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The Blood Spell

(Ravenspire #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,180 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childh ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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C.J. It's a stand alone. You can read this series in any order, though there are cameos and Easter eggs if you choose to read in order.
C.J. No sex or profanity, so it would be all right for younger readers who are reading at a higher level. I have readers as young as 11.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Buddy Read With For Love Of A Book 💕🖤🐶🐺🐾

Omg! I love this book!!

As the gray-black light within the forest sank into the total darkness of yet another night, the wraith stalked the edges of the vast prison, hurling itself against the invisible spell that bound it here, feeling the magic spark, blister and burn.

One day, it would break free. It would rush over the hills and move through the long stretches of farmland that stood between it abd the city. It would find its sister and those who had
Jun 20, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Book Four! I'm so excited to be able to keep writing dark epic fantasies inspired by fairy tales. I grew up in a public library, checking out at least one volume of fairy tales every week, so this series feels like coming home. <3
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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Blue loves doing alchemy with her father in their shop even if it means having to hide the magic in her blood. When she falls into the hands of a cruel and powerful woman she turns to an unexpected ally... the boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

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So I see this really compelling title... The Blood Spell... ooooh what is this?! Sounds intriguing... Oh no! It's number 4 in a series... YAY! It's a companion story, a so
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THE BLOOD SPELL was utterly enjoyable! It’s a well-done YA spin on Cinderella, and I enjoyed every second I spent reading it. Blue and Kellan were truly wonderful characters to follow, and I’m so happy with how their story plays out!
3.5 stars

I’ve enjoyed all of CJ’s books, so I don’t even read the synopsis any longer. It was a bit of a surprise to see this was Cinderella.

I loved Blue and Kellan. I loved their history and that they fought so much. I loved how good they were and how loyal they were. I especially enjoined their confusion when the feelings started to change; that may have been the best part. I also really liked Nessa and could easily read a book about her.

Plot wise it was good and boring at the same time. I t
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I am such a fan of the Ravenspire series.  This may be my favorite one so far, but I'm still trying to decide.   I liked everything about it.  I'm a sucker for a fairytale retelling. 

You don't need to read each book in order for the Ravenspire series, but it is best if you do.  There are appearances and mentions of characters from other books.  We do see Hansel and Gretel for a brief moment in this one.  

There are multiple things from Cinderella, but for the most part, the story is very differen
Tricia Mingerink
I didn't really click with The Shadow Queen, the first of hers I read. I think that had more to do with me not being in the right mood for a YA fantasy fairy tale retelling than anything to do with the book (well, except for the fact that my favorite character was killed off. Not that I'm at all bitter about that...)

But when I saw this author was releasing a Cinderella retelling, I knew I would have to pick this series back up. And I'm so glad I did!

The romance in this one is adorable! And ver
Erin Arkin
The Blood Spell is the fourth book in the Ravenspire series by C.J. Redwine and while I love all of these books, this one might be my favorite. It has everything I look for in a book, an interesting plot, great characters, and some swoony bits that make me sigh. One thing to note is that all of these books have different main characters so if you haven’t read the others (WHAT???) you can still read this one without missing a beat.

Blue de la Cour is the main character. She’s smart and strong and
*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


The Blood Spell is the fourth installment in author C.J. Redwine's Ravenspire series. A series that has seen different lead characters in all four installments. A series that is more likely than not to be a retelling of classic fairy tale. In this case, the retelling of Cinderella takes a curious and enjoyable twist with 17-year old Bernadine de la Cour, Blue to her friends as the would be Cinderella, while Kellan
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this from Balzer + Bray(HarperCollins) and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
If you have never read a book by C.J. read one now! Every book I read I adore more than the last. This book was amazing. I absolutely adored Blue and Kellen. I rooted for them so hard and he was so sweet. Cinderella had nothing on this story. From the evil foster mother to the carriage and mice, this was perfection.
Sabreena - Books and Prosecco
The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

Disclaimer: The amazing humans at HarperCollins Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of The Blood Spell in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.

“It was useless wasting your time wishing for what you didn’t have instead of using what you did.”

Technically, this book is the fourth in a series, but you can read each book as a standalone – though, it appears there are Easter eggs in each tying them all together.

The Blood Spell is a loose retelling
Hailey Hudson
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t have words to explain how much I loved this book—a Cinderella retelling with murderous rogue witches, sign language representation, a reckless prince, and magic and alchemy. I read the first few chapters of this one night and thought about it the whole next day. I can see, hear, smell, and taste the world so clearly. I adore Blue and Kellan’s prickly-to-sweet relationship. I love Grand-mere, and all the fast-paced plot twists near the end, and literally everything about the world. Also t ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5
Steff Pasciuti
Do you ever read a book that has a lot of potential and doesn't really fail but doesn't really succeed, either? This is how I feel about The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwing. I'm not sure if this book tried to do too much at one time or if it was simply not executed as well as it could have been. And yet, I did genuinely enjoy reading it.

The Blood Spell is a Cinderella retelling with quite the twist, telling the story of a young girl called Blue who works as an apothecary while simultaneously hiding
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blood Spell is the fourth book in C.J. Redwine’s series of fairytale retellings. As she has with each of the three previous instalments, The Blood Spell is a wonderful fantasy novel in its own right with threads of the familiar fairytale cleverly woven through the plot to create a unique and thrilling tale.

Blue (love her name) de la Cour is an alchemist, working alongside her father to make potions and tonics to heal the people of Falaise de la Mer. But Blue longs to do more, especially for
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah I love this series!!!
Full review to come!
Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)
Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Blood Spell is a fun, adorable Cinderella retelling with lots of heart, although it isn’t my favorite C. J. Redwine book.

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Jenny Jo Weir
Can we talk about how incredibly awesome this author is? I mean, seriously! To deliver such awesome stories consistently takes a lot of talent and creativity! I’m super impressed by each new book and am loving every single one. I am already dying for the next one and can’t wait for it. This one was awesome! I loved BOTH lead characters and the whole intricate plot. I highly recommend to any fantasy/YA fans out there.
i was hoping we'd see more of kellan
Kara Johnson
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! The world of ravenspire is so fun, and i love how CJ Redwine takes pieces of a beloved fairytale and changes it enough to be new and exciting. She still has a twist at the end that you may not see coming!
I would recommend that you read the other books in the series before this as they reference the other kingdoms.
This is the 4th book in the ravenspire novels, and its a retelling of cinderella. I loved the relationship between blue and kellen. How they hated each o
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Thank you HCC Frenzy for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review *

- ACTUAL 4.5/5 stars -

This novel follows Blue, a merchant's daughter in a small village in Balavata. She tries to remain unnoticed - in fear of her magic being discovered, sentencing her to death. However, once her father is murdered and a ruthless woman claims custody of Blue and all she owns, secrets, keeping them and finding them out, are more important than ever. At the same time, childhood friend Kellan, the crow
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wish Granter has been my favorite book set in this universe... until now. The Blood Spell goes above and beyond. This retelling of Cinderella was absolutely amazing. Like most of Redwine's retellings, she takes the classic Cinderella story and creates a brand new version with her own unique spin. For those that love the original, the basic outline is still there and the famous slippers still make an appearance.

Redwine's books were already great, but she keeps getting better and better! Can'
Kathy Martin
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful retelling of the Cinderella story. Blue de la Cour lives with her father and works as an alchemist hiding the magic in her. Magic was made illegal in this kingdom after a witch who turned into a wraith terrorized the kingdom until it was imprisoned in an enchanted wood. But children are disappearing and it is feared that another evil witch is rising.

Kellan Renard is turning eighteen and finished with his education. Now it is time for him to choose a bride from one of the nin
Sarah K
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I haven't read a great fairy tale retelling in a long time. I love the nods to the Cinderella story but honestly it's even better than the original!

This is my first book in this series. They are all standlaones so no need to have read the previous 3 books. (However, I 100% will now!)

This fairy-tale fantasy is everything you could want in YA fantasy. I've read some pretty meh fantasies over the last couple years and it's so refreshing to be completely engrossed in a story and o
Beth  (YA Books Central)
....cannot believe that I finally have this gorgeous book in my hands! I have been waiting FOREVER....and it is just as amazing as I knew it would be.....first chapter devoured and cannot put this book down.......cannot wait to see where this story goes....
Ryn (Crafty_Bookworm)
I have loved the whole Ravenspire series and this one didn’t let me down. The Cinderella roots were well used as a growing point to craft a great tale. I need more stories from this universe - please.
The Reading Raccoon
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating this one somewhere between a 3-4. It felt like the action and the connection to the Cinderella story didn’t actually pay off until 3/4 through the book. All the main characters were fleshed out and decent humans to root for but it lacked a certain edge and tension that I enjoy.
One of my favorites in the Ravenspire series! A fantastic reimagining of Cinderella!
Angela Blount
3.5 Stars

Based loosely on the tale of Cinderella, The Blood Spell is the fourth standalone installment for the Ravenspire series of fairytale retellings.

On the surface, this book is in the same vein as many a dark YA fantasy. The magic system involves fae, wands, and transmutation; with a refreshingly hefty emphasis on the alchemical. On deeper levels, the story explores themes of grief, guilt, self-sacrifice, negative coping mechanisms, abuse, healing… and even touches on aspects of PTSD and su
Ainslee || Jest and Hearts

This might be a hot mess of a review so buckle up children.

The Blood Spell is the fourth book in the Ravenspire series. No, you don’t need to read the previous books to read this, they all follow a different character from different kingdoms. Each book is a separate story. You will however see characters from previous books but you wont be spoiled and you wont need to know their story. I would however suggest reading The Traitor Prince before this one as t
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