Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Released : May 24th 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Format : Hardcover
Series: The Blood Journals #1
Source : Library
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository
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 Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood.
*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
The first thing in my mind: Bloodmagic is wrong! Everyone knows that! You don't do it, never ever ever! Nothing good comes out of it, everyone knows that too! And I had some real trouble believing, that you could do something good with killing animals. Like.. Hello!? But, it was interesting to see this new idea of blood magic, and luckily I was able to look past my own opinions, and enjoy this book.
This book was written in a two point of views, Silla's and Nicholas's, which reminded me of Old Magic. In Old Magic, it didn't work, since you only got some shallow touch to the characters and the deeper things were forgotten. Luckily, this didn't happen this time, and I was able to connect with the characters.
I was quite doubtful in the beginning, since the whole book started with the main characters meeting in a graveyard. Surprise! It's either that, or they meet in a school. But it wasn't nearly as corny as I expected, it had some original twist, otherwise I would have stopped reading immediately.
Main thing missing was some humor. This was quite serious book, there was some extremely gory stuff going on (!!!), so it would have been nice to laugh at times. It was way too creepy most of the time, I tried to stop reading and was all "Oh no, that's disgusting, I can't read this, my fragile mind will break!", but I just couldn't. And that's why I would've appreciate some nice stuff too. Now there was just a pile of bodies, angry birds and Lilith as your evil stepmother. That's hardcore. And of course I would have bet my money on Lilith, I mean Mary, as the bad guy, but luckily it wasn't that simple.
It took me only half a day to read this book, which hasn't happened in while. I would have given this 5 cupcakes, but as I said, I need more sunshine to the rain. Obviously, I will be reading the second book, too, though it isn't published until some time next year, so I guess we just have to wait.