This page-turning debut novel will entice fans who like their paranormal romances dark and disturbing. But instead of mythical creatures, blood magic has everything to do with primal human desires like power, wealth, and immortality. Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic.
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Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. The Blood Journals 1. Nick Pardee , Silla Kennicot. Yaleylah, Missouri United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood Magic , please sign up. Casey It depends on which masks you're talking about. The ones S …more It depends on which masks you're talking about.
The ones Silla "puts on" during the story are just calm, angry, etc. See 2 questions about Blood Magic…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. One of my first DNFs. To this day I'm still not sure if this book was just bad or if I can blame this on the translation. Read in Czech. View all 10 comments. May 04, Wendy Darling rated it it was ok Shelves: skimmed-or-unfinished , cover-fraud , young-adult , dnf , huge-disappointments , paranormal-general , read , too-many-povs , publication.
I can pinpoint the exact moment when I stopped trying to enjoy Blood Magic. As the book began, I was uneasy about the wordiness of the prose, but this is the point at which I gave up: My heart beat faster, and I had to blink away the halo surrounding him. He was Mephistopheles, smiling and tempting me, his Dr. Faustus, to dance. If this crazy talk had happened even after a lifetime of knowing each other or under the influence of recreational drugs or if they were both years old, that sentence I can pinpoint the exact moment when I stopped trying to enjoy Blood Magic.
If this crazy talk had happened even after a lifetime of knowing each other or under the influence of recreational drugs or if they were both years old, that sentence still would have made me giggle. She met him just a couple of days earlier when he witnessed her cutting her thumb in a cemetery and performing magic as if she'd been doing it all her life, although in fact it was the very first time she'd attempted it.
This "magic" and its origins and its powers are rather odd, and I'm still not entirely sure I am convinced by the paranormal applications. There are lots of crows flying around for dramatic effect. There are dual narratives that alternate far too quickly between Silla's and Nick's points of view. In the space of the 8 pages in Chapter 6, for example, it switches three times! Some of the phrasing such as "So many questions I had for him" and "I slept like ass, exhausted and sweating" is awkward.
And there are incidents which seem designed primarily for shock value, including a violent death towards the end and an instance of Silla look away, animal lovers view spoiler [decapitating a rabbit with a butcher knife in order to drain it of its blood. Into a Tupperware container. The author is a friend of Maggie Stiefvater 's, and the attempt to come close to her style is fairly obvious in many of the aspects of the writing and the story.
But whereas books such as Shiver offer gorgeous prose and pulse with deep emotion, Blood Magic rarely stirs genuine excitement or passion no matter how hard it tries. And it tries very, very hard.
It might have been interesting to see this story go through several more rounds of revisions to edit out some of the more excessive literary swooning, as well as more development in the plot and the characters.
But as it is, I was only able to read the first pages or so and skimmed the rest, as I just wasn't able to sit through more of the wordiness and the melodrama. Unfortunately, the striking cover and alluring concept were by far the most attractive parts of this novel for me. This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. View all 54 comments. Mar 02, Tatiana rated it did not like it Recommends it for: fans of Matched, Shiver.
Shelves: romancelandia , ya , dnf. I can't finish it. Can you blame for hoping this book will be another Unearthly? The novel starts with Silla performing blood magic for the very first time at the cemetery where her parents are buried.
Her mother and father recently died in a horrendous murder-suicide; and an enigmatic friend sent Silla her father's notebook of spells which each requires th I can't finish it. Her mother and father recently died in a horrendous murder-suicide; and an enigmatic friend sent Silla her father's notebook of spells which each requires the use of blood.
A new neighborhood guy, Nicholas, sees Silla cutting her finger and reviving a dead leaf and is intrigued by her. They quickly get acquainted and fall for each other. What happens next, I do not know, I stopped reading at page The first turnoff for me was the fact that the novel is written from 2 POVs - Silla's and Nicholas's.
Just like other PNR offerings with the same structure - Personal Demons and Shiver - Blood Magic makes the same mistakes - the POVs are indistinguishable and overlap each other creating a lot of redundancy.
As you can guess, because POVs are so similar, Nicholas never sounds like a guy, describes hair a lot, writes poetry. And then the romance. One word - instalove thank you, Vinaya. I am sorry, I just can't take another YA romance where main characters make each other feel like they are about to burst out of their skins after 2 conversations and 30 pages. I am sure Blood Magic will appeal to readers more forgiving of the cliches and more enamored with the PNR formula.
I might have been more forgiving too if the book didn't bore me so much with tender gazes and quiet angst. View all 24 comments. Mar 22, jv poore rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult. I LOVE this book….. Gratton weaves this compelling enchantment by letting the characters have their own voices. Sometimes Silla is telling the story, sometimes it is Reese, or Nicholas and sometimes, we are shown excerpts from a very old journal.
We are given hints as to who the old souls are, as they have older names, such as Drusilla Silla , Josephine, and Philip. The cold, always immaculate stepmother—Lilith, of course. Gratton teases all senses as she describes the metallic scent of blood, roughness of headstones beneath your hands, the different colors during sunrise and sunset, even going so far as to note that Nicholas notices the air here is much different from Chicago.
The deep, dull ache of a cut. The sweet taste of a first kiss. Wow, what a mystery! Gratton is a bold author. She is not afraid to lure her readers into becoming enamored with a character, then ripping our little hearts out when she kills said character. On the other hand, I had no qualms about purchasing a second copy for my year old niece.
View all 4 comments. Oct 12, Isamlq rated it it was ok. It's just a little over four hundred pages and, honestly, there may have been one chapter or fifteen too many.
Pretty good story. Not what I was expecting. There was a lot more blood and death then I thought there would be. But with a title like, Blood Magic, I don't really know what I was expecting. I feel so I liked the magic, Silla and her family, and Nicholas and his family--the connection there was interesting Tessa Gratton has wanted to be a palaeontologist or a wizard since she was seven.
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In her first attempt at magic, in an old graveyard near her home, Nick, the new boy in town spies on her; he recognizes the magic that Silla is performing as the same magic his mother performed with him, before she went mad. Before long, Silla and Nick connect, though Nick is unwilling to share his history with blood magic with Silla. Stand alone or series: Stand alone with a companion book called The Blood Keeper set to be published in Silla is the one who found them and has been trying to come to terms with the tragic event ever since — to no avail. Plus, she is the only one who does not believe that her father killed her mother and then killed himself, despite the appearances. And if he was not crazy, perhaps there is a different explanation for what happened to them.