Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: May 24, 2011
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: 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 that 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 it's power.
Review: Blood Magic is one of the most amazing books I've read recently! I loved the concept of Silla's magic being activated through blood. All the blood and none of the vampires :-) The world Ms. Gratton created is lush and deep with a mythos that really speaks to you. The story is written from the viewpoints of both Silla and Nick, with intriguing journal entries from their new enemy interspersed for background. As you learn as the story goes on - blood is not just for circulating oxygen, but it is a potent substance which contains life force and so much more! As a debut novel for Ms. Gratton, Blood Magic keeps you enthralled from page one. A great story of love, loss, hope, and the power we hold within.
The Blood Journals series: Blood Magic (1), The Blood Keeper (2)