07 October 2011

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

It starts off simply.

Draw a circle ... place a dead leaf in the center ... sprinkle some salt ... recite a little Latin ... add a drop of blood ...
Maybe that last part isn't exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents' horrific deaths. She's willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.

The book isn't the only recent arrival in Silla's life. There's Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She's not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick's first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can't deny their attraction. And they can't ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.
I wanna say that this is my new favorite book, but it just…isn't.  But take note that this wasn't a bad book.  It was kind of hard to push myself through the ending, sure, but that was probably due to a sudden influx of typical teenage depression (AKA: mood swing).

There wasn't anything incredibly appealing about the main character, Silla. She was whiny sometimes and other times, she was really cool and I wanted to be her best friend.  She appeared to me to be one of those characters who're so deep in their self-pity that they wander around and do stupid things.  So I had a hard time really connecting with her.  I wanted to slap her more than I wanted to console her.

Nick was the real flavor of the book. He was crass, bold, and atypical.  He was cliché at times, but his whole character worked.  He wasn't pushing to be the hero, but that's what he turned out to be in several ways.  He was like a dark knight—and I totally call dibs. ;)

The plot was a great one.  A unique idea—blood magic.  I loved the flashbacks to Josephine's time—she was truly a whacky character.  Scared the crap out of me.  How her story and Silla and Nick's were intertwined was brilliantly done and I nearly jumped out of my seat during the scary scenes.

So while a bit depressing at times, funny at others, in summation the whole book rather fell flat for me. I most likely will pick up the sequel, though, because I am intrigued about what happens next.  Let's see if our dark knight will turn out to be a total sissy.

Book Info:
  • pages – hardcover, 405
  • published – May 2011
  • publisher – Random House Books for Young Readers
  • genre – urban fantasy
  • received via – Borders
  • rating – 4/5
  • series – Blood Journals
    • Blood Magic
    • The Blood Keeper