Publication Date: May 24, 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
It starts off simply.As I read Tessa Gratton's Blood Magic, my heart went out to Drusilla. I can not imagine the pain that she has had to live with since her parents murder-suicide. Especially since she does not believe her beloved father would ever harm her mother. The mysterious book sent by The Deacon only makes her want to be reconnected to the parents she has always known.
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.
Being at their grave comforts Drusilla and when she first tests the astonishing powers of magic she has an audience. Nick, having known about the magic his entire life, is unwilling to accept it into his life. He has no choice in the matter. Nick and Silla are bound by the blood magic that erupts whenever they are together.
Nick, Silla, and Robert explore the magic, but everything is far from okay. Learning the spells gives Drusilla answers to the question that she has asked for for weeks now: "Who actually killed her parents?" and has born a new question, "Who was her real father?"
The answer to that lies in a journal dating years ago when witch doctors were burned and diseases were rampant. As the past and future collide, Silla will need strength, her sanity, and Nick to survive this outcome.
*reviewed by Shundrika, 15 @ OV