May 24th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything.Thanks to Book It Forward Tours for the chance to read this book.
Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.
Together they plunge into the world of dark magic, but when a hundred-year-old blood witch comes hunting for the bones of Silla’s parents and the spell book, Nick and Silla will have to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and death, and the deadly secrets that hide in blood.
I'm a fan of switch POV. Mostly, I prefer Third Person narrations but I'm not picky as long as I can read the wider spectrum as oppose to being stuck with one person. Blood Magic not only switches between Silla and Nick but also includes journal entries from the antagonist.
The blood element I found fascinating in a twisted way. I couldn't help but think of all the scars that would be left after making blood offerings- I may be a loner on this but I'm pretty selfish with my blood except a few plus times a year for the Blood Bank. The plot was firmly and foundly built upon the idea that blood contains our life force and is one of the key elements in performing magic of all sorts.
Nick, Silla and Silla's brother Reese dive into magic and tests its limitlessness. Little do they know what awaits them and who they really are.
Another element that I liked but was a bit hesitant at first was the masks that Silla creates and wears. It's metaphorical in which she doesn't truly wear a mask but a way of constructing a defense and it's spoken of early on so I don't consider it to be a spoiler. Tessa Cratton does a fine job showing, not telling, of these masks and once I caught on I was looking forward to the next one.
On Goodreads I rated this one a 4. I enjoyed it but there were a few slower parts. Overall though I would recommend this novel to any YA enthusiast who love paranormal in their plots.