Blood Magic – Tessa Gratton

“I am Josephine Darly and I intend to live forever”
Three months after she found her parents dead in her Fathers study Silla still cannot get over their deaths. Then she receives a spell book in the post from a mysterious guy called The Deacon. Unknowing who the Deacon is she soon realises that the book was once her fathers and she has blood magic ruining through her veins. The first night she tries the magic she is seen by new guy Nick but Nick isn’t scared of it, after all, his mother always did magic in front of him, before she went crazy. Joining forces with Nick and her brother Reese, Silla soon realises that perhaps her dad wasn’t to blame for her parents death after all. Perhaps their deaths were darker than everybody had already suggested.

Blood Magic was beautifully written and had me hooked from the start, I honestly couldn’t put it down and I was fascinated with where the story was going right until the end
Told from the point of view of three of the characters I loved the way you got three different perspectives of magic and two different perspectives of what was going on. The very first chapter had me intrigued because it was just the one line (quoted above). Josephine Darly’s perspective of magic was told from diary extracts, starting in 1904, and was actually quite scary. I loved her character so much but I was suitably terrified of her ambitions, she was proof of how magic can drive you crazy if you let it.
Silla and Nick were something else. Their relationship probably can be described as Insta-love but I actually really liked how it was done, there was instant attraction and I didn’t actually find it over the top, I thought it was actually very realistic, I mean fair enough they are snogging within a week of meeting but hey, stuff like that happened at my secondary school and I’m sure it does other places!
I really liked Silla as a character; she was full of grief but hell, give that girl a goal and she will stop at nothing to get there! I thought she was strong, stubborn and very kick ass! She stood up for herself and I felt bad for her when she had to go through the stuff at school with people talking about her not so behind her back. I also wanted to slap that Melissa bitch!
Nick was pretty cool too, I thought he was a bit arrogant at first but to be honest, he had some issues and I love that he managed to overcome them once he might Silla and found out that the magic that drove his mum crazy wasn’t actually evil… she just had good reason to go crazy (but more about that if you read the book, I don’t wanna spoil anything!)
I loved the story, Im a huge witch fan and I can’t get enough of magic so I knew Id love this one! The descriptions within the book were fantastic and I really got a feel for the setting. I am a bit of a weirdo and love cemeteries too… but I guess it could be a bit stereotype that the majority of the good stuff in this story happens in a cemetery but damnit, I loved it!
I am a bit miffed that I worked out quite early on who the baddie was in this story… I think it was a bit obvious but there were other twists and turns which made the story awesome for me after this point. I was amazed at the revelations of this and the pace of the story spanned out really well. I swear down though, you really will need a few hours free to read this one as you will not be able to put it down!
If you like a good witch stroy with twists and turns and a bit of romance thrown in Blood Magic really is for you. However if you’re a bit squeamish about blood you may have a problem with some bits of this book! It is gruesome and gory in places and Sillas fear of blood is fully understandable and the reasoning is described in lots of detail so don’t say you weren’t warned about that! After just finishing this book I’m that much in awe of it that I’m getting it straight in the post to one of my friends so she can read the brilliance of it too! 
Blood Magic is the first in the Blood Journals trilogy. It is published today in the UK by Doubleday Children’s (a Random House inprint). Thank you to Emma from Book Angel’s Booktopia for sending me her spare ARC copy. 


  • P.E.

    Great review! I recently read Blood Magic and I felt pretty much the same way. I also guessed who the villain was. The blood was a bit creepy but the overall story was very good.

  • Kristina

    I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while. I can’t wait to read it. Thinking about reading it next. Your review got me super excited for it!

  • Trish (Just a YA Girl)

    If you love magic you really need to read the sweep series (you know, the one with fifteen books? I swear I’m not stalking you. I just saw one of your comments on another blog) Anyway…

    This was a great review. It really made me want to read the book even more even though I’m pretty sure I’ll guess the bad person pretty quickly and it’s a insta love. Who cares? MAGIC!

    p.s. I’ve been dying to know this forever- what’s your favorite dino?

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl

  • Clover

    Oh, great review! I really liked this one as well, I got completely swept away into the story so much that I ended up reading it whilst we had friends over! Ha, how anti-social am I?! 🙂

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