I’ve been really busy this month. I spent a weekend with some friends from out of town, my SPN family actually from my previous post. I’ve been working extra hours (not a crazy amount but some which is nice). I’ve also read a bunch of books.
Every year I re-read Harry Potter at Christmas time, but this year Christmas was a cluster of insanity so I didn’t enjoy Harry Potter at the same time as usual. Instead I picked it up just after New Year. I powered through my favourite series by my favourite author and got lost in the magic for a countless time. If you haven’t read Harry Potter by now just go now and do it. You’re missing something critical in your life.
Then I attempted to read “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” by Liz Braswell
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a few months actually. I thought it sounded right up my alley, shifters and the paranormal. But I read about three chapters and for some reason it just wasn’t clicking for me. I wasn’t really drawn into the story or the characters. I don’t know why. I put it back on the shelf and I’m going to try again later but for now it just wasn’t for me.
So instead I picked up “Blood Magic” by Tessa Graton
This book I read in a day. Literally. I started at like 8 in the morning and before I knew it the light outside was fading and I had flipped to the last page of the book. I spent a whole day in Yalelyah with Nick, Silla, Reese, magic, secrets, lies, half-truths, and danger. This book grabbed me from the beginning (as you may have guessed).
The story follows Nick Pardee who recently moved from Chicago to Yalelyah – a small Podunk town – after his grandfather dies and leaves him the house. He’s busy trying to not think about the odd girl who lives next door while dealing with the Wicked Step-mom and his dads offhand parenting techniques while being reminded of his mom and the mysterious things she taught him.
Silla is busy coping from the death of her parents that upturned her rather perfect life. She’s trying to defend her parents and still keep some resemblance of normalcy when a mysterious leather-bound book winds up in her possession sent from a person who calls himself The Deacon – the weirdest part is the book is written in her father’s handwriting, and it’s full of magic! Struggling to figure out how to navigate the world now that everything is different Silla begins exploring the magic and secrets of her past.
In all honesty, (slight spoilers?) and with full respect to Miss Graton, at first the characters really pissed me off – and I think that’s a mark of a great story in and of itself. I didn’t like the way Nick acted when he moved, he drove me insane and it makes sense! He was a sixteen year old kid with his life uprooted. And the mask thing was creepy with Silla but it definitely fit her as a person (it was subtle and odd in a kind of perfect way).
I think this book is great. It’s graphic – the rabbit scene, enough said – the characters are perfectly teen aged without being too one dimensional. I loved the magic and the style it was written, changing perspectives and giving you just a small piece of the puzzle with each new page. Nothing was in your face really. It was quite well written and very engaging.
I look forward to reading more from Tessa.