Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Review: Bloodspell (Cruentus Curse Series #1) by: Amalie Howard

Release Date: June 1, 2011
from Langdon Street Press
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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?"

My Thoughts:

Here is where I admit that I am sometimes superficial and do in fact judge a book by its cover. I picked up Bloodspell solely because I fell in love with the cover. I did not even read the synopsis until I had already purchased the book. I would now like to thank whoever designed this cover, because I fell in love with this book. I was very much surprised by how much I truly enjoyed it. The moment I finished I just wanted to go back to the beginning and start all over again. Bloodspell is a beautifully crafted story with a forbidden romance that just might be worth all the trouble.

Bloodspell is an incredibly sweet love story at the center, but it delivers so much more than that. There is action, suspense, drama, magic, witches, vampires, and so much more. There is a forbidden love that you will root for and there are friends who become enemies and there are secrets galore. While I found some of the plot to be predictable, I also found that I did not care in the least. I simply enjoyed being along for the ride. 

Victoria is a great heroine. She is strong and can take care of herself; however she also knows when to ask for help. One of my pet peeves is when a character refuses to acknowledge that help is necessary for some reason or another. She is not just a damsel in distress, although she does require saving at times, but at other times she is the one doing the saving. It is very balanced and Victoria doesn’t just spend the book waiting to be saved, she is proactive. Then we have the love interest Christian Devereux; even his name is sexy. Christian is very easy to fall in love with; girls will just eat his character up. He has some broody tendencies, but he is also very sweet and romantic.

Now, I hate to make this comparison because it is a comparison that is highly overused, but in this case I think it is an apt comparison. Bloodspell has a very Twilight feel to it, and I mean that in a good way. It has the forbidden romance where everything seems to get in the way, but this romance is also very sweet. However in this case, the girl is just as dangerous as the guy, if not more so. I loved that this relationship wasn’t simply impossible because of one of the characters, but because both of them were dangerous in their own ways. 

Here is my one complaint. Bloodspell did contain some elements that tend to drive me crazy. The story had a touch of insta-love. Then you had the hot and cold messages from the guy, while the girl tries to convince herself that she doesn’t like him at all. Then after we move beyond this, we have the “this will never work” aspect. This happens not once, but twice. These elements can be very frustrating and drive me nuts, but at the same time I just eat this stuff up. It annoys me, but I still cannot stop reading it and I probably never will.

As you can tell, I simply devoured Bloodspell. From beginning to end, I loved the story and the romance. Twilight and Die For Me fans, this book is for you.


  1. Let me start off by saying that I effing love your reviews. They are thoughtful, thorough, and wonderful. You talk about all the stuff I want to know before I decide to pick up a book. I will keep my eyes out for this one. Sometimes I just get in the mood for some good ol' romance! Great review!

    1. You just made my morning! You should deff give this one a go. I was honestly surprised by how much I fell in love with it.

    2. :D I will make sure to check this one out!

  2. I'm so glad you liked this one because just like you, I fell in love with the cover a couple months ago! I think it's awesome that the guy and girl are balanced out. I'm not a big fan of books where he has all the powers and her strength is supposed to lie in resisting or persisting or being loyal or whatever. I'm glad you included your thoughts about the insta-love-ish elements though. From the way you describe it I think I'll like the story anyway, but insta-love is usually one of my no-nos. I tends to lead to too much eye-rolling on my part.
    Great review! I like that you touched on the important elements without really spoiling anything :)

    1. I am usually not big on the insta-love either, but idk it just works in this one. She does it right and I really didn't care in this case. Hope you enjoy Bloodspell when you get to it =]

  3. So...sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover! I have been meaning to read Bloodspell since it released. You've given me the extra push to get it done. Great review!

  4. I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds absolutely incredible! The forbidden romance, the secrets...I am definitely intrigued. And Mr. Devereaux sounds YUMMY! I want to meet him!!!! You always introduce me to the best guys Teresa! You're like my supplier. LOL XD But I can't wait to read this now! Awesome review! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. haha I am very happy to be a yummy book boy supplier! I was honestly surprised by how much I loved this book! Hope you love it =]


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