When Olivia Landry screams, people die. No wonder she's been shunned by humans her whole life. When Olivia makes a huge mistake, she's banished for a summer to a human town; forced to live as one of them. She's out for revenge when she discovers the humans are different than she imagined, especially the rugged, sexy guitarist, Jackson Vance.
Pretending to be human isn't as hard as she thought it would be...until the witch hunters attack. Now Olivia must somehow protect herself, her family, and her new human friends. There's a problem with that. When you go around screaming, people are bound to learn your secret. Can love really conquer anything?
Synopsis taken from goodreads.
Title: Amaretto Flame
Author: Sammie Spencer
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication Date: March 24, 2011
Source: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for Amaretto Flame. Many thanks goes to Sammie Spencer and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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My rating: 4.5/5
Olivia has a rare power unlike the powers those in her family or coven have been gifted with. Her scream kills, literally. She makes a mistake and, as punishment, she is sent to live in a safe house in a human town. She needs to acclimate to those around her, and in the process makes new friends, and gains a job. When the danger that is ever present threatens to destroy the life she has made for herself in her new town, she is haunted. Her newfound friends and the ever luscious Jackson will be in harms way, and she will have to keep them safe without letting them know just what she can do.
Olivia is ridiculously awesome. She's tough, caring, looks out for her family and her newfound friends. She is going to make a strong high priestess if she's allowed to go back to Eagleton. She is such a well-drawn character, and her emotions jump out at you, instantly forming a connection with the reader, making the reader sympathetic to her cause. It's been a while since I've read such a promising book, one with fully engaging characters, and a well-established plot; and one that easily draws the reader in from page one and keeps them hooked the entire time. Olivia is an excellent protagonist, and is so strong.
Jackson plays the elusive and mysterious guitarist at the bar where Olivia ends up working. The attraction is instant, both between Jackson and Olivia, and Jackson and the reader. He has this drive, and sexy, smoky personality that will have readers swooning. I loved how he and Olivia interacted, and how things evolved between them.
The world of magic and witches comes together easily in this book, and Amaretto Flame is such a refreshing read. I inhaled it, and finished it in a few short hours. My only complaint is that I want more, and I want it now. There is definitely more to be explored, and I hope that Spencer continues creating stories within this world. It's honestly one of the most refreshing reads that I have read in a long time, and I absolutely loved it.
All in all, a fantastic and imaginative read. One that couples magic and romance with the ever present danger lurking from the Venators. I'd definitely recommend this one to fans looking for a good, witchy read. Spencer has a new fan here, and I'll be waiting with bated breath for her next book. I can only hope we'll see Olivia and Jackson again.