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?
I still cannot make up my mind about Christian. He's a mixture of a several of my fav YA BBFs which I obviously loved. BUT I did get extremely frustrated with him. The constant back-and-forth really annoyed me and I although I understood his reasoning (and Tori wasn't entirely blameless) I did get cross with him. Don't get me wrong I did like him and I enjoyed the sweeter moments of their romance but I really wanted him to be honest with her and explain himself a bit more. A lie by omission is still lie...
The magical elements were particularly interesting, I'd love to read more about the other witches and the vampire council. I had my suspicions about certain characters but Howard did keep us guessing with others, which was a big plus for me. As a Latin student I enjoyed seeing it creep into Tori's spells.
Bloodspell was a solid introduction and I'm looking forward to seeing how the characters develop in Bloodcraft.
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