Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Young Adult: 405 Pages
Published: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Random House for young readers
Series: The Blood Journals(Book #1)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the author: Website

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

Blood Magic was everything I expected it to be and more. It was dark, magical, romantic and suspenseful. The suspense is almost unbearable. I was fighting back the urge(more than once) to skip to the end to finally find out the who's, whys and the how's. But of course I resisted, and it was well worth it.

Blood Magic started out slow, giving the reader a feel for who the characters are, but still leaving a hint of mystery within them. Nick was the love interest in Blood Magic but I found Reese, Silla's big brother to be a total swoon-worthy character. Sweet, charming and protective of his little sister *sigh*. Silla is a strong-willed, passionate character, but still vulnerable at times. The author did a wonderful job creating such a vivid character cast.

The book was filled with so many fantastic twists and turns. Just when I thought I had figured something out, the author threw in another jaw dropping moment. The author's writing style was smooth and detailed. Capturing the emotion and intensity of the book perfectly. I can't forget to mention the haunting world she created. This book is not a light, paranormal read. Blood, murder and dark magic, the book packs a lot of punch.

I couldn't put this book down. Initially drawn to it's simple cover and interesting premise, Blood Magic went beyond my expectations. A magical adventure that I would recommend to all my friends!
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  1. I've always loved this cover, and now your review really makes me want to read this one. Thanks!

  2. This book sounds great - it is the first that I am hearing about it! I LOVE a book that really lets me 'know' the characters! I'm so glad you enjoyed it - I'm adding it to my TBR list.

  3. This one looks really good. I'll have to get it soon. Great review!

  4. I also think the cover is gorgeous! I just found out about this book today- so it was just fate that I saw your review! This book sounds like it combines all my favorite elements!

    Thanks, and great review! :)

  5. I'm intrigued by the cover also. You're review makes me want to go out and get the book right now.

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed reading Blood Magic too! I had to resist the temptation of flipping forward through the pages as well... and you're absolutely spot on about the novel being dark and suspenseful!

  7. ooh dark and twisty!! sounds fantastic :-)


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