Advent Calendar Day 2: The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod + Giveaway!

Filed in Advent Calendar , featured , Giveaways , Suzanne McLeod , The HEA Lover Posted on December 2, 2011 @ 6:00 am 47 comments

Welcome to the 2nd day of Book Lovers Inc Advent Calendar. Each day we will offer you one great read in a giveaway on all 24 days till Christmas.


Today you will have the chance to win a book from Suzanne MacLeod‘s series. This year I read and loved The Bitter Seed of Magic (Book #3)  and I decided to share the love with you! This series is a real ‘Coup de Coeur’ for me and I hope you’ll have the chance to enjoy it too. I always say this series has a little something more that other UF series don’t have. It’s hard to explain but when I read them I felt it was different. I’m now completely addicted and I think I can safely say next book is gonna ROCK (*evil laugh*)

Purchasing Info: GoodReads, Suzanne’s Website, Amazon, Book Depository

Book Blurb:

On the surface, Genny’s life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss, has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London’s fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm. Then a faeling – a teenage girl – is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magic, and Genny is called into investigate. As she digs through the clues, her search takes a sinister and dangerous turn, exposing age-old secrets that might be better left buried. Then another faeling disappears, and Genny finds herself in a race against time to save the faeling and stop the curse from claiming its next victim – herself!

The Review:
This book was fantastic. It’s even better than the 2nd book. The story has so many twists and turns, it was a ‘OMG’-fest in my house. (Suzanne you’re still EVIL!) I just didn’t see any of these events coming. Suzanne McLeod created a very fascinating and complex world. I didn’t want the book to end.
[…] Fanta-bulous, that’s how i’d summarize this book. The Bitter Seed of Magic is an action-packed adventure filled with twists and turns. Vampires, Fae, Witches and so much more…this books has them all. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to end and you can never guess what’s going to happen next (or I don’t have much imagination lol). I salute Suzanne’s fertile imagination and I can only say this: Give this series a try! It’s well worth your time, you won’t regret it… Read the rest of the review.


Since I love this series so much I’m offering 1 book in the series (winner’s choice. I’ll even pre-order) to 1 lucky commenter!

All you have to do is answer the following question: Did you have an Advent Calendar with chocolate in them when you were a kid? Do you still have them now? (I still have 1 every year! NOM)

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave a valid email when placing your comment so we can inform you if you win.

This giveaway is open to everyone! (Anywhere Book Depository ships to)

Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 17th  and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • aurian December 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Hi Caroline, you certainly are passionate about this series. It has been on my wishlist for a while now, but you now the drill: so many book, so little time.
    I’d like to win the first one in the series though, so I can start reading.

    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Yeah I know… I’m often worried it’ll show my crazy obsessive side 😉 But I do love this series *g* I know ALL about the too many book too little time problem.. I wish you good luck then =)

  • aurian December 2, 2011 at 6:46 am

    And I forgot to answer your question. Nope, never had a thing like an advent calender when I grew up. I do vaguely remember that at school (age 6-12), a new candle was lighted in the days before Christmas, but I do think that were 12 days or so.
    Is it possible that Advent is originally a Catholic custom?

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      That’s a good question because I have NO idea. I think it needs some investigating!

  • gconoy December 2, 2011 at 8:01 am

    oh, need new icon now that the site has moved …

    Anyways – i always had a advent calendar when I was younger & I still have on. A cheap on with chocolate for the late night snack at midnight & one with teabags – for breakfast. Lol.

    hrududu AT hotmail DE

    @aurian – you mean advent or the advent calendar? advent with the 4 sundays we have nowasays definitely was developed by the catholic church, although it’s real form should date back right after jesus christ was born. advent calendar is a german thing – lutherians started it. same goes for the advent wreath. (yes, i’m a sucker for christmas …lol)

    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Ohh thank you for the explanation! I really had no idea!

  • rissatoo December 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I never had an advent calendar growing up. In fact, I think I was in my 20’s before I ever heard of them! I’ve never bought one for me, but I have gifted them to my nephews & nieces.
    I’m really looking forward to Bitter Seed. I, too, love this series!

    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      *g* I’m really excited too. Suzanne sure knows how to deliver a good story =)

  • miki December 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

    yes i had one sometimes… and now also when i love the theme ^^;;

    i would like to discover this serie with the first book
    thansk you for this opportunity


    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Ah yeah they have so many themes now. I have to agree I nearly went for the NON eatable StarWars one this year 😉 But naaah I needed the chocolate!

  • Jason K. December 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I did have that type of advent calendar, they were great. I haven’t had one in a really long time, but I do remember that the chocolate had a very unique flavor. Not bad, but no other chocolate tasted the same. Maybe it was the plastic… 🙂

    I’ve not read any of this series yet, so I’d like the first book for sure.


    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Hehe I had some calendars with very bad tasting chocolates in the past. Now when I can I treat myself (*cough*parentsbuyingmeone*cough*) to a Kinder Calendar *NOM*

  • Irene Jackson December 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I never had an advent calendar as a child but I always have one now,all that chocolate yum! If I’m lucky and win could I have the first one of the series as i have not seen this one before and it looks good.

    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      *g* It’s never too late to start loving Advent Calendars! We can appreciate it better now I think 😉

  • aurian December 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

    gconoy, thank you for your explanation 🙂

  • Meredith December 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I never knew about Advent calendars until high school, when I sold them for a club fundraiser. Now I’m addicted!

  • Kaya H December 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Nope my family never had and advent calendar. Today we eat a cookie everyday and every week we make a new batch with the kids.

  • Teri C December 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I think there were two when i was a kid and both times my older brother would cut our the back and take the chocolates putting rocks or the wrappers back inside. He was all brotherly like that.
    Now that I have kids we have those playmobile christmas advent calendars and they open a box with a small toy and place it in a scene until Christmas Eve.

    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Oh my! Sibling can be so mean! I find the Playmobile one really cute. I love that in the end you have the whole scene =)

  • JenM December 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I would love to start this series, just have so many books on the TBR pile right now. I do remember advent calendars from when I was a child, but I was never that wild about the chocolate since I love dark chocolate and they always had milk chocolate. I don’t think I’ve ever had one as an adult.

  • Birgit December 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Until last year I had an advent calender with chocolate every year (and I’m not a spring chicken anymore, hahaha), but this year I have one with tea! A different flavor every day – delicious and my butt won’t grow bigger 😉 !
    danaan at gmx dot at

    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      oHH I had no idea those existed! Well I’d be interested too (in addition to the chocolate one *wink*)

  • Mary Kirkland December 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I never had one as a kid, didn’t even know they existed until I had a daughter and people started sending them to her when she was little.

  • Diane December 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    No Advent calendar I’m afraid, wish I knew some of thr tradition behind it.

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  • LSUReader December 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Caro, The book sounds great; thanks.

    I didn’t have an Advent Calendar (with or without chocolate) when I was a kid. As a adult, I put together an annual Advent Calendar for my kids. It had tiny Christmas ornaments and we put it on a counter, with a small tree. Each day a new ornament was added.

    • pattepoilue December 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      That is a very cool idea! I like this idea a lot

    • LSUReader December 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      oops–forgot to leave email: mochfly(at)swbell(dot)net

  • Melliane December 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    When I was little it happens sometimes that my mother bought us a Advent Calendar but as we always the chocolate before the date it was quickly over. And finally I didn’t have one since.

    thanks for the giveaway

  • blodeuedd December 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Wow, wait pre-order? I am so in!

    And of course I have one, I made my parents get me one for Little Xmas that was last weekend. I got a Kinder one, haha, yes I will never grow up

  • Sullivan McPig December 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    We never had an advent calendar when i was a kid. But a few years ago my owner cross stitched an advent calendar that we hang up every year. it doesn’t have chocolate though, just small pillows with a christmassy cross stitched picture on it.

  • Estella December 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Never even knew there was something called an advent calendar.

  • Yto December 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    yes, i had one. i really wished i could afford the plymobil one XD i am a kid at heart still.

    witchvela at web dot de

  • Mel S December 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I’m 31 and my Dad still buys me a chocolate advent calendar each year!! It’s a little treat to eat some chocolate every day up until the big day when we can stuff ourselves! 🙂

  • Breanne December 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    We always had chocolate advent calendars when I was a kid, but I haven’t had one in years!

  • Karen C December 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I don’t remember Advent calendars for me as a child, but I made sure my daughter had them and still get them for her. Love reading your reviews – so much fun!

  • Barbara Elness December 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    No, I never had an Advent calendar as a child, and since I’m not religious, I never had them for my son either. I don’t really know much about it, but I do like chocolate. 😀

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • Jen B. December 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I never had an Advent calendar as a kid. I tried one as an adult but I just didn’t like it.

  • Mary Preston December 3, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I’ve never had an Advent Calender. Obviously a deprived childhood.

  • Tamsyn December 3, 2011 at 6:47 am

    No, I’ve never had an advent calendar when I was a kid. We are not Christians so this was never an issue.


  • Victoria Zumbrum December 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

    No I have never had the calendar. Please enter me in contest.

  • Na December 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I did! Except it was hard to limit myself to one chocolate per day and me and my sister would each have our own to be fair 🙂

  • Anne R December 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I remember having an advent calender as a child but without chocolates. Now, we do have advent calender with chocolate for the little man. We also made our own advent calender this year. A big christmas tree that we glue our favorite pieces of chocolate too. Every morning, he gets up and races to the kitchen for his chocolate.

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  • Julie Witt December 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I was raised as a practicing Catholic so we definitely had an Advent calendar, although I’m not sure if it was the kind with chocolate in it, or just a little picture or gift 🙂 Thanks for the awesome Advent giveaway!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  • Bethany C. December 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I’ve never had one. Thanks for the contest! I read the first book and was surprised how much I loved it!


  • JessS December 7, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Yes, we had one when I was younger. I liked it, it was wooden and once you’d done all the days made an awesome Christmas tree. Though we didn’t get it until I was a little older and sort of out of the whole Christmas/Santa phase, so it was more for my younger siblings. This series sounds great, so thanks for the giveaway!

  • Marie-Claude December 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

    As a child I had one….and still do every year!!!!

  • Little Lamb Lost December 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

    No we didn’t have them growing up but I introduced them when I had children and they have now become a tradition.

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