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Of Wicked Blood

(The Quatrefoil Chronicles #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  440 reviews
No rest for the wicked... or the cursed.

I didn’t mean to steal the Bloodstone from the De Morel’s crypt.
Scratch that, I did mean to steal it.
Until I realized it was a curse-magnet that only comes off if I, along with a jolly trio, successfully defeat four curses.
If any of us fail, I’m dead.
I’ve never been a glass half-empty sort of person, but my glass looks in dire
Paperback, 424 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Twig Publishing (first published January 11th 2021)
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Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
fans of urban fantasy will devour this. its very shadowhunters by way of 'the gilded wolves.'

while i am not really an urban fantasy person myself, i can see how this story will appeal to most fans of the genre - it has a french dark academia setting, an array of interesting characters, and a unique magic system.

however, i feel a bit let down by the plot and progression of the story. i dont think it was the writing that lost my interest (even though it has a weird quality of feeling both slow an
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Great story, not so great ending!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💜💙
Heat/Steam: N/A
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 😞😙🥸😎😍

The Setting: Brume, Great Britain

The heroine: Cadence Del Morel - from one of the founding families of Brume and an ancestor of Viviene Del Morel who is said to have trapped the wizard Merlin in a cave, under a rock in the neighboring forest. The town of Brume is said to be the birthplace of Magic and the residents celebrate new years by
Olivia Wildenstein
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Sara Rebotim
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm so happy for the opportunity to listen to the audiobook, thanks for NetGalley and the publisher.
In this fantastic fantasy with the right amount of magic! We follow Slate, a thief that spend most of his young age in bad foster care homes and had a difficult childhood. However, everyone he knew was about to change when Slate receives a letter with information from a man that explains he needs to go back to Brume where he is originated from, where he belongs. Together with the letter, his birth
“If any of us fail, I’m dead.”

Slate Ardoin is a skilled thief, who spent the majority of his childhood in dreadful care homes. Whilst Cadence De Morel was raised in the town of Brume reputed to be the birthplace of French witchcraft. Everything changes for both Slate and Cadence, when Slate steals a Bloodstone, he gets more than he bargained for. Not only does he get an expensive ring but also the endangerment it puts his life in.

I didn’t know what to expect from the duo of Oliva Wildenstein an
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Of wicked blood is a suspense paranormal romance. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the page to find out what happens next.

A world without magic doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Unlocking the secrets to where it’s gone could get you killed.

Slate didn’t know his parents. He had a tough up bringing and it’s hardened his soul. When he has the chance to find out who he really is and a possibility of inheritance he finds his way to trouble. Now he’s fight against the clock to save h
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I haven't read anything by Katie Hayoz but Olivia Wildenstein has not let me down yet. So

Wendy Higgins
Oh my gosh!! This was my first book by either of these authors and I'm completely hooked. That was so, so good. It had everything I love, and it's PERFECT for this time of year. The spooky French setting, the romance, friendships, mystery, characterizations, ugh! So wonderful!!! ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book to listen to in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Of Wicked Blood is a suspenseful, magical read with some romance blended within the story.
Slade has been in and out of foster care his whole life and had to survive. He's now a master thief, ruthless to get what he wants and needs. When he receives a letter telling him his birthright, everything changes in his life including his real name.
Slade goes
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I wont lie. Of Wicked Blood did start off pretty slowly for me.. but it picked up a couple of chapters in. Of course, this is when all the sassy and sarcastic comments come into play between Slate and Cadence. At first, they sort of despised one another because of all kinds of miscommunication.

Seriously, there's so many secrets, lies, and miscommunication throughout the entire book. Besides that, there's romance, mys
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2021-tbr, audiobook
There's nothing wrong with this book, I just couldn't get into it.

The story starts with Slate, a young thief, receiving a letter letting him know that he's part of a traditional family from a French village obsessed with witchcraft. He visits the place he was born and ends up stealing a ring from a corpse at the cemetery, and it gets stuck on his finger. The ring has a bloodstone that holds black magic, and Slate needs Cadence, another main character, to help him retrieve the elements that wil
Montzalee Wittmann
by Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hayoz
Narrated by Holly Fielding and Thomas Locklear
I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this book.
This is for the audio book.
I had a hard time getting into this book. I started and restarted it about four times because it wasn't holding my interest. Once it got past a few bumpy parts it got better, some. I liked the supernatural aspects and the overall plot theme. The development of the characters not so much. The main guy
Celia McMahon
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

How stupid was I to be apprehensive about a book written by co-written by Olivia Wildenstein? Maybe it was because I have such high expectations now from her past works that I'm afraid of being let down.


I shall never be let down by the queen.

This is not to cast a shadow over Katie Hayoz. Her writing is delectable. I have zero experience with her work so suffice it to say, I was astounded by the talent she has.

The characters: Slate and Candace are a sort of enemies to
I was not prepared for this book. It started out okay and then bam, sucked me right in! The magical realism is done in a cool way and I liked that there are four characters that all have a challenge to complete. The romance was also fun and I definitely have a new ship.

Slate is a great character, he's a thief who's clawed his way out of poverty to a life of luxury. He does some morally gray things, but he clearly loves his little brother Bastien and would do anything for him. He falls for Caden
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Review originally posted on My Bookish Escapades.

So... I just read one of the best books of 2020. Holy freakin' heck. This book was wickedly good and absolutely addictive! I'm gonna need book two asap!

I've read quite a few books from Olivia Wildenstein but I have yet to read anything written by Katie Hayoz. (Rest assured the latter will be remedied immediately after finishing this review.) I did not know what to expect from this duo but what I got? What I got was a brilliant book with amazing w
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This not a quick read. You need to take your time and really dive into the story. While it is a slower pace than I am used to it was a great read. The characters were very realistic given the book was based on curses and magic. I could picture the town quite well. Wildenstein crafted a story from the beginnings of the lore to the present with a lot of details. The romance is slight with the main story being the curse and search for each of the descendant leaves. Perfect to pick up and sit by the ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I read in 2020!
It was perfectly paced and the characters and storyline were fresh and well developed. I'm eagerly waiting the next book in the series!
Thank you to Oliva Wildenstein and Netgalley for an ALC of this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I wanted to love this book, but it was just fine/good. The first problem was that the Netgalley shelf app distorted the audio quality so horribly, it was impossible to listen to it at the normal speed I listen (over 1x), and listening for long periods of times exacerbated my headaches due to the static and tinniness. Over 2.5x random words would be skipped leaving the audio i
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A whirlwind of humor and romance and adventure. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it with Olivia!
Casey Bond
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful elixir of magic, adventure, and slow burn romance, Of Wicked Blood is sure to enchant fantasy readers.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are so many things that I loved about Of Wicked Blood by authors Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hayoz! Set in the village of Brume, misty and magical, and said to be the birthplace of all magic, Brume itself feels like a main character. It’s here that we meet Cadence de Morel, one of the narrators. Cadence and her family have a deeply rooted history in Brume; her ancestor is rumored to have trapped Merlin the Wizard in a cave just outside the town in a mystical forest. The other narrator, Sl ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-arcs
Of Wicked Blood was a pretty interesting book set in a town where once upon a time magic was real but when things went wrong, magic was banished. But, Cadence's dad is determined to get magic back by finding the four "leaves". However, each leaf is dangerous to the four people that will try to find them but also to by-standers. All Remy want is to get out of this town. However, after stealing a cursed ring and putting it on his finger, it's literally impossible for him to leave this town. The on ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my!!! I do not know of any words to do this book justice, utter masterpiece would be putting it lightly. I completely fell down the rabbit hole and literally lost a day, as it was painful to put the book down. The story completely sucks you in and the world building is phenomenal. My only disappointments are the first since I was lucky enough to receive an arc copy of an e-book, I am not able to close the book and let it grace my book shelf just yet. The second that I now have the excruciatin ...more
Mina Mirosavić
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOHOOOOW I can’t believe I came across this one!!! I can already tell that this trilogy is going to be SOOO GOOOOD. Olivia is a writing queen and blows my mind every single time. She’s definetly in my top 3!!!! Lovely readers, if you haven’t read The Lost Clan series, MAKEN SURE YOU DO!!! I promise, you will fall in love with it just as much as I did!!As for this book, I CAN NOT WAIT...I NEED A PLOT, A DATE, A COVER! I JUST NEED THIS BOOK!!! Dear Olivia, can’t wait to read another masterpiece by ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC of this book and I can honestly not wait for everyone to get their hands on this series starter!

I will say I’m so frustrated with the ending, BUT only because I just need to know what happens next (y’all know someone’s dad has got some explaining to do). I do not trust the guy.


Anyways Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hayoz make a fantastic team! This is so well blended and works so good I’m in love with this series already!

Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The coming together of these two Authors 🤯. Nothing short of genius. Let me get right into it.
This book is fast paced something I don't normally get into because I'm left with the feeling that I'm missing something. Not the case here(I was shocked). The characters leap out at you. You fall in love with them right away! You feel their pain, guilt, happiness and there's an actual story ( another shock )! I had to read on my porch because some parts of this book had me howling. ( I didn't want to w
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing

So at the beginning of this book I was intrigued, then in the middle I was really bugged and disenchanted, but the end brought me back a little more. There is a fun story going on and a cute little town. Pretty quickly you figure out it is going to be one of those journey books where the heroes need to accomplish certain tasks so it feels a little boring once that comes out. But even though you basically knew where things were going, it was still a fun ride. The story follows two main characters
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an opportunity to review this audiobook.

I thought this a fantastic listen. I really liked the narrators.

Everything Slade thought about his life is about to unravel when he receives a letter informing him of who he really is.

He travels to a magical town and meets Cadence where quite the adventure ensues to find some magical artifacts before something happens to Slade.

I liked the slow burn romance between Cadence and Slade.

The book was very fast paced
"No rest for the wicked . . . or the cursed"
Where do I even start?! The gorgeous af cover? Slate- our morally grey hot guy? Or Cadence- our french Betty Cooper?
I read this book in one sitting, cause I could not put it down! The book is set in a small town in France called Brume, that has a rich history in magic. The setting is so charming, I mean ofcourse its France, but the way its described and the festivals are just amazing 😍.
The plot is fast paced, and the banter between slate and cadence
Maryam |✿| a_typical_teen_reader
||Of Wicked Blood||

Right as I started reading this, I knew I was going to love every page. It had everything I adore in YA books and is definitely up there amongst my top five favourite books. If this isn’t on the NYT best-selling list next year, I swear I will sue. Never have I ever read something so masterfully written. These two authors need a world-wide standing ovation (and possibly more books planned together), their humour made this book what it is You best believe I’ll be telling everyon
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