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Posted October 17, 2011
I seriously loved this book... It was worth ever penny. I couldn't believe how amazing it was. :) Seriously buy this book!!!
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Posted December 25, 2013
I wanted to love this book. I really did. But it just fell short for me. Which is a shame because it had a really cool storyline- girl finds out she is a witch (a powerful one at that) who is involved in a mega prophecy and happens to fall in love with a vampire- which is completely forbidden according to the vampire/witch rules of old.
We are introduced to Tori's character and you can't help but feel for the girl. She is the social outcast at her stuck-up prep school and the novel opens with her being taunted and teased by the 'Stepford' girls and the jerk football players. Tori unleashes her blood magic for the first time at the beginning of the novel and she is completely unaware of who and what she truly is. Upon transferring schools, she runs into (literally) Christian Devereaux, who she instantly feels a connection to.
Sigh. Christian's character was just so hot and cold for me. Yes, I understood his reasonings for being the way he was, but I hated the playing with emotions. Tori was guilty of it too, though, so I can't place all the blame on him. And I know Howard didn't want the focal piece to be their romance, but I could've used a little bit more, not just allusions to it. Though, they both do have some really sweet moments with each other.
I think part of what frustrated me the most was the back and forth between Tori and Christian. They're both all, "Heeeeey we're attracted to each other', and then it's all 'I want to drink your blood' and 'My witch blood wants to kill you'. So, we can't be together. But we can't stay away from each other. But we can't be together. BUT WE CAN'T STAY AWAY! Oi.
I also had trouble with the book's pacing. One minute I'd be really interested in what was happening and the next I felt like it was dragging and I just wanted to get through the pages to an interesting part. But then the END! Whew! The last 50 pages or so I just kept barreling through! There are a few unexpected twists, that I definitely didn't see coming. (Though I probably should have.)
I read ALOT of great reviews for this book, however, so I would definitely recommend giving it a try to see if its your cup of tea. It just wasn't mine, sadly.
*Thank you to Langdon Street Press for providing a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.*
Posted August 26, 2013
I just finished Bloodspell, well done Amalie. I suggest this book to YA readers who loves a good witch/vampire book. Strong characters, great story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2013
A pleasant surprise. Bloodspell was a wonderful YA that featured a new idea beyond witches and vampires.
I loved that this book had such an interesting magical element. There are tons of YA books out there about witches and vampires, but
this one adds a different element. The whole thing about the cursed blood and how it seems to have a mind of its own was brilliant.
On the flip side, this book didn't stray from predictability in terms of story line. It followed a certain vampire series
*cough*Twilight*cough* a little too closely at times. Girl goes to a new school. Girl meets mysterious, ridiculously attractive guy. Guy is
nice to girl and girl gets a huge crush. Guy ignores girl for her own good for, like, 5 chapters. Need I go on?
However, after that first bit that was huge deja vu for me, Bloodspell did go off on its own and it became a unique, interesting story. So,
that trouble in the beginning was soon forgotten.
Victoria was a great heroine. I loved that she wasn't a powerless girl among fantastically powerful mythical beings. She had a hell of a
lot of power and she could take anyone out with it. Her magic as a witch combined with her cursed blood made her extremely powerful.
And that allowed her to be a strong heroine.
Christian was positively dreamy, and not just because of his amazing name (which I adore). He was a total sweetheart. He has a lot of
power himself, though he gave it up because he never wanted it. That in itself said a lot about his character. I also loved the fact that he
helped Victoria learn how to use her powers instead of trying to keep her ignorant "for her own good." That happens way to much in YA.
I adored Christian. He was so sweet and an absolutely perfect hero.
I liked Victoria and Christian together. I thought they were a great couple and I liked how they were saving each other rather than having
a damsel in distress all the time. But, there was some serious insta-love going on. I don't mind if characters fall in love quickly, after
only a few days of knowing each other. As long as I feel like they spent enough time together to get to know each other, I don't mind
characters falling in love quickly. I don't think love is a matter of time, but a matter of knowing someone. Christian and Victoria fell in love
after just a few-very short-conversations, so I didn't feel like they actually got to know each other. And, thus, they fell into one of the
biggest pitfalls in YA.
However, I felt like their functionality as a couple made up for it, somewhat. They worked well as a couple, so I didn't mind their rushed
beginning too much.
The plot was fast paced and I was totally hooked the entire way through. There were thrills that had me on the edge of my seat and
surprises that had my jaw dropping. And the ending has me insanely curious to find out what happens in the next book.
Bloodspell was a lovely book. Though it fell into a few pitfalls, in the end, it was a wonderful YA. Lovers of the genre, you should give this
book a read.
*Thanks to Netgalley and Langdon Street Press for a copy!
Posted March 20, 2013
It would have been interesting to see Howard explore the blood in connection with her heritage a little more deeply. What exactly makes it so powerful? Is there a genetic combination or link from the outside that makes it so omnipotent?
I didn't find the love story between the main character and Christian very convincing perhaps because he was very borderline ignorant in his approach to her.
That seems to be a plot element many authors in the YA genre are reproducing like bees to pollen and honey. Making their male main leads more or less bad as in abusive as opposed to bad boy attitude.
I also found the main character or rather her personality was written with some inconsistency. The book starts out describing her as someone who avoids confrontation. An outsider with no friends. The next school she attends she is almost overly flirtatious and a social butterfly. I will concede that this could be attributed to her awakening.
Overall it was a pleasant teenagey type read, but I found it lacked something. It was very predictable.
The author needs to delve a little deeper into her own quarry of ideas, which are obviously there and evident in the blood sub-plot, she just needs to let that creativity be a little bolder.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Posted March 7, 2013
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. 1st – It is forbidden by vampire and witch law. 2nd – Victoria’s blood calls and kills vampires. I was sold from the beginning on this new and exciting plot but got a little discouraged by the... I love you but I can’t have you... I’m going to have you anyway...I can’t have you... the ping ponging between Christian and Victoria happens through out most of this book and became a bit of an overkill for me.
Yes, it did have similarities to Bella and Edward although Victoria had her own powers and abilities which was definitely a plus.
Bloodspell is a very interesting and original twist to a vampire/teen girl love story. I enjoyed reading this book overlooking the ping pong issue. I appreciated the new story line and take on the vampire/witch dynamic and will be interested to see where it goes from here.
This copy of Bloodspell was given to me by Langdon Street Press in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on June 1, 2012.
Posted October 7, 2012
According to Tori Warrick, she’s just an average teenager trying to survive the “mean girl” society that is high school. But as she soon finds out, Tori is anything but average—in fact, she comes from a long line of extremely powerful witches, and as she comes into her powers she realizes that there are much worse things in life than a few bullies in high school.
This was a really interesting read. I enjoyed the twist on vampires and witches, and while some of the novel was predictable, Howard does a great job making her debut novel stand apart from other vampire/witch novels. I really enjoyed Tori, though some of the decisions she makes drove me batty. She does, however, begin to come of age in this novel, and I enjoyed seeing her come to terms with herself and her love for Christian. Admittedly, the on again, off again relationship between Tori and Christian did get a little old after a while, and I wouldn’t have minded if some of that were cut out. But overall, I think the climax of the novel was extremely worth it, especially as it becomes clear who the true enemies are and we learn just how sinister and evil warlocks, witches, vampires, and even humans, can be.
For a debut novel, Howard really blew me away, and I’m excited to read the next book in the Bloodspell series, Bloodcraft, when it comes out next year. I love the idea that Tori’s blood is so powerful and can cause such devastation, and I love that we get to see so many different paranormal factions in action throughout this novel.
Posted July 17, 2012
I have to say that the blurb was really interesting because this book made a different turn from the usual paranormal stories, although it still has the same elements such as hot vampires, powerful warlocks and deadly witches. But Ms. Howard did an excellent job making this novel really different from the others. As I continued reading, I’m starting to have this love-hate feeling about the book because of some cliché stuffs here and there. And so I’m going to summarize everything with what I liked and disliked.
What I liked:
♦ Unique twist to the paranormal genre
♦ The concept about the blood and it’s rather deadly desires
♦ A not-so-wimpy heroine (although she only seemed so kick-ass near the end of the novel)
♦ The author’s writing style which made it so easy to read and understand
♦ Leto! I love you, you sly little cat :D
♦ The witch spells are really cool, especially their chants
What I didn’t liked:
♦ The insta- love between our heroine and this hot guy. I’m getting tired of those
♦ The novel focused a lot on romance and it’s more about Tori and Christian’s dramatic
moment where they love each other so much that they can’t be together. They break up, make up, break up, and so on.
♦ Too much drama
But overall, I still enjoyed reading this. I recommend this to all who loves the paranormal genre so do give this a shot.
Posted May 2, 2012
I read the sample and thought it was good, but after I bought it and started reading, it just wasn't as intriguing as the beginning. I just got really bored with it and stopped reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2012
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 story grabbed me and did not let me go until I closed the book on the plane ride home.
Here are the reasons: 1) Victoria, the protagonist is a strong female character that can get business done. You will care for her immediately because of her strengths and her vulnerabilities. She is one kick-ass warrior. 2) Christian (talk about a star crossed lover) as her partner is a creation that toys with vampire lore enough not only to make him unique but a good fit for Victoria. Victoria doesn't need him but when they're together there are fireworks of all kinds. 3) This narrative moves. It is not kinetic - it is highly compelling. 4) Amalie Howard is a good storyteller and a nuanced writer who knows her material, knows how to draw us in as readers, and clearly cares about her characters - therefore we do. 5) I loved the backstory of Victoria's family and the connections that are brought forward to the present in the narrative as a riddle for both the protagonist and the reader to discover together. They are beautifully woven into the story from beginning to end. I'm a history buff and Ms. Howard's authenticity for the period pieces, and for the scenes in Europe rang true.
I just noticed that Ms. Howard's sequeal Bloodcraft is on deck for 2013. I'm not going to wait for a last minute selection to pick it up.
Posted December 14, 2011
Bloodspell is a fun book to read. Although not the most original of stories, it is written in an interesting manner that keeps the reader engaged until the very end.
Victoria, the protagonist, is a complex young woman who is struggling with her identity and with the powers she appears to possess. Throughout the novel, we see her mature, learning and accepting who she is, and becoming a much stronger person. For me, that is an example of a well crafted character: when he or she actually progresses with the book¿s pages. Christian, Victoria¿s love interest, is a bit more one-dimensional. He is the classic vampire, with the classic angst that comes with being one, which disappoints a bit. Despite that, their interactions are captivating, and we can¿t help but root for the two of them to work it out.
One thing that really struck me was how well-written the fight sequence at the end was. There is a nice sense of pacing, with lots of tension to keep readers turning pages as quickly as possible. These types of scenes are not easy to write, so I was happily surprised by its execution.
If you like lots of romance along with your paranormal beasties, then this one is definitely for you.
Posted December 8, 2011
Review by April: Amalie Howard proves that there can be a new and unique twist to the ever-popular vampire/witch theme so prevalent in today¿s Young Adult genre.
Strange things are beginning to happen to Victoria (Tori) Warrick and after a mysterious illness lands her in the hospital for a lengthy stay, she transfer to a new school to hopefully begin a new life. That life is beyond anything she could imagine and not in a good way.
On her 17th birthday, Tori is given a gift from her deceased Grandmother via her Aunt Holly. The gift contains an old journal as well as powerful amulet tucked within an intricately carved wooden box. The journal tells a dark and haunting story of a long ago ancestor. Within these aged pages, Tori will find answers, as well as more disturbing questions to discover who she really is and what her destiny holds.
Within Tori blood, boils a curse and all-consuming power that she must learn to control, before it overtakes and controls her. Add to this realization the appearance of a mysterious and darkly handsome stranger and Tori will be in for the physical and emotional fight of her life.
Christian is a vampire and any type of relationship with a witch is strictly forbidden. However, the powerful pull and chemistry between Tori and Christian is impossible to ignore. Once Christian discovers who Tori is and exactly what her blood is capable of, he knows that he will stop at nothing to keep her safe ¿ just as her enemies will stop at nothing to take her blood for their own.
Bloodspell is an amazing paranormal ride that grabbed me from the beginning and filled me with surprises and eagerness to fly through the pages to discover what was going to happen next. I loved the characterization of both Tori and Christian. They are both remarkably strong, courageous and brilliant. The story truly never had a lull in action and was filled with twist and turns. What made Bloodspell different than many other stories within this genre? It was darker and though it had the ¿forbidden love¿ theme to it, it was not the main plot of the story. There were no mushy ¿woe is me¿ types of thoughts throughout and the characters are incredibly mature, which kicks the story up another notch. In addition, the idea that blood can hold such powerful magic is intriguing, as well as the fact that this curse (or blessing) is carried on through the maternal blood line.
Readers will find themselves swept away within the complex, intricate and massively incredible and enjoyable story, Bloodspell, crafted by an amazingly talented author. Amalie Howard will blow minds with her debut work, which plays out like a veteran author¿s works. She definitely has an amazing future ahead of her and I can¿t wait to read what she releases next! I highly recommend Bloodspell to lovers of the paranormal ¿ young adult or not.
Favorite Quote: This is a special birthday for Warrick women. It marks both an end and a beginning, the end of what we know and the beginning of what we are to become. Don¿t fear it. Embrace it. You are a Warrick.
Posted October 18, 2011
Victoria is one of the fiercest female characters I have come across. I loved her controlled (most of the time), dangerous nature. She doesn't hold much back when she really gets going. The reader will find her easy to connect to and very likable.
Christian, the potential love interest, is fun to read about. He has a past that could possibly change his relationship with Victoria. However, their, sometimes telepathic, kissing will convince the reader that their relationship and commitment to each other is real. The reader will be rooting for them throughout the story.
Victoria is an outcast, the reader first meets her during a scene where she is being picked on and manhandled by an obnoxious school bully. When Victoria is mad, her powerful blood leads her to attack...she is happy in the pain and damage that ensues. Victoria tries her best to control her inner nature, but her control is not always as strong as she hopes. She desires to learn more about her powerful blood, her search leads her to a source that states she will be hunted for her powers...she must either relinquish her powers or die. She doesn't like either of those options and decides to try to control her powers on her own. The story takes off from there.
The events of this story were fast-paced and intriguing, the reader will always be learning new tidbits of information having to do with Victoria's powers or past. This book is truly dark, the author portrays the evil characters in such a way that the reader will believe that they are evil. The ending will leave the reader wanting more (luckily, there is a sequel). This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Posted October 15, 2011
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 town in Maine called St. Xavier's when she turns 17 - and everything changes. She discovers that she is the latest in a line of powerful witches, whose main strength lies in their blood. When she transfers to a different school for her senior year, she meets and handsome and enigmatic Christian Devereaux - their attraction is immediate. Their love is forbidden. Will she gain control of her blood magic, or will it control her? And will she and Christian be able to overcome centuries of mistrust and hatred to allow their love to grow, or will the inevitable problems arising from their differences drive them apart?
This debut novel from Amalie Howard is a really amazing book. I was absolutely enthralled by the story as I was reading it. The struggles that Victoria goes through trying to maintain her equilibrium and control her magic, while at the same time dealing with school and friends and all sorts of normal teenage problems spoke volumes about her personal strength. The only thing that drove me nuts was that the whole relationship with Christian was filled with misunderstandings and tantrums - you know the sort. As Buffy said - Love makes you do the wacky - and Victoria and Christian are definitely doing the wacky all the time through the book. It got old by the 3rd argument about the same thing. But then I don't have a lot of patience with romance stuff; I think most people wouldn't have a problem with it, because it is pretty typical romance fare. Fortunately for me, there is plenty of action and plot and character development to keep my mind active. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and can highly recommend it to folks who enjoy paranormal/fantasy/vampires and witches and werewolves ohmy! Give it a read - and I hope to see many more books by this talented author in the future.
Posted August 26, 2011
Bloodspell by Amalie Howard was the beautiful but haunting tale of Victoria and Christian.The imagery that Amalie Howard created using powerful and descriptive words went a long way to helping me visualize what was happening to each of the characters which isn't an easy thing to accomplish.I thought it was a little sad that despite everything Victoria and Christian went through there would always be something preventing them from being together 100 percent. Bloodspell starts off at a fast pace and doesn't slow down once.A couple of my favorite parts of Bloodspell are the masquerade ball scene and the battle scene because I love books that have a good fight between the good and bad guys.It just makes things all the more interesting for me.The Bloodspell was another thing I really liked because for me books and music go hand in hand. I highly recommend this book and I bet anything that you will not be disappointed at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2011
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 the journal and kept herself busy so that she would not think about it.
I have read novels about vampires and witches loathing each other but nothing comes close to Bloodspell. The history between vampires and witches that Howard weaved was captivating and heart-wrenching. I enjoyed reading about Tori's ancestry. The journal itself generated so much intrigue that it has become one of the things that I looked forward to.
Tori's blood was dangerous, craving spilled blood, death and sacrifice. It sang of dark desires and dark pleasures, infusing Tori with its evil nature. Not wanting to be like her ancestor, she struggled to control the blood, to prove that she was the master. I found Tori very human despite her gifts. She had that careful, sincere and concerned spark inside her that never vanished even as she embraced her powers. She sided with caution and refused to give in to her blood.
Tori and Christian's relationship was a difficult one. Aside from it being forbidden, both of them were experiencing the strain between them as they both struggled to control their inner demons. Their moments together were so sweet that they made me smile. But at other times, I was gripping the book, emotionally aching from their problems. Christian craved Tori's blood and he had to reign in the beast inside him, to make sure that he never slipped whenever they were together. Tori knew that her blood wanted to kill - even Christian - and took precautions too.
The action in Bloodspell was written well. It was as savage, inhuman and magical as the characters. I loved how the scenes reflected the true nature of vampires and witches. The aftermath of the fight scenes were also shown. During these scenes, the emotions of the characters, particularly Tori's, were explored. Tori often felt disgust and fear as she remembered her joy at killing and winning. She was still vulnerable inside even though she was strong. The drawbacks of being a witch was as great as her power.
Bloodspell is a captivating tale of forbidden love bloodlust and danger. Deliciously dark, fast paced and beautifully written, this novel will get the attention of paranormal romance readers. I highly recommend this! This reminded me of Vampire Diaries (the TV series) when it comes to suspense, action and unpredictability.
Posted June 8, 2011
I enjoyed this new take of the supernatural world filled with danger and romance! Amalie Howard's Bloodspell showed me a brand new take on a world full of vampires and witches and what is forbidden by the laws. I initially expected it to be all about witches, but was pleasantly surprised that it mixes with vampires!
Bloodspell started off slow and got more interesting when I learned more about Victoria and her abilities. Howard knows how to intertwine the supernatural with the feelings of a normal everyday girl. Tori is overwhelmed and doesn't want what she was born with. I think that Tori was easy to relate to on the level of unexpectedly finding friendship and love in a new place. She's unsure of everything when she finds out her family history turns out to be bizarre and dangerous and Tori has to learn to overcome to darkness she possesses. I loved that Tori had a dark side, no not evil, but something she had to overcome within herself.
Christian was definitely attractive at points in the story. I didn't like him most of the time. He acts as though he owns Tori, although his real intentions were just to protect her from the other vampires seeking Le Sang Noir. Their relationship is essentially forbidden and can result in death and exile-something unbearable for both of them. The romance to me was bitter-sweet because at times I just didn't like Christian.
On the other hand though I loved the fantasy world. I loved the vampire council and Lucian (Christian angry brother). I most of all loved the complicated relationship that Tori and Christian have. They are true to each other although everyone else wants them apart.
Read this book! It is a good summer read for those paranormal romance lovers. I think you will like the new things Amalie Howard has incorporated into the supernatural/vampire-witch world.
Posted May 31, 2011
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, an extremely powerful one for which a prophecy foretold was coming. A revelation such as this would be enough to overwhelm anyone and at first Tori is extremely resistant to using her new-found powers. Throughout the book we really see her grow and mature, slowly embracing the magic that was handed down to her from her ancestors. I really enjoyed seeing her become more confident and she certainly was a great deal stronger than she gave herself credit for. Christian Devereux is a bit of a mystery at the beginning but we quickly learn more about who and what he is. Tori and Christian are drawn to each other almost immediately and I liked how their relationship developed slowly. It turns me off when a book has it's main characters profess their love for each other within the first couple chapters, so I was glad that this book wasn't like that. Their relationship grew slowly which made it very believable; you couldn't help but want them to be happy together. You'll see as you read the book though that Tori and Christian's won't come easily (and that's all I'm saying about that!). All of the supporting characters added a lot of depth and mystery to the story, especially Tori's friend Gabriel, and Christian's brother, Lucian. I think you'll definitely see why I loved the characters so much when you read the book. I liked the author's writing style; it really sucked me in and I had trouble putting this book down! The only real complaint I had was that within the same chapter, even within a few paragraphs, the point of view would change from Tori, to Chrstian, and then to Gabriel. It got a little confusing at times. I prefer when a book sticks with one character for a chapter, or at least uses a page break before moving on to another character. I can say though that at least you get a good idea of what everyone's thinking at a specific moment in time when you jump around to different characters; you aren't left wondering what the other person was thinking/feeling at that intense part of the book. I found this book to have a unique storyline, despite the fact that it involves the usual supernatural creatures. Tori's having inherited the "black blood" from her ancestors and the fact that the blood kind of had a mind of it's own was really interesting. My favorite part of the entire book was the ending. I can't even describe how amazing it was, it had my blood pounding and I refused to put the book down until I finished it. It stayed with me for awhile after I had flipped the last page. Definitely the most intense scene I've read in a long time! To finish out my review, I'd like to share one of my favorite quotes from the book: "A wise friend once told me 'you are who you are.'" Victoria traced a line from the scar on the corner of his eyebrow across his cheekbone. "I know what you are, but I also know who you are too. And the 'who' is the part that defines us." Overall I really enjoyed this book. The characters were amazing and several scenes had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what happened next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2011
I can't stand reading a book with wimpy characters that you just want to grab by the shoulders and shake some sense in to them. Bloodspell isn't that type of book -- AT ALL.
Instead, the main character is real, and strong. Even if she doesn't know it at first. I LOVE Victoria. Love love love her. I sort of want to be her best friend, or I REALLY want to be her best friend.
This book is a super fun read, so fresh and unique. The author has created a winner here.
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