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“Vicious Circle was a sharp, fast-paced beginning to this urban fantasy series! This book has some of my favorite elements in a good urban fantasy: a strong heroine whose "abilities" haven't been quite realized and a plot that keeps me turning the pages. I found myself well and truly hooked from the very beginning.
Persephone Alcmedi finds herself in hot water fast when she agrees to avenge her friend's death. But what she doesn't realize is that the killer is a vampire known to have ties to a very important and powerful vamp. She is going to have to work quietly and fast if she has any hope of righting the wrongs that have been done. Unfortunately, she is in way over her head and everything isn't as it seems. But Seph is determined to get herself out of this mess before the ones that she cares about most get hurt. Including herself....
What I liked most about this book was how easily I found myself sucked into the storyline. Persephone or "Seph" as she was usually called was quite the character. She seems to have lots of untapped potential which I found intriguing. From the very beginning though, we watch her struggle with some of the decisions that she has to make and the consequences that come with it. I really liked that we got to experience her struggles with her because it helped me to connect to the book. I wanted to see her succeed even though she was up against a very tough predator. I also liked the relationship that was beginning to form between Johnny and her. Johnny has lots of secrets himself which gave him a very mysterious aura. I'm hoping that we learn more about him in future books! This book kept me reading for hours curled up at the end of my couch utterly lost in Seph's world. I'm eager to see what future books hold in store for Seph because there were definitely different storylines that the author left open.
My only complaint with this book was that I didn't care for the connection that developed between Seph and a certain someone. I'm guessing that we will find out more in future books about it but I didn't particularly care for it. I'm pretty sure that I wasn't supposed to though so we will see what the future holds for Seph :)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and have found another series to follow! One of these days I will catch up on all of these series that I start. This was a solid beginning though and I can't wait to see if Seph grows into her powers more. Besides, I kind of NEED to know what happens next between her and Johnny! There is some definite chemistry there to be explored! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one but especially to fans of urban fantasy.
Bottom Line: One of those books that just hooks your from the beginning and doesn't let go!
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this book from the publisher. The thoughts are all mine!”
“ I liked this book but I didn't love it. It had interesting characters and relationships, an interesting storyline and a hot werewolf/witch/vampire love triangle developing which I usually enjoy. I found the witchy parts to be (sometimes overly) detailed and well explained.
I liked it enough where I'll give the next one in the series a shot too, if nothing else to get some more pierced and tattooed werewolves in my life. ”
“This was a very enjoyable fantasy featuring a witch, vampire and werewolf. The three of them are connected and must work together to save mankind from the fairies who are bent on starting a war.”Lori wrote this review Wednesday, April 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story starts right off the bat with one of Persephone's friends being murdered leaving behind her young daughter. A situation that Persephone can so relate to. Add into the mix that she is then hired to kill the murderer by the local high priestess and Persephone is in quite a dilemma.
This book is so not what I thought it would be. I totally expected it to be about witches and only witches but it's so much more:
~ Add into the mix that Persephone has been kenneling some of the local waerewolves once a month.
~ Add that it has evolved into her writing a column about waeres.
~ Add that she just moved her Nana in with her.
~ Add her Nana getting a (great dane) dog.
~ Add her friend who was doing some investigating into the murderer getting run off the road and severely injured.
~ Add having said friend moved into her house to recover.
~ Add having several of the waeres (including the yummy Johnny) move in to help.
~ Add having found out that said murderer is a vampire with a notorious master.
~ Add having her friend's young daughter moving in with her.
Well, I could go on and on but this book is very action packed and for the most part, things didn't take the path I thought they would. Of course, some things are pretty straightforward ~ like Johnny but even he is not all he seems.
The one thing I didn't really care for was her relationships with her high school friends and how that was handled. I understand the reasoning behind it but I still didn't like it.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and it sucked me in right from the start. I can't wait to read the next one.
"Red?" I asked.
"I've decided I'm going to call you Red from now on."
"All right, I'll bite - no pun intended. Why?"
He snickered in a very masculine way and lowered his voice. "'Cause I like the idea of the big bad wolf visiting you and Grandma."
“Liked Persephone a lot, she is pretty passive and allows others to dictate her actions at the beginning of the book - she ends up contracted to kill someone (!) due to her reactive tendencies - but she gets it together late in the book, and I ended up liking both her and the story. Not sure about Johnny though, lying is a big turn-off.”Deyara wrote this review Thursday, November 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good, but not a favorite. Good ideas in world building, humor which is good for me, but not compelling. Maybe a second read in the future will find me more receptive?”Vicki M wrote this review Monday, September 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really like this series! I'm into book 2, started it last night...”ManaChelle wrote this review Tuesday, May 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm giving it three stars because I know Ms Robertson can do so much better. Now, don't get me wrong, this is a very good read, almost riveting. I consider that I could pick it up and put it down at will to be a telling sign. It was so close to a real page turner and her "upside" as they say in sports, is enormous. There are a few places when the reader just knows what is going to happen, but I believe she will learn to get better at this as she goes.
She also introduced me to much Egyptian lore of which I was unaware, just at a time when I am beginning to study that very same lore and its connections to Christianity and to shamanism. I perhaps only gave three stars because the synchronicity of when I chose to read this kind of freaked me out, since I've had the book and its sequel for months and just recently almost automatically downloaded the third and fourth volumes to my Kindle. Final words: READ IT!”
“I really enjoyed this book. It has a fresh new twist, even though it started a little slow. But it was a good first book and has the possibility to be a good series.”Marissa M wrote this review Sunday, February 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No