Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood)
But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?
Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds - much less one that reveals she's a witch with unimaginable power.
What's more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own.
Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood's deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?
Victoria is a witch who has newly awakened into her powers. Along with her great powers, come (not great responsibility) an amulet and a familiar (well she had that since before but realized it later). She enrolls in a new school for her senior year where she meets Christian, an enigmatic and moody vampire and there begins their intense romance. Besides his thirst for her blood, they also have to deal with her lineage and the prophecy concerning her.
Adding to the obstacles against them are Lucian, Christian’s twin brother and Lord of House Deveraux who is on the search for the witch of the prophecy. Mix in a jealous ex and a Council where matters are still tense, they have a lot coming between them. Their relationship goes through a lot of ups and downs in one book, seeing as they are both dangerous to each other. Add to this a betrayal that comes from someone close to her and Victoria is barely hanging on to control of her powers.
As I said before, the pacing in the first half was a bit languid, and just when I thought the plot wasn’t going anywhere, things really picked up in the second half. Without giving much away, I would say that the climax was action filled and I loved every page of it.