Review: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Title: Blood Magic
Author: Tessa Gratton
Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Publisher: Random House
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 405
Source: Library
Series: The Blood Journals (#1)
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge (Hosted by the Story Siren)

Summary (
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.
My Review:
I have really mixed feelings about this book. At times I hated it and had to stop reading because I didn’t agree with what was happening in the plot lines. Overall, though, I liked it. Would I reread it? I don’t think so. Will I read the next book? Maybe. Do I recommend you read it? Absolutely. Just because it’s not precisely my taste doesn’t mean I will tell people not to read it. I liked all the characters and for the most part I enjoyed the plot. But at times Silla, Nick, and Reese’s casual blood spillage just sickened me. It was incredibly interesting, but very twisted. The writing was suburb, though, which really made this book work. I really liked the switching narratives (this book is told from Silla and Nick’s POVs as well as journal entries from the antagonist and a surprise character later on). All the history and flashbacks and journal entries were all presented at the right plot point so they didn’t bog down the story, but greatly enhanced it. Anyway, my advice is to try this book out because it never hurts to try.