Book Review: Blood Magic

Sep
02
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Blood Magic Blood Magic by
Series: The Blood Journals #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 405
Source:
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.

My Review:

Yet another debut! I’m going to have to stop with the debuts soon so I can get some others read!
This book is decidedly different from anything I’ve ever read. Sure it’s a teen novel and there’s romance to it, but aside from that it’s got a dark flavor to it that I’ve never really seen before. Part of that is the type of magic it deals with – Blood magic almost always has really negative connotations, probably because it’s almost always portrayed like the antagonist uses it in this one. It is almost never considered as something that could be used in a positive way. Even this novel is ambiguous on that point. There are obviously going to be sequels and I’m curious to see if it turns out it really can be used for good or if it becomes too much of a temptation to Silla and Nick.

The thing about featuring something as dark as Blood magic is it’s rarely thought out in the detail that other, less unsavory magics are (probably because it can get exceedingly gory if the author isn’t careful). This gives the writer tons of space to play with the specifics and give us something completely new. The image of the magic supply trunk, complete with small vials of dust and herbs and a blood-letting quill was so vivid that it is still branded in my mind.
Basically, I really enjoyed this book. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, something slightly off ordinary, then this one is for you! I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book!

 





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5 Responses to “Book Review: Blood Magic”

  1. Kate says:

    Don't stop reading debuts, Anne!

    Glad you liked it, sounds like a good read :) I don't really read too many books with magic in them, let alone blood magic, so I might give this a try some day :)

  2. Sally@Always Lost in Stories says:

    I've definitely got to read this one soon- I'm always looking for "something a bit different" with a romance in it!

  3. Anne says:

    @Kate – I was mostly joking, it just seems like everything I pick up these days is a debut! I have some catching up on older books to do as well, so I'm taking a short break, that's all.

    @Sally – Then this one is probably perfect for you! Definitely try it soon =)

  4. Julie says:

    This sounds interesting. I know Gratton is writing friends with Brenna Yvonaff (The Replacement)…is this more speculative fiction as it's sometimes called? I did not care for The Replacement. It was super creepy, weird, and extremely violent. Is Blood Magic in that vein?

  5. Anne says:

    I wouldn't call it super creepy, maybe just slightly creepy lol. And it's not extremely violent either, unless you count the self harm needed to create the magic. So yeah, a little bit creepy, weird and violent, but not extremely any of it.

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