Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson

Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson
2009, Pocket Books
Series: Book 2 of Persephone Alcmedi

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: This second Persephone Alcmedi book has cemented my absolute love for the series. A witch competition, complete with murder mystery? Love it. Seph really starting to accept her place in the world? Awesome. Becoming more open to the possibility of Johnny? Fantastic. Especially given her ties to Menessos. Sparks, flying all over the place. In Hallowed Circle, we get to see more witches, specifically coven witches and it was really entertaining to see how the other half lives. I've already started the next book (Fatal Circle) and am sure I'm not going to be able to stop myself from reading the rest of the series back to back. It's that good.

The Bad: Nada. Complete perfection.

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