Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 5/24/11
Going into Blood Magic I had really high expectations. See Maggie Stiefvater blurbed the book and Tessa is part of Merry Sister's of Fate so I figured a book with Maggie's seal of approval had to be a great book and Tessa Gratton delivered. Blood Magic is told from two points of views and a third if you include a journal.
Magic like any other substance can be addictive and sometimes is to powerful to contain. Most spells either wear out the person casting the spell or give them an incredible high. Some will kill for it and others want it gone because they can't control it. One afternoon Silla comes home to find both her parents dead. Her father murdered her mother then killed himself. They live in a small town where this is the most gruesome crime ever committed. Silla is certain there has to be some other explanation and then a book arrives. The book is a spell book with a note from someone who was friends with her father. He claims that her father studied magic and Silla believes this might be the answer she is looking for.
The journal is by a woman named Josephine in 1904 and continues until present time. Josephine learned magic from a man named Philip. Josephine at first just wanted to learn from Philip but the more magic she experienced the more she realized that she and Philip were perfect together. Philip on the other hand did not feel the same way. Over time Josephine's feelings manifested into insanity and that only grew as the years went on. She started possessing a girl Philip was interested in and had no remorse in stalking him. She even went as far as to put potions in his food. I know this sounds weird but I love how crazy Josephine was and couldn't wait to see what she would do next.
Silla takes the book to her parents grave to test out a spell and see if it's a real spell or simply a sick joke. While at the gravesite she realizes that she is able to perform magic and at the same time she discovers she has a new neighbor. Nick sees Silla perform magic, but instead of freaking out and running away it triggers a lost memory in him. Together they will discover how to use the magic and what really happened to Silla's parents. The love story is simply divine but everything comes with a price. Blood Magic captured me from the start and I kept thinking what is beyond the next page, which I believe is the key to any good story. Blood Magic is Tessa Gratton's debut novel and comes out later this month.