- By Tessa Gratton

Blood Magic

  • Title: Blood Magic
  • Author: Tessa Gratton
  • ISBN: 9780375864858
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blood Magic 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 h

    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 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.

    1 thought on “Blood Magic

    1. 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 600 years old, that sentence [...]

    2. I can't finish it. My tolerance for YA PNR is very low, but I was looking forward to reading Blood Magic after seeing some really favorable early reviews of 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 [...]

    3. It's just a little over four hundred pages and, honestly, there may have been one chapter (or fifteen) too many. From the get, the first thing that came to mind was that I'd read it before: a girl with a tragic past meets hot boy who doesn't get along with his stepmother. Then there's the alternating points of view between Silla and Nick as well as glimpses into someone's past. It was a chore! Normally, switching POVs is something I enjoy What's not to love when you get the same story told by di [...]

    4. Pros:• It didn't have a love triangle.• Parents weren't completely absent.• Siblings weren't annoyingly complicating things.• Other kids weren't shown under a bad light to make the main characters look better.• Not as much angst as there could have been.Cons:• Boring.• Instalove®.• Did I say boring?• Dual POV that didn't work (Both Nicholas and Silla acted like two girls in love).So, yeah. I didn't even hate it enough to give it one star. Just meh.

    5. 4.5 starsBlood Magic isn't like any of the hocus pocus books I've read before. This one had a very unique flavor racing throughout the book. Tessa Gratton writing is cunningly crafted in a way that makes this book standout in a mysterious lushish way.The atmosphere has a life of it's very own. Thick, rich and intoxicating, while these characters have the most intriguing energy.There is a lot of blood in this book. It's frequently talked about, thought about and basically dripped out of these pag [...]

    6. I absolutely adored this book! It completely drew me in from the very start and I just could not put it down. Cemeteries, blood magic and bodies being possessed were the recipe for an absolutely freaking fantastic story. I can't believe this has been sitting on my shelf for so long and I've been missing out on its greatness. Seriously, I couldn't have loved this book more. It was deliciously creepy and strange and I'm absolutely dying to get started on the second book!

    7. I'm warning you, it's long. When I picked this book up, the plot reminded me of Gillian Shields' "Immortal", which I liked; I'd probably lower the rating if I read it again, because back then I was a very lenient reader.Now on to "Blood Magic." There are choppy sentences, unneeded and unwanted details, and it's repetitive. I think Tessa (the author) hates the word "that," or doesn't know its use. Tessa likes to compare things to stone. Why is this book so long and slow? Nick and Silla's first ki [...]

    8. Hello, people. I like writing in bold letters because it is fun. You know what else is fun? Reading book reviews like this one!*Ah-hem* Anyway. Hello. It's almost 1 AM and I feel strangely perky. But knowing me, I will probably randomly conk out any minute. And for some reason, I always think it will take me such a short amount of time to write a book review even though it always takes me ages. But, oh well.I'll start off by saying, I had mixed feelings about this book.The first time I stumbled [...]

    9. Blood Magic is about witches: Finally something other than Vampires and Werewolves! I liked it, I thought it was fun and fresh, but it wasn't enough to really compel me to say "you know, this is a very good book". It was missing something though I cant quite put my finger on it. Regardless, I still almost gave it a 4 star.The plot is part magical lore, part mystery. Silla's parents died tragically, and although everyone is convinced it was a murder suicide, Silla is not. After receiving a spell [...]

    10. Posted on: bookpassionforlife/I’ll admit I was a little bit hesitant before I started Blood Magic mainly because I’ve read quite a few magic/witch books and none of them have been as good as I would of hoped. But, wow, where to start with Blood Magic!After the horrific deaths of her parents, Silla has never felt right. She doesn’t fit in at school anymore and only has a few close friends. While trying to make sense of her parent’s death and believing there is something else going on, she [...]

    11. Tessa Gratton has created a very unique world in Blood Magic. The story centers around exactly what the title suggests, blood magic. Silla, a junior in high school who has lost both her parents to a gruesome death, unexpectedly receives a journal from somebody named the Deacon and within this book she finds secrets that her father has been keeping from her whole life. With the help of her brother Reese and the new guy in town, Nick, she uncovers that blood can do so many other things besides kee [...]

    12. I had many problems with this book, but one overall trumped the list. I. Was. So. BOOOOOREEEDDD!!!!Usually, I never not finish a book. I usually find some reason to plow through.But this I just--. I don't even know. The summary on the jacket basically explains the first hundred pages. Silla (Drusilla) heroine of mysterious dead parents gets magic book written by father, figures out it works, proceeds to make stupid choice after stupid choice all the while swooning over her love interest who is n [...]

    13. Well, I’m glad that’s over with.Have you ever read a synopsis for a book, thought how amazing it sounded, and just knew you were going to love the story? That’s what happened to me here. I love all things witches and horror, so I couldn’t wait to read this story. Then I read it. Again, I’m glad that’s over with.Our two main characters are Nicholas and Silla (short for Drusilla) and this story is told through both of their perspective, which is always appreciated, because I enjoy seei [...]

    14. Strong writing & creative mythology make for bloody good debutIn Tessa Gratton's debut novel, BLOOD MAGIC, Silla Kennicott has taken to keeping to herself after her parents' apparent murder-suicide. When a mysterious book of magic arrives, Silla decides to see if the spells workd they do. Soon intoxicated by the power of magic, Silla also finds herself growing increasingly close to the new boy in town, Nick, who has powers and secrets of his own. When it becomes dangerously evident that her [...]

    15. Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyAuthor Tessa Gratton is a member of the illustrious Merry Sisters of Fate writing group (which includes Maggie Steifvater and Brenna Yovanoff), so before even cracking the cover of her debut BLOOD MAGIC, I expected the writing to be lovely, the romance bittersweet, and the emotional payoff to be huge. Check, check, and check! But I was also pleasantly surprised to find a chilling mystery and a villain so believably evil, that my blood boiled while readi [...]

    16. Because Blood Magic isn't out until May, I don't want to give too much away. Really, here's all you need to know: this book is fantastic.I love literary books, and I love a good paranormal story -- the darker, the better. However, I haven't found that many books that combine both: literary, layered writing in a ultra-dark paranormal that's super-commercial in concept. Blood Magic is all that, and more.From the first page, Tessa's prose blew me away. It's absolutely gorgeous. She's one of those w [...]

    17. In Blood Magic, Tessa Gratton weaves together fantasy and sorcery to create an utterly original story -- a mythology of magic and sacrifice, betrayal and death. One of the most bewitching aspects of the novel was its lore, the history and the mysteries of blood magic, the double-edged sword of sacrifice and the seduction and destruction of power. Just when readers think they've got it all figured out, Gratton sweeps them away on a tide of uncertainty. The world Gratton creates isn't black or whi [...]

    18. 3,5/5 αστεράκιαΜου άρεσε που ξέφυγα από τα συνηθισμένα, αυτή τη στιγμή, μοτίβα της φάντασυ λογοτεχνίας. Μου άρεσε πολύ η ιστορία της Τζοζεφίν και του Φιλίπ και ο όλος ρόλος τους στην πλοκή της ιστορίας. Θα ήθελα να έχει λιγότερες ταφόπλακες, νεκρούς και αίματα αλλά πώς; Για blood m [...]

    19. This book rocked my socks. A mixture of creepy and sexy, disturbing and exciting and all-around compelling.

    20. TEN STARS!! :DMinions and Minionettes of Awesome, I'm here to tell you that there's *way* more to this novel than a B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. cover which, incidentally, has everything to do with the story and is about ten times MORE gorgeous in person matte, lumpy, shiny, *SQUEE* :D Blood Magic is one of the most W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L. books I've ever read. Take my word for it: Paranormal Young Adult doesn't get a whole lot better than this."I am Josephine Darly, and I intend to live forever."Although I [...]

    21. I enjoyed this book for the most part. I liked the story. I enjoy when authors insert diary entries, or else even just flashbacks to the past. And I think when they leave it so you don't know for sure exactly who this person from the past might be in the present time story it adds a bit of mystery that I like to try to figure out as I read. Now, I understand that the title is blood magic, and that means that blood is needed for the magic, but it was a little too much cutting for me at times. And [...]

    22. Un libro realmente bueno. Me recuerda a la literatura de antes, la de hace unos cuantos años, en las que lo importante no era hacer diez novelas de lo mismo, sino un buen argumento con un buen desarrollo. Me ha encantado.

    23. Νομίζω πως τελικά ήταν πολύ σωστή απόφαση να αγνοώ παντελώς 2,5 χρόνια αυτό το βιβλίο.Από την άλλη χαίρομαι που τουλάχιστον ξεμπέρδεψα μαζί του.Ειλικρινά δεν φανταζόμουν ότι θα το βρω τόσο χάλια. Δεν ξέρω πραγματικά τι ήταν αυτό που με ενόχλησε περισσότερο, οι ήρωες,η πλοκή , [...]

    24. Um amor que roça os contornos da eternidade, uma magia pulsante que transporta a marca da morte, um sofrimento que se estende perpetuamente, dormente e oculto, em Magia de Sangue nada é o que aparenta ser e tudo é possível.Numa estreia surpreendente, Tessa Gratton agarra num tema por si só aliciante e transforma-o num enredo provocador, sombrio e extremamente sangrento. Não sendo uma história com um desenlace alegre ou um final propriamente feliz, a forte camada dramática e lúgubre que [...]

    25. When Silla Kennicot loses her parents in an apparent murder/suicide she cannot believe her father is capable of such a thing. Soon after shes receives a book, in her father's handwriting, of spells. Could this bring her answers to her parents shocking death? Could spells and magic be real? She goes to the cemetery where her parents are buried with spell book in hand to test this out. Witness to all of this is newcomer Nick Pardee. Nick, who has secrets of his own, bands together with Silla to un [...]

    26. Ugh, what a mess. Completely unlikeable characters (Nick, at least. Silla wasn't too bad, and she felt real-ish). The story was all over the place, and the writing was far too purple for my liking.

    27. Blood Magic is the story of Silla, whose parents had just tragically died, and her discovery of magic through the use of blood. She develops a relationship with new-guy-on-the-block, Nicholas. Fortunately, however, this novel does not revolve around their "romance", but the mysteries behind Silla's parents' death.I found the story itself engaging. Nothing new, I admit, but interesting nonetheless. It had enough twists, and one thing I appreciate is the fact that Tessa Gratton is not an author wh [...]

    28. I recieved the ARC version which I think is pretty much the same. The title threw me off there for a bit and so did the description. No offense to Meyer or anything but I'm very wary of vamp. books now. They're just a bad reminder of the Twilight Phase at school.Well anyways, this book is refreshingly un-vampy. Theres a romance there between the two main characters, but the story is pretty much action. And its pretty dark.I wouldn't say its a sad ending or anything though. I find this book intri [...]

    29. Review Posted on Reading Lark 6/10/11: readinglark/2011/I have been craving a good magic book since the Harry Potter series came to a conclusion. Blood Magic sated my hunger and is a triumphant debut novel for Tessa Gratton. She brings a dark new voice to YA literature that will send shivers up your spine and make you take a closer look at the world around you for everything is not always as it appears.Blood Magic is the story of Silla and Reese Kennicott, a sister and brother, who are strugglin [...]

    30. I was a little apprehensive when I first approached this book. If you're a fan of YA urban fantasy then you'll understand the reasons why. The genre has become overfilled with too many books that all seem to tell the same story with very few variations. It's getting sort of difficult to find something that stands out from everything else enough without going completely overboard. Either the book is too typical or it's so atypical that it gets a little old & overbearing in its attempt to stan [...]

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