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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson - 4.5 Wine Glasses!

Hallowed Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #2
by Linda Robertson
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781439156780
copy courtesy of 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.
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Lexi's Thoughts:

Hallowed Circle kicks up the notch on the Persephone Alcmedi series. If you thought Vicious Circle was well written and gripping (which it was), you will love what Robertson has done with book two.
Seph gave into the animal attraction...now she has a sexy tattooed werewolf for a boyfriend. Johnny has an amazing sense of humor, dirty that it is. He brings a balance not only to Seph but to the whole book. He acts like a guy, but is so much more.

Menessos sticks his fingers into things in Hallowed Circle. Maybe a portent of things to come? He just can’t seem to leave the beautiful witch alone. While she is powerful, she is still learning and Menessos has a lot to teach her. If she can keep from being blindsided by him, and remember that he always has his own agenda he could be a powerful tool.

Hallowed Circle was an excellent urban fantasy read. The amount of action is perfectly balanced with real emotion. And when you get to kick some fairy ass, how could it possibly be any better?
 Rating: 4.5 Wines! Book two surpasses book one!
Six days until book 6, Shattered Circle!!





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