Blood Journals #1
Author: Tessa Gratton
Published: May 24th 2011
Rating 5 + Birds
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
HO-lee Bejesus, someone please turn this book into a movie!
Blood Magic is an edge-of-your-seat-suspenseful, sometimes tear inducing, blood covered thrill ride! It was a welcomed and much needed change up from your run of the mill YA! I have been waiting for this book..gosh feels like forever! Ever since I met Tessa back…oh, you’ve heard this story? And I tell it too much? Okay I won’t tell it. Again. But I’ve been waiting a long time for it. And it was worth it.
I have never, not once handed out the 5+ Bird rating ever, and I bestow it upon Tessa Gratton for thoroughly creeping me out. (I actually had to stop reading the book on the patio as bugs were dive bombing me and, well that was just just too close to home – read the book, you’ll get it.)
We start the book with Silla Kennicott is making due as best she can, after having just found her parents bloody bodies heaped together in her fathers study, an apparent murder suicide, only months prior
In order to handle the world around her and the ongoing, unwanted attention from the death of her parents, she does what she knows, what she does best. She acts. She’s a bright star in the schools theater club, so she slips on metaphorical masks to give her the strength to make it through the day. A blue mask to calm her, a red one for courage. But someone can see though these imaginary masks she wears. Nicholas. The mysterious and good looking boy-next-door.
Magic ensues (the real sort, not that froo froo Tinkerbell crap). Love blossoms. And an all out war for bodies and spells is set in motion. Blood Magic will leave you guessing, I really thought I had it figured out a few times but Tessa will leave you second guessing. And you know what? I loved it! I had to think, it wasn’t a mindless read, it begged me to participate in it, and I gladly obliged!
Gratton’s impeccable use of imagery is not only beautiful but so well done that it gives life to the scenery on the pages as if it were almost one of the main characters. She balances this with a total realism that a book about blood needs. She doesn't pussy foot around when describing the blood, the death, the love, the kisses. It's all there in black and white, you know...or red. There's just enough magic to make it magical, just enough blood to make it gory, and just enough real life to make you stare your neighbor deeper in the eye, just to make sure it’s him. Blood Magic, is in itself, it’s own little spell.
All in all, before I go on endlessly, this book was amazing. It was great. (I’m clearly running out of adjectives…) It was creepy and gross and different and BLOODY and I loved it. So much, I ditched my cutsie birds for one review and made a special one, just for Tessa and Blood Magic.
(PLUS just a random bit here, NARKOTIKA makes a small, but noticeable appearance in Blood Magic. Who can tell me why this is so freaking cool?)
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