Bloodspell (Bloodspell #1)by Amalie Howard
369 Pages (Paperback)
Langdon Street Press
June 1, 2011
Source: Teen Book Scene
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?
When I first set eyes on this cover, I was immediately interested. Then I read the plot description, and I am not going to lie, I was a bit hesitant. I mean, witches? It's been done before... but not quite like this. Amalie Howard does a fantastic job at changing up a "witch" story and turning it into something completely different, new and interesting.
Victoria Warrick has always been on the outside, she had sort of started to get used to it - it was normal, usual. After a near death experience, strange things start happening. She finds she can do incredible things, like blast people with an energy force, heal extremely fast, andhear her cat talking to her? She also notices that her blood is a strange color; black and oily...
When her aunt gives her an amulet and a diary passed down from her grandmother, the pieces start to fall into place. Tori is a witch of immense power, passed down thorough her blood for generations. Her powers are not a gift, they are a curse... and she's not the only one who wishes to control her power.
I really liked how the author made Tori's abilities into a curse. Reading this book you don't think, "Oh hey, I wish I was a witch" which I will admit to feeling with many paranormal/fantasy books. This book is very dark, which makes the paranormal world of witches and vampires really come alive as something scary and unwanted.
I was pretty interested throughout the whole novel, but the climax at the end is amazing. I really want this book to be made into a movie just so I can witness the crazy fight scene at the end. Best. Fight. Ever.
I also liked how the relationship in this book was virtually impossible. Not just because it was an illicit relationship, but because the characters understood the gravity of the situation. Although they may have gone for it anyways at certain times, they weren't ignoring the possible outcomes and they weren't unaware of them either. It made their relationship seem more powerful.
Overall, I would recommend this book. It really can't be related to other books with witches and vampires, which was refreshing. I will have to say that I was perfectly content with this book thinking it was a standalone. I am happy to discover that it is not and is only the first in a series, but it definitely could have been.
This is a super fast read, filled with action, blood, romance, magic... and more blood. If that sounds interesting - pick it up.