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ARC Review: Of Wicked Blood by Olivia Wildenstein & Katie Hayoz

Thank you to Twig Publishing and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Of Wicked Blood goes on sale February 2, 2021.

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy
Series: The Quatrefoil Chronicles #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
Recommend to Others?: Maybe

ABOUT: SLATE

I didn’t mean to steal the Bloodstone from the De Morel’s crypt.

Scratch that, I did mean to steal it.

Until I realized it was a curse-magnet that only comes off if I, along with a jolly trio, successfully defeat four curses.

If any of us fail, I’m dead.

I’ve never been a glass half-empty sort of person, but my glass looks in dire need of a refill right about now.

The only highlight of this wicked treasure hunt: feisty, entitled Cadence de Morel.

CADENCE

I was raised on tales of magic, in a small town reputed to be the birthplace of French witchcraft.

Did I believe all the stories I heard? Absolutely not. I mean, if magic existed, Maman wouldn’t have died, and Papa wouldn’t be stuck in a wheelchair, right?

Wrong.

The night Slate Ardoin waltzes into my life, wearing a ring he stole from my mother’s grave, I call him a monster.

But then I meet real ones, and Slate, well . . . he becomes something else to me.

Something frustrating to live with but impossible to live without.

Something I will fight for, no matter the cost.

 

My ReviewOf Wicked Blood was not the story for me. It was a depressing read but I do think others will like this book and series.

I love any magic system that involves elements and Of Wicked Blood was no exception. I liked how each element – Quatrefoil – was a dangerous course that each character had to defeat their respective element. I didn’t have any trouble understanding how magic worked or the background to this whole hunt.

The four “main” characters – Slate, Cadence, Adrien and Gaëlle – were so-so but I was still rooting for them because of how deadly the curses were. I wasn’t much of a fan of Slate and Cadence’s relationship because of what happened in the beginning. They do have nice chemistry. I just couldn’t personally get behind it. Yet the character I despised most was Cadence’s dad.  He is a despicable man who can’t be trusted.

The hardest part of reading Of Wicked Blood was that I had trouble immersing myself into the setting. The story takes place in a small, fogged-over town in France that has managed to maintain much of its original architecture over hundreds of years with only adding some contemporary technology. I couldn’t quite mesh it together for the entire story, which made enjoying it almost impossible. I also didn’t care for the brief mention of covid (even if it was in the past tense). Too soon.

Of Wicked Blood is the kind of dark fantasy I didn’t particularly care for. However, I really wanted to know if the characters would succeed and if Slate and Cadence would become a couple. Overall, the book was okay but I don’t think I’ll be continuing this series.

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