And you think beauty pageants are scary?
Persephone Alcmedi has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess of the Cleveland, Ohio, coven, now that the former priestess, Vivian Diamond, has strangely gone missing. Unfortunately, there are a few small problems with the idea. Not only does Seph know rather more about Vivian's disappearance than the other wi...more
I enjoyed book 1 but to be honest it wasn't as great as some of the amazing urban fantasy series I've read over the years. However, book two was much better than the first and I'm now a big fan of this series and I'll definitely read more books in this world.
I genuinely love Persephone, shes a great character and very likeable. Taking in and raising a little girl is a huge responsibility and she just embraces it.
The magic in this was very cool ...more
Set just a handful of weeks following the events of Vicious Circle, the book that introduces the reader to Robertson's world of witches, waeres, vamps, and fairies, Persephone Alcmedi is back to stir up some magic. The justice-loving, solitary witch and earnest granddaughter of Demeter, guardian of Beverley, and witch-of-Johnny's-dreams hasn't yet fully dealt with nor truly understands the ramifications of a vampire stain forced on her by Menessos and a mythical position of po ...more
"I don't need to hear about your kielbasa."
"Okay, so rather than an oral description, you'd prefer actual hands-on experience with my 'ball-sa.' I'm good with that."
So much excitement in this book!! I was around 30% last night and thought...OK 1 more chapter then bed time. THEN something shocking happened with Johnny and Persephone so I then thought...OK maybe 1 more won't hurt right?? WRONG! I stayed up till 2am till I finishe ...more
And I'm taking off a full star for chain-smokin' grannie. Maybe the author thinks nicotine addiction adds "character," but instead she's more of a caricature. To have someone constantly smoking around a kid would add all kinds of respira ...more
I did like the Eximium though. Most of that was interesting and exciting. I'll read the next in the series since I need it for a challenge then I'll decide whether to continue the series or not.
The fact that this book and its predecessor were published in the same year stuns me. But let's assume that for a moment that I should be the one checking myself. Perhaps it was my attitude that was out of wack. For some reason I believed Linda Robertson published Vicious Circle as a one-off then returned to her idea a year or two later. I can't quite explain why I had this echoing in my head as I cracked the first book's spine or even its successor. How are we to know w ...more
I liked the first book ‘Vicious Circle’, but felt Robertson put too much emphasis on past relationships that weren’t established but often referenced. I think this second book works much better because those relationships are now familiar to readers.
First there’s the romance between Persephone and biker werewolf, Johnny. In ‘Vicious Circle’ Johnny was already enamored of Persephone, but she was wary of his tattooed appearan ...more
Ever see an archetype paranormal creature de-evolve into a caricature, without the intention to be self mocking? For example, when I'm looking for vampire books, I avoid books where you've got a character named Dracula with a widow's peak who swirls around a cloak. Beyond the original that's just a caricature. It really works when it's self-mocking like in Jim Carrey's "Once Bitten". Outside of that, it feels lazy and a bit cheesy.
Well, towards the end of ...more
Persephone Alcmedi is still reeling from the discovery that she is the Lustrata, a “chosen one” sort of figure. ...more
There is a lot going on in this bo ...more
Johnny, the irresistable tattooed alpha were is now Seph’s boyfriend. Who else is glad that she got over her prejudices and saw the man behind the tattoos? He has her best interest at heart, but in true alpha male form he makes some choices that benefit him without considering what his actions could mean for Seph. Too bad for Johnny he brings Menessos a little closer to Seph in the p ...more
This book was... hmm. It is a hard one to review. In some ways, I liked the first one better. Mostly, I think, because the first one had a concrete and linear plot. This one had what felt like 6 B-plots, but no strong A-plot. And in that way, to me, it felt like a bridge book. Some very important things happened, things that needed to happen to set Persephone up for her Big Role (not saying that sarcastically, just trying to avoid being spoilery).
I am not quite sure how I feel about w ...more
There were some twists I could have done without- the waere twins- and some I did not see coming. And there were some that I wish had been given more time, like Hunter's motivations and Seph's revelation about the stain.
Still, enjoyed it overall and number 3 is already on my to-read list.
Persephone's caring for the gran is extremely endearing. Am sort of envious of her because of that.
#3 is a must-read.
"There are legends...aren't there always?" Nana said quietly, the croak of her voice softer than usual. Legends about the beginning of time, the ending of it. Every culture, every religion has their stories about it--ours is no different. And there are always secret societies, keepers of knowledge hidden from the general populace. There are enemies. There are heroes. The pendulum of power swings." Her focus sharpened on me, and I felt it like a cold blade at my throat. Nana stubbed ...more
If you haven’t met Persephone Alcmedi yet, this review is a bit spoilery but I’m being vague to avoid big spoilers.
This is the 2nd book in the Persephone Alcmedi series, the 1st book being Vicious Circle .
My fellow Crazy Book Lover also reviewed this book on her blog and we seem to agree on this one.
I have been waiting for this book ever since I finished Vicious Circle. This series is very addictive. Persephone is a witch, but not ANY witch (This ...more
This book picks up shortly after the first book ends. Persephone (Seph) is trying to adjust to the idea of being the Lustrata, housin ...more
Persephone Alcmedi is a solitary Witch, she belongs to no coven, but she is allowed to vote at the Cleveland Witch’s coven, and she can also attend Witch balls. Persephone has recently been nominated to be High Priestess of Cleveland’s Witch’s Covenstead. Persephone does not know if she wants the position as she is now raising her good friends daughter, Beverly, since her mother was killed. Persephone is also known as the Lustrata, and she has a ...more