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Blood Magic (The Blood Journals #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  8,136 ratings  ·  844 reviews
This page-turning debut novel will entice fans who like their paranormal romances dark and disturbing. It's a natural next-read for fans of Stephanie Meyer, Carrie Jones, and Becca Fitzpatrick. 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. S ...more
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Wendy Darling
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
Mar 28, 2011 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Matched, Shiver
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
Maggie Stiefvater
Love buried in cemeteries, horror hidden behind masks, and the whispered language of blood. I adored this book.
• 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.

• 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.
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 ...more
4.5 stars

Blood 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
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
Victoria Edwards
I'm warning you, it's long. When i picked this book up, the plot reminded me of Gillian Shields' "Immortal," which i like; 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 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? Their first kiss bothered me; it was to ...more
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 ...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
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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 g
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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 stumb
Kirsten Hubbard
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
Strong writing & creative mythology make for bloody good debut

In 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 work...and 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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Author 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
The Romantic Cynic
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Guest reviewed by Vicki for Book Chick City. 9/10 on the blog.

Wow, wow, and wow I LOVED this book. I’d had it sitting on my to read pile a while and although I was looking forward to it, I wasn’t desperately excited about it. So when I turned to the first page I wasn’t expecting to be anywhere near as gripped as I was. Combining two of my favourite styles - duel narrative and flashback diary entries, along with a dark tale and passionate romance, this book was pretty near perfect for me.

And boy
Casey (The Bookish Type)
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 ...more
Victoria Schwab
This book rocked my socks. A mixture of creepy and sexy, disturbing and exciting and all-around compelling.
Kitten Blue

Minions 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."

Jun 13, 2011 Malynda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who aren't fond of cats or rabbits.
Shelves: love-the-cover
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 seeing things fr
3,5/5 αστεράκια
Μου 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 magic μιλάμε. Πολύ καλύτερο απ’ ότι περίμενα, χειρότερο από αυτό που θα μπορούσε να γίνει αυτή η ιστορία.
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 a sust
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
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.
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
There are three viewpoints from this story. One from Silla’s point of view which the entire present is told, one from Nicholas’ point of view and one from the written journal of a woman who practiced blood magic long ago. I love the three viewpoints, it gives the reader the depth and view of different opinions and thoughts that I couldn’t help but praise Tessa Gratton for writing Blood Magic in that format.

Clearly, reading the title alone, I would be witnessed to some magic that is beyond Harry
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 6/10/11:

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 bro
Brandi ;)
I can not write my review or even give this book a rating right now. If I do, it will NOT be pretty and I will ramble on and on in anger. So, I will get back to this one later, once time has helped me partially forget some (please God most) of this book. Time....I need time.

Time has passed so here goes ...

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

I just can't give 1 STAR anymore unless the story is so horrid (think Fallen) I want to hurl objects and hurt others. So 2 STARS it is since no objects were thrown a
Oh me, oh my. Oh dear, I wanna cry. I was saddened by how disappointed I was with this book. Maybe it was the whole blood thing that made it weird for me? Of course, that's what interested me in the first place. I just couldn't sink myself into it and had anticipated this one for so long. The climax at the end was also quite lame. I just can't find forest animals to be that scary. Maybe that's just me. This one just wasn't what I expected at all.

Since Silla's parents both died tragically, thing
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Silla and her brother Reese have been the talk of their town since Silla found both her parents dead in a pool of blood on their floor. Silla’s father was labeled as her mother’s murderer, but Silla has always believed in her father’s innocence. One day a mysterious note and journal arrives from “Deacon”, and Silla and Reese discover that there was more to their father than they had ever known.

Nicholas is the new boy in town, with a shameful family tale of his very own. When he spies Silla in th
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 ...more
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Tessa Gratton has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. Alas, she turned out too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for a someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. She now ...more
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