Friday, March 15, 2013

{Book Review} Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson

Hallowed Circle
by Linda Robertson
Publisher:Pocket Books
Released: December 29th 2009
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

And you think beauty pageants are scary?
Persephone Alcmedi has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess of the Cleveland, Ohio, coven — now that the former priestess, Vivian Diamond, has strangely gone missing. Unfortunately, there are a few small problems with the idea. Not only does Seph know rather more about Vivian's disappearance than the other witches realize, but the epic struggle she's just survived has left her with some highly unusual powers — ones that could be dangerous to reveal. Despite her reluctance, she agrees to participate, if only to prevent snooty Hunter Hopewell, an obnoxious but talented witch, from ending up in the winner's circle. Can Seph hide her secrets — including her connection to the master vampire-wizard Menessos — from the terrifyingly wise judges? Plus, there's her rock 'n' roll werewolf boyfriend, Johnny, and some angry fairies to deal with.... Once the competition begins, a finalist turns up dead. It looks as if one of the contestants is willing to do anything — including murder — to win. Suddenly Seph has even more on her plate than she thought: from solving a murder to working out what her new powers really are...and exactly why they're creating so much havoc in her love life.

Review: This book starts off with some smexy fireworks, then drags for a bit then BAM back to the good stuff.
In the beginning Seph finally is won over by Johnny's charms which turns into a very hot scene. This leaves Seph confused, and wondering if she's herself or if it's her stain making her passionate. When Johnny's gets a chance to acquire a record contract she goes to support and surprise him only to see something she shouldn't. Because I love Johnny, I kept telling myself through out the book that it was a mistake and things would work out. With getting roped in to being a contestant to take Vivian's place as High Priest she once again has a ton on her plate. For me the book really picked up with the murder mystery. I'm a sucker for a good whodunit. At this point I couldn't put the book down and read pretty much all the way through in one go. I really wanted to see if Seph won the contest and who was killing off the competition. It's a real surprise and something I didn't even see coming. Usually I'm pretty good a figuring those things out, but this time nope.
Things kind of level out, giving a small breather before tossing Seph right back into action taking on the fey this time. The end of this book wraps up a few things, yet opens the door for the next book in the series.

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