"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 family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.
The book isn't the only recent arrival in Silla's life. There's Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She's not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick's first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can't deny their attraction. And they can't ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.
Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood." Goodreads
Ah what can I say about Blood Magic. It's a compulsive read. It really takes a hold from the first page, and carries through. The first chapter sets a good pace to the story, and there are no filler chapters. The entire book is full of action, and emotion.
I really connected with Silla, and throughout the book I was hoping for a twist. There wasn't one but Nicky or Nicolas depending softened the blow somewhat. He's kind of like sunshine in the book, and he's also pretty badass.
I found the relationship between Silla and her brother to be very sweet as well, and at one point I was almost tearing up.
The Blood Magic I found to be a great aspect, and really enjoyed some of the spells. It was such an interesting concept. I can't wait to read more about it in the sequel.
Josephine's diary entries were also significant, as it was like having two stories going on at the same time that were interwoven. I love this kind of thing, it was reminiscent of the wicca series by Cate Tiernan. I however did guess the big reveal at the end, but it was built up so much that that was a given.
I truly adored Blood Magic, and would recommend it to anyone. Definitely worth the money.
I give Blood Magic five milky way magic stars.