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(The Cruentus Curse #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,175 ratings  ·  238 reviews
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 witc
Paperback, 394 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Langdon Street Press (first published May 25th 2011)
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Amalie Howard
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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!! :)
Jul 10, 2011 rated it did not like it

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
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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 c ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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 o
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 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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Fangs for the Fantasy
Apr 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal/urban fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: JSK Communications
Shelves: ebook
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
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Laura's Book Addiction

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 accide
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Colleen Houck
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.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 whe
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 wh
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
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
Cynthia Cene
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

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
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-release
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 intrica
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
***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 write
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for masquerade 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
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
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 ha ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 possib
Jamie Kline
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 "Tor
Amy Eye
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jen Halligan
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Regina Tam
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 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 ...more
Joe Lunievicz
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lyn Nazrron Ramsey
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. Vi
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Victoria is a witch with unimaginable power. The blood which courses through her veins is a living entity which she must constantly battle with for control. If she can control it the blood will allow her to be the most powerful witch in the world...but if the blood wrests control, she will become a killer like the world has never seen.

Christian is a powerful vampire. From their very first meeting he has been attracted to Victoria but her blood is a powerful drug and he doesn't know if he can st
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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 n ...more

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