Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Review: A Dream of Blood and Magic (Spirit Marked #1) by Olivia Boothe @TheOliviaBoothe

A Dream of Blood and Magic

Spirit Marked #1

by Olivia Boothe

Published: June 12, 2024

Publisher: Three Brothers Press

Genre: Fairy Tales, Dark Fantasy, Horror, Fantasy, Mythology, Folk Tales, Vampires, Witches


Underworld meets Kingdom of the Wicked in this forbidden love, rivals to lovers, high stakes, slow-burn gothic contemporary fantasy romance.


When a mysterious crow crash-lands through Avery Jaxon’s Brooklyn apartment window, awakening the elemental magic dormant in her veins, Avery soon discovers her entire life has been a skillfully woven lie, and that even her new avian friend holds secrets of its own, including the answers to her shrouded past.

But pulling back the veil is only the beginning. An ancient prophecy has been set in motion, thrusting Avery into a centuries-old supernatural war between witches and vampires.

Seeking to harness Avery’s rare and ancient power, the most notorious dark arts witch hive in the world is on the hunt to find Avery before she’s captured by Kane, a vampire sworn to protect humankind from the next Spirit Marked—a foretold witch with such immense, raw magic, it will threaten to destroy all life on Earth.

Now, to save humanity and protect her friends, Avery must learn to control her potent magic, all while building an alliance with the warrior vampire sent to seize her. Their destinies are more entwined than either could have ever foreseen. But despite the magic that binds their paths and the enigmatic attraction growing between them, Avery struggles to trust the man born to be her enemy.

However, Kane’s not the only vampire thirsting for the honeyed taste of Avery’s blood...someone else also seeks to wage a war against her heart.

In the end, Avery must not only grapple with the painful truth behind her family’s past, but she’ll need to accept the journey laid out before her. For not only do the lives of those she loves depend on it, but so do the lives of every mortal and immortal creature alike.

Intended for audiences 18 years+ Please check the author's website for a full list of CW/TW

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My Review:

A Dream of Blood and Magic is the first book in the Spirit Marked series by Olivia Boothe. A Dream of Blood and Magic pulled me into its depth from the first page and never let go even after I read the last page.

A Dream of Blood and Magic is told from several different points of view. I like getting the story through more than one character’s eyes. I feel as if I get more of the story that way. I also think you get to know the characters better that way as well.

After saving a child from getting run over by a bus things change drastically for Avery. How she saved that child she has no idea but it is about to turn her life upside down. A war between witches and vampires and an ancient prophecy puts Avery Jaxon in the middle of everything.  

A Dream of Blood and Magic is filled with magic, magical powers, ancient prophecies and so much more. I truly enjoyed reading the parts where Avery began using her powers. I especially loved watching her discover her powers and what she could do with them. The descriptions were written so well I had no problem picturing it all in my head as if I was witnessing all of it.

The many twists and turns kept me hanging on for more. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as I raced to the end to see how it was going to end.

I can’t wait to see what awaits us in the next book in the Spirit Marked series. I want to know more about Avery and her powers.

If you like reading about vampires and witches, you will love A Dream of Blood and Magic. Grab a copy of A Dream of Blood and Magic today!

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