Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Blood Magic (Blood Journals #1) by Tessa Gratton
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.
Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood.
It's just a little over four hundred pages and, honestly, there may have been one chapter (or fifteen) too many. From the get, the first thing that came to mind was that I'd read it before: a girl with a tragic past meets hot boy who doesn't get along with his stepmother. Then there's the alternating points of view between Silla and Nick as well as glimpses into someone's past. It was a chore! Normally, switching POVs is something I enjoy... What's not to love when you get the same story told by different people? The problem is, had the story been told by just one of them, it could have been more... tight and I might not have been as bored as I was (maybe.)
And they love each other... desperately, passionately... oh, I don't know, having known each other after, what two seconds? That's not the biggest thing though, what annoyed me the most, what had me cringing was his term of endearment for her. 'Babe' I mean really.. she isn't a pig! And his a jerk!
What makes this different? Blood... and there's lots of it. But beyond that... there really isn't anything new in this one. The first part was boring: they meet, they like, they hook up, but he has a secret that she finds out... they fight. But why the secret to begin with? Eh? The middle was a tad better than the first, my attention was kept (off and on) by them trying to figure out who was who and what said who was up to. The ending abrupt.
It had good parts and boring parts but I seem to be recalling stretches of the latter... *wipes away the tears brought on by incessant yawning*