Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Cool and original, but too bloody for me.

Silla's parents died in a horrible, bloody tragedy.  Someone named the Deacon sent her a book of spells written in her father's handwriting.  Even though she is confused and afraid, Silla takes the spell book to the cemetery...just to see what happens.  Magic happens, and Nicholas sees it.

The two become involved with one another as they begin to explore the blood magic in the spell book - the same magic that haunted Nicholas's own mother.  Unfortunately, a witch named Josephine, who intends to live forever, comes in search of the book and their blood.  Josephine is delightfully evil, and readers get to see her back story, which is just as interesting as the main story.  But Silla and Nicholas must learn to wield their new powers to save themselves and the ones they love from Josephine.

If you have a weak stomach, you may not want to read BLOOD MAGIC. 

I feel like that one sentence brings together everything that is both enticing and powerful about this book.  Tessa Gratton writes with such skill, description, and ease, that a reader can't help but see, smell, and feel the blood dripping from Silla's hands.  And there is a lot of blood.  In fact, it has been a long time since a book made me feel this queasy. 

The story intertwines blood magic with a love story, friendships, family, and a love of the theater, both on stage and off.  Silla's character is broken and vulnerable, and I only wish she didn't spend so much time slicing her hand open.  But that's me...just call me Weak Stomach McGee.

As a fan of Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls (Shiver) series, I loved that NARKOTIKA made an appearance!

Book Extras:
Tessa Gratton Web Site
Tessa Gratton Blog
Tessa Gratton on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads
Merry Sisters of Fate - website with Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Brenna Yovanoff

THE BLOOD KEEPER - a stand-alone companion novel to BLOOD MAGIC arrives Summer 2012

About the Book:
Blood Magic (The Blood Journals) by Tessa Gratton
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375867333
ISBN-13: 978-0375867330

*Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the Amazon Vine program.  Click HERE to read all of my Amazon reviews.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren. It's our opportunity to get a peek into what books everyone is receiving for review, borrowing from libraries, buying in bookshops and download onto eReaders.

The last time I posted an IMM was in bear with me!

(I apologize in advance for all the links to Amazon...I don't have a lot of time today!)


Treasures from the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family

TREASURES FROM THE ATTIC: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF ANNE FRANK'S FAMILY by Mirjam Pressler (Doubleday; April 2011; Hardcover; 416 pages)

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman (P.S.)In a Treacherous CourtRunning the RiftSweet Money: An Inspector Lascano Mystery

FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson (Harper Perennial; August 30, 2011; paperback; 298 pages)

SWEET MONEY by Ernesto Mall (Bitter Lemon Press; October 2011; Paperback; 267 pages)

IN A TREACHEROUS COURT by Michelle Diener (Gallery Books; August 2011; Paperback; 301 pgs)

RUNNING THE RIFT by Naomi Benaron (Algonquin Books: January 2012; Hardcover; 384 pages)

Young Adult:


UNDERDOGS by Markus Zusak (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic; September 2011; Ages 12 and up; hardcover; 512 pages)

The RevenantThe Red Blazer Girls: The Mistaken MasterpiecePaper Covers Rock

THE RED BLAZER GIRLS #3: THE MISTAKEN MASTERPIECE by Michael D. Beil (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; June 14, 2011; Ages 10 and up; hardcover; 320 pages)

THE REVENANT by Sonia Gensler (Alfred A. Knopf; May 10, 2011; Ages 10 and up; hardcover; 336 pages)

PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard (Delacorte; June 14, 2011; Ages 14 and up; Hardcover; 192 pages)

Middle Grade:

The Magnificent 12: The CallThe Magnificent 12: The TrapThe Dragon's Tooth: Ashtown Burials #1

THE MAGNIFICENT 12: THE CALL and THE MAGNIFICENT 12: THE TRAP by Michael Grant (Katherine Tegen; August 2011; ages 8 and up)

ASHTOWN BURIALS #1: THE DRAGON'S TOOTH by N.D. Wilson (Random House; August 23, 2011; Ages 9-12; Hardcover; 496 pages)

LexieDragon Keepers #4: The Dragon in the VolcanoCapital Mysteries #13: Trapped on the D.C. Train! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))R My Name Is Rachel

LEXIE by Audrey Coloumbis; Illustrated by Julia Denos (Random House; May 24, 2011; Ages 8-12; Hardcover; 208 pages)

DRAGON KEEPERS #4: THE DRAGON IN THE VOLCANO By Kate Klimo; Illustrated by John Shroades (Random House; May 24, 2011; Ages 8-12; Hardcover; 240 pgs)

CAPITOL MYSTERIES #13:  TRAPPED ON THE DC TRAIN! by Ron Roy; Illustrated by Timothy Bush (Random House; May 24, 2011; Ages 6-9; Paperback; 96 pages)

R MY NAME IS RACHEL by Patricia Reilly Giff (Wendy Lamb; August 9, 2011; Ages 9-12; Hardcover; 176 pages)

When Life Gives You O.J.Mistress of the StormYou'll Like It Here (Everybody Does)The Chamber of Five

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J. by Erica S. Perl (Knopf; June 14, 2011; Ages 8-12; 208 pages)

MISTRESS OF THE STORM by M.L. Walsh (David Fickling Books; July 14, 2011; Ages 8-12; 320 pages)

YOU'LL LIKE IT HERE (EVERYBODY DOES) by Ruth White (Delacorte Press; June 14, 2011; Ages 9-12; Hardcover; 272 pages)

CHAMBER OF FIVE Fby Michael Harmon (Alfred A. Knopf; June 14, 2011; Ages 9 and up; Hardcover; 208 pages)

The King of Show-And-Tell (Ready, Freddy! #2)Star Time (Zigzag Kids)

STAR TIME (ZIG ZAG KIDS #4) by Patricia Reilly Giff (Wendy Lamb; August 9, 2011; Ages 6 and up; 80 pages)

READY, FREDDY! THE KING OF SHOW AND TELL by Abby Klein (Blue Sky Press; Ages 4 and up; 96 pages)



ZOOZICAL by Judy Sierra, Illustrated by Marc Brown (Knopf; August 9, 2011; Ages 4 and up; Hardcover; 40 pages)
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