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. (Goodreads Blurb/Link)
Cover: Love it.
Why I wanted to read it: I mean...BLOOD MAGIC..hellooo
WOW. This book is AMAZING. I loved it!
Blood. Witches. Cutting. Animal Sacrifice. Dark secrets. Murder. Possession. Magic. Cemeteries.
This book had everything I was looking for and SO much more. It was dark and twisty and suspenseful and at times, funny.
The two main characters, Nick and Silla, are drawn together by tragic circumstances. They have both suffered family heartbreak at the hands of blood magic. One on side you have Silla, who is just discovering the power her blood holds and hopes it will lead to answers regarding her parent’s brutal deaths. On the other side you have Nick who knows the suffering blood can bring and only wants to forget. Coming together, Nick and Silla accompany each other down a dark, blood filled road. And what an AMAZING road it is.
I loved Silla and Nick as characters. I found them to be very likeable and easy to attach myself to. As a whole, I felt all the characters were well written. The romance between Nick and Silla was sweet and hot and passionate. They are drawn to each other and they need each other but it’s not over done. Don’t worry, there’s no insta-love here.
The story is told in alternating point of view between the two main characters. It does not go by chapter, but the author does list who is “speaking”. I personally find myself enjoying this type of writing more and more, but I know this is a turn off for some people. This book does have a slow build-up of action and did get a little wordy in parts, but there is a lot of detail. There were a couple of times I found myself re-reading a passage, but I didn’t mind it because I was so absorbed in the story. There are also flashback chapters that at first I didn’t really understand, but believe me, all will be revealed in the end! While this book definitely has a serious, dark vibe, there is also humor infused into the story as well. Out of nowhere Nick or Silla would say or do something that had me laughing out loud. And I loved that.
Please be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart. Or for anyone who is squeamish. There is a definite creep factor. And if you are turned off by blood in the slightest, I would not recommend this book to you.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing, dark, magic filled story with amazing characters, detailed writing, and a little bit of blood (or a lot).
“It is impossible to know who you really are until you spend time alone in a cemetery.”
“I had that drowning feeling, like the memories and thoughts were a rushing river, surrounding me and pulling me under, and all I could do was fight for air. “
“It was an easy choice to want to make, but taking the first step felt like leaping over a chasm of fire.”
Bottom Line: This book isn’t just ABOUT magic; it IS magic. And I loved every moment. 4.5/5