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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

BLOOD MAGIC by Tessa Gratton
Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 416pp
Age Range: 12 and up
Series: Blood Journals Series
Source: Publisher (ARC)
This page-turning debut novel will entice fans who like their paranormal romances dark and disturbing. It's a natural next-read for fans of Stephanie Meyer, Carrie Jones, and Becca Fitzpatrick. But instead of mythical creatures, blood magic has everything to do with primal human desires like power, wealth, and immortality. Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She can't stop thinking about her parents alleged murder-suicide. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. What's a little spilled blood if she can uncover the truth? And then there's Nick—the new guy at school who makes her pulse race. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic. Drawn together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick must find out who else in their small Missouri town knows their secret and will do anything to take the book and magic from Silla.

BLOOD MAGIC brings a fresh insight into the world of magic. I’ve read plenty of books based on magic but Tessa’s writing breathed life within the pages of this book. From the past journal accounts of magic to the mystery surrounding the murders of Silla’s parents, this book bewitched me.

BLOOD MAGIC is told through alternating accounts from Silla and Nicholas. Each character’s life has been affected by magic which ultimately brings them together for some intense and sizzling scenes. Linked together by magic, Silla and Nicholas find themselves on a hunt for answers – answers that could be deadly. Although eerie and gruesome at times, I enjoyed getting inside the heads of these characters.

All in all, I loved the concept behind this book, which was pretty crafty. I always had the feeling that I was watching a great movie which is good enough for me. If you’re looking for something fresh in the magical realm, then this is the book for you. The magic, romance, danger, and suspense scattered throughout the pages left me spellbound.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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  1. Definitely wanted to hear more about this one, so thanks for your review! :)

  2. I'm looking for something different in magic. I definitely have to read this. Thanks for the review.

  3. Great review! I'm always looking for a good magic book!

  4. This has been on my reading list for AWHILE now. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

    Great review!

  5. Great review! I've been looking forward to this one for a while now. I love books where you can picture it as a movie in your mind :)

  6. I enjoyed the review! Sounds really good!


  7. I love reading books with different POV's like that. It allows me to know exactly what's going on with the characters. I hate sometimes wondering "why the heck did he/she do that for?" Drives me nuts! I must say, I'm curious as to why they are sometimes eerie. Interesting though. Glad you liked it!

  8. I've been leaning away from magic books lately because they're all the same. Predictable. I'm excited to hear that this one is a breath of fresh air.

  9. Great review. Blood Magic sounds pretty interesting, and I'm looking forward to checking it out.

  10. I definitely can not wait to read this book! Thanks so much!

    Rachel Leigh
    TheOneRing111 at gmail dot com

  11. Great review! I am excited for this one!

  12. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review!

  13. Thanks for sharing your review. I am looking forward to reading this one

  14. Sounds like a good mix of magic. I just adore the cover too!

  15. Love a good dark, twisty book.
    Off to add to my WL.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  16. This book sounds good alittle different in a good way always looking for new things to read! I enjoyed your review can't wait to read this book!


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