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Series: Bloodspell #1
Publisher: Hillcrest Media, Langdon Street Press on June 1st 2011
Genre(s): Fantasy (YA), Paranormal (YA)
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?
This book is basically Twilight if Bella was a powerful blood thirsty witch that had a cat she could communicate with telepathically (yea, you read that right).
Victoria “Tori” Warrick is a social outcast at her school. She’s basically a charity student. Her parents are dead and she lives with a family friend. After being attacked in the school parking lot by the popular quarterback, she somehow almost kills him and herself.
She recovers miraculously and on her 17th birthday, she finds out she comes from a long line of powerful witches.
Skip ahead three months and she is amazingly going to some uber-expensive private school on a partial scholarship and working as a bartender (she’s only 17!) and living on her own in an apartment. So she went from being a poor charity student to going to an even more expensive school with her own Mini Cooper and her own apartment. She also went from being a social outcast to being semi-popular.
There she meets a super sexy French vampire named Christian. At first they hate each other. But they secretly want each other. Tori’s blood sings to Christian. Christian is an amazingly gifted and talented musician. He’s also totally rich.
Christian has a twin brother that’s evil and wants Tori’ power for himself. There’s also a guy friend of Tori’s that doesn’t take the hint (he is also sexy and super popular).
The one redeeming thing about this book is that Tori is kind of a badass witch. She can actually defend herself against vampires. But that also leads to a forbidden romance, because vampires and witches are not allowed to get it on because the Volturi…err… The Council doesn’t allow it. And A LOT of “we can’t be together because I may hurt you! I’m too dangerous!”
But she is rather whiny and fights with Christian about going to a party shortly after she was almost murdered. He’s like “it’s not safe.” And she’s like “omg! You can’t tell me what to do! How rude!”
There are also a few POV changes that happen suddenly and with no indication that there’s been a change. You’ll be in Tori’s POV one sentence and then the next you’ll be in Christian’s.
Hmm, I feel like maybe I’m a bit harsh in this review, seeing has how many people on goodreads seem to love it but this book had a lot of potential and it falls flat on its face. A book about an extremely powerful witch and a vampire love story is definitely something I would be interested in reading. This is not that book though.
While I don’t recommend this book, please feel free to make your own judgments.