Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review: Amaretto Flame by Sammie Spencer

Title: Amaretto Flame
Author: Sammie Spencer
Reading Level: Upper YA/Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
e-book, 268 pages
Date Published: March 24, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
Olivia has spent her life learning about her enemies, the deadly Venator - including how to kill them. What she knows nothing about is whiskey, playing poker, or rugged, copper-haired musicians. As punishment for a small 'crime,' Olivia is sent to a safe house in a human town and forced to live as one of them for a summer. There, she meets the charming Jackson Vance, and her real education begins. She soon discovers that she's being hunted, and figuring out why means she uncovers a secret that threatens to end everything she's ever fought for.
Amaretto Flame is a witch tale unlike any other. These witches – the ‘Wise Ones’ – aren’t all about casting spells, they’re purpose is to protect humankind from the Venators – the ‘bad’ witches. Sammie Spencer pulls in all kinds of witch folklore to form her own world and rules. The balance between good and evil is constantly brought up and Olivia’s growth alongside this thought progresses so nicely.

Olivia is strong, tough, stubborn, but vulnerable and extremely kind at the same time. Her devotion to her coven – her family – is evident in every one of her thoughts and actions. When Olivia meets Jackson Vance, she’s apprehensive. It’s not just his amaretto eyes and silky voice, it’s all humans. Olivia’s near obliviousness about human interactions and emotions only emphasizes how sheltered she is. Living in a coven full of other ‘Wise Ones’ does not lend to one’s social skills. It’s all good though, because Jackson is just as stubborn as Olivia; and charming and gorgeous to boot. Trust me, this guy will make you swoon. The romantic tension lingers from the moment Olivia and Jackson meet, but the threat from the Venators is ever-present.

Jackson’s backstory was a little like what I expected, but much more. Once he and Olivia grow closer, the story really takes off and the action picks up. I would have liked to have seen more of the coven’s history and the with lore come into play. The same goes for Olivia’s family. The only member of the coven that really stood out to me was Everett, but they all seem to have something to offer. I’m hoping at least a few make an appearance in subsequent Eagleton Coven stories.

While Amaretto Flame is a YA paranormal romance story, it is definitely directed towards an older audience. Olivia is 19, but many of the secondary characters are older, including Jackson. And Olivia works in bar, so be prepared for a little drinking and minimal swearing. Even with older characters, the book still reads like YA and I think anyone who enjoys paranormal romance will love it.

Opening line: I was angry. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines:
It hadn’t just been myself that I needed to live for, despite the terrible things that had happened to me. It had been this boy who’d looked at me as I were his only salvation. ~ pg. 121
3.5 - I'm looking forward to a sequel :)
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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8 comments:

Diana said...

Great interview! Book sounds very interesting. I love your favorite line.

~The Book Pixie said...

This sounds really good and I've been wanting to read some older YA. I'm saving up for a Kindle and will totally buy this book when I get it. It sounds so refreshing and Olivia sounds like a great protagonist. Thanks for the lovely review and bringing this book to my attention! :D

~Briana

Vivien said...

This is sounding better and better. That first line is epic!

BookLuvr Mindy said...

Nice Q&A and Review! I like the quote too!

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25kati said...

Hello I was wondering if you would like to be apart of my book tour team. its a new site and I need all the reviewers I can get. I hope you consider and have an amazing day!

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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Diana - I love pulling out my fave lines and I'm glad you like this one!

Briana - E-readers are so nice and convenient. I've read quite a few books that I may have otherwise not even known about, had it not been for my Nook. I hope you get that Kindle soon (though I'm much more partial to the Nook).

Vivien - The book gets better and better too! I can't wait to see what happens next.

Mindy - Thanks :)

25kati - I visited the site, but not sure what kinds of books you'll be touring. I saw the one, but I don't read romance books, so...if you begin touring more YA books, I'd be happy to consider though. Thanks for stopping by!

Lmbrunken said...

Sounds wickedly interesting. Great review

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Sammie Spencer said...

Book Pixie - Did you know you could download the 'Kindle for PC' app from Amazon free and read all your ebooks right on your computer? That's what I do, because I don't have a Kindle either.

Makin' my rounds to check comments for the big prize. Thank you all for commenting! <3

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