BLOOD MAGIC by Tessa Gratton

Posted 24 June, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 9 Comments

YA Paranormal
405 pages
Available now
Review copy received through GoodReads Bookswap
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 familyโ€”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 nearbyโ€”waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.

Positive: The mythology of Blood Magic. There are so many layers involved in the practice and who can do it and why and how. Once Silla and Nicolas start trusting one another and working together, they discover so much more about Blood Magic, their abilities, and their complicated family histories.

Positive: The writing. Through her lyrical descriptions, Tessa Gratton transports her readers to the tiny town of Yaleylah, Missouri with its crumbling cemetery, tangled forest, and dark, dirt roads and surrounds them with the copper-penny tang of blood.

Positive: The multiple perspectives. Silla and Nicolas take turns telling the story through their eyes, with their own ideas and experiences. Both of these teens are damaged in their own ways, though Silla’s the most seriously damaged, what with the horrible death of her parents. And then there are the letters that begin over a century ago. The letters of a girl who becomes a Blood Witch, one who turns dark and twisted and who’s been alive more than one hundred years and intends to live forever. Very, very creepy.

Wish: That the very sad death near the end of the book didn’t have to happen. Made me cry. *sniff* No. I’ll say no more…

Overall: This book was so different than many of the paranormal/magic-related books out there. Haunting and beautifully written, BLOOD MAGIC transports the reader to a dark, bloody world.

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9 Responses to “BLOOD MAGIC by Tessa Gratton”

  1. I have a copy of Blood Magic and after reading this, I’m PSYCHED to read it this weekend. Seriously, love that it’s so different from the slew of paranormal books.

    Great review! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Uh oh. I’m not liking the sound of the death near the end! I get very attached to my characters and I don’t like when they die! I’m all worked up about it now and I haven’t even started reading:) This sounds really good though, I’ll just have to mentally prepare before I read!

  3. The only hesitations about reading this book is, as you but it, “a dark bloody world.”

    I know that there has to be blood but I hope it isn’t too gory! A character that dies…I better get out the tissues!

    Wonderful review!