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Vicious Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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First, she realistically explores what might happen if supernatural races existed and came out of the closet. Vampires are well-regarded in society due to the glamorous image they have cultivated; faeries have gained acceptance by pretending to be harmless. Weres, however, are treated as second-class citizens. Persephone Alcmedi does her best to fight these attitudes, writing a pro-were newspaper column and renting out her basement to weres as a full-moon shelter. Anti-were prejudice hampers Persephone's mission at every turn. No cop wants to touch a were-related case, and no hospital wants to treat a were patient.
I was also impressed by the unusually accurate Wicca in Vicious Circle. (OK, so real Wiccans don't shoot visible bolts of brightly colored energy when they cast spells, but that's creative license!) The belief system, the ethical code, and the structure of Persephone's rituals are clearly well-researched.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Persephone is not the misanthropic heroine you might expect.Read more ›
The storyline is just average, and as another reviewer mentioned, many aspects of it can be found in other series. I found all the secondary characters annoying rather than charming. Johnny, the main character's were-wolf love interest, was just a walking sexual innuendo. Frankly, if that is all the conversation you can get out of the guy, that would become old really fast. Persephone's Nana, who has come to live with her, is childish and immature in her fits of temper and demands, and the child who is also taken in by our heroine later on in the book, adds very little to the story other than as a source of irritation for the reader. The other were-friends and human cameos are one dimensional and seem more like filler just so the main character can have some superficial reflective moments that try to be insightful but just come off as useless, internal commentary. The bad guys are fluff and are crammed into the story with no real menace about them. As for Persephone, she is supposedly this tough, independent woman, yet can't even stand up for her friend in a simple gathering of high school chums.
Everything about this whole book seemed ill-fitting with the obvious ignored so that "heightened" mystery may ensue. Parts contradicting others, annoying word repetition, non-humorous jokes, an ending seemingly rushed and patched together, and unlikable or bland characters willing to giggle at any given moment, made this book an agonizing read.
For those looking for great Urban Fantasy books, try: Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels series), Patricia Briggs (Mercedes Thompson series), Faith Hunter (Skinwalker), Kim Harrison (Rachel Morgan series), Lilith Saintcrow (Jill Kismet series), or Vicki Pettersson (Zodiac series).
I thought some aspects of this book were kind of derivative of other UF books which is why I deducted 1 star.
1. Our heroine doesn't know it but she is predestined to be something called the Lustrata who will bring together the different supernatural races.(Reminds me of Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book 1) where the heroine is the Pythia)
2. She is a witch and can tap into Ley lines (reminds me of Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1)
3.There is an ancient an mysterious book called the Codex that everyone wants (again similar to Claimed by Shadow (Cassandra Palmer, Book 2)
4.There is a delicious Master Vampire names Menessos who is powerful as well as drop dead gorgeous.
5. There is also a delicious waerewolf named Johnny who is a potential love interest. I liked that he was 6'2 with dark hair and tatooes. But the description of multiple eyebrow piercings and nostril piercings was a little too goth for my tastes. So I am rooting for Team Menessos in the next volume.
Still Persephone is a likeable heroine and the action moves fast.There is a little mystery involved that keeps you guessing who the bad guy really is.I also liked that there was no gratuitous sex, just lots of sexual tension.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the first three books in this series at a used bookstore, not knowing anything about the author or the series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Victoria Cameron
This book uses a plot device that I despise: the main character, Persephone, is a witch from a long line of witches. Fine so far. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dale
Vicious Circle has an interesting premise--one that lured me in--but ultimately failed to deliver.
The heroine, Persephone, is a witch who also has a side business of... Read more
Vicious Circle begins with Persephone being a local witch and reading Tarot cards. She just recently had her Nana move in with her, and she's trying to figure out how to manage... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Whitney(Shooting Stars Reviews)
The story here is often rambling and what are supposed to be intriguing twist seem very flat. The characters save this book from being blah. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Bookelf
Persephone Isis Alcmedi is a witch. In her world they are as powerful as some vampires and other supers. She has been tasked with taking out the person who killed her friend. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Generally a good read thrashed was well paced, with characters that were likeable enough. With so much urban fantasy uttered at the moment it sometimes feel like you are just... Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Jennifer Lally