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on Sep. 11, 2011 :
A-mazing! Couldn't just stop after the first book!! You have to read all 4 of these books! Addicted!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 06, 2011 :
Title Thoughts: Perfect.
Cover Thoughts: I love how it shows the chemistry between them.
WARNINGS: Delicious love.
What can I say? Weatherford just swept me away…again! I love this series and this book did not fail my expectations. There is the sweet love that no one who reads this series can get enough of. There is even further development of that sweet love and mysterious happenings and action. I don’t have anything to say that could improve this book. For me, it’s perfect as is.
As usual, Weatherford leaves me dying for more and more and MORE. There is no way I could ever get tired of this series or its characters. I love, love, LOVE it. I would like to compare my love for this series to my love for Jessica Park’s Flat-Out Love, but FOL is on it’s own level all by itself. But I do love this series just as much, I just can’t compare the two. If that doesn’t say it all, I don’t know how to convince you.
Addict’s Last Words: Blood of the White Witch will not disappoint fans in any way.
To Buy or To Borrow: This is most definitely a buy for me! Buy yourself a copy right now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords. Go ahead and get paperback because you are going to want a physical copy!
Disclosure: I am a member of The Bookish Snob Promotions and a copy was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Bookish Snob Promotions, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 24, 2011 :
If you haven't read this series yet you really need to!!!!!
Dang I love this series, it is so intense and awesome! Portia and Vance are such great characters and each book is always packed with action and plenty of twists and turns! Plus the scenes between Portia & Vance are generally adorable. However, in this book things are kicked way up!!! There are so many great parts in this book and I am so mad it took me so long to read it (stupid work, lol)! I don't want to give too much away, so I will just say that Portia & Vance are too adorable in this book & Vance's family is crazy! Also in general this book doesn't disappoint and this series gets better with each book, you never know what is going to happen! There were some scenes that really got me in this book too.
I love both Portia & Vance so much! Portia can hold her own, but lets Vance take care of her. And Vance is a macho bad boy (which definitely comes out in this book!), but also incredibly adorable & sweet. He and Portia make such an awesome couple! Their scenes together are always my favorite and there is no shortage of those in this book, lol! Ahh shoot I can't say much more without giving anything away, but I really loved them in this book! The lines between them are awesome too, there are always some really good ones. It just goes to show how perfect they are for each other. They are so young but half the time I don't even realize it. Shelly & Brad are fun characters too!
Okay I could talk about this series all day long, but I really don't want to give anything away so that it is ruined. So I will say that I am super excited to read the next book! Go read this series now because I highly recommend it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2011 :
Blood of the White Witch is the third book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series by Lacey Weatherford. This instalment in the series is full of action, passion and love. Best of all, it’s set in Scotland.
Portia and Vance are still overcoming their ordeal with Damien Cummings (Vance’s father) from The Demon Kiss. Vance decides he wants to dig deeper into the confession that Darcy had made regarding his mother and his father’s family. This takes them on a journey to Scotland where they find more than they had bargained for.
I absolutely loved this book. Vance was his usual sexy and awesome self and Portia was sort of taking a bit of a back seat in this story, but we do see her powers developing. This book was more about Vance looking into his family history and Portia, being part of his family, was there every step of the way for support. Sometimes delving into the unknown can lead to good things, but unfortunately for our hero and heroine, something always goes wrong. Vance learns more about why his father was performing the demonic rituals on him when he was a child and the heritage that comes with it. Portia also learns more about herself in this book but what she finds out is the cause for landing her and Vance in their predicament half way through the book.
My heart actually broke at the end of this book. It was such a heart wrenching cliff hanger to be left on but it builds immense suspense and a brilliant set up for the next book in the series, The Dark Rising. My favourite moment in this book had to be when Vance and Portia newly got to Scotland and involves some sexy Scottish attire.
Overall, loved this book and love the series. Vance and Portia’s story is timeless and I would recommend everyone to pick the series up and have a go. You won’t be disappointed.
Disclaimer: I was sent this ARC e-book for review from the author. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Lori (Romancing the Dark Side)
on Aug. 14, 2011 :
Another bewitching hit for Lacey Weatherford!
In this third installment of the series, we find Portia and Vance's relationship leading to an intense and surprisingly new level. Both are extremely young to embark on this huge commitment, but their characters and personalities are definitely old souls so their union seems natural and not questionable. What should be the happiest of days for them quickly turns into a full blown action-adventure when their ongoing search for Vance's mother takes them to Scottland, where he is reunited with his paternal grandparents. When his demonic side resurfaces, Portia and Vance learn this long awaited family reunion is nothing more than a trap and must put their love and lives to the test in order to prevent an ancient evil ritual that will separate them forever, from being performed.
What an emotional roller coaster! There are books that grip you from the first page, pull you into the story and make you forget about your surroundings and Blood of the White Witch did just that. I did not put this one down until I reached the very last page...and even then I wanted more! The relationship between Portia and Vance has never been so intense and solidifies these two are indeed soul-mates. I love their passion and how they stop at nothing to protect their love for one another. We finally see them in an intimate setting and Lacey does a spectacular job in unveiling their first time together...utter perfection!
Portia has definitely grown as a heroine and surprised me with her bold moves and perseverance. Vance is ever the sexy, bad boy hero who you fall in love with all over again. His dark family history is exposed a little deeper in this book and Vance is caught between the family he's always yearned for and his new life with Portia, but always manages to charm you with his strength and choices.
This story is filled with an abundance of emotion, intensity and passion, all while staying true to the young adult audience. That being said, it's also a story that will easily engage adult paranormal romance lovers within the first few pages, due to Ms. Weatherford's eloquent writing style. The events that unfold are never foreseen and the ending will blow your mind. Blood of the White Witch has all the great elements of a captivating story and Lacey Weatherford is a forced to be reckoned with!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 12, 2011 :
Received From: The Author For Review
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Vance Mangum and Portia Mullins are teenage soul mates. Due to the dangers of their lives as a witch and warlock, they marry young at the beginning of the story. Their honeymoon in Scotland doubles as a rescue mission for the mother Vance hasn't seen since he was a child. Their leads bring them to the home of Douglas and Fiona Cummings, Vance's wealthy grandparents who stand accused of keeping his mother Krista hostage. The Cummings seem to know nothing of what has happened to his mother of his recently deceased father, their own son. They welcome their long lost grandson into their lives with open arms and Portia and Vance are soon drawn into the Cummings lives of wealth and privilege. But all is not what it appears to be in the Cumming's household. Will Portia and Vance discover the truth before it's too late?
I really enjoy the second book in this series, but I have to say the third installment was a major let down after the previous book. The first quarter of the book might appeal to the pre-teen reader, but as an adult it definitely didn't appeal to me. I finally understand now why romance novelists end the book at the proposal. The wedding and subsequent honeymoon period leads to very dry and boring reading. "I love you" was said so many times it was like listening to a scratched cd stuck on the same line.
They got married and their lives seemed perfect. Yay for them, but frankly as a reader that bored me out of my mind. I know I said the relationship would be more realistic in previous books if it advanced to the next level, but I didn't mean a teen wedding and alluding to the couple have sex every other sentence. On a more comfortable note, we as a reader are at least spared any details of their constant honeymoon sex. We know they're doing it, but the scenes aren't spelled out like in an adult romance.
It didn't help that despite how in love the couple seemed, my mind completely rebelled against a high school wedding. I guess the point was demonstrating the moral idea that marriage should come before sex, but I don't think teens should be encouraged to marry that young for any reason.
The book starts to get interesting after the first quarter, and though I've never said this about a book before I recommend only skimming the first quarter so you don't loose interest in the story. The middle has an interesting plot line beginning to develop and some really good scenes.
What save this book from a bad rating is the last quarter of the novel. The battle scenes are intense, but the raw grief the character feels leaps from the page grabbing you. It yanks you into the pain she feels, giving you no choice but to experience it with her. The emotions and experience of the final quarter of this book are what make this novel worth reading.
The book has an odd, open style end that leaves you wanting to read more of the series curious about what will happen next in the saga of Portia and Vance.
Overall, I can't say this novel was better than okay. The first quarter of the book with all the happy, lovey dovey scenes really killed it for me. If you could cut the first quarter down to just a few pages and picked the book up from the middle, my rating would have been a lot higher. But you spend too long in the beginning waiting for something to actually happen with the plot for me to qualify this novel as good.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 10, 2011 :
*This review will have spoilers if you have not read the previous books in this series
Wow, this was an emotional book! This book starts off with Portia and Vance getting married. Now, Portia is only 16, so this may seem strange. Portia seems older than that though so somehow it just works. Vance and Portia have been waiting for marriage to be intimate, which is really sweet. Not that many teens wait these days. Vance and Portia are soulmates and are just perfect for each other so it was nice to see them finally be intimate with each other even though they are young. I would still consider this a young adult book though - the sex is not graphic at all.
I really enjoy the chemistry that Vance and Portia have. Even though they've been together for awhile, and they've kissed hundreds of times, it is still just as passionate as it was in the beginning. I love how the author is able to keep that passion so strong between these characters.
Once again, Vance and Portia go through a lot of challenging situations together. There were some extremely sad moments that will make you cry. You can't help but feel all these emotions with Portia. There was a major twist at the end of the book that had me stunned. Be prepared for a major cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the 4th and final book in this series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
The Bookish Snob
on April 06, 2011 :
Reading this book was an incredible experience for me. I’d read the first two books The Trouble With Spells and The Demon Kiss and absolutely adored them. By the time I began reading Blood Of The White Witch I was already head over heels for the resident bad boy, Vance Mangum and was absolutely SOLD on the series. In my naivete I felt that the books couldn’t possibly get any better because in my mind it was already perfect. I was undeniably WRONG. This book is hands down the best I’ve read of all three.
Being the emotional reader that I am, my hope is always that a book causes me to feel something, anything whether it’s the rush of excitement that comes when a twist reveals itself in the story or the dip in the stomach when the lead guy moves in and claims the girl he loves. I knew that reading this book would be an emotional one but nothing prepared me for how intense it would be or how incredible the pull would be as it completely SUCKED me into the story. I’ve said before in my reviews of the first two books how they had reached in and held my heart hostage … well those books pale in comparison to the way this book moved me. There were so many twists to the story, so many possibilities. At any given time I was experiencing complete happiness and giddiness for Portia and Vance, shock and horror at some of the situations they found themselves in and complete devastation when the love they had for each other was once again tested almost to its breaking point. All I can do now is sit back and sigh, totally satisfied from being entertained so completely
I loved the way Vance and Portia move together, the way they naturally gravitate towards each other. The more you read through the series, the more you realize how perfect they are for each other and it’s really difficult to not think of one without thinking of the other. They are both fiercely protective of each other which is a direct result of the challenges they’ve faced. They have been through so much and the beginning of the book starts off with a celebration that reminds you have wonderful it is to be in love and I LOVED watching how they were with each other. I loved the message that regardless of whether the sky is falling and the world is on the verge of destruction, there is always time for passion, for tenderness, for devotion. They're definitely one of my top book couples.
Portia is really growing into the role of an amazing lead female. She shows a great strength in character now that she is more confident in her magical abilities and her relationship with Vance. She knows what she wants and what she needs to do to get it. She has complete faith in her love for Vance and does everything she can to protect him. She truly is Vance’s equal in this book and it was AMAZING to watch. You need to know that my heart went out to her in this book because I knew that inevitably there’s only so much a person can take and only so much they can give before they break. Her limits were constantly being challenged and I appreciated the emotions I felt through her as I was able to get a much better look at the world through her eyes.
Vance Mangum. That really does say it all right? Just the sound of his name should give you an indication of what kind of character he is but if not let me share it with you. He is by far the best bad boy I’ve found in all of the YA genre. I know that may hurt Dimitri’s feelings (resident bad boy from the Vampire Academy series) but I have to call it as I see it. You can’t not read Vance and not have your knees weaken even just a little. I love the passion he feels for Portia and his total lack of fear in letting the entire world know how much he adores her. He leaves her with no doubt whatsoever that he is hers and that he would go to the end of the world for her. There were so many scenes in this book that had me totally in love with him and I have to say, as the lover of the evil bad boy – Vance has ALL the potential of driving me completely over the edge into bad boy Heaven. He fights his demon tendencies but still he struggles. The moment his eyes flash that sexy red, I’m swooning and I am DESPERATE to know what happens with him in the next book. There were so many Vance moments I loved in the book but the two that I can safely share without ruining anything is one from the opening chapters where Vance can’t take it one moment longer and pulls Portia into an empty room and RAVISHES her up against the wall. Oh yeah incredibly HOT. The other is when they are staying in Scotland and Vance finds himself with a very traditional piece of clothing. Let me whet your appetite a little and say Vance as a Highlander is an unbelievably SEXY image to have. I dare anyone to read the series, especially this book and NOT fall hopelessly in love with him.
When you read this book prepare yourself for the roller coaster. This is Lacey Weatherford at her finest and I’m chomping at the bit to see what she has in store for Portia and Vance. It couldn’t possibly get any better could it? If reading this book is anyway to guess, I think book 4 is going to blow me over and seal my fate as one of the greatest fan of the Of Witches & Warlock series. It’s a definite drop everything your doing, sell a kidney if you have to, it’s that important that you read it book. Enjoy!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 24, 2011 :
~ short version ~
Yet another wild ride from Lacey Weatherford! We see the same incredible characters in this story that we have come to know and love in the first two books in this series and only come to love them more! Another must read!
Blood of the White Witch is filled with danger, romance, intrigue, trust, deception, and love. The story starts off right where we left off in book two and the plot hits the ground running. Once again Lacey has created a phenomenal story that keeps you turning the pages!
~long version~ (spoiler alert)
I was impressed that Lacey Weatherford was able to create such an intense, emotional, young adult romance without ever losing the integrity of the YA part of that romance. She was able to communicate the tremendous physical attraction between Vance and Portia without being graphic.
I couldn't put this one down! The story has more twists than ever before with the deception and betrayal of more of Vance's family. I was sad when I realized that they were playing on his desire to be a part of a family, although I was expecting them to not be what they seemed to be. So many people in this one are not who and what they appear to be, but we do get to meet new and helpful people in this book too.
The struggle of good against evil continues......
I couldn't put this one down - read it cover to cover in one sitting! Got to the end - devastated! I only wish book 4 was available - I don't know how I will survive the wait!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)