I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Blood Journals #2
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on August 28th, 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
For Mab Prowd, blood magic is as natural as breathing. She spends her days on a secluded Kansas farm with other blood witches, practicing spells for healing and trying to avoid boring lessons like algebra and history.
Wild and confident, Mab uses magic to understand her entire world. But when one of Mab's spells mistakenly taps into a powerful, long-dormant curse, she finds her magic spinning out of control - and crashing right into Will Sanger, a boy from town.
Will has always relied on the logical, tangible things in his life, like his dogs, his soccer team, and even his complicated family. So he tries to dismiss all he sees and feels around Mab. Still, the strangeness and beauty of her magic draw him in.
As Will and Mab grow closer, the unbound curse grows stronger. Hiding in the shadows of the forest, it seeks to manipulate Will and gain Mab's power - even if that means destroying everything they love.
I’m sad to say that The Blood Keeper wasn’t a strong enough sequel as the predecessor, Blood Magic. There’s still the Gothic lore, the alternating past and present diary viewpoints, the magic and the mystery but there was a lack of interesting plot and development. I was sorely sadden by this revelation because I enjoyed Blood Magic so much. The pacing is achingly slow.. Nothing exciting happens until 150+ pages in. And the only reason I kept going and not marking it as a DNF is because Tessa’s writing is just wonderfully descriptive and beautiful.
I’m also not a big fan of having a new set of characters after reading a series, especially when you enjoy the first set already. In this case, we’re reading about Mab and Will’s points of view. Usually an author will describe a character’s history all in one big info dumping chapter. Not the case for The Blood Keeper, and it’s quite a shame because bit by very slow bit, I revealed pieces of their personality. Like a jigsaw puzzle, I had to remember what happened to whom, and who was related to who, and it felt very disorganized.
The plot was put forth quite nicely in the very beginning, but slowed down in the middle, then sped back up again in the end. There was nothing wrong with the story, I just wished it was halved in half because telling a story like this didn’t need to be 432 pages in.
Got lost with the character’s histories at first, but I had to piece it bit by bit later on.
Slow in the beginning, slow in the middle, and fast again in the end.
Very pretty, but I would probably pass it by if it was on the shelf at the store.
Great story-line, and I really love the diary entries.
Overall, I would highly recommend this to any fan of magic and witches, and curses. This book will be right up your alley.