Blood Magic, the first book in The Blood Journals series by Tessa Gratton was released on 7th July by Random House and the book is 416 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC for review.
Since the death of her parents, Silla Kennicott sees a lot of blood. She can’t stop thinking about what really happened and what the police are saying happened. When a mysterious book arrives in the mail. Silla’s whole life is turned upside down. Apparently, there was a lot more to her father than she could have ever imagined. He did magic. Blood Magic!
While trying to figure out who her father really was, Silla meets Nick, the new guy in town. Finding Silla in a cemetery should have totally freaked Nick out, especially when he saw what she was doing but he calmer than anyone else would have been. He already knows about the magic. While Silla and Nick get closer, they realise that someone else in town knows about their secret and the magic and they will do anything it takes to get the book from Silla!
What I thought
Blood Magic was one of my most anticipated books of the year and as soon as I heard about it, I immediately knew I had to read it. Attending a Random House blogger event only made me want this book more after hearing more about it. From the very first page, Tessa Gratton’s beautiful writing stands out from anything else I have ever read. Her words drew me straight into the story and I felt immersed the complex and interesting world that she created. Blood Magic is dually narrated between main characters, Silla and Nick.
It isn’t very often that I fully love a female main character but Silla was an exception. I felt so much for Silla and the things she had been put through/ experienced and that was before the book actually got into full swing. Silla has had far from an easy life and with the death of her mother and father, nothing seems to be getting better. The whole town where Silla lives has one idea about what happened to her parents but she refuses to believe them, causing some tension and confliction between her and other people. Having to deal with the death of your parents must be bad enough but then having to cope with everything else must have pushed Silla over the edge. I could completely understand why Silla reacted to some things in certain ways and I think I would probably do the same.
I was really happy for Silla once Nick turned up. She was in desperate need of cheering up and I think Nick was the perfect solution to this. They had instant chemistry that was extremely hot but I still wanted so much more from them. Knowing how each was feeling towards the other, I think this part of the story could have been expanded on but knowing that there are going to be further books in the series put my mind at ease a little bit. There was also a fair amount of funny/ cheeky banter between Silla and Nick due to their personalities. This was a really good thing as it lightened up the story and times where it was all getting a little bit too serious.
As soon as Nick arrived in the story, I fell a little bit in love with him. Instantly, I could tell that there was something different about this guy and wanted to find out what he was all about. Nick has a great personality, which only made me like him more. He was cheeky and a little bit full of himself in all of the right places but there was much more to him than what I originally thought. As much as I loved this side of Nick, I also loved the way he was with Silla. Nick was able to show a much deeper side of his personality and I truly believed that he really felt something meaningful for Silla. Nick also has quite a bit of a past even though he doesn’t really remember all of it. I loved these parts of the story as it gave Nick’s character much more depth than him just being a hot and charismatic teenage guy.
The whole idea of Blood Magic was extremely interesting, if not a little hard to read at times. This is a book that is not for the feint hearted and even though I can take quite a lot, some of the scenes were a little hard for me to get through. That being said, Gratton writes in such a way that doesn’t make the blood letting seem sick or wrong at any time. I think it was more the whole idea of blood that grossed me out a little bit rather than the actual Blood Magic. I really enjoyed the parts of the story which were told from the point of view of a diary. These parts really added more depth to the plot and made it all feel more real. The fact that the Blood Magic had a whole background and history made everything about this book more exciting for me. I wanted to know to exact point of origin of the magic, who could do it and why they could do it. The character who wrote the diary also gave the story another dimension and a new and fresh voice compared to the rest of it.