Author: Tessa Gratton
Details: ARC, published in Hardcover, 405 pgs.
Published: May 24th, 2011 by Random House
Reading Level: Young Adult (older YA)
Source: Amazon Vine
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.
Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood.
I don't know where start with this one so I'll just start with telling you guys this book was fabulous! It definitely broke the mold with a new feel and some serious creepy! I love some magic in my books, but this magic, Blood Magic, was so different then what I've read about before. It was like Anne Rice for the YA. Seriously.
I started this book feeling kind of in a funk and when I started it I thought the magic was going to be pretty mild. I wasn't sure that the book would really have the ability to suck me in and keep my attention. Well, it did! The magic wasn't mild. It was crazy and wild and scary! Like seriously creep out type of scary. Like don't read the end before bed creepy. Luckily I finished it in the morning and hopefully I won't be picturing zombie animals in my dreams. Now even though it's creepy I can tell you guys that I'm not a fan of hardcore horror. But I LOVED this book. And the magic was awesome how it all worked. It wasn't just scary, it amazing. The things a person could do...
The characters... wow. Tessa did a fabulous job creating some fleshed out characters. We got first person narration from Silla and Nick and it was done so perfect that we got inside their heads, but we also saw how the other saw the other. Different perspectives. And I think it definitely made it all the better because we really truly got to know them. Neither was perfect, they had their flaws, and it just made them all the more real.
The romance. Sigh... I'm not usually a fan of a fast moving romance. I think that it needs to develop more before they are all over eachother. But Tessa made it work. I was in love with the romance. There were some steamy kissing scenes that were done very well. I could feel the intense-ness they felt for the other.
This is one review I think I could probably just keep going on and on pointing out every single thing, but really, there's no words to describe the awesome that is this book. So- go buy it already!
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Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from amazon vine for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.