by Ally Condie
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
Goodreads has a nice description of Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton…but I think mine would be more like:
So, you like haunted towns and cemeteries, right? Of course you do.
You love hot, fictional characters who actually have some character to them, right? Yeah, you do.
And you love magic and blood (without vampires).
Since you love all of the above, you’ll be IN love with Blood Magic.
Blood Magic is a book worth reading. It has a dark atmosphere throughout the book, and the characters are people I really wish I knew, especially Nick.
He’s not Prince Charming, he’s a realistic boy. A witty one.
Plus Silla is a girl who’s gone through a lot of crap, and while she obviously is trying to cope, she’s not falling apart to a point where she’s a heap of emotional goo.
Silla + Nick = ♡♥ <—smexy romance
The villains in this book are fleshed out through diary entries, and, through that, I went through loving, sympathizing, and fearing said villain. There’s history behind everything, and that get’s sorted through. Nothing was left unknown, but nothing was answered too soon.
Not necessarily a beach read, but definitely something worth reading a night! Grab it next time you’re at a bookstore.
I give Tessa many stars! (★★★★★★★★★★★★★)
Some references in this book will please either
A.) Those who adore Linger by Steifvater
B.) Those who support Razorbacks.