Holla if you are sick to death of YA books with cliffhanger endings, or better yet NO CLEAR ENDING? Up front, I am going to tell you that Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton, one of the writing group known as The Merry Sisters of Fate with Brenna Yovanoff and Maggie Stiefvater, has a satisfying conclusion.However, an actual resolution is not the only thing that recommends Blood Magic.
Tessa Gratton’s story is a perfect fall read, evoking witches and things that go bump in the night. Blood Magic opens on a chilling note, main character Silla’s parents have been brutally murdered. She, along with her brother Reese inherit a book of spells from their father. Silla sets her skepticism aside to try one of the spells in the graveyard, lo and behold the magic actually works. However, Silla is not alone while doing magic. Instead, new kid in town Nicolas Pardee is watching her perform the magic from the woods, hiding a secret of his own.
What unfolds is an intense story, a bit of race against the clock to discover the truth of Silla’s parents’ murder as she also comes into her fledgling powers. The stakes are absolutely real and high in Blood Magic. Not every one gets a happy ending, and I think this serves to magnify emotions. Adding to the intensity is the overall atmosphere of the story, the setting being almost a character. Something very sinister lurks within the graveyard of Yaleylah, a small Missouri town. The creepiness of the area is quite palpable.
Yet, lest you be scared away by the doom and gloom, there is also an underlying love story in Blood Magic. Let me tell you, Tessa Gratton knows how to write a swoonworthy kissing scene. And while the book is dark in turns, there is an undercurrent of hope. There is a certain magic in the chemistry of Nicolas and Silla, what you may see as blood calling to blood. Instead of hindering the story, I thought the romance aspect really enhanced it.
If you are looking for an emotionally intense read with a great ending and no love triangle, ESPECIALLY a good Halloween feeling read, I absolutely recommend Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton without hesitation.
Disclosure: Received for review via Amazon Vine.