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Review: BLOOD MAGIC by Tessa Graton

Posted by on May 9, 2011
Blood Magic (The Blood Journals, #1) 
BLOOD MAGIC
Tessa Gratton
405 pages
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  LIKED

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 Graton’s young-adult debut is dark, emotional, and full of magic. Told from two different viewpoints, the story was unique and enthralling. The concept of blood, a necessity to all life, being capable of magic has never been so realistic.

   When the first pages of Blood Magic are cracked open, we find Druscilla Kennicot sitting across her parents’ graves, looking through a spell book that showed up on her doorstep. The sender is a mystery, but he knew her father, which is enough for Silla to burst with curiosity.

   Silla finds out her blood is magical – she can perform a variety of spells with a drop (or sometimes more) of blood. But she isn’t the only one capable of blood magic, her new neighbor, Nicholas Pardee, has magical blood too. And someone else – someone who’s after Silla and her spell book.

   So when Silla and Nick and her older brother Reese are being hunted down by a powerful someone, all they can do is wait until the time is right… and attack. But that’s when things take a tragic turn, one Silla’s not sure she can get over. Not again.

   In the emotional sense, I found myself deeply affected, there were parts that brought me so close to tears, it ruined my entire Sunday evening! However, though the plot to Blood Magic was noticeably well-planned, I came across many loopholes where things could have gone very differently. But that doesn’t make Tessa Graton’s debut any less riveting than it is. And there shouldn’t be any reason for you not to pick this book up when it releases on May 24th, 2011.

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