Blood Magic

Blood Magic

by Tessa Gratton

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ISBN-13: 9780375867330
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Series: Blood Journals Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

TESSA GRATTON has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. She was too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. You can visit Tessa at TessaGratton.com.

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I am Josephine Darly, and I intend to live forever.

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Silla

It is impossible to know who you really are until you spend time alone in a cemetery.

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.

I brushed dirt off the front cover of the book. It was the size of a paperback novel, so small and insignificant-seeming between my hands. The mahogany leather cover was soft and scuffed from years of use; the color had worn off the corners. The pages used to be gilded, but that was rubbed off, too. Cracking it open, I read the inscription again, whispering it to myself, making it more real.

Notes on Transformation and Transcendence Oh, that this too, too solid flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew.—Shakespeare

It had been one of Dad’s favorite quotes. From Hamlet. Dad used to recite it whenever Reese or I stormed out of the room to pout. Said we had nothing to complain about compared to the prince of Denmark. I remembered his blue eyes narrowing at me over the rims of his glasses.

The book had arrived in the mail this afternoon, wrapped in brown paper with no return address. Drusilla Kennicot was written in plain block letters, like a summoning. There were six stamps in the corner. It smelled like blood.

That particular raw-penny aroma stuck in the back of my throat, clinging with memory. I closed my eyes and saw a splash of blood streaked across bookshelves.

When I opened my eyes again, I was still alone in the cemetery.

Inside the front cover of the book was a note, folded in thirds and written on thick, unlined paper.

Silla, it began. I shivered every time I saw my name written in the old cursive hand. The bottom of the s spiraled into oblivion.

Silla,

I feel your loss as my own, child. I have known your father for most of his life, and he was a dearest friend. I regret I am unable to present myself for his memorial, though trust that his life is celebrated and his death greatly mourned.

If there can be any small consolation, I hope that this is it. Here in this book are the secrets he perfected. Decades of research, a lifetime’s worth of knowledge. He was a gloriously talented magician and healer, and he was proud of you, proud of your strength. I know he would like for you to have this record of his work now.

All my brightest hopes be with you and your brother.

It was signed only The Deacon. No last name or contact information.

Crows laughed, bursting up through headstones a distance away. The black cloud of them cut through the air in a flapping of wings and raucous cawing. I watched them against the gray sky as they flew west toward my house. Probably to terrorize the blue jays that lived in our front-yard maple.

Wind blew my short hair against my cheeks, and I brushed it back. I wondered who this Deacon was. He claimed friendship with my dad, but I’d never heard of him. And why he would suggest such incredible, ridiculous things: that my dad was a magician and healer, when he’d only been a high school Latin teacher. But despite that, I knew without a doubt that I was holding a book my dad had written: I recognized his fine, delicate handwriting, with its tiny loops in every capital L and its perfectly angled Rs. He’d abhorred typing, and used to lecture Reese and me about learning to write longhand legibly. Reese had compromised by printing block letters, but I’d been too enamored of wild, looping cursive to worry about readability.

No matter where it had come from, this book was Dad’s.

As I flipped through it, I saw that every page contained lines and lines of perfect writing and meticulous diagrams sprawling like spider webs. The diagrams contained circles within circles, Greek letters or strange pictographs and runes. There were triangles and octagons, pentacles, squares, and seven-pointed stars. Dad had made tiny notes at the edges of the pages, written descriptive paragraphs in Latin, and made lists of ingredients.

Salt dominated the lists, and recognizable items like ginger, wax, fingernails, mirrors, chicken claws, cat teeth, and colored ribbons. But there were words I didn’t know, like carmot and agrimony and spikenard.

And blood. Every list included a drop of blood.

They were magic spells. For locating lost items, for blessing new babies and deterring curses. For protecting against evil. For seeing over long distances. Predicting the future. For healing all manner of illness and wound.

I flipped through, heart alight with wonder and fear. I could taste excitement, too, like electricity in the back of my throat. Could it be real? Dad hadn’t been one to play elaborate tricks, and was the opposite of fanciful, despite his love for old books and heroic tales.

There had to be a spell I could try. To test it. To see.

As I thought about it, the smell crawled up the back of my throat again, blood clinging to my sinuses and trailing like sticky smoke down my esophagus.

I raised the book to my nose and drew in a long, cleansing breath. And I imagined I could smell him in the book. My dad. Not the overwhelming blood that had saturated his shirt and the carpet beneath his body, but the slightly oiled cigarettes-and-soap when he came to breakfast every morning, after a shower and quick smoke on the back patio. I dropped the book into my lap and closed my eyes until Dad was right there, sitting in front of me, one hand touching my right knee.

What People are Saying About This

Maggie Stiefvater

“Love buried in cemeteries, horror hidden behind masks, and the whispered language of blood. I adore this book.”--(– New York Timesbestselling author Maggie Stiefvater)

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Blood Magic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
kysrinaria More than 1 year ago
This book was even better than I had hoped. The twists and turns of the story and the richly broken characters are amazing. The lore behind it is unique and vast..well thought out and planned. This series of books will be most interesting to see the direction it takes next. I will never look at crows the same way again... A must read for anyone who is a fan of kissing, magic...writing styles that are a lot like Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff...Ahh the merry fates :)
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
Every once in a great while you come across a book that you don't want to end. It may be the depth and quality of the writing; it may be the uniqueness of the plot, or even the way the characters seem to come to life off the page and make you genuinely care for them. Tessa Gratton has accomplished all three with this truly extraordinary story. Silla and Reese Kennicot have recently suffered the tragic loss of both their beloved parents, made more tragic by everyone's belief that her father killed her mother and then himself. Silla had found the bodies, been covered in their blood, and still can't get the memory out of her head. But more tormenting is the conviction that the murder/suicide did not go down as everyone believes. She knew her father's gentleness, his devotion to both his children and his wife; she cannot believe, WILL NOT believe that he was guilty of this atrocity. So when she receives a book from a mysterious friend of her fathers, a book of spells that seems to indicate her father's long interest and practice of some sort of magic, she sees a way of proving her belief to her brother...and everyone else. Enter Nicholas Pardee, a new boy from Chicago who will not only be entering school with her, but who also lives next door and meets her for the first time in the cemetery between their family properties. That she had just succeeded in performing her first instance of blood magic should have frightened him away, but Nicholas knows about magic. It's in his family's blood just as it is in Silla'a, and this dark and curious power will ignite an attraction between them that neither can put out. When it seems that someone else is hunting the book and its powerful spells - and is willing to go through anyone to obtain it - Silla, her brother Reese, and Nicholas will have to unite to protect those they love and solve the mystery of the magic and the deaths of the Kennicots before magic and madness cause more deaths. Darkly intense and full of blood magic that may disturb the more sensitive readers, this book has a truly beautiful romance that I hope continues, and a brother/sister relationship that is enviable and heartbreaking. I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one deserves that highest of praise.
ChippyU More than 1 year ago
I loveeeee this book the person who wrote this needs to write more
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
When Silla Kennicott receives a mysterious book and a note signed by "The Deacon", she is surprised to find the book contains a bunch of magic spells all written in her late father's handwriting. She immediately goes to the cemetery to try out the spell book. She can't help it. This book came from her father, and since her parents both died in an apparent murder/suicide, she needs answers. When her blood drips onto a dead leaf which slowly springs to life, it's then Silla realizes this book holds some truly amazing secrets. With this revelation comes more questions: who was her dad and what else had he been hiding? The other problem? Nicholas, the boy who just moved in next door, saw her in the cemetery. What all did he see, and more importantly, who will he tell? Soon, Silla discovers that Nicholas has a few secrets of his own, and with the help of Silla's brother, the three of them attempt to uncover the secrets behind the blood magic inside the book. But there's something else out there that wants the book for its own evil purposes, and it needs Silla's blood to achieve its goal. Before they know it, the three of them are facing off against a decades old evil that is more powerful than anything they could ever imagine. I REALLY liked this book. Tessa Gratton's writing flows freely, and the story is very engaging and original. The novel is written in first-person POV, alternating between Nicholas and Silla, with journal entries thrown in to give the reader plenty of back story. I'd figured out who the antagonist was way before the reveal, but that didn't ruin the experience for me. My only gripe is that Silla and Nick's instant attraction and resulting relationship felt a little rushed. This wasn't enough to ruin the book for me, though. The story is engaging, well-written and full of surprises. I highly recommend this one.
booktwirps on LibraryThing 25 days ago
When Silla Kennicott receives a mysterious book and a note signed by ¿The Deacon¿, she is surprised to find the book contains a bunch of magic spells all written in her late father¿s handwriting. She immediately goes to the cemetery to try out the spell book. She can¿t help it. This book came from her father, and since her parents both died in an apparent murder/suicide, she needs answers.When her blood drips onto a dead leaf which slowly springs to life, it¿s then Silla realizes this book holds some truly amazing secrets. With this revelation comes more questions: who was her dad and what else had he been hiding? The other problem? Nicholas, the boy who just moved in next door, saw her in the cemetery. What all did he see, and more importantly, who will he tell?Soon, Silla discovers that Nicholas has a few secrets of his own, and with the help of Silla¿s brother, the three of them attempt to uncover the secrets behind the blood magic inside the book. But there¿s something else out there that wants the book for its own evil purposes, and it needs Silla¿s blood to achieve its goal. Before they know it, the three of them are facing off against a decades old evil that is more powerful than anything they could ever imagine.I REALLY liked this book. Tessa Gratton¿s writing flows freely, and the story is very engaging and original. The novel is written in first-person POV, alternating between Nicholas and Silla, with journal entries thrown in to give the reader plenty of back story. I¿d figured out who the antagonist was way before the reveal, but that didn¿t ruin the experience for me. My only gripe is that Silla and Nick¿s instant attraction and resulting relationship felt a little rushed. This wasn¿t enough to ruin the book for me, though. The story is engaging, well-written and full of surprises. I highly recommend this one.
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I don¿t even know where to start! AWESOME I is my first thought. Bloodiest book I¿ve ever read is my second thought. But that definitely didn¿t get in my way of devouring this amazing debut! Tessa Gratton¿s Blood Magic is so precisely constructed that she¿s created a whole new dark and magically mysterious world. I just couldn¿t get enough!Silla¿s blood has magic and at first I¿m not sure she grasp how powerful she could be. Silla¿s parents were murdered and everyone blames her father. Silla never thought her dad would hide such an enormous secret, but as she dives deeper into the magic, she discovers that its one big web of danger and mystery. Silla was an awesome heroine¿I wish to be like her someday. I enjoyed, to the fullest extent, learning more about the process of blood magic and how the main characters (with no knowledge) taught themselves the magic.Silla was sad and angry that her town had pegged her father as a muderer. She finds a book with latin words and what seems like spells and when she started the magic she couldn¿t stop. Silla was strong-willed but gave into the magic, because it was a part of her and flowing through her. She was such a dynamic character. She¿s troubled and that¿s to be expected when you lose your parents and find out your blood is meant for magic. Nicholas and Reese (Silla¿s brother) rounded off the story as great supporting characters. I really enjoyed Reese and how Silla and him grew together through the magic. I was intrigued by all the characters and the history that lies beneath their struggles.Tessa Gratton knows how to capture exactly how someone would feel in these situations and that grabbed me from the start. I enjoyed her writing style. It was deep and therefore I was able to get into each character¿s mindset. I really loved that the narration jumped from Silla to Nicholas, as that always keeps the story going and never boring!The whole book kept me on edge. From 20 pages in I was on the edge of my seat wondering WHAT is going to happen next. The story jumps out and snatches you whole. I¿m not sure I need to say anything else. I think you understand how awesome I think this book is!Overall guys, its a must read! It was a perfect balance of mystery, romance, and magic. I will mention again that it is quite the bloody book, so if you don¿t like to read about someone sacrificing blood pretty much every chapter, then I would be cautious. It is not terribly graphic, but even I was like *ew* here and there.Review based on ARC copy
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 25 days ago
As a big reader, I hate when I leave a book unfinished. It's almost like I'm doing some disrespect to my friends -like it's something wrong. But I couldn't finish Blood Magic -something felt just wrong about that, but I couldn't do it. Honestly, it was probably not the best idea to pick it up, as the authors mentioned in the blurb are not ones that I'm a fan of, so what was the likelihood that I would enjoy something similar? However, I have come across books that I've unexpectedly liked, and the plot described in the blurb was intriguing, so I thought I'd try it.I shouldn't have wasted my time.Blood Magic introduces Drusilla "Silla," a young girl haunted by her parents' murder suicide, and the strange magic book left to her, with spells that can be committed only with blood. Then, of course, there's a boy named Nick, whom she meets in a cemetery, that shares a similar interest in magic, and the spell book, until others in town find out their magical secret.Basically, I found that Blood Magic was good for fans of Twilight-like novels, and not for others. I found the novel to be dripping with gothy teen angst, predictable and incredibly flat characters and an uninteresting plot that seemed far more fascinated with blood than anything else. I just wasn't into the overbearingly dark tone and the completely depressing feeling that virtually every page left with him -and I had had enough with the discussion of blood after the first five pages.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Silla is grieving the loss of her parents in what looks like a murder-suicide when she receives a spell book in the mail -- in her father's handwriting. Nick has moved to the same town with his father and father's new wife after he inherits his grandfather's house. Along with the house comes some bad memories of his mother. They are drawn together when he sees her performing blood magic and it brings back buried childhood memories. The story is interspersed with diary entries from a woman who is determined to live forever. Excellent debut novel.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I really loved the plot of this book. It was totally engrossing and had a very good history to the whole story. The story line of the book was good. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing the whole story unfold. Even from the very beginning, you can tell right from the start that there is so much more to the writing. The writing of the story flowed beautifully unveiling the great history. I love it when an author can not only bring the book to life by its characters but by the history as well.The characters of the story were well develop. Each had their own story to tell, their own back round. I really loved learning about the family who is in magic. The reader is immersed in such a great story that it is easy to get into. Another great part of the book is the point of view switches. Now I am a very picky person when it comes to this. But Ms. Gratton did such a wonderfully job giving us point of views not only from the present tense, but from the past as well. I like how she connected everything to now, and really held the reader there. Ms. Gratton had me gasping and holding my heart on my throat!This book is a great, magical read full of a dark past like no other. The magic in this book is just dripping off the pages with wonderful writing. I can't wait to read the next book! *There was some cursing.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyAuthor Tessa Gratton is a member of the illustrious Merry Sisters of Fate writing group (which includes Maggie Steifvater and Brenna Yovanoff), so before even cracking the cover of her debut BLOOD MAGIC, I expected the writing to be lovely, the romance bittersweet, and the emotional payoff to be huge. Check, check, and check! But I was also pleasantly surprised to find a chilling mystery and a villain so believably evil, that my blood boiled while reading.The chapters alternate points of view between Silla, newly orphaned and living with the horrible aftermath of her parent¿s alleged murder-suicide, and Nick, returning to the family home left to him by his grandfather with his father and despised new stepmother. There are also sporadic journal entries from a magic user that spans the 20th century and serves to connect the mystery to modern day. All three perspectives, especially Nick¿s, are distinctive and feel real enough that I think magic may actually have been used to trap real people in these pages. As impressed as I was with the characterizations, it was the love story that stole my heart.The romance between Silla and Nick is swift and all consuming. It¿s one of those instant attraction scenarios that actually works. And the more time they spent together, the deeper that attraction grew until it bloomed into something so beautiful I almost couldn¿t stand to look at it.BLOOD MAGIC is an amazingly powerful debut about love and loss and the relationships that define lives. There is beautiful and deadly magic in the story and equally bewitching writing. These are characters I won¿t soon forget and can only hope that Gratton chooses to write more about them. For now, I¿ll have to be content with news about THE BLOOD KEEPER, a stand-alone companion novel to BLOOD MAGIC, ¿about crows, sacrifice, and yes, kissing¿ that will be published in Summer 2012.Sexual Content:Kissing and mild sensuality.
NikkiatBooksMW on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I was so excited after I read this synopsis. It has everything a girl could want: magic, different perspective, and sweet guy. Well, it lived up to that hype, but it had a couple small drawbacks.The book has good characters that are very easy to relate to. Each have various depths that I enjoyed learning about. Many of them triumph over challenges they've faced in life. They take the challenges and still manage to strive forward. There was a characteristic that disturbed me though. I understand that for blood magic you need blood. I know there are many ways to retrieve said blood, but this book takes some of them a little over the edge. There were times I was actually uncomfortable reading about it. So if you're squeamish about this topic, this may not be the book for you.The concept in this book was great and inventive. I loved the different perspective it offered. However, there were incidents and relationships that felt just kind of thrown together. It was like I would be at the end of an event and then suddenly I was thrown a curve ball from left field. This is good when it fits into that event, but most felt oddly out of place. It was like walking and hitting your toe on a rock that is suddenly thrown into your path. While that rock may be interesting, it didn't need to be in your path or at least at that point.These issues aside, I really did enjoy this book and will definitely read the next one that comes out. Hopefully some of the kinks will be worked out, because I think there is a lot of room for these characters to grow and expand in attributes and plot.
AvlyTopaz20 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Tessa Gratton weaves a tale of bloody magic. Silla, a unstable girl who has just lost her parents, meets Nick, a boy with a crazy mother and a wicked new stepmother. Take the meeting, add blood, magic, and two teenagers with pasts and you get love. At firt the couple are excited about the new magic, but as things from their pasts and their parent's past come back to haunt them, they can only try and stay alive. Sry if this is a little vauge, but the book is soooo full of drama and i don't want to give any of it away. It was extremly well written and more than worth the read.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
The plot of "Blood Magic" sounded very much like a story I would enjoy. It is about a girl named Silla who finds out magic was a part of her parent's murder-suicide. Enter the new boy in town Nicholas who also seems to share a mysterious and magic past. Then there is an old journal/spellbook from a woman named Josephine who explains where the magic and plans for eternal life began. Now someone is back who apparently knows a lot about what happened in the distant and recent pasts. In fact this person may want to hurt Nicholas and Silla. Yup, sounds like my cup of tea. And a LOT of other reviewers loved this book. It just didn't end up being anything special in my opinion. The writing is very well done and the story was thought out well. Tessa Gratton is definitely an author to watch. Yet Silla does something early on in the book that was violent and gory and just turned me off that character. Nicholas isn't a bad guy but he smoked a lot and called Silla 'babe' which also just turned me off. Though he is attracted to Silla, I never really felt the attraction between the two. Another problem for me was the relationships between Silla and her friends and Nicholas and his (one) friend. I just felt like there wasn't any genuine friendships there. I didn't buy a lot of the characters. My far and away favorite parts of the novel were the journal entries. Now that was a fantastic story and if it never 'jumped' to modern times but was a more fleshed out story found within the journals, I would have been able to rate this book higher. There was also a big twist toward the end of the book that I never saw coming and that always is a good thing. I want to be outwitted by the author and on this point I most definitely was. I feel like I am in the minority here in my average rating of this book so if it sounds good to you then certainly pick it up and give it a try. Be warned either way that the book is definitely on the more violent/bloody side of the paranormal YA spectrum.
eheinlen on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This book was ok. The story was pretty interesting, but I found it to be really slow. Once you get past that though, the book is pretty good. Definitely not a quick read.
GreatImaginations on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I've had Blood Magic sitting on my TBR shelf for about a month or so and I just recently decided to read it. It wasn't that I didn't want to read it, it's just that I try to keep somewhat of a time order when reading my books and I tend to read books I've had on my shelf longer. Compared to some of the others, Blood Magic hadn't been sitting there that long. But it was really calling to me, so I decided it was time. Great, Great book. I've been disappointed with a lot of paranormal reads lately, and I was not disappointed with Blood Magic. It was a unique and refreshing take on the young adult paranormal genre. Just like the blurb says, it had all of the blood with none of the vampires. Really, really cool magic ideas and I applaud the author for doing something different. I know it didn't work for every reader, but it worked for me. I think the book had great atmosphere and I really loved how the author switched viewpoints between Nick and Silla. I also loved the journal entries that came from the past. It did jump around a lot, but I had no issues with it and thought it added to the story. I really loved Nick as a character, but then I am always drawn to sarcastic and cynical people. Silla I liked, but I didn't feel as connected to her as Nick. And this is where my minor complaints come in. Once again, I'm going to complain about lack of characterization. It's getting to be a habit isn't it? Truthfully,it wasn't nearly as bad as some of the books I have read recently, but I feel like I could have known Silla better. I just felt a lack of emotion from her. There was a lot of telling and not showing when it came to Silla's feelings and motivations. Something bad happened to her and if it had been any other book I would have cried (I am a crybaby), but it didn't move me. I found that strange. And I know this is a minor complaint. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. Thank goodness for no cliffhanger ending. I'm really getting sick of those. I don't mind unanswered questions, but at least wrap it up a little bit, ya know? Anyway, I own this book, and I'm not giving it up, so you know I liked it. This is one series I intend to continue, because I am interested in finding out where the author is going to go with the plot in the next book. I didn't want to put it down. Yesterday I wanted to finish it, so I kept reading until the sun came up. I think a lot of books in the young adult genre are getting cliche and predictable, so it was nice to see something original for a change. I highly recommend Blood Magic and I do think that most of my blog readers will enjoy it. I am considering it for a future giveaway. 4 stars!
titania86 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Silla Kennicot receives a package in the mail from someone named the Deacon. It contains a notebook from her father full of spells that require Latin incantations, various arcane ingredients, and blood. Her father was a mild mannered Latin professor before he killed his wife and himself. Silla hasn't been the same since and this book just confuses her more. She tries a simple spell in the book and it actually works. Nick sees her do the spell and is attracted to and repelled by her at the same time. He recently moved to the town because of his annoying stepmother and he isn't happy in the small town when he's used to a bustling big city. Silla and Nick grow closer together and discover that both of their families used this blood magic. They, along with Silla's brother Reese, experiment with the magic. All is going well until a woman named Josephine wants Silla's father's body and possesses their friends and various animals to terrify and attack them. Will they be strong enough to beat Josephine when everyone things they are crazy and no one can help them?I first heard of Blood Magic from a post by Maggie Stiefvater recommending it. I was intrigued by the premise and amused with the video Maggie made. Blood Magic is a wonderful debut for Tessa Gratton. In the mass of teen paranormal novels, this one stands out and separates itself from the pack. There were a lot of unexpected twists and turns along the way that aren't expected in the genre. In paranormal romances, the action and conflict tend to be not too dark or intense. This is not the case with Blood Magic. The villain is intensely, overwhelmingly evil. There is a point where Silla is literally doesn't trust anyone or anything around her because of the power to possess living things that our villain uses so masterfully. There were things done in the story that I never thought I would read in a YA book. Her methods along with the very nature of using blood for magic makes this the start of a deliciously dark series.The characters were excellent and they were the driving force of the novel. Silla and Nick are both out of their element. The death of Silla's parents casts a shadow over her and her classmates think maybe whatever madness possessed her father is in her. She gets through the day by imagining different colored masks to go over her face that symbolizes the fake emotion she wants to exude. When she gets to know Nick, her masks shatter, leaving her true feelings bare. I loved the mask image throughout the novel and I can't express how much I love the name Drusilla. Nick is just as lost, but in a very different way. He was uprooted from his home in Chicago and forced to live in a small town where everyone thinks he's weird and he's at the bottom of the pecking order. He and his stepmother don't get along at all and he feels that she's just using his father. These two outcasts just fit together as a couple without any weird dominance issues or abuse. They made each other whole and gave each other a place in the world where they belonged.The one complaint I have about the book is that the writing was too consistent, which is usually a good thing. Silla and Nick have alternating chapters that they narrate with diary entries from the villain sporadically inserted between. When reading, I couldn't tell whose narrative I was reading just based on the writing except for the diary entries. When writing in this format, the two voices should be more distinct so I don't have to keep flipping the beginning of the chapter to see what point of view it's coming from.Blood Magic is a wonderful and dark debut novel. Those not afraid of a little blood will love this book. I eagerly look forward to whatever Tessa Gratton does next.
hoganedix on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This book took me too long to finish but the blame is entirely my own. For such a fast-paced plot, I read it painstakingly slow. Life was busy and days would pass by before I'd be able to eek out another chapter. A few days ago, at page 206 I decided to dedicate the time to finish this book. The final 200 pages flew by.Silla (short for Drusilla) is a high school drama student whose life has been forever changed by a violent and tragic event. Over the summer her father shot and killed her mother and then himself. Silla's brother Reece is angry with the world and especially their father. Silla remains in denial. How could her loving and happy father do this? Silla gets through her days by hiding behind figurative masks, giving nothing away to the world at large. That is until two events take place that feel less like coincidence and more like destiny.Silla receives a package in the mail from a mystery "Deacon." It is a book of spells that all involve blood. The Deacon says the spell book belonged to her father. She takes the spell book to the family cemetary plot (very near her rural farm house) and sits by her parents' grave. Deciding to see if this is all for real, she cuts her hand to use her blood to perform one of the spells. And as she does she notices a boy watching her. It is her new neighbor Nick who is also a sophomore at her school. Their eyes connect and while this is not a love at first site novel, let's just say the rest is history! Silla and Nick, along with Silla's brother, delve into the spell book to learn more about its connection with immortality. There is an evil undercurrent throughout the novel as Silla, Nick and Reece must contend with Josephine, a woman who has lived over 100 years through potions and blood magic. Nick also has a family history of this magic and it gives he and Silla a true bond. Through alternating chapters from Silla and Nick's point of view, as well as diary entries from Josephine, you learn about the mystery and darkness surrounding blood magic and how Silla's father played a large part in this centuries old secret. A dramatic conclusion does wrap this story up though I would not be surprised to see sequel.As many of my students know I am NOT a vampire genre fan. I appreciated Ms. Gratton's sense of humor on her website that Blood Magic is "All the blood...none of the vampires!" Mature language and romance as well as bloody violence (I think you have probably figured that part out by now!).
Tristan_Bruce on LibraryThing 25 days ago
What a great story. I didn't find myself flying through pages in outright excitement nor did I laze through them in disinterest. I read through this book at a leisurely pace, because it was such a satisfying book to read. I didn't want to get to the end. The plot unwound at a steady pace, letting you in on the secrets bit by bit. All the characters lives have intertwined with each other over such a long period of time causing a tangled mess of lies, love and deceit, you can't help getting lost in it and dying to know how it all unfolds. One of my favorite things is how Josephine's diary entries let you in on her secrets from the past so you could apply the knowledge to what you know of Silla and Nick's present. And the magic was just plain old awesome.There are few books where I actually enjoy multiple POV's but in Blood Magic it definitely works to it's advantage. There are just so many things that wouldn't have made sense if you were reading from Silla's the entire time. I really liked Silla though, she's resilient and a little strange. The way she wears metaphorical theater masks when she wants to slip into the emotion she thinks will help her best deal with a situation was pretty cool. Nick is just adorable, he's from Chicago and gets moved to this tiny little hick town. He's out of his element and has a dry sense of humor, you really can't help but love him. I really enjoyed everyone in this book for their own reasons. I couldn't even hate Josephine, she's a crazy "witch" but she has her reasons.The very best part...this book is part of a series so I know I'll get to read more, and I can't friggin wait. Blood Magic gets a huge, enthusiastic 5 out of 5!!
MrsMich02 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Wow, these teenagers DEFinitely need some parental supervision. Oh, and maybe a pint or two from the Red Cross.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing, Favourite book, Favourite Author :) Keep up the Awesome work!
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I believe it was well written, good humor, mixed in with a lot of tear jerking moments and a lot of love :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is quick passed and a great story. The auther actually makes the charactors seem real because in the real world when a girl is ontop of a guy and they're kissing and such the guy isnt NOT going to be thinking dirty, and thats what i really like about this book. It doesnt beat around the bush. :) 4.5 stars out of 5 :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I'm Valerie Tomson, and I'm in he huffle puff house, " the tan girl with light brown hair and big brown eyes says with her leggage and a cream colored fluffy cat.
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