Sunday 27 February 2011

Review. The Sweet Scent of Blood - Suzanne McLeod

Spellcrackers 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 363
Published: 2008
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, 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.

My thoughts:
I do love Urban Fantasy and this book was also refreshing because of the simple fact that it was set in London. I feel that I can't give justice to how good the book was. The good ones are always the hardest to write about. But I will try. But honestly I would just like to say...It was great! Read it.

To the story then. Genny is a Fae in a world where supernaturals walk among us. The vampires have gone for fame and "groupies", but Fae like her have it a bit harder. They never were human at all. There are also trolls, brownies, goblins, witches, and lots more. And they all bring something extra to the book.

Genny was a wonderful character. She was also clouded in mystery and I was dying to find out mor about her. Why she was not happy mixing with vampires, or why she did not let passion take over when Finn, her boss was around. She was an enigma but little by little details came out.

The story was great. She was investigating a vampire that was said to have killed his lover. This brought her to many more vampires, and they all wanted something. On top of that something sinister was in the air.

The enigma, the mystery, loved it. I kept reading and reading, wanting to find out more. Not only about the story but about her too. The end left me wanting to read book 2 at once.

This is a book I would recommend to fans of UF. Great new world, nice setting, heroine with secrets, vampires with secrets, a bit of sexual tension all wrapped into one.

Reason for reading:
I have wanted to start it for some time, and then i read a review and knew I had to buy the book.

Not a fan, but it is somewhat ok.


  1. B,

    I enjoyed this one too and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. :)


  2. YAY!!
    I'm so happy you enjoyed it too! I can't for you to read book 2 and 3 *g*
    Reading these books made me want to go to London again

    We learn a lot about Ginny in the next books. =)

  3. I would so pass this one up just on the cover alone...glad to know that there is a good story tucked in between the cover...sounds good.

  4. Ok, I will read this one - definitely promising!

    Thanks again for a nice review!

  5. @Michelle
    I am reading book 2 this coming week :) I need to know, even if I just saw that book 4 comes out first next year. The Horror

    Hihi, I loved it, and instead of blaming you ;) I thank you :D
    Book 2 is on this week, and if everything goes well, book 3 the week after

    It's a bit..I mean pretty but I would still walk by it. But it's good, and fun to see a heroine that is not so fierce looking.

    I do love UF, so the right genre for me, not like all that lovey-dovey pnr ;)

  6. Yep... this sounds like it's for me. Yep, it's going on the wishlist!

  7. This one does sound good. I probably would never have noticed it because of the cover though.

  8. This does sound like an interesting book, and now that you mention it, I can't think of any Urban fantasies that I 've read that take place outside of the US. I wonder why that is.

  9. i agree the good ones are always hard to review, there's so much to say!!

  10. You have me convinced!! I'm so going to have to start this series. You had me sold when you said it was set in London.

  11. This is one I've had on my wishlist for ages, so glad you enjoyed it and I hope I can get to it soon!

  12. Okay, okay, okay... lol. I have this one on my shelf here. Now I need to get to it! lol. Sounds amazing! Thanks!

  13. Wow, sounds neat:-) I love your blog because your reading is so different from mine !:-)

  14. Hey honey, just popping in to see how you are doing? I hope you are doing great and I hope you had a great weekend!!!! Hugs and smooches!

  15. Hadn't even heard of this one before!

  16. Great review hon!

    Been meaning to get this one =D

  17. Another new book for me. And it sounds really good! I like the cover too.

  18. LOL, "...It was great! Read it!" well OK...I have placed it on my TBR list. :-)

    I have also found it harder to write reviews on books that you really loved because you want to tell people everything but you know you can't but then it's hard to put the book into words to make people understand just how much you enjoyed it!

  19. WOW, I am seriously getting this. I love these types of books

  20. @Melissa
    Hihi, yay, I do hope you will like it. It is quite addictive

    It war really good :) The cover is sure a bit more subtle

    I did try to think long and hard but..nope. Not even from those that aren't from the states

  21. Carrie
    I could just go on and on and spoil the whole book, so hard to stop.

    Lol, yay :D Yes good old England and London so go forth and have a look

    I am very very glad I put this on my birthday wishlist cos I was sure not sorry

    Already on your shelf, oh then it is good day to start it ;)

  22. Thanks Marie :D
    I can say the same to you. And that is why i like it too

    *hugs and smooches*
    I had a great weekend, lots to do, people to see, and yummy things to eat

    I am happy to have enlightened you :=)

    It was good, I really wanted to start book 2 at once, but had some reviews to get through first

  23. @Elysium
    I am glad to have brought it to your attention :D

    Hihi, you know I had to use that ;)
    I have so much to say, but then when I want to put it to words, nothing comes out. It's always either way, a great review, or I just can't find the words to express why I liked it so much

    I hope you do and enjoy it. And the questions, so good.

    It was great, highly recommended

  24. I like the world that this book is set in plus you made it sound so good.

  25. Just added it to my to-read list. Good review, but really what convinced me was "It was great. Read it!" Short and to the point.

  26. @Jenny
    Great setting, great book, I was sure happy :D

    Lol, thanks. I liked it too. Sometimes you say so much more when you say hardly anything at all



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