Tuesday, January 8, 2013

[Mini-Review + Giveaway] - Persephone Alcmedi Series, Book 1-3

Vicious Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #1
By Linda Robertson

Book Description: Being a witch doesn't pay the bills, but Persephone Alcmedi gets by between reading Tarot cards, writing her syndicated newspaper column, and kenneling werewolves in the basement when the moon is full -- even if witches aren't supposed to mingle with wolves. She really reaches the end of her leash, though, when her grandmother gets kicked out of the nursing home and Seph finds herself in the doghouse about some things she's written. Then her werewolf friend Lorrie is murdered...and the high priestess of an important coven offers Seph big money to destroy the killer, a powerful vampire named Goliath Kline. Seph is a tough girl, but this time she bites off more than she can chew. She needs a little help from her friends -- werewolf friends. One of those friends, Johnny, the motorcycle-riding lead singer for the techno-metal-Goth band Lycanthropia, has a crush on her. And while Seph has always been on edge around this 6'2" leather-clad hunk, she's starting to realize that although their attraction may be dangerous, nothing could be as lethal as the showdown that awaits them.

Thoughts:  This one got put on to my tbr list just for the cover alone. I instantly fell in love with it and the story definitely lived up to the awesomeness of the cover art. I loved the story and Persephone (Seph) Alcmedi was an excellent character to read about. I loved the group of friends that  she surrounds herself with. Especially werewolf Johnny.  The sexiness just rolls off of him. This series has a bit of every creature... witches, vampires, werewolves. I highly recommend this one.

Hallowed Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #2
By Linda Robertson

Book Description: 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....

Thoughts: Again I love this cover, although I'm not sure why they put a guitar in the picture. A stellar second installment, and pretty much starts where Vicious Circle ends. Hallowed Circle was fast paced and fun read. Persephone takes on the position of High Priestess of the Coven. She has to deal with the annoying Hunter Hopewell and her growing attraction to Menessos.
Fatal Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #3
By Linda Robertson

Book Description: There was a time when Persephone Alcmedi thought her life was hard to manage, what with wondering how to make sure she took adequate care of both her grandmother and her foster daughter, Beverley, whether she'd end up in the unwanted position of high priestess of a coven, and whether her werewolf lover, Johnny, would resist the groupies who hang around his band Lycanthropia.

But that was before the fairies started demanding that Seph's frightening, unpredictable ally - the ancient vampire Menessos - be destroyed . . . or the world will suffer. Seph and Menessos are magically bonded, but that's a secret she dares not reveal to her fellow witches lest they be forced to reject her and forbid her use of magic. And, despite the strain this casts on her relationship with Johnny, as a showdown with the fairies nears, she and Menessos badly need the werewolves as allies.

Life, death, and love are all on the line, but when destiny is calling, it doesn't help to turn away. With the individual threads of their fates twisted inextricably together, can Seph, Johnny, and Menessos keep the world safe from fairy vengeance?

Thoughts:  The third book in the series. While I enjoyed this one, it was a slow read for me. In this one Persephone is dealing with fairies. Now she thought she had a good management of her new life, but that was before the fairies. My favorite part of this installment was Persephone's every growing connection with the sexy vamp/wizard Menessos. Now this one wasn't my favorite, but I would definitely still recommend you check it out.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster I have a set of these three books to giveaway to one lucky winner. To enter leave a comment along with your email address. Open to U.S. Residents. The winner will be announced on January 14th. Good Luck!


  1. is this giveaway open to international peeps too ? if yes, please count my name in, if not i do understand. ty

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  2. I've not tried this author and so thank you for the chance.

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  3. Sounds great. I love paranormals. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Another paranormal thats new to me :D looks awesome! I love finding new books about witches, always looking for the next best one!

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

  5. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! I've read such great reviews for this series, I'm dying to read them :)


  6. This is a new author to me. This series sounds like one I would greatly enjoy!

    Thanks so much!
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  8. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  9. Ooh, I'd love this set! These look good.
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  10. Sounds like a great bunch of books!! Thanks for the chance.

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  11. I've been eyeing this series for a while and haven't had a chance to get started yet. This is a great opportunity to get going on this series, thanks!

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  12. I'd really enjoy this book. Sounds good!

  13. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read these books. Tore923@aol.com

  14. Sounds like a great series. Thanks for the chance!

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  15. This is a new to me author and I would love to read the series. bluepooh1@hotmail.com

  16. Thanks for a chance to win this series!

    Kelsey O.
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  17. I have been wanting to read this series! I have heard such grea things about it!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!




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