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PRAISE FOR BLOODSPELL
You’ll love it if… you’re sick of all the lovey-dovey stuff other books can’t seem to leave out of their supernatural stories. There is just the right amount of romance here, but it doesn’t overpower the plot. The fight scenes are terrific, and much more satisfying than listening to people whine about wanting to be together forever!
“Conjures up elements of teenage angst: forbidden love, loss, and, of course, supernatural powers, in this fast-paced tale of a young witch coming into her powers.”
“It takes a calling, skilled writing and more than a little courage to release yet another vampire story these days, but Larchmont writer Amalie Howard has created a world of vampires and witches that addresses many real-world issues faced by modern teenagers.”
“The story itself is compelling and interesting, the descriptions of the locales are beautiful, the teen melodrama mostly manages to stay at the level of actual drama, and the ideas are fresher and newer than most in the genre.”
“From the first page this story grabbed me and did not let me go until I closed the book. This narrative moves. It is not kinetic – it is highly compelling. Amalie Howard is a good storyteller and a nuanced writer who knows her material, knows how to draw us in as readers, and clearly cares about her characters – therefore we do. I loved the backstory of Victoria’s family and the connections that are brought forward to the present in the narrative as a riddle for both the protagonist and the reader to discover together. They are beautifully woven into the story from beginning to end.”
“I loved this book, especially because of the magic. It’s much more of a book about a witch and having special witch powers than about vampires, which I liked. I loved Harry Potter much more than Twilight, and if you’re like me, I think you’ll love this book too. The main character, Tori, is passionate, smart and talented. When she turns 17, she discovers her incredible power and fears that it will control her rather than her controlling it. That struggle, as much as the intricate plot and surprise twist near the end, kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend it.”
“This book has depth in spades. Howard has created a paranormal underworld that exists within in our own, and has given it legend and a mythology, created a believable framework as to how it works, supplied incredibly interesting back story for characters and events, and developed her own fascinating political systems. 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.”
“Forget what you’ve read about witches and vampires lately. Amalie Howard blows them all out of the water and reminds us that they’re not just friendly creatures with cool superpowers. Bloodspell is deliciously dark, without being overly so. When you least expect it, there are big twists that will get your heart pumping and mind whirring.”
“Bloodspell is dark and brooding with the perfect story of forbidden love intertwined into it, along with feuding families and a never-ending power struggle for supremacy. It’s an incredible read that will keep you flipping until the very end.”
“Move over Stephenie Meyer! This story is different and exciting and not your average run of the mill YA supernatural fiction. It has teeth that aren’t afraid to bite! Amalie Howard is definitely destined to become the next big thing in YA supernatural writing.”
“Bloodspell is everything you could ask for when two supernatural worlds collide together. A unique and compelling mythology, deliciously forbidden romance, headstrong characters and a dark, haunting vibe that will keep you hooked until the very last page.”
“The plot is complex with several plot turns I didn’t see coming. It is an interesting story, and an excellent debut novel. Highly recommended.
“Nothing comes close to Bloodspell. Deliciously dark, fast paced and beautifully written, this novel will get the attention of paranormal romance readers. I highly recommend this!”
“Such a luscious read this book is. Bloodspell is a dark, haunting, fast-paced action filled story that will enthrall fans of the paranormal genre. This book is highly recommended! If you want to read about a headstrong heroine, a persistent and gorgeous male lead and villains who are evil personified, then this book is for you! Bloodspell will hold your full attention and won’t let go until you’ve read the last page!”
“A delicious combination of older mythology, new powers, forbidden romance, and so much more, Bloodspell is a book that I cannot wait to read again. LOVE.”
“The concept of the book was amazing and fresh. Bloodspell is definitely a book you need to read. I am already dying for the sequel!”
“Bloodspell will draw you in from the very first page. With an intriguing prologue, unexpected twists and turns and a unique story line, Amalie blends romance and suspense together smoothly, to create an impressive and captivating story. The struggle that Victoria has with learning to control the power of her blood is written with such fervor, that you will feel Victoria’s struggle as if it is your own.”
“Bloodspell contained so many spectacular elements that made it easy to flip the pages without coming up for air. I would not only buy a copy for myself but for a friend or two. You won’t be let down.”
“The writing is tight and entertaining, and the plot is so wonderfully complicated and complex and exciting! A very compelling read all the way through. I highly recommend this one.”
“Best. Fight. Ever. This is a super fast read, filled with action, blood, romance, magic …”
“Amalie Howard turned a now seemingly common topic of vampires and witches and made it extraordinary. The mythology that she weaves into the story is fantastic. The plot is complex, full of action, and does not shy away from the dark aspects of vampires and magic. Bloodspell is incomparable to other vampire and witch stories – I highly recommend it!”
“My favorite part of the entire book was the ending. I can’t even describe how amazing it was, it had my blood pounding and I refused to put the book down until I finished it. It stayed with me for awhile after I had flipped the last page. Definitely the most intense scene I’ve read in a long time! The characters were amazing and several scenes had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what happened next. ”
“Amalie’s story and writing captured me immediately. In Bloodspell, Amalie Howard brings young adult readers an exciting story about a seventeen year old girl who is faced with the dark truth of what she is, the brooding and forbidden relationship between a witch and a vampire, a family rivalry between brothers and the on-going battle of power and supremacy. I am really looking forward to the sequel and recommend Bloodspell to YA readers with a passion for forbidden romances, vampires and witches.”
“It’s actually refreshing to read a book that you can’t actually predict. So let’s not just make this a summer read like Seventeen Magazine says. Let’s also make it a cold season read too. It’s good enough to curl up under your quilt and get lost in the world that Amalie created! A 5/5 stars and a Definite “Good Choice for Reading”.”
“This was definitely a very unique and entertaining story. Amalie Howard has created a refreshing and twisted new look on witches. Bloodspell is truly a book that will take you by surprise. There were so many unexpected moments that I just had to keep reading.”
“Bloodspell is loaded with compelling characters, not just Tori and Christian either! Gabe… Charla… Angie… Lucian… they are all amazing secondary characters, very intricately written and deliciously mysterious! Witches, Vampires, war, love and a blood curse all wrapped into one amazingly told story. Seriously a must read of 2011!”
“Smashing read. The magic is intriguing and brings forth a gripping tale of this young woman learning who she really is. All in all, Bloodspell provided a great world to escape in.”
“Bloodspell is more than just your average YA vampire novel. Bloodspell is the story of blood, vamps, witches, war and a book that will sweep you away into a brand new world of paranormal romance you won’t want to miss.”
“Puts a new twist into the mystical world of Vampires, Witches, Werewolves, and all mystical creatures. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fresh new perspective to a world that we all love hiding in.”
“Bloodspell is handsdown one of the best books I’ve read in a while. After opening the book you are hooked from the first page to the last word. Everything about Howard’s writing sings off the page.”
“Bloodspell will leave you craving for more. […] The plot is totally original, full of action, not your typical vamp and witch read. Howard blends together mythology, drawing from the darker side of these creatures beautifully. A fantastic debut!”
“Here’s the difference between [other books] and Amalie Howard’s Bloodspell: her writing is better, her characters more dynamic, and the plot far richer and more compelling. This is a great read, and it takes the washed out ‘supernatural forbidden love’ premise, adds some twists and makes it exciting to read again. Truly a breath of fresh air! The history and the world building combine and produce a story that is rife with politics, rivalries, betrayal, violence, and yes, death. In Bloodspell, the paranormal element feels like an established world with its very own conflicted history in which a Romeo and Juliet type romance takes place. ”
“This year the debuts have been fantastic and this is no different. I really liked Howard’s take on witches and vampires and, for me, it felt like a breath of fresh air. Bloodspell is definitely a book you want to pick up.”
“At first I thought this book was pretty much just a copy cat of so many vampire books out there and I prepared for the cheese. It never came! Bloodspell ended up being a great read. If you are a fan of Vampire, Witch or even romance books, you will most likely enjoy this book!
“Definitely check this book out if you are into vampires, witches, Young Adult or even just paranormal romances. But keep in mind, this isn’t your average romance!”
“I was drawn into Tori’s struggle to deny then accept her heritage and her powers, Christian’s own battles, the interesting secondary characters, and the descriptive settings. It’s strong, detailed, beautiful writing, which is always welcome.”
“Overall, it was filled with the right amount of love, angst, drama, thriller, adventure and fantasy/horror. It has a blend of paranormal, romance and literary thriller that it really could appeal to many different audiences. It is a strong, well written debut.”
“Bloodspell was full of lust, love, hate, and action all rolled into one. Every page was filled with something to keep the reader entertained and engrossed in the story. Amalie Howard is a great writer and you are able to truly see what the characters are experiencing — physically and emotionally. She is able to paint a vivid world of action and relationships that allows you to connect with the story and its events.”
“This debut novel from Amalie Howard is a really amazing book. I was absolutely enthralled by the story as I was reading it. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and can highly recommend it to folks who enjoy paranormal/fantasy/vampires and witches and werewolves.”
“Victoria is possibly one of my favorite literary heroines this year. Ms. Howard has a fantastic writing style. She created such an engrossing and fantastic world which was interesting, full of intrigue and tension.”
“Unique with a great mix of dark elements. Every scene drew me in to the next and kept me on the edge of my seat.”
“This book is like one huge roller coaster that never comes down. From page one I was sucked into this story.”
“If you enjoy books with good character development and a lot of action then this is a book for you.”
“Bloodspell is an amazing paranormal ride that grabbed me from the beginning and filled me with surprises and eagerness to fly through the pages to discover what was going to happen next. Readers will find themselves swept away within the complex, intricate and massively incredible and enjoyable story, Bloodspell crafted by an amazingly talented author. Amalie Howard will blow minds with her debut work, which plays out like a veteran author’s works. I highly recommend Bloodspell to lovers of the paranormal – young adult or not.”