. You know what I mean? Like I wasn't dying to get back to it at every available moment I had. You know what I mean.

In any event, Bloodspell was awesome and I totally can't wait for the next one!
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207 reviews
May 27, 2011
***BLOODSPELL*** by Amalie Howard

I was fortunate to win an ARC copy of Bloodspell as a First Reads novel. The main characters Victoria and Christian seem so human like in the way they fall in love and have to deal with obstacles in their lives. In their case, witches and vampires are not allowed to be together. Victoria is also a very powerful witch whose power others want at any price. I really enjoyed the Romeo and Juliet modern day romance that underlies the entire story. Amalie Howard writes with so much feeling and vivid description that you can't help but fall in love with these characters. I rated this novel 5 stars !!!
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113 reviews16 followers
May 11, 2011
I'm a sucker for masquerade balls...so the cover immediately was a favorite! But, the cover is just the beginning! Because the writing is fresh, clever and suspenseful, I was on the edge of my seat while reading it (I literally had to push myself back into the chair at one point!). There are plenty of good paranormal books out there - but this YA novel is in a class all it's own, that will have moms borrowing the book from their daughters (or vise-versa).

Fans of Cassandra Clare, Holly Black and Stephenie Meyer will be equally or more captivated by Amalie Howard.

Dive into Victoria and Christian's story when you have the time to savor it!

Profile Image for Joy (Cheery♡Reads).
868 reviews100 followers
September 23, 2011
This is just going to be a brief review. Bloodspell really surprised me with its twists and turns. It was really nice to read about both witches and vampires together in one story. The characters were brilliantly flashed out. I'm really glad that Victoria is one strong girl and could kick some ass. Christian is swoon-some and an eye candy with his dark blond hair and silver eyes. Vampire with silver eyes. That's a first indeed. The secondary characters were very interesting as well; they each had histories of their own and were fully used in the story.
Bloodspell was an addictive read. Looking forward to the sequel.
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407 reviews128 followers
June 6, 2011
Full review posted at Amaterasu Reads

Tori Warrick was a loner. Her withdrawn attitude started when her parents died in an accident. But when her classmates misunderstood her constant wanting for solitude she became a social outcast. Bullied and humiliated on the day of her seventeenth birthday, Tori was at the receiving end of a vicious attack, until she fought back, but it wasn't really her. Something inside her awakened when she turned seventeen. Something dark, mysterious and quite possibly be evil. Tori thought a change of scenery will help, but then her paths crossed with Christian Devereux, and things became more confusing. As she discovers who she really is and the power she's keeping, she was drawn to dark and brooding Christian who has his own secrets to keep, and he isn't really what Tori thinks he is.

See I've read books about Vampires and Werewolves hating each other, and maybe in the supernatural, paranormal world, its not far fetched that Witches and Vampires also tend to hate each other, but Bloodspell takes it to a whole new level.

I loved how truthful this book is. The characters were not sugarcoated or described with pretty words that will make readers swoon over them. There was no pretense that the vampires or the witches are do-gooders and it's a refreshing change. They are evil, they have the tendency to do horrible things, and it was obvious in the entire story.

Both Tori and Christian were characters that are hard to describe. But what I love about them is how they want to fight for what they feel to each other. Their relationship wasn't all sunshine and butterflies. There was this constant fear that they could kill each other. Christian was a powerful guy who drives Tori crazy with his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality, while Tori is someone who was trying to make sense of the power she has and what it means to posses the Blood. They were both terrified of their own selves for what they can do to each other. Vampires and Witches were forbidden to make any kind of association, which was the biggest hurdle they had to face.

Truthfully, it took a bit of patience for me to get used to seeing their relationship going okay when suddenly the complication of "Stay away, I'm not strong enough to fight this." comes back and they had to do something just to be together again. But I think moments like it made the foundation of Christian & Tori's relationship stronger.

Amalie Howard took time to explain the background story behind all the characters and she did it very well. I especially loved the one about Brigid, Tori's ancestor. The "Blood" is probably the most frightening aspect of the story. It's evil, it's death. If you think Vampires and Witches are scary, then the Blood is something more to fear.

Bloodspell has a well rounded plot which was a delight to read. Amalie Howard takes the readers into a journey filled with danger, evil lurking around, and she has written a story of forbidden love between two people who, despite all the odds against them, couldn't stay away. I'm a romantic at heart, and the romance in this book just appealed to me so much. And the scenes between Tori and Christian are just scorching hot!

Such a luscious read this book is. Bloodspell is a dark, haunting, fast-paced action filled story that will enthrall fans of the paranormal genre. This book is highly recommended! If you want to read about a headstrong heroine, a persistent and gorgeous male lead and villains who are evil personified, then this book is for you! Bloodspell will hold your full attention and won't let go until you've read the last page!
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190 reviews5 followers
May 31, 2011
If you would like to check out more of my reviews, please visit my book review blog, Bookerella

Review: I received this book as an ARC for review through the publicist and I was extremely excited to dive into it after reading the synopsis. Also, I absolutely fell in love with the cover of this book. I think it’s so gorgeous, one of the best I’ve seen so far this year!
I loved the characters in this book. Victoria “Tori” Warrick finds out on her 17th birthday that she is a witch. Not just any witch, an extremely powerful one for which a prophecy foretold was coming. A revelation such as this would be enough to overwhelm anyone and at first Tori is extremely resistant to using her new-found powers. Throughout the book we really see her grow and mature, slowly embracing the magic that was handed down to her from her ancestors. I really enjoyed seeing her become more confident and she certainly was a great deal stronger than she gave herself credit for. Christian Devereux is a bit of a mystery at the beginning but we quickly learn more about who and what he is. Tori and Christian are drawn to each other almost immediately and I liked how their relationship developed slowly. It turns me off when a book has it’s main characters profess their love for each other within the first couple chapters, so I was glad that this book wasn’t like that. Their relationship grew slowly which made it very believable; you couldn’t help but want them to be happy together. You’ll see as you read the book though that Tori and Christian’s won’t come easily (and that’s all I’m saying about that!). All of the supporting characters added a lot of depth and mystery to the story, especially Tori’s friend Gabriel, and Christian’s brother, Lucian. I think you’ll definitely see why I loved the characters so much when you read the book.
I liked the author’s writing style; it really sucked me in and I had trouble putting this book down! The only real complaint I had was that within the same chapter, even within a few paragraphs, the point of view would change from Tori, to Chrstian, and then to Gabriel. It got a little confusing at times. I prefer when a book sticks with one character for a chapter, or at least uses a page break before moving on to another character. I can say though that at least you get a good idea of what everyone’s thinking at a specific moment in time when you jump around to different characters; you aren’t left wondering what the other person was thinking/feeling at that intense part of the book.
I found this book to have a unique storyline, despite the fact that it involves the usual supernatural creatures. Tori’s having inherited the “black blood” from her ancestors and the fact that the blood kind of had a mind of it’s own was really interesting. My favorite part of the entire book was the ending. I can’t even describe how amazing it was, it had my blood pounding and I refused to put the book down until I finished it. It stayed with me for awhile after I had flipped the last page. Definitely the most intense scene I’ve read in a long time!
To finish out my review, I'd like to share one of my favorite quotes from the book:
"A wise friend once told me 'you are who you are.'" Victoria traced a line from the scar on the corner of his eyebrow across his cheekbone. "I know what you are, but I also know who you are too. And the 'who' is the part that defines us."
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The characters were amazing and several scenes had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what happened next. I am hoping that there will be a sequel because I want more Tori and Christian! This is definitely one book that you don’t want to miss this year.

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545 reviews35 followers
June 5, 2011
One thing I think sums this book up best is a statement in the Langdon Street Press' publicity page for Bloodspell and it says this: "Bloodspell is a story of feeling like an outsider, a love story and a story of triumph over adversity. Don't fall victim to what you are, but find the courage and strength to define who you are."

That truly sums up this book. But in a way it oversimplifies. I found this book to be very complex and engaging. It does hold true to the above statement. Victoria or "Tori" is an outsider and she is trying to figure out why and how to come to terms with who and what she is. When she starts attending a new school, she starts to fit in better and finds herself intrigued by a student at the nearby college who is often at the high school helping out, Christian. And there begins their love story. But their love story if fraught with difficulties. I like how this book made it different by each of them having their doubts at different times. It wasn't him always saying they couldn't be together or her always saying it. They both had doubts because of what they were and laws that governed witches and vampires.

I also found the witch and vampire element to be refreshing. I know there are witches in the Sookie Stackhouse series along with the vampires but I haven't seen this element as much in young adult fiction. It felt fresh and new. I especially like that the main focus was on Victoria and her learning to be a witch and control her special powers.

The first third of the book starts the world building and the defining of the characters which is enjoyable. But after about 100 pages this book really takes off and is action-filled. No long sappy scenes for the whole book - this is more about Tori finding herself and helping Christian and others as well. There are some great scenes where these two declare their love and while it's always in the background, I never felt the love story was the true focus. The focus was more on the inner struggles and that really made the book.

If you enjoy books with good character development and a lot of action then this is a book for you. I like how the ending is pretty much sewn up, but there are some open threads I could see possibly leading to another book, which would be awesome, but if there is not another book in the works involving Christian and Tori, I would be okay with that as well.

Some of my favorite quotes, first one that shows the struggle Tori faces (and how well the author puts it in Tori's words):

"Tori, she attacked you. You defended yourself and she lost. That was it," he said.

"You don't understand. I took her magic into myself, and even though it was filthy and cloying, I liked it. I liked the feeling of power and when I killed her I liked it even more! I loved it. It was so easy ... I reveled in taking ... the taking ..." Victoria gasped, unable to finish. "The blood takes and feeds ... and I am helpless against it."

Another fun quote that pokes fun at vampire lore and mainstream media at the moment (I think it shows the author has a great sense of humor). This is Christian talking about hiding being a vampire with Tori:

"Their scientists and forensic experts have the tools and technology now, not to mention all the books and films flaunting our secrets!"

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Author 12 books75 followers
June 16, 2011
Blood that can kill a vampire and give it wielder the power over all paranormals. Put me down for two, please!

Tori was once a loner, the whole, "I'm wearing black and stay away from me because I'm moody" kind of loner. She was teased by the popular kids, and she got along better when left to her own devices. One day the popular kids pushed her a bit too far. What happens next shocks Tori and almost leaves her dead.

Days later she wakes up in the hospital, learning that she almost died, and that she may possibly have some sort of blood disease. The good news: she is alive. The doctors can't explain it and do not seem to be overly concerned about her previous condition because it miraculously disappeared. With the accident on the lips of all of the students in her school, the best remedy for Tori is to relocate. She was a social outcast before - this would turn her into a social leper.

Her new school not only provides her with a new outlook on life, but a small group of new friends, and one incredibly hot band geek. This particular band geek doesn't go to her school, but makes guest appearances at the school playing with their band. He's hot, he's hunky, he's mysterious, he's artistic, and he's a vamp. All teenage girls pull out your napkins.....now. Mr. Hunky, Christian, is instantly smitten with Tori, he knows what she is, and knows that any "smitten-ness" is strictly forbidden.

But of course, the story could not possibly end there; we all know we will have some action, adventure, blood sucking, snogging, and important lessons to learn. This book has them all and pulls them off elegantly.

This book grabbed my attention from the first chapter. There was something happening right from the starting line, and I was one happy reader. I love when the author feels that there is no set up necessary for the book, but can jump right in tell you the story, and fill you in on the important details as you go. This is my kind of story. I took a few days to read this story, not because I wanted to put it down, but because I had to. (work calls at time to time, and I must do what I gotta do...)

I will say that the characters grew on me through the book, and by the time we reached the end of the book, I felt I reached the ending with them, not just simply reading about it. The connections about the characters were fantastic. There are only 2 regrets that I have with this book, one - I wish some of the hints that were thrown in in regards to the story line had been left out. I had one part of the plot line figured out WAY in advance, and I wish there had been a bit more time to Tori to have learned about her abilities. It seemed she became way too comfortable too quickly, especially for the amount of change that occurred.

Well - I lied, I do have one more regret, that I am not sure if this is a stand alone novel, or if we will hear more from Tori. I did love the organization of the book, the structure, the cover, the scenery, the adventure and the romance. I was sad when I turned the last page.
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496 reviews248 followers
June 22, 2011
Review from my blog: A Book and a Latte

Dark. Thrilling. A fantastic debut!

I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I read the synopsis, but I got way more than I bargained for with Bloodspell! Amalie Howard turned a now seemingly common topic of vampires and witches and made it extraordinary. The mythology that she weaves into the story is fantastic. The plot is complex, full of action, and does not shy away from the dark aspects of vampires and magic.

To my delight, Bloodspell did not read like a typical Young Adult novel. When Tori turns 17 she learns that she is a powerful witch, and struggles to control her powers before they take control of her. Due to events that occur during her "metamorphosis", she has to change schools. Tori ends up going to a private high school adjacent to a college campus, and living in an apartment on her own. Tori meets her match in Christian... but their love is forbidden by law centuries old, and the danger of them severely hurting each other makes their relationship near impossible.

I have to admit... I wanted more intimate scenes with Tori and Christian. Time would pass between paragraphs/chapters and their closeness was eluded to, but I wanted to witness more of those moments and the dialogue. Granted, if I got my wish, the book would probably have been two or three times as long! I think the reason I felt this way is because I read this while there was a lot going on personally, so I kept having to put the book down instead of devouring it in a couple of days. Oh well, I will just have to re-read it :).

Bloodspell is incomparable to other vampire and witch stories - I highly recommend it! I'm really looking forward to seeing what Amalie Howard has in store for the series! Thank you to Marissa Decuir and Amalie for donating this signed ARC as an Armchair BEA prize so I could win it :).
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422 reviews8 followers
September 20, 2011
I have to say that i have a love-hate relationship with this book. The story was very interesting and quite original for the paranormal genre that is flooding the YA books nowadays. I have to say i did enjoy it a lot. so why only 3 stars? Its probably because in the middle of the book i grew tired of the "i love you but i cant love you, so lets break up and make up, break up and make up" repetitiveness of the relationship between Victoria and Christian.Seriously it got so bad i contemplated just quitting the book all together because i was frustrated with the characters but i'm glad i didn't because the story really picks up near the last quarter of the book and made me love it again. If only Victoria and Christian's love story was a little less dramatically angsty...
-Awesome unique powers
-strong and brave heroine(if childish at times to a point of stupidity but its not often so yay!)
-noble hero
-a twist to the vampire and witch genre
-kickass fight scenes and displays of powers
-Christian is a gentleman and doesn't sparkle
-Cool fight scenes that doesn't skimp on the bloodiness and gore
-the twilight-esque way the characters fall in love..its kinda like you're hot,i'm hot BAM!they're in love
-too much omg our relationship wont ever work out lets break up, wallow in self pity and get back together again!
-i wish the world was explored a little more since there was mention of other paranormals.i would like to know more about the witch society and not just the vampire's.
- The characters do really dumb things sometimes that lead to so much drama and angst..

note:the new copy i purchased did have a dent and red marking on the top right hand corner so i ended up returning it. i do plan to read the next installment in this series because it seems to hint there will be one and its pretty interesting but unless it is less angsty with the starcrossed lovers thing, i dont plan to keep the series on my shelves.
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17 reviews
April 19, 2012
I'll put this out there up front. It took me a while to get to read Amalie Howard's Bloodspell. I picked up Bloodspell a few months ago but hadn't put it on the read-next list yet. I haven't read a supernatural story in a while and I wasn't looking to read one right now but… as things like this go sometimes I found myself without a book, ready to leave the front door on vacation for Florida when I saw Bloodspell on my shelf and it called to me. I love when that happens. From the first page this story grabbed me and did not let me go until I closed the book on the plane ride home.

Here are the reasons: 1) Victoria, the protagonist is a strong female character that can get business done. You will care for her immediately because of her strengths and her vulnerabilities. She is one kick-ass warrior. 2) Christian (talk about a star crossed lover) as her partner is a creation that toys with vampire lore enough not only to make him unique but a good fit for Victoria. Victoria doesn't need him but when they're together there are fireworks of all kinds. 3) This narrative moves. It is not kinetic - it is highly compelling. 4) Amalie Howard is a good storyteller and a nuanced writer who knows her material, knows how to draw us in as readers, and clearly cares about her characters - therefore we do. 5) I loved the backstory of Victoria's family and the connections that are brought forward to the present in the narrative as a riddle for both the protagonist and the reader to discover together. They are beautifully woven into the story from beginning to end. I'm a history buff and Ms. Howard's authenticity for the period pieces, and for the scenes in Europe rang true.

I just noticed that Ms. Howard's sequeal Bloodcraft is on deck for 2013. I'm not going to wait for a last minute selection to pick it up.
April 30, 2011
Amalie Howard's 'Bloodspell" is a winner. From the intricate yet captivating storyline to the setting and characterization, Amalie's novel unfolds in a masterful display of language.
Soulful Maine, enchanting Paris and haunting England held me spellbound in this world of witches and magic and dark vampire mysteries.
I enjoyed the movement of this novel, completely caught up in the development of her characters, not only in how they related to each other but also to the entire plot as a whole. Victoria,tough yet alluring, confused yet focused, is decidedly my success story girl. Christian is my hope that we can choose a path other than the one we find ourselves in....there is so much intensity in Amalie's treatment of this character. Sparks literally ignite when Victoria and Christian are around each other.
The supporting characters, Angie,Gabe, Lucian, Aunt Holly, Lena and Leto of course, all have a realness about them that tug at our noblest as well as basest human instincts.
This is surely a highly recommended read that will not leave you feeling cheated but have you wanting more!
It is exciting, stimulating, thought-provoking, sexy and deadly! Beware of Victoria!

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