Friday, January 18, 2013

Hallowed Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #2) by Linda Robertson

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.
In this second installment we find our heroine, Persephone manipulated into vying for the position of High Priestess of her local coven. I have to admit I was upset thinking that she is going to go like the last book a be manipulated by others again. However, in this case, this maneuver not only proves to be wise, but it accelerates her character growth.

Hm... I also have to say I wanted to kick Johnny's arse in this book for quite some time. I was heartbroken that the one I LOVED in the first book would be such an... well... ass. As for if there was a good and easily understandable explanation of his behavior.. well, I'm not telling. You will either hope for the best or worry for the worst as I did. :) Sorry, yes, I'm sadistic like that. :D

Oh and Menessos, that arrogant vampire, is also present. Hm... wonder what happens there? ;)

I give this book 4 stars. I have to say that I enjoyed this book more than the first. I really liked where Persephone's character is heading and I can't wait to read the next book. I recommend these books to those that love stories about witches and some twists in the story.
I received this book from Pocket Books and no compensation for my review was given.


  1. WOOT WOOT! I love when the 2nd book is better than the first :) Makes me really crave the rest of the series.

  2. This is another series I wasn't sure about but you've made me crave!! Evil Mel! :-)

  3. So. After Johnny's asshattery in this book, does that mean you've released your death grip on him so I can move in? I'm going to interpret your review as such. *bats eyes at Johnny*

    I am nervous that he's such an ass in this one though, but I'm going to have faith that there's a good reason for it. At least there better be.

    1. ...or I can just refuse to believe that 2nd book Johnny happened...

      ...or not. ;D BWA HAHA!

  4. Oh great and I hope you'll enjoy the third even more! I love this cover!

  5. That is always a good sign when the second book is better. That hopefully means the series will get better and better. Hopefully you won't want to kick Johnny's arse anymore in the next book!

  6. Yes I remember the arrogant vamp, him I liked

  7. Oh man, this sounds like a series I might really like! Especially if the second one was better than the first. I bet they just get better and better. I hope so anyway!

  8. Ooo I want to read this series now!

  9. Woah, woah, woah. This had to do with the greek mythology Persphone. YES! I totally need to read this. Thanks for your lovely review.

  10. So glad you are enjoying this series. I love the sounds of it and would like to try it one day. :) Thank you.


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