26 June 2016

Review - Bloodcraft

Bloodcraft
by Amalie Howard





*2016 Silver IPPY Winner in YA Fiction!

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.


*NOTE: Bloodcraft is Upper YA / New Adult (for mature content–violence, sensuality & language)
 

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I received a copy via Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: As a latecomer to Tori's and Christian's world I didn't have the long wait to read Bloodcraft and so the story was fresh in my mind. I think this really helped with the world building and I definitely preferred this instalment to Bloodspell. I would recommend reading the first book before starting Bloodcraft.

I enjoyed getting to know more about Tori's powers, the curse and family history. I still found myself getting frustrated with her at times, but she has definitely matured over the series. It's worth noting the target age has been increased from YA to mature YA/NA and this is demonstrated in the romance.

Amalie Howard knows how to induce anxiety and stress in her readers - I did have more than a few 'grr' moments where I was in a state of panic (I won't tell you why as is too spoilery).

On to Christian: I haven't previously been his biggest fan but I liked him so much more this time around. I understood their relationship better and felt as though I could see where he was coming from in terms of the witch v's vampire situation and how he shuns his title.

I liked the twists and enjoyed seeing more of their world. I did find the pace of the conflict resolution a little hurried at times but overall I liked the story and found myself hoping for a HEA.

3.5 -  4 Stars in my Sky!


Author Spotlight:

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. 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. She 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. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. 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. 



The Cruentus Curse
Includes Bloodspell (picked as a Seventeen Magazine Beach Read) and Bloodcraft (which she wrote specifically for her wonderful readers!

The Riven Chronicles
Includes The Almost Girl and The Fallen Prince (newly released in April)


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