The spell was simple...

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...


This was a very interesting book. I thought it was an original paranormal YA book. It is definitely one of the better books I have when the main character is a witch.  I found the story line interesting. The fact that Victoria's power comes from her blood.  I like that the author in corporate other paranormal beings in this novel.

 I really liked the characters as a whole. Together, they added to the story, I was never bored with this book as I read it. I was actually not expecting the twist in the end. I guess I knew something was up, but I wasn't sure what exactly. It made for a great conclusion to this book. 

There are a few things I did not like or just irked me. As I read this it felt a little like twilight. Our two main characters have an "we can't be together, I'll hurt you" then a " I can't live without you" type of relationship. I just wanted them to make up their minds. It at one point just became annoying in all honesty. Also, our main character did at times feel a little weak. She one second wasn't accepting of herself then the next suddenly she was wanting to know more and more about what she could do. 

All in all, this was an enjoyable read. I was entertain and intrigued in it's entirety. Am I dying for the next one? Not really, but I would read it when it comes out (2014). I would recommend this book for someone looking for a paranormal YA read. It might not be at the top of list, but this by no means a bad read. Check it out for yourself! Tell me your thoughts!


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