Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: BLOODSPELL by Amalie Howard

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Book Review: BLOODSPELL by Amalie Howard

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Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Langdon Street Press (a division of Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.) (June 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936782111
ISBN-13: 978-1936782116
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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?

I know most of you have read the Twilight series, well I haven't. I have a pretty good idea of the storyline though, and I know the writing was amazing because I have read The Host (which is one of my favorites) both by Stephanie Meyer.

So with that being said, I have a feeling for Twilight fans, this book is going to sound similar.

 Boy meets girl at school
 Girl sees boy at school
 Instant attraction
 Boy can smell girls blood (obviously, he is a vampire)
Girl's blood smells so different than everyone else
 Girl is a Witch (relationship is doomed)
 Boy is mean to girl, because relationship is forbidden between Witch & Vamp
 Boy is nice to girl because she is pretty & intoxicating
 Boy is mean to girl...again
 Boy is nice to girl again... she keeps falling for it!
 Boy is mean to her... once more
Then boy gives up and swoops girl off feet!
Boy would now give life for girl
Girl would have died for boy at first site
Boy is very wealthy
Girl is not even close to wealth
Boy goes before Council in distant land to save relationship
ALL hell breaks lose!

At first I thought this book was pretty much just a copy cat of so many vampire books out there and I prepared for the cheese. It never came! Bloodspell ended up being a great read. Tori was a great strong female character and  Christian was a great lead guy role. The romance between Christian and Tori was a nice touch to this somewhat violent book. The ending was not what I expected, it was a great surprise. The violence in this book was wonderful and tons of it. Vampire books must have fight scenes, am I right? This book could be a stand alone, no cliffhanger to speak of.

If you are a fan of Vampire, Witch or even romance books, you will most likely enjoy this book!


Sexual: Moderate
Profanity: Mild
Violence: Very Heavy
*underage drinking

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  1. This sounds like a refreshing change from the norm. I'm going to have to read it. Thank you for the great review, Amy.

  2. This actually sounds really good. I wonder if it was on Netgalley?

  3. I wonder if there's a 'Jacob' in this book too. Or a love triangle just like Twilight.
    I like the cover. It's beautiful!

  4. When I read your plot skeleton, I was prepared for a terrible review. However I was surprised that you liked it so much. Maybe Bloodspell makes up what Twilight is lacking in the female lead department (strong Tori replacing useless Bella), my biggest pet peeve. The Latin spell is a bit Harry Potter (and also incorrect Latin) but a great plot and characters can make up for a few silly elements. I'd be willing to check this out. I wonder if big Twilight fans would find it too similar though.



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