Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vicious Circle - Persephone Alcmedi Bk1 - Linda Robertson

Persephone "Seph" Alcmedi is a witch trying to make ends meet. Juggling her newspaper column, the odd tarot reading and the kenneling of Werewolves on the full moon is just barely letting her get by. Werewolves and witches are not supposed to mingle, but what's a witch to do when cash is needed. It doesn't hurt that she able to be near Johnny as well because of this. Although once her Nana moves in after being kicked out of her nursing home Seph doesn't know where the money's going to come from to meet her new expenses.

Seph's Werewolf friends Lorrie is suddenly murdered, and enter the High Priestess of the local coven. She knows exactly who killed Lorrie, and she has a job for Seph. Kill Goliath Kline, Lorrie's killer, and make beau coup bucks in the process. Seph is no one's damsel in distress, but she knows that this is beyond her. She's going to need help from motorcycle riding Johnny, the 6'2" leather clad lead singer/werewolf, to pull this off. Although sparks fly whenever the two get together there isn't too much time for love with the well nigh invincible Goliath Kline awaiting them.

This first book in the Persephone Alcmedi series is a fun romp of a novel. Ms. Robertson certainly hits all the right notes in Vicious Circle. Seph is a witch, but not perfect by any means. She still learning her craft and trying to make ends meet like anyone would do in her situation. She loves her Nana and is righteously pissed when her care facility kicks her out, but with Lorrie's murder there's no time to sort that. Seph acts as any of us would and it makes her endearing and easy for the reader to root for.

The bad boy Johnny, who sings for the techno-metal-Goth band Lycanthropia (why do I think those are three great tastes that don't taste that good together), is also around to help. His crush on Seph is sweet considering who and what he is and you hope that Seph will stop hiding behind Nana and respond. I don't remember David (Seph) having anyone like Johnny about with his trial with Goliath, but there he is nevertheless.

There are a few new ideas on the supernatural side of things, but I never truly believed it wouldn't work out for Seph. Lighthearted is the word that comes to mind when reading Vicious Circle. If you want to turn off your brain for a while and just go with it, Vicious Circle will be completely entertaining.

Hallowed Circle, Persephone Alcmedi Bk 2, hits stores December 29th.

Vicious Circle receives 2.5 Star out of 4.

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