Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

64%

19 Critic Reviews

As a first book, this is a good start, and as the foundation of a new world that could be explored and expanded upon, it’s a great start.
-Albedo One

Synopsis

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?
 

About Amalie Howard

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Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. She received a bachelor's degree from Colby College in Maine in International Studies and French, and a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. She has also lived in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. She has worked as a research assistant, marketing rep, global sales executive, freelance writer, and blogger. A lover of other cultures and new experiences, especially of the culinary variety, she has traveled extensively across North America and Europe, and as far east as China, Indonesia, and Australia. She currently resides in New York with her husband, three children, and one very willful cat that she is convinced may have been a witch's cat in a past life.AUTHOR HOME: Larchmont, NY
 
Published May 25, 2011 by Langdon Street Press. 397 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 8

The Daily Fig

Below average
Reviewed by Sydnee Thompson on Oct 26 2011

I’m a lovesick romantic, but even I can only take so much more of this.

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Seventeen

Good
on Jun 24 2011

There is just the right amount of romance here, but it doesn't overpower the plot.

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Albedo One

Above average
Reviewed by Samantha Holloway on Jul 31 2012

As a first book, this is a good start, and as the foundation of a new world that could be explored and expanded upon, it’s a great start.

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Romancing the Book

Good
Reviewed by Lovely Rose on Nov 24 2011

Readers will find themselves swept away within the complex, intricate and massively incredible and enjoyable story, Bloodspell, crafted by an amazingly talented author.

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Good Choice Reading

Good
Reviewed by Damaris on Jun 24 2011

I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, and I'm anxious to see how Amalie Howard will manage to top herself.

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Lovin' Los Libros

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica Leigh on Mar 22 2013

I wanted to love this book. I really did. But it just fell short for me.

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Candace's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Candace on Sep 01 2011

This book gave me lots of mixed feelings. There were parts I liked, parts I felt kind of 'blah' about and parts I really strongly disliked.

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red headed book child

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Aug 11 2011

I finally finished it a few weeks and I really, really enjoyed it!

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Reading Teen

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Jul 31 2011

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

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Book Jems

Below average
Reviewed by Jenn on Mar 22 2013

I didn’t root for the love story like I should have, but I honestly didn’t really feel it.

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Refracted Light

Above average
Reviewed by Dani on Jul 25 2011

Verdict? Read this. Yes, it has vampires. Yes, it has witches. And Amalie Howard has blended them together to create a paranormal romance debut that’s both fresh and riveting.

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Books Complete Me

Good
Reviewed by Coley on Jul 08 2011

Howard has presented a world with witches and vampires that is original, and entertaining.

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Bibliophile Brouhaha

Good
Reviewed by Bibliophile Brouhaha on Jul 02 2011

Here's what makes this book a standout in urban fantasy/paranormal YA: Howard entwines personal, family, and mythical history and adds in a good dash of the 1800s.

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I Like These Books

Above average
Reviewed by Britta on Jun 22 2011

This is a super fast read, filled with action, blood, romance, magic... and more blood. If that sounds interesting - pick it up.

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Books Glorious Books

Below average
Reviewed by Books Glorious Books on Apr 03 2013

It really was like reading two completely different books - the last part of the book was too much of the unoriginal vampire romance for me.

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Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Faye on Jun 28 2011

Bloodspell will leave you craving for more.

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Thoughts of a Scot

Below average
Reviewed by Julie-Ann on Mar 09 2013

Insta-love in YAs? Hate it, so overused - it's a trope that I would love to see disappear, but it appears to continue to be popular.

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JJ Bonds

Good
Reviewed by JJ on Jun 22 2011

Victoria’s cursed blood was refreshingly original and chilling. Her struggle to overcome the dark desires of her legacy had me on the edge of my seat.

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Treasured Tales for Young Adults

Good
Reviewed by Alishia on May 31 2011

Bloodspell will draw you in from the very first page.

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