Friday, October 14, 2011

Review #76: Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

Guys!!!! Guys!!! Guyssss!!!!!!!! This book was sooo so good! OH, I'm sorry, forgot to greet y'all xD. Hi! Hope this Friday was good to everyone, and I wish all a good weekend :). Now that that's settled, it's book time!!! 

Don't I'll be able to come up with a creative description, so here's the Goodreads description: 

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?

After that last BBRU, I was hoping and praying and wishing this book would be good. I wanted to exit the bad mood reading a few bad books in a row put me in. And thank Artemis, this book was fantasmagorical!! It was a bit slow to start, but once it got going, whew, it got going. Addictive, beautiful, scary. It sucked me in utterly. Ok, so the romance is reminiscent of Twilight and insta-love. But it wasn't 100% like those, especially since both in the couple are paranormal creatures. Not that that really changes anything, but for some reason I loved and was deeply invested in this romance between Christian and Victoria. Somehow, it felt believable. 

Victoria is possibly one of my favorite literary heroines this year. Ok, she had her "Bella" moments, but they were few and far between. She was strong, smart, and kicked some major butt. I loved following her through the story. Then there's Christian. He's not one of the better love interests, but he was pretty damn good. He was sexy and oh so sexy. I loved reading the parts from his perspective. The collection of side characters were well developed and lovely. Especially Leto. He was one of my favorites. 

Ms. Howard has a fantastic writing style. I don't always like 3rd person, but she made it work splendidly. She created such an engrossing and fantastic world which was interesting, full of intrigue and tension. It was oh so juicy, and boy does Howard know how to write a twist! I was so shocked at the end, during the surprise climax. My eyes just went O.O, that wide. Kudos, Ms. Howard!

I'll next be reviewing Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Until next time, viva la literature!

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