Author: Amalie Howard
Publishing Date: 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Book Disclosure: I received this book for free at the RT Convention 2016.
Bloodspell is the first book in the Cruentus Curse series. Victoria Warrick has experienced some very strange happenings within her own body around the time of her seventeenth birthday. On her birthday, she receives a music box from her late Grandmother, that help to provide answers as to why these strange experiences have been happening to her. She comes from a long line of witches, as she happens to be a direct descendent from one of the most powerful. Victoria moves to a new school and meets Christian Devereux. There is something unusual about him that Victoria can't help but be drawn to. But because of Victoria's power, other supernatural beings are after her and she is in danger.
I really struggled with this book. It took me over a week to read it and it just couldn't hold my attention. I think some of it was because of the plot. It just felt all over the map, with the world building. Establishing the witch and vampire lore for this storyline took up some space and it just wasn't all that interesting. It was also hard to like the main characters. Victoria is not a warm and fuzzy heroine. She is darn right prickly and standoffish. It was hard to feel empathy for her and the same with Christian. Then some of the adversary characters felt like comic book bad guys. Also, I felt the romance with Christian and Victoria was not very believable. First, Christian and Victoria had such a difference between their ages, that it was hard to believe that a romance would be possible. Also, they spent quite a bit of the book pushing each other away. And then the piece de resistance, when Victoria is in grave danger he realizes his true feelings.
The saving grace for this book would be the action packed ending. The last quarter of the book, boy do things really pick up and I enjoyed the battle at the end. But other than that, there wasn't much that I would recommend. I most likely won't be continuing on with the other books in this series.