Review: ‘The Blood Keeper’ by Tessa Gratton

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.

Review: ‘The Blood Keeper’ by Tessa GrattonThe Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton
Series: The Blood Journals #2
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on August 28th, 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover
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.

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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.


Everything beautiful hurts just a little bit.
Your blood and, your willpower, had to be stronger than the damage. It was the difference between nature and magic. Nature found connections, while magic created them.
You have to sacrifice something to gain something.
Think about guns. If it hurt you to shoot a fun, don’t you think people would think harder about when and where and why they did it?
I’d never admired somebody my own age before, but Mab, she wasn’t just gorgeous and weird, she was confident. And knew herself. I wanted that.
My mother had done everything in her power to get what she wanted, and I had that in me, too.
Save your threats for someone who’s afraid of you.
Being patient is sometimes the best offense. You have to make sure your intelligence is the best, and that you know as much as you can about what’s around the next corner.





  1. Diana Grace

    August 24, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    I haven’t read any of the books n the series yet. Knowing myself though, I probably never would ’cause I’m not a huge fan of witches and stuff like that. Anyway, nice review 🙂

  2. Samantha

    December 28, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I heard great things about the first one so I think I’m going to check it out. As for this one I might just skip it if I read the first one. Since it’s been getting some bad reviews and people don’t like it, I wouldn’t want to ruin the first one (if I end up reading it). You never know I might end up reading it anyway, we will see.

  3. Jaime Lester

    December 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Crap, this is disappointing. I loved Blood Magic, and when I heard there was going to be a sequel I was excited. My excitement dimmed somewhat when I heard there would be new characters but I thought it would still be a fantastic book. Obviously that is not the case and it is thoroughly sucky. Big time suck. I don’t know if I want to read this or not. I don’t want to taint the first book. Oh well, at least the cover is pretty great!

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