Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Publisher: Random House
Release date: May 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 405 pages
Series: The Blood Journals #1
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Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Wow. How do I even begin to talk about this book. Let’s start with the atmosphere. Let me share with you the quote I used for Teaser Tuesday a while back when I was reading this. It gives you an idea of the atmosphere of this book, which was almost it’s own character. I loved it.
The headstone was cold against my back, pressing my thin T-shirt into the sweat trickling down my skin. Dusk washed the cemetery of shadows, lending it a quality of between-ness: neither day nor night, but a gray, teary moment. I sat with my legs crossed and the book in my lap. Beneath me, scraggly grass hid my parents’ graves.
Page 2 of Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
See what I mean? I discovered this book earlier this year and was immediately grabbed by the cover. I’ll be honest, at that point I’d added it to my Goodreads TBR pile before I’d even read the summary, which I didn’t actually read until the day I’d bought the book. But both summary and cover grabbed me, and that quote up there hooked me. I couldn’t get enough of this book.
Needless to say I should think that I loved the alternating view points. It’s definitely an awesome way to get to know Nick and Silla, connect better with them. Silla’s use of imaginary masks as a way to defend herself was definitely something I’ve never seen before in that way, it was very interesting. Especially once she developed enough to start using them less. I wish Nick had been honest earlier on about certain things, but I guess storywise it worked out. Reese was an awesome older brother. He believed Silla right away about the magic and was into it every bit as Silla.
Throughtout the novel there are also short segments that provide flashbacks to another couple who practice magic. I didn’t like these at first, just because I didn’t understand quite why they were relevant to the story. But after each successive one I began enjoying them, especially when they started answering questions that the main storyline brought up. It helped the pacing of the overall story develop nicely. It was at times a little predictable but that didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment for me.
The overall writing style was very good at making this story flow. The descriptions were vivid, I felt like I was actually there seeing what Silla and Nick saw, and feeling everything they felt. It’s not very often I’m able to picture it so vividly in my mind. Again that also goes back to the magical atmosphere this book conveyed.
Now I would like to give a little warning. There was one point early on in this book that disturbed me very much. I almost stopped reading because of it, but I’m glad I stuck through because this ended up being one of my favorite reads for this year. I won’t mention what it was in this review because that would be spoiling it for those who haven’t read, but if you really want to know what it is just shoot me an email. Also be ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride, because this book pretty much makes you feel everything, especially near the end. I definitely recommend this for those who enjoy a different paranormal reading experience, one not with vampires or werewolves, etc.