Monday, December 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Bloodcraft (Cruentus Curse Series #2) by: Amalie Howard (Review & Giveaway)

Release Date: December 15, 2015
Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
All magic has its price, and no one knows that better than Victoria Warrick. Gifted with a centuries-old blood curse, Tori has finally learned to master her blood’s demands and has emerged triumphant with Christian Devereux, a vampire overlord, at her side.

But the worst is yet to come …

In the infamous City of Lights, home to both the Witch Clans and the Vampire Council, Tori enrolls at the exclusive Belles Fontaines school in Paris, where she is faced with a devastating choice: choose Christian and be an outcast, or choose the coven and secure her place with the witches.

When the fate of the supernatural world is targeted by a sinister new threat, Christian and Victoria must unite their two warring species to defeat it. Their bond will be tested, twisted, and sorely weakened, and Tori will find herself in uncharted territory—a dangerous place to be when her blood’s magic has its own dark agenda.

But to save them all, she may have no choice but to invoke its deadly power.

My Thoughts:

I have been waiting what feels like forever for this book, but the wait was so worth it. Bloodcraft delivered and I was so happy to be back with these characters once again. Tori and Christian are as wonderful as I remembered.

Tori is a fantastic heroine. I love her because she is strong, but she isn’t infallible. She makes mistakes and does things you may not agree with, but her mistakes are what makes her relatable. Nobody is perfect and with everything Tori is dealing with you can’t blame her for being confused. What I really love is that Tori is the most powerful one of them all. Girl power at its finest here. Tori is perfectly capable of saving herself and of saving others and I love that. 

Then there is Christian and I had almost forgotten just how much I love Christian, but I was quickly reminded why he is a favorite of mine. He is so determined and charming and he always puts Tori first. Their relationship isn’t easy but they both make sacrifices and work for it and I love that. Their romance is so sweet and I adore it.

My favorite thing about Bloodcraft though is the plot itself. This book keeps you on your toes. There are twists and turns all over the damn place. I lost count of the number of times I was left with my jaw hanging open. As any reader knows, it’s not always easy to catch me off guard but this book did that over and over again.  I loved that it shocked me and kept me guessing because it just doesn’t happen as much anymore.

All in all, Bloodcraft was a wonderful sequel to Bloodspell and I have been reminded why I fell in love with this series. The characters are great, the world is great and the story is great. Paranormal fans, this is a series for you.

Book #1, Bloodspell
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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island (Trinidad & Tobago) where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published in a University of Warwick journal. At fifteen, she was  a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed simultaneous Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for research and criticism in Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive.

agold-authorShe is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. She is represented by the Liza Royce Agency and is a member of SCBWI.
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  1. Lovely review!

    I did have my eyes on the first book, so I think I should pick up the series. I love that this one was worth the wait and that the book really keeps you on your toes! Love when books do that.

  2. I keep meaning to give the 1st book a read, but I keep pushing it off. I need to get on it though bc it sounds great!

  3. Someone super awesome introduced me to this author, and now I adore her and can't wait to read the rest of her books! I love this cover, and this book sounds incredible! I'm so glad you loved it and that it was worth the wait -- all the twists and turns sound amazing! Awesome review :-) <3

    1. I really think you will love this series Mckenzie! It is my favorite from this author!

  4. Love the color of the cover, and Tori sounds like a great character

  5. I'm glad this installment was so worth the wait, Teresa! It's great that Howard was able to remind you why you fell in love with these characters in the first place as well as pulling you into a well-crafted plot that kept you guessing. Love that! I have Bloodspell on my kindle...gotta get to it sometime soon! :)

  6. Haven't read this series. I don't always love vamp stories but I will admit to being interested in Christian especially if he is a favorite of yours.

  7. I can't wait to read this series! And great giveaway, thanks for the chance! :)


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