Book Review: Blood Magic

Book Review: Blood MagicBlood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Published by Random House Children's Books on May 24th 2011
Pages: 405

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.

I love witch books. Frankly, I wish there were more of them. Blood Magic promises not just an average witch tale. But something darker. And I loved the idea right from the beginning.
Ever since Silla's parents died horribly, nothing has felt that same. People in her small town look at her differently. Whisper that she is going to turn out just like her father. But Silla knows that all the pieces do not fit. How could her quiet, intelligent father kill her mother and then turn the gun on himself? The known facts just do not fit.
Blood Magic is told through the alternating accounts of Silla, Nicolas, and a mysterious person in journal form. I loved Silla and Nicolas right from the start. And when the journal entries were added in, the plot just kept on thickening. Who was this person? How do they fit into the overall picture? Will we meet them? Questions like the zoomed in and out of my brain. Leaving me on the edge of my seat, dying to know what would happen next.
While most "witch" books tend to stay on the safer side, Blood Magic took it to another level. I was simply stunned with its originally. I have read numerous books with magical elements. And after reading the same old, same old, time and time again, I was a little hesitant about reading this book. The summary promised one thing, but would I get that? Or would I be left feeling lacking? Thankfully, the answer leans more towards getting what I hoped for. Which is always a good thing.
Final Verdict:
There are so many layer to Blood Magic. Every character has their own past.. their own flaws and I fell in love with all of it. I am completely blown away at how magical Blood Magic was. From the characters to the magic elements, Blood Magic was just plain fun to read. While this book may not be for the squeamish, if you are looking for a new concept that will leave you guessing until the very end.. Blood Magic is a book that you will need to look into.
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5 responses to “Book Review: Blood Magic

  1. This is high up on my TBR! I hope to read it soon and your review has me wanting to read it sooner! This sounds like a great read but unsurprising since both Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff are also great writers.

  2. I’m intrigued by what you said about Tessa going really in depth with her magic system and doesn’t shy away from the darker elements. I definitely respect an author who isn’t afraid to let her characters go dark!


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