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The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals #2)

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For Mab Prowd, blood magic is as natural as breathing. She spends her days on a secluded Kansas farm with other blood witches, practicing spells for healing and trying to avoid boring lessons like algebra and history.

Wild and confident, Mab uses magic to understand her entire world. But when one of Mab's spells mistakenly taps into a powerful, long-dormant curse, she find
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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BEST.BOOK.EVER! I am not kidding or exaggerating one bit either. Most books I usually say that I loved them but I wish this was different or this annoyed me, but this one is PERFECT. There is not one single thing I would want changed, slowed down, altered, or deleted. The Blood Keeper is pure perfection!

In this one we have Mab who is now the Deacon. She protects her land and helps others like herself in need with her magic. Mab is very curious by nature which makes her an awesome at what she doe

Many of you will remember that Blood Magic was my favourite book last year. I loved it utterly, and I've been wanting this one for a while. Initially I was disappointed to see that this book followed new characters and not the ones I had come to know and love. However, I dove in wanting to be back in the world and back in Tessa Gratton's head. I have found myself dreaming about this world for the better part of a year.

In The Blood Keeper Nick and Silla take a backseat to new characters Will and

The Blood Keeper is a dark magical story that takes time and patience to get into, but is well worth the effort. It’s a companion novel to Blood Magic with previous characters showing up, but focused on a whole new cast.

In this story, there are two POVs in the present, Mab and Will, and one from the past, Evie.

Mab is the new Deacon, a leader and guide of the blood witches, after Arthur the previous Deacon passed away. Arthur, Grandma Lyn, Donna and a hodge-podge group living at The Pink House a
Mar 15, 2015 Hayden marked it as maybe-reads
This cover redesign is tragic.
Apr 10, 2012 Lila marked it as to-read
Casually crying because Nick and Silla's not in this book .
I absolutely loved Gratton's debut novel, Blood Magic. Despite the outrageous amount of blood talk, I still thought it was purely unique and wonderfully dark and Nick and Silla really made the experience worth while. I'm always a bit nervous reading companion books to some of my favorite stories.
Same eerie world but different characters. As much as I did enjoy this book, I still liked the first one justalittle bit more (sorry Crystal:p)

With that said, The Blood Keeper is still deliciously dark,
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
THE BLOOD KEEPER is a book that started off smoothly and had everything I loved: blood magic, action, and mystery; however it didn't continue like that. A few days after reading the initial hundred pages or so, I picked it up again and to my great disappointment, it soon felt like a completely new book.

This book is actually a sequel, something I didn't find out till a few moments before writing this review. I didn't even suspect it since this book felt like a standalone. From what I see, the fir
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
One of the most fucked up books I've read this year.
Jul 04, 2011 Batool marked it as to-read
OMG!!!!!!! cant wait(:
Blodeuedd Finland
I liked the way this book was written, there was an ease to it and the POV changes worked great. It was also so easy to follow.

The book has 3 POVS. First Mab who is a blood witch and lives on a farm, working with curses and blood. Not your ordinary teen. Then there is Will, a local boy she meets and who ends up involved with it all. And yes romance interest too. Lastly, there is Evelyn who came to the farm long ago. Her POV is not around much as it is in the past, but it's important to the plot.
This series seems to polarize readers. It's one of those paranormal romances with some staunch fans, it appears, but I never read book one called Blood Magic. I do see that folks were not thrilled that the romantic leads from that book, a girl who finds she has untapped magical skills and is a witch and her heartthrob Nick, are NOT headliners here. However, from what I can tell about the series opener, Gratton has structured both as some kind of triangle narration with the extra long hypotenuse ...more
For Mab Prowd, practicing blood magic is as natural as breathing. Growing up on an isolated farm with others that practice is all she's ever known, but it's given her a sense of purpose, a connection to the land around her, and she's protective of the magic. Plus, she's able to practice openly with the crows as her companions, to keep the magic alive while guarding its secrets. But then a spell goes wrong one morning and she meets Will Sanger, a local, and very normal, boy with some personal dem ...more
Elizabeth Drake
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Cover Impressions: On it's own, this cover might have been ok. The imagery is nice, the colors work well together and the runes invite further examination. But when compared with the cover for its predecessor, it is less than impressive. I do not like it when the covers of a series do not fit with each other and this certainly does not fit with the gloriously gothic and unique cover for Blood Magic.

The Gist: Mab Prowd has been raised
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Alright, I went into this book expecting a continuation of the story from the first book Blood Magic.
That is not the case. This is the same world different characters. After a while and finally getting into it, I was able to get into the story and enjoy it. Because I was under the wrong impression, it took my a while to understand where the characters are coming from and how they relate to Silla and Nick. The connection is made but not till the end. Still, as the reader I was still a but confuse
Amy Lignor
Although fantasy readers may find some very interesting scenes in this tale, the problem I found is that out of the two story lines presented - past and present - the past was the one that was far more interesting.

When we begin, readers meet up with Mab Prowd in a quiet, almost deserted area of Kansas. Her life revolves around magic and she’s currently trying to kill rose bushes that are on the property. She’s been trying for some time, and for those who don’t know, killing roses are almost like
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
The Blood Keeper is marvelously wicked. Tessa Gratton created a Horror novel with blood gore magic and beauty. I know you’re saying, What? Blood and gore is beautiful?! Yes, The Blood Keeper is a beautiful romance with a little grisly touch of gore and blood Paranormal Fantasy…And that's the only way I can describe this wonderful novel with Mab, whose blood protects the blood land. Gratton took me into this incredible, dark magical world of the blood witches who work their magic by using blood. ...more
I finished in about two days so I guess it was a hard to put down book for me.

Mab was a sweet girl who made mistakes and tried hard to fix them she was proud of who she was and what she stood for I really liked her character.

Will is a typical teen boy who is tired of everyone telling him who he is and it takes him a while to figure out what/who he is and wants to be, loved his character as well.

Evie's POV in the story was awesome, I really loved that part, it made the story very interesting to
Tara Fuller
Wow! What else can I say about this book, but that Tessa Gratton has hit it out of the park again. First of all, let me just say how absolutely in love I am with this author's writing style. Her prose and descriptions are flawless, beautiful ,and at times, deliciously dark. I loved the first book in this companion series and if possible I loved The Blood Keeper even more. Unique characters and an eerie, intriguing plot that keeps you on your toes kept me up late and on the edge of my seat. This ...more
Moonlight Reader
Kansas. Better than the first one, I think.

Overall, I did not like this book. My biggest problem with it was how confusing it was. There were so many different timelines and characters to keep track of. This book required you to hold characters in your mind at all different stages of their lives while we learn different things about them that happened years apart. It took me probably about half of this book to finally get everything straight in my mind. Another thing I didn't like about this book was the characters themselves. I didn't r ...more
Mab är dotter till Josephine Darly, häxan som dödade Sillas föräldrar och bror i förra boken. Mab har också krafter och sysslar med blodsmagi, men hon använder det till att göra gott. En dag bestämmer hon sig för att använda magin för att ta hand om några rosor som verkar orsaka olika sorters obehag hos personerna som bor i Rosa huset. Men hennes besvärjelse slår fel och Will, en pojke från samma ort, blir påverkad av den på något sätt. Nu måste Mab lista ut vad som har gått fel för att kunna rä ...more
4.5 stars

Different characters than in the first book, but I have to admit I liked this one as much as the first one.. :) It was interesting story and exciting action...!!!
The deeper into Ms. Gratton's stories I delve, the more I am struck by what she puts her characters through...
I was in tears by the end of Blood Magic and The Blood Keeper was no different. I try so hard NOT to love these books but I do. Dash it all...

So, this whole "teen paranormal romance" sub-genre seems to reconnect me with a lot of pent up emotions from my own adolescence, now 20+ years gone, and the magic of being a young womon infusing her life with her own form of magic while passionatel
Jul 07, 2015 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
Something about this book was different than any of the other "magic-y" books I've read previously. I really liked this one, though. The story was rather complex and kind of twisty, just when you thought you had a grasp on it, things would shift, and you'd have to figure things out all over again (unsuccessfully, most likely). I was afraid it would be a very dark story, but it mostly seemed like sunlight and the peace of the woods, despite all the strife. All in all, an interesting read. I'll de ...more
This is a companion novel to Blood Magic. It has new protagonists but the characters of Blood Magic show up, and the fate of Reese especially plays a big role. I guess you could read this as a stand-alone, but it's confusing enough even with the background knowledge of book one.

Mab is a powerful bloodwitch, the daughter of the Big Bad (Josephine Darly) from Blood Magic. She recently became the Deacon (leader) of a tiny bloodwitch coven that has the feel of a hippie commune. Mab spends about zero
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 10/1/12:

Blood Magic was one of my favorite 2011 reads so I had high expectations for this one. Tessa Gratton's writing is some of the most visual, gorgeous prose out there and her blood witches are compelling and creepy. The Blood Keeper followed through with beautiful writing and a new set of characters to keep me intrigued. I was slightly saddened that although Nick and Silla make brief appearances throughout this one - thi
I was really looking forward to this, the sequel to Blood Magic. Different main characters, but over all connected to the first.

But I have to honest, I struggled through the first 150-200pages. It wasn't that it was boring, as such. It was just extremely slow, and the heavy descriptions made it hard for me to get sucked into the world.
After this period, it started to get going; the romance escalated and the story line became apparent. Because before that, I'd started to wonder when anything was
I really enjoyed Blood Magic, and was excited to read its companion novel. Although I didn't enjoy this one as much, I still found myself attached to this world and its quirky characters.

I've really grown to enjoy this world. It's filled with magic, but not the kind that I'm used to. Although the idea of witches isn't new (they aren't called this in the book, but it's pretty much what they are), Tessa Gratton is able to bring something hauntingly new and mysterious with this world.

We are intro
Ellz Readz
The Blood Keeper is the sequel to Tessa Gratton's novel Blood Divided. It is a book about love, dedication, family, and magic.

I started this book immediately after finishing book 1, so I expected to walk right into the characters lives. I did not. The story takes place several years later and features several new characters. The original cast still plays a role, especially Reese, but it did take a few chapters to get my bearings.

The new characters were interesting. The Blood Keeper is told fro
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