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Monday, July 4, 2011

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

Title: Bloodspell
Author: Amalie Howard
Published: June 2011
Pages: 394
Rating: 4.5/5
Synopsis: 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?
Review: Victoria is trying to live her life as normal as she can when she knows that there's something different about her. When there's an accident at school she realizes that there's more to her than she thought. On her seventeenth birthday Victoria starts to learn things about her family and herself. She has to learn as much as she can to learn how she can control her power before it controls her.

At the beginning I didn't know what to expect from Victoria. As the book progressed I started to know her more. At first she denied being a witch and wanted nothing to do with it. As she learned more about her power and how to control it the more I felt that she had control over the things that happened. One thing I liked was that she was powerful but she had to find a way to control it.

 I loved how this was like to book I had read before. The supernatural creatures that were put in the book was a pairing that I had never seen before and something that I enjoyed. Another thing I loved was that the blood of Victoria played a big role in the things that she could accomplish. And those who turned out to be bad? I knew there was something up but I didn't think one of them was going to turn out to be that bad.

I wasn't expecting much from this book but I'm glad that I got more than I asked for. The rules that were put between Christian and Victoria made it harder for them but they didn't give up. And since there's going to be a sequel I will definitely want to know what else happens to them. If you're looking for a book that has that supernatural element but a little different then I would recommend that you try out Bloodspell.


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  2. I've only heard good things about this. I need to get my hands on it! Great review :D

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  3. This sounds so different from a lot of the YA reads out there right now! I'll have to pick it up and give it a try--I'm always up for something new. Great review!