Saturday, March 9, 2013
Review: Vicious Circle
Being a witch doesn't pay the bills, but Persephone Alcmedi gets by between reading Tarot cards, writing her syndicated newspaper column, and kenneling werewolves in the basement when the moon is full -- even if witches aren't supposed to mingle with wolves. She really reaches the end of her leash, though, when her grandmother gets kicked out of the nursing home and Seph finds herself in the doghouse about some things she's written. Then her werewolf friend Lorrie is murdered...and the high priestess of an important coven offers Seph big money to destroy the killer, a powerful vampire named Goliath Kline. Seph is a tough girl, but this time she bites off more than she can chew. She needs a little help from her friends -- werewolf friends. One of those friends, Johnny, the motorcycle-riding lead singer for the techno-metal-Goth band Lycanthropia, has a crush on her. And while Seph has always been on edge around this 6'2" leather-clad hunk, she's starting to realize that although their attraction may be dangerous, nothing could be as lethal as the showdown that awaits them.
I thought this was a super fun start to a new series. Right away I liked Seph and her family. I love the writing style that Linda Robertson has. It's no nonsense, no fuss and very kick booty! Her characters are not cliched and not tired and bored. She's got quite a world built up here and I cannot wait to crack into the rest of this series!
So plot wise how is this? I have read quite a number of books in the Paranormal genre, and have run into a few that are kind of "been there done that" and YES the werewolf/vampire thing seems old. I would normally shake my head and move on, but this one just feels fresh. No clue why, but I have a feeling it might have something to do with the characters themselves. The good guys are flawed and the bad guys..well they are bad but occasionally hints of otherwise shine through. (I hope that makes sense?)
Vicious Circle is book number 1 in the Persephone Alcmedi series, and I have to say it's a great number 1. I'm hooked and will continue reading! Look for my review of book number 2 Hallowed Circle, soon!