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Blood Magic

(The Blood Journals #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  10,420 ratings  ·  939 reviews
Tras la misteriosa muerte de sus padres, Silla no ha vuelto a ser la misma. Dormir y estudiar, dormir y estudiar: Silla no hace nada más, porque todo cuanto le rodea ha perdido el sentido. Y aunque la ex mujer de su abuelo, Judy, cuida de ella y de su hermano Reese como si fueran sus propios hijos, nada puede llenar el vacío que han dejado sus padres... Pero la llegada ine ...more
Paperback, 473 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Montena (first published 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
Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  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
jv poore
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I LOVE this book… much, in fact, that I can’t possibly write a review without sounding like a 12 year old girl gushing about Justin Bieber. You deserve better than that, so I’ll simply bullet the things I liked best about Ms. Gratton’s writing style, and Blood Magic specifically.

• Ms. Gratton weaves this compelling enchantment by letting the characters have their own voices. Sometimes Silla is telling the story, sometimes it is Reese, or Nicholas and sometimes, we are shown excerpts from a v
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
• 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.
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Daviau
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book! It completely drew me in from the very start and I just could not put it down. Cemeteries, blood magic and bodies being possessed were the recipe for an absolutely freaking fantastic story. I can't believe this has been sitting on my shelf for so long and I've been missing out on its greatness. Seriously, I couldn't have loved this book more. It was deliciously creepy and strange and I'm absolutely dying to get started on the second book!
Victoria Edwards
Jul 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Brigid ✩
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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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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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
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Victoria Schwab
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This book rocked my socks. A mixture of creepy and sexy, disturbing and exciting and all-around compelling.
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
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
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
Nov 02, 2014 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.
Kitten Blue
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites

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."

Mar 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-unhaul
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
Lisa Mandina
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Grilli
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
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
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Blood Magic is the story of Silla, whose parents had just tragically died, and her discovery of magic through the use of blood. She develops a relationship with new-guy-on-the-block, Nicholas. Fortunately, however, this novel does not revolve around their "romance", but the mysteries behind Silla's parents' death.

I found the story itself engaging. Nothing new, I admit, but interesting nonetheless. It had enough twists, and one thing I appreciate is the fact that Tessa Gratton is not an author wh
Caryn Tran
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved the ARC version which I think is pretty much the same.
The title threw me off there for a bit and so did the description. No offense to Meyer or anything but I'm very wary of vamp. books now. They're just a bad reminder of the Twilight Phase at school.
Well anyways, this book is refreshingly un-vampy. Theres a romance there between the two main characters, but the story is pretty much action. And its pretty dark.
I wouldn't say its a sad ending or anything though. I find this book intri
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
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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