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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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 28mm | 476g
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • English
  • 1936782111
  • 9781936782116
  • 667,402

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1,181 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
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4 28% (325)
3 24% (284)
2 8% (90)
1 7% (83)

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I struggled to give this book a rating since I don't really know how I feel about it. I was completely enthralled at the start of the book. There was so much mystery involved that I couldn't help but be sucked straight into the story. I was desperate to find out all the answers. I really liked the dark tone to the story that was there from the beginning. It was a constant battle for Victoria to control her powers and stop herself from hurting those who she loves. The author had no problem making Victoria's thoughts as dark as possible and it definitely came across in the right way - I immediately noticed how hard she was trying and was instantly sympathetic. The characters were also great at the beginning of the book. I loved Christian straight away and Victoria really grew on me as I was let in on more and more of her secrets. I liked the way the characters interacted and how they had just started to develop and maybe change a little in some cases. However, the last half or so of the book was incredibly different. I thought it took a completely different turn and it didn't really feel like it stayed true to the characters. The plot started to become more focused on Cristian and Victoria and everybody else was excluded for a long time. It really was like reading two completely different books - the last part of the book was too much of the unoriginal vampire romance for more
by Maryam H
Firstly a big thank you to Jkscommunications for sending me this book. I really loved this book. It was definitely different than any other paranormal book dealing with vampires and witches. I loved the way Amalie Howard brought each and every character out. She showed the real person that they truly are inside. The main character, Victoria was interesting. She wasn't that sort of girl who new everything but you will always find that she wanted to do the right thing and never hurt anyone. Angie was also an awesome character in the ending but it in beginning she may have come across as a little stuck up however she did have her reasons. It was good to see how every character in the end showed what they were truly worth. This book is really awesome and I just loved it! You will definitely enjoy this book if you love paranormal books about witches and vampires. Its worth 5 stars!!!show more
by Raihana
Victoria - Tori - was an outcast at her school. She never really thought much about it. But what she didn't know then was that there was more to it. On her seventeenth birthday, her aunt Holly gave her a gift from her grandmother. The journal inside it held her family's history and secret. She found out that she was a strong witch just like her ancestors. She struggled to accept this reality, even coming to the point that she intentionally stayed away from the journal and kept herself busy so that she would not think about it. I have read novels about vampires and witches loathing each other but nothing comes close to Bloodspell. The history between vampires and witches that Howard weaved was captivating and heart-wrenching. I enjoyed reading about Tori's ancestry. The journal itself generated so much intrigue that it has become one of the things that I looked forward to. Tori's blood was dangerous, craving spilled blood, death and sacrifice. It sang of dark desires and dark pleasures, infusing Tori with its evil nature. Not wanting to be like her ancestor, she struggled to control the blood, to prove that she was the master. I found Tori very human despite her gifts. She had that careful, sincere and concerned spark inside her that never vanished even as she embraced her powers. She sided with caution and refused to give in to her blood. Tori and Christian's relationship was a difficult one. Aside from it being forbidden, both of them were experiencing the strain between them as they both struggled to control their inner demons. Their moments together were so sweet that they made me smile. But at other times, I was gripping the book, emotionally aching from their problems. Christian craved Tori's blood and he had to reign in the beast inside him, to make sure that he never slipped whenever they were together. Tori knew that her blood wanted to kill - even Christian - and took precautions too. The action in Bloodspell was written well. It was as savage, inhuman and magical as the characters. I loved how the scenes reflected the true nature of vampires and witches. The aftermath of the fight scenes were also shown. During these scenes, the emotions of the characters, particularly Tori's, were explored. Tori often felt disgust and fear as she remembered her joy at killing and winning. She was still vulnerable inside even though she was strong. The drawbacks of being a witch was as great as her power. Bloodspell is a captivating tale of forbidden love bloodlust and danger. Deliciously dark, fast paced and beautifully written, this novel will get the attention of paranormal romance readers. I highly recommend this! This reminded me of Vampire Diaries (the TV series) when it comes to suspense, action and more
by Precious
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