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Bloodspell Paperback – June 1, 2011
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You'll love it ... There is just the right amount of romance here, but it doesn't overpower the plot. The fight scenes are terrific! ~ Kara McGrath, Seventeen Magazine
"Conjures up elements of teenage angst: forbidden love, loss, and, of course, supernatural powers, in this fast-paced tale of a young witch coming into her powers." ~ Nancy L. Claus, Westchester Magazine
"The story itself is compelling and interesting, the descriptions of the locales are beautiful, the teen melodrama mostly manages to stay at the level of actual drama, and the ideas are fresher and newer than most in the genre." ~ Samantha Holloway, Albedo Magazine
"This book has depth in spades. Verdict? Read this. Yes, it has vampires. Yes, it has witches. And Amalie Howard has blended them together to create a paranormal romance debut that's both fresh and riveting." ~ Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews
"Move over Stephenie Meyer! This story is different and exciting and not your average run of the mill YA supernatural fiction. It has teeth that aren't afraid to bite!" ~ Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community
"Bloodspell is everything you could ask for when two supernatural worlds collide together. A unique and compelling mythology, deliciously forbidden romance, headstrong characters and a dark, haunting vibe that will keep you hooked until the very last page." ~ Eleusinian Mysteries of Reading
"The plot is complex with several plot turns I didn't see coming. It is an interesting story, and an excellent debut novel. Highly recommended. ~ Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
"Nothing comes close to Bloodspell. Deliciously dark, fast paced and beautifully written, this novel will get the attention of paranormal romance readers. I highly recommend this!" ~ Fragments of Life
"Such a luscious read this book is. Bloodspell is a dark, haunting, fast-paced action filled story that will enthrall fans of the paranormal genre." ~ Amaterasu Reads
"A delicious combination of older mythology, new powers, forbidden romance, and so much more, Bloodspell is a book that I cannot wait to read again. LOVE." ~ Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
"The concept of the book was amazing and fresh. Bloodspell is definitely a book you need to read. I am already dying for the sequel!" ~ Moonlight Book Reviews
"Bloodspell will draw you in from the very first page. With an intriguing prologue, unexpected twists and turns and a unique story line, Amalie blends romance and suspense together smoothly, to create an impressive and captivating story." ~ Treasured Tales for Young Adults
"Bloodspell contained so many spectacular elements that made it easy to flip the pages without coming up for air. I would not only buy a copy for myself but for a friend or two. You won't be let down." ~ Cleverly Inked
"The writing is tight and entertaining, and the plot is so wonderfully complicated and complex and exciting! A very compelling read all the way through. I highly recommend this one." ~ Stories and Sweeties
"Best. Fight. Ever. This is a super fast read, filled with action, blood, romance, magic ..." ~ I Like These Books
"The plot is complex, full of action, and does not shy away from the dark aspects of vampires and magic. Bloodspell is incomparable to other vampire and witch stories - I highly recommend it!" ~ A Book and A Latte
"It had my blood pounding and I refused to put the book down until I finished it. The characters were amazing and several scenes had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what happened next. " ~ Bookerella
"I am really looking forward to the sequel and recommend Bloodspell to YA readers with a passion for forbidden romances, vampires and witches." ~ A Cupcake and A Latte
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-Awesome unique powers
-strong and brave heroine(if childish at times to a point of stupidity but its not often so yay!)
-a twist to the vampire and witch genre
-kickass fight scenes and displays of powers
-Christian is a gentleman and doesn't sparkle
-Cool fight scenes that doesn't skimp on the bloodiness and gore
-the twilight-esque way the characters fall in love..its kinda like you're hot,i'm hot BAM!they're in love
-too much omg our relationship wont ever work out lets break up, wallow in self pity and get back together again!
-i wish the world was explored a little more since there was mention of other paranormals.i would like to know more about the witch society and not just the vampire's.
- The characters do really dumb things sometimes that lead to so much drama and angst..
note:the new copy i purchased did have a dent and red marking on the top right hand corner so i ended up returning it. i do plan to read the next installment in this series because it seems to hint there will be one and its pretty interesting but unless it is less angsty with the starcrossed lovers thing, i dont plan to keep the series on my shelves.
The main story revolves around her discovery about who she really is and her growth as she learns her new role in the world. Her struggle with the power of the blood that runs through her veins is engrossing and the many action scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. Was there romance between Victoria and Christian? Absolutely! But it was kept more in the background. It was definitely enough to make you swoon a bit but not so much that it took away from the story.
One character I hope to see more of is Angie. She was very unlikable at the beginning but slowly opened up to Victoria and became what was probably her one true friend. Her power to see auras around people was interesting and also has a lot of potential to add more to the continuing story.
There were a few times when I felt that deja vu, reminding me of other popular vampire stories, but this was an engaging, sometimes dark story that kept me turning the pages and leaves me waiting for the second book, Bloodcraft, which comes out in late 2014. If you like witches and vampires and the paranormal in general, this book won't let you down.
In a desperate attempt to retain some measure of normalcy, Tori enrolls at a new school at the start of her senior year, determined to reinvent herself and to forget about the family history she fears she's doomed to repeat. However, when she meets the mysterious and maddening Christian Devereux, whose beverage of choice just happens to be of the bloody variety, her already strange life takes a decided turn for the completely abnormal. In the midst of an centuries-old feud, surrounded by betrayal, secrets and the inescapable curse that flows through her veins, will Tori overcome all that threatens to destroy her?
Wow. I don't know what exactly I was expecting from this book, perhaps just a fun, but run-of-the-mill, witch or vampire story? What I ended up with far exceeded my expectations. It rocked my socks. Howard has taken two cliche and overdone paranormal sub-genres and has created something entirely new and exciting in Bloodspell. There are so many elements of the story that could have fallen into "been there, read that" territory; new girl at school meets boy, they are inexplicably drawn to one another, boy keeps pushing away girl because they "shouldn't be together," boy is "dangerous" and not who he seems, etc. However, Howard repeatedly puts her own little creative twists on these oft-used story foundations and turns what could have been "Eh." into an unique page turner. And no, I'm not going to go into more detail about what makes it such a well-crafted story. I'm purposefully being cryptic so that I don't spoil anything and that you, Dear Reader, will pick up this book and read it for yourself. Because you should. You really, really should.
Because most of my love for books is so character-driven, we'll start with Victoria. She was so desperate to be normal, so afraid to accept her magical heritage, so afraid of the potential her power holds and what it might make her. She's an easy character for me to relate to, and I could easily understand her fear and her reluctance to accept who and what she is. As she gets better acquainted Christian, knowing him helps to awaken her own strength as she learns more about herself and how the curse applies to her. She's insightful, intelligent, and despite her initial ostrich-like behavior, is quite daring and courageous. Howard develops her so well throughout the book and I really enjoyed reading Tori's journey to who she becomes.
Also, in regards to the characters, I loved how both Victoria and Christian struggle with the reality of what they are and question if what they are makes them inherently evil. It's interesting to watch both of them attempt to fight against what fate has made them, their successes and failures. And of course, it's the fact that Howard allows these lapses in her characters that make them all the more interesting.
In addition to their individual struggles, Christian & Victoria's romance is an added complication throughout the story. A little bit of a modern-day, paranormal Romeo and Juliet, their love is not supposed to be. Due to an ancient treaty between vampires and witches, it's not only frowned upon by both their races, but is illegal as well, and the consequences to their races discovering such a relationship are, shall we say, extremely final. A variation on the love vs. duty romance, which I've already established in previous reviews that I adore, Christian and Victoria had me completely wrapped up and invested in their relationship all the way to the end. They could face real and frightening consequences for loving and standing by one another and knowing this as a reader, makes their relationship feel so genuine and rooted in something more than just the superficial. So...what happens to them? I don't know! Well...I do, but I'm certainly not going to tell you.
Speaking of the forces and events that would see our two lovers torn apart, the world of Bloodspell feels very authentic, which always makes me a happy reader. I'm a history buff and therefore love when I can lose myself in a fictional world that is supported by much of its own history. A well-documented, well-presented past just lends a story so much depth and context, and for me, makes it a more enjoyable reading experience. This book has depth in spades. Howard has created a paranormal underworld that exists within in our own, and has given it legend and a mythology, created a believable framework as to how it works, supplied incredibly interesting back story for characters and events, and developed her own fascinating political systems.
Verdict? Read this. Yes, it has vampires. Yes, it has witches. And Amalie Howard has blended them together to create a paranormal romance debut that's both fresh and riveting.
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