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Blood Magic

(The Blood Journals #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  10,715 ratings  ·  955 reviews
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
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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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 S…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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One of my first DNFs. To this day I'm still not sure if this book was just bad or if I can blame this on the translation. (Read in Czech). ...more
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
Recommends it for: fans of Matched, Shiver
Shelves: dnf, ya, romancelandia
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
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
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
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
• 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
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
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
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! ...more
Victoria Edwards
Jul 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
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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
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
Victoria Schwab
Oct 09, 2009 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.
The Romantic Cynic
Sep 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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 her
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 19, 2011 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
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
Lisa Mandina
Jul 31, 2011 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
Kitten Blue
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 30, 2011 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
May 24, 2011 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
Jessica Lewenda
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. ...more
Tomoe Hotaru
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
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 stand ou ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If a book were likely to give me nightmares, this one would be it. (Sadly, books don't give me nightmares at all, so I miss that little thrill.) I stayed up to 1:30 in the morning just to finish it.

I loved this book, but I'm hesitant to recommend it too much. If I were still working in a bookstore, I'd call it "dark" and say that it was for a "mature teen audience." What that translates to is simple: while not loaded with sexual content, this book is violent. Our main characters occasionally mak
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is dark, passionate, bloody and creepy - and I really enjoyed it.

Silla discovered her parents dead in a pool of their own blood, her mother apparently murdered by her father, who then killed himself. This has left deep scars on her psyche, and it continues to play on her mind through the novel. As you can imagine, this is a pretty bloody start to the story, and the blood continues to flow right until the end as all magic requires a blood sacrifice. This might be the most bloody book I have
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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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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