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.
This is the second book of the Persephone Alcmedi series and I liked it better than the first one. The characters were developed more in depth; I really felt more of a connection with Johnny. He made me giggle a few times with his lewd, flirtatious comments. Persephone really grows as a character in this book. She’s a well-rounded character and I felt like she grew on me even more. In the first book, I liked her, but felt like she was a distant character. Now I enjoy reading about her character. Again, relationships like Persephone and Johnny develop even more and I enjoyed the ride. Everyone clicked together. It’s smuttier in this book… detailed and everything. I just want the reader to know so he/she is not surprised like I was.
The plotline felt very similar to the first book. Everything was interesting and I loved reading about Robertson’s world, but sometimes I felt it was slow and I had to skim. It wasn’t bad, just a few parts, but it would have been great if she didn’t include some superfluous scenes. The engaging characters made up for the slow portions. Overall, Hallowed Circle was a great book and I definitely want to read the next!
*Reviewed by Rachel*
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