I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited 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 #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on July 24th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Witches, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything.
Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.
Together they plunge into the world of dark magic, but when a hundred-year-old blood witch comes hunting for the bones of Silla’s parents and the spell book, Nick and Silla will have to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and death, and the deadly secrets that hide in blood.
There are three viewpoints from this story. One from Silla’s point of view which the entire present is told, one from Nicholas’ point of view and one from the written journal of a woman who practiced blood magic long ago. I love the three viewpoints, it gives the reader the depth and view of different opinions and thoughts that I couldn’t help but praise Tessa Gratton for writing Blood Magic in that format.
Clearly, reading the title alone, I would be witnessed to some magic that is beyond Harry Potter magic. Blood Magic. Yup, to make magic work, blood is needed. How the characters procure this blood made me cringe. Slicing your hand open to turn a dead leaf into a living leaf isn’t something I would want to do. However, the spells that were introduced were all for the good of its people. Not one dark drop of dark magic is practiced here that’s for sure. Except when there’s a good side, there’s also a bad side. And that bad side is in the form of a crazy person that I can’t help but want to help because the character has some mental issues. The plot is original and disturbing (Warning! some scenes could make you a little queasy. Especially if you’re an animal lover. I almost dropped the book reading one disturbing scene…), the bad guy is actually revealed so early on due to all the hints the author places, and the characters are your average cliche run-of-the-mill teenagers with a dark and dangerous past.
And as always, I love talking about the characters. My heart goes out to Silla. Here she is just trying to live her teenage life when she can’t, because she is the only one who believes her dad is not the murderer everyone believes he is. Sure, I couldn’t help but scoff at the instant love she has over new boy Nicholas, but I guess teenage hormones get in the way. Especially when said boyfriend knows exactly what you’re going through considering his traumatizing past. Seriously these two teens had such horrible pasts, that I’m surprised they are even attempting to function through high school and all its shortcomings.
Am I going to pick up the next book in this series? Of course. I would love nothing more than to find out what happens next since the series isn’t over.