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Blood Magic (The Blood Journals #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 405 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Casey It depends on which masks you're talking about.

The ones in Silla's room where the ones she's collected since she loves drama/theater/acting.

The ones…more
It depends on which masks you're talking about.

The ones in Silla's room where the ones she's collected since she loves drama/theater/acting.

The ones Silla "puts on" during the story are just calm, angry, etc. expressions.
i.e the ocean with beach "mask" is the one she "puts on" to try and appear calm.(less)
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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
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Tatiana
Mar 28, 2011 Tatiana rated it did not like it
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
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Maggie Stiefvater
Mar 23, 2014 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing
Love buried in cemeteries, horror hidden behind masks, and the whispered language of blood. I adored this book.
Chichipio
Jun 05, 2011 Chichipio rated it it was ok
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.
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Isamlq
Jun 07, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok
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
~Tina~
May 01, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
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
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Victoria Edwards
Jun 24, 2016 Victoria Edwards rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Giselle
Aug 01, 2011 Giselle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, paranormal
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
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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
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Crystal
Apr 01, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
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}
Posted on: http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/

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
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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
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The Romantic Cynic
Oct 21, 2011 The Romantic Cynic rated it did not like it
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Malynda
Jun 13, 2011 Malynda rated it it was ok
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
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Angela
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
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All Things Urban Fantasy
May 20, 2011 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it it was amazing
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
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Casey (The Bookish Type)
Apr 30, 2016 Casey (The Bookish Type) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, hard-copy
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
Nikoleta
Nov 01, 2015 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
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.
Victoria Schwab
Dec 22, 2010 Victoria Schwab rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
This book rocked my socks. A mixture of creepy and sexy, disturbing and exciting and all-around compelling.
mary
Jul 29, 2014 mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 , η ιστορία, η γραφή με όλα είχα πρόβλημα.Οι χαρακτήρες νομίζω βέβαια πως ήταν το μεγαλύτερο μειονέκτημα καθώς δεν εξελίσσονται ως προσωπικότητες αλλά ούτε οι σχέσεις μεταξύ τους.Η Σίλα θα μπορούσε να ήταν πιο ενδιαφέρουσα σα
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Kitten Blue
Jun 09, 2011 Kitten Blue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
TEN STARS!! :D

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."

A
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Lisa
Jun 08, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Josu
Nov 19, 2012 Josu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jess
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.
Patrícia
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
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♥Rachel♥
Jul 04, 2011 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
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
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Norah Una Sumner
Real rating : 3.5

I was so excited when I started reading this book but when I finished it I felt nothing.I wasn't happy.I wasn't sad.I wasn't angry.I was,to put it in the best way possible,feeling 'meh'.

Two things I hated in this book :
1.) Nick calling Silla 'babe' all the time. (seriously?)
2.) How chill Silla was when she was killing cute little bunnies.(how the hell do you find the strength to kill these fluffy animals? + not feel sorry for doing it? And then you realize that the blood you got
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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
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Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 6/10/11: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/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 bro
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Stevie Finegan (SableCaught)
Aug 24, 2011 Stevie Finegan (SableCaught) rated it did not like it
Follow this link to watch my video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHxeYr...

Blood Magic – Tessa Gratton

I would rather gauge out my own eyes and pickle them in brine than reread Tessa Gratton's Blood Magic. The awkward sentence structure, the flat characters and predictable plot had be reaching for an ice cream scoop by page 10.

Gratton's Blood Magic adds to Young Adult's current torrent of paranormal romance, only her romance is more than lacklustre and her paranormal story is nothing new.
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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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“She was asleep. In my car.

I stood next to the passenger side for a minute, looking down at her. The sun made her skin seem translucent and bloodless. For a moment, it didn't matter why I was falling in love with her. Just that I was.”
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“I held up my hands. 'I thought you could use a punching bag.' See, this is me, the new and improved Nick Pardee, available to girlfriends and crazy people in their time of need. 16 likes
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