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Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
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Jan 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, 5-stars, arc, fantasy, paranormal, read-in-2011, witches, young-adult
Read in June, 2011

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 brother, who are struggling in the days following their parents' gruesome deaths to make sense of the violence that entered their home. Silla has lost the shiny, happy luster she wore before her parents died and has withdrawn further into her self - hiding behind masks and acting ability to get through the day, keeping her true emotions buried beneath the surface, away from prying eyes. However, the arrival of Chicago transplant, Nicholas Pardee, might just be her undoing.

Blood Magic is a novel that is so vividly written that the story played itself out in my head like a movie. The prose flows along the page like a river, lapping at the edge of my consciousness even when I was not reading. I loved Tessa Gratton's writing style and her ability to use sensory detail in such a poetic way while setting up a cruel and creepy world for her characters to frolic within. As a fan of old cemeteries, I loved that so much of the novel took place within the cemetery between Silla and Nick's houses. The atmosphere is perfect for the blood magic spells and possessions that occur throughout the novel. I also found it refreshing to see blood used in such a different way; it always makes me think of vampire tales, but this one proves that you don't have to be a vampire to feel the allure of blood pumping in veins.

This book also appealed to me because I loved the characters. Silla is a great character and her strength in spite of all the tragedy she must endure is inspiring. I also loved the protective nature of Reese, the quirkiness of Judy, and the lovestruck awe of Nick. I was also wrapped up in watching the past unravel to explain the events of the future. I also think it's easy to get to know these characters due to the first person, alternating narrators. Readers can climb inside Silla and Nick's minds to watch the story unfold through their eyes.

One Last Gripe: I was annoyed by Silla's constant reference to her masks. I understood the reasoning for it, but it often disrupted the flow of the story for me.

My Favorite Thing About This Book: I loved the dark feel to the book and the magic

First Sentence: I am Josephine Darly, and I intend to live forever.

Favorite Character: Silla

Least Favorite Character: Eric
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Jen at Reading Lark I'm reading this right now and the mask thing is annoying me a bit too. Its taking a lot of effort to visualize the masks with all their detail, and its weird. The only one so far I thought was good was the dragon which Silla uses in the face of would-be-Wendy.

Andrea at Reading Lark I just thought the mask thing could have been left out. I still loved the book, but that aspect bothered me.

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