Young Adult Guest Review: Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

Bloodspell (Bloodspell, #1)

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?

Title: Bloodspell
Author: Amalie Howard
Series: Bloodspell
Publisher:  Langdon Street Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1936782111
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 1st 2011
Number of pages: 394


Review by Melissa

When it comes to vampires and witches, forbidden love and all, you would think that this book would follow the same standard rules of paranormal relationships; vampire falls in love with the innocent human girl (this time a witch) but of course it’s complicated due to his insane need to take her blood until dry, never mind the fact that he loves her. Ok, come to think of it, Bloodspell does follow this same pattern in a way, but Amalie Howard takes it to a whole new other level that really is so much better than my lame description above.

First of all, Victoria is powerful. She’s a witch and a very deadly one at that, much to her dislike. She’s the one who everyone fears, holder of Le Song Noir, the black blood that runs wildly in her veins trying to take control of Victoria to do its bidding, to cause pain on anyone who dares cross its path, to take pleasure the moment it goes for the kill. Victoria is terrified of what she is capable of doing, having learned of it from some journal entries written by none other than the first wielder of the Black Blood, her ancestor Brigid.

These entries were so good, serving as a background to understand the hunger and power of the Black Blood. They described how Le Sang Noir slowly starts taking control of Brigid, eats away her own humanity and encourages to do horrible stuff. I loved the ominous feeling this set, becoming my favorite part of the book. I have a really soft spot for the world building, the history created by the author felt authentic and interesting to follow.

The relationship between Victoria and Christian was good, ignoring the insta-love/attraction they feel for each other at the beginning. I felt him to be so mature and totally swoon worthy. The guy could play the piano and the violin with such passion that he would make your heart melt within seconds. So you see, it wasn’t difficult to guess why Victoria felt attracted to him and for me to look forward to the sequel.


Series on Order

#1 – Bloodspell
#2 – Bloodcraft (Expected publication: 2014)