Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Series: The Blood Journals #1
*I bought this book in hardcover for my own library.
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It starts off simply.
Draw a circle ... place a dead leaf in the center ... sprinkle some salt ... recite a little Latin ... add a drop of blood ...
Maybe that last part isn't exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents' horrific deaths. She's willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.
The book isn't the only recent arrival in Silla's life. There's Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She's not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick's first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can't deny their attraction. And they can't ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.
Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood.
I've had Blood Magic sitting on my TBR shelf for about a month or so and I just recently decided to read it. It wasn't that I didn't want to read it, it's just that I try to keep somewhat of a time order when reading my books and I tend to read books I've had on my shelf longer. Compared to some of the others, Blood Magic hadn't been sitting there that long. But it was really calling to me, so I decided it was time.
Great, Great book. I've been disappointed with a lot of paranormal reads lately, and I was not disappointed with Blood Magic. It was a unique and refreshing take on the young adult paranormal genre. Just like the blurb says, it had all of the blood with none of the vampires. Really, really cool magic ideas and I applaud the author for doing something different. I know it didn't work for every reader, but it worked for me.
I think the book had great atmosphere and I really loved how the author switched viewpoints between Nick and Silla. I also loved the journal entries that came from the past. It did jump around a lot, but I had no issues with it and thought it added to the story. I really loved Nick as a character, but then I am always drawn to sarcastic and cynical people. Silla I liked, but I didn't feel as connected to her as Nick.
And this is where my minor complaints come in. Once again, I'm going to complain about lack of characterization. It's getting to be a habit isn't it? Truthfully,it wasn't nearly as bad as some of the books I have read recently, but I feel like I could have known Silla better. I just felt a lack of emotion from her. There was a lot of telling and not showing when it came to Silla's feelings and motivations. Something bad happened to her and if it had been any other book I would have cried (I am a crybaby), but it didn't move me. I found that strange. And I know this is a minor complaint. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book.
Thank goodness for no cliffhanger ending. I'm really getting sick of those. I don't mind unanswered questions, but at least wrap it up a little bit, ya know?
Anyway, I own this book, and I'm not giving it up, so you know I liked it. This is one series I intend to continue, because I am interested in finding out where the author is going to go with the plot in the next book. I didn't want to put it down. Yesterday I wanted to finish it, so I kept reading until the sun came up. I think a lot of books in the young adult genre are getting cliche and predictable, so it was nice to see something original for a change.
I highly recommend Blood Magic and I do think that most of my blog readers will enjoy it. I am considering it for a future giveaway. 4 stars!
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