Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Review: The Sweet Scent of Blood

The Sweet Scent of Blood is the first book in the Spellcrackers series by Suzanne McLeod and an ACE Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

Genevieve Taylor is a sidhe - one of the noble fae - and she's unusual even in a London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with humanity...

Genny is a rising star at Spellcrackers dot com where she finds the "M" in magic - which can mean anything from mischief to malice to murder. The Spellcrackers are run by the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. And that's just fine with Genny, who wants as little to do with the bloodsuckers as possible.

But when a sinfully sexy vamp is accused of killing his lover, an old debt forces Genny to help prove his innocence, risking her job, her safety - and the exposure of her own dark secrets. Genny soon realizes that she and her client are both unwitting pawns in a centuries-old power struggle. And it's not just her own neck at stake but the lives of all of London's supernatural beings.

The Sweet Scent of Blood was a pretty good read. :)

Genevieve Taylor is one of the noble fae.
In her line of work she 'cracks' spells as well as any witch - but unlike a witch - Genny can't cast spells. And she thinks that has to do with her fae blood.

Due to a very bad experience as a child - Genny has a strong aversion to vampires. She is well aware of the powers they hold - and chooses to stay as far away from them as possible. But Genny has a dark secret - one that only the most trusted of friends know.

When a vampire asks Genny for help - she is understandably reluctant to comply - but when a fae gives his/her word it is binding. And Genny does not like being indebted to anyone.

The Sweet Scent of Blood started off with a bang. I really like the character of Genny and all of the supporting characters as well. The story bogged just a little in the middle and I was worried - but then it picked up and sped right along to a satisfying ending.

I give The Sweet Scent of Blood 4 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read the rest of the series. :)


The Sweet Scent of BloodThe Cold Kiss of DeathThe Bitter Seed of Magic


Blodeuedd said...

Hi Michelle,
Great to hear that this series lives up to its buzz

Michelle Greathouse said...


I've only read the first one - oddly enough - I think it is the only one that has been released in the US and it was the only one Barnes & Noble had. But I enjoyed it and I will keep on the lookout for the rest of the series. :)


Danielle87 said...

I really like the 'Spellcrackers' series - if for no other reason than it's set in London! lol
But I think McLeod has a tendency to write too many plots/minor-plots in one book and you're right, it does get bogged down.

I'm hanging out for the 4th book to come out June 2011!

steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

Supes have so many rules! This looks interesting. Thanks for your review.

Kah Woei said...

Wow, this sounds really good. Got to keep my eye out for it.

Cecile said...

Great review honey!! I am still wanting to see this one in my dang store!!!! I will be getting it soon!!! Your review was awesome! Hope all is well honey!!!

suzannemcleod said...

Hi Michelle!

Thanks for the review, and great you enjoyed the read. I hope you enjoy the next ones too if/when you get round to them.

Suzanne :-)