Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Doubleday Childrens
(first published May 24th 2011)
0857530208 (ISBN13: 9780857530202)
Blood Magic (The Blood Journals #1)
Just as the author on the front of the book has said, I to adored this book. It was a nice refreshing read, a little more upgraded from the twilight sega infact. Instead of vampires we had witches, but not witches as we know them, blood witches. So in some ways there was a whole new twist to the story that added a bit of excitement and refreshment to the read. I felt that the book really held a lot of depth and description to it that engages the reader to really become a part of the novel. You start to understand the characters, what they are going through, and what they feel. Her two main characters were conveyed very well, however perhaps it was a little overdone.
The scene of the book is set well and the story plot is a little predictive and cliche but at the same time mysterious as the reader seems to know what is going to happen and yet at the same does not. I liked the way the author made you wonder if it was the stepmom who was the evil one, or if it was someone else, because soon the school therapist starts to act strange, so perhaps they are in alliances with one another? The book gave me this feeling of being concerned and worried, loved and yet somewhat unprotected at the same time. This was a good thing because in many ways it meant that the reader was able to connect to the characters and share the journey and story with them.
It was a long book and in some places it did feel a little slow, perhaps at points as if nothing was really happening at all. But at the same time I think that anything was taken out it perhaps would not be the same at all. The story would be lakcing something, so perhaps it is therefore just a matter of changing things? I did feel a little of emotion when reese died, but the mystery that unravelled was well written and well expressed. The book however still seemed to hold a lot of unanswered mysteries that just makes you want to read on to the second one to discover what occurs next, after all jospehine was not killed just like that was she? she has to be around someone, and something still seems somewhat odd with eric.
Who knows what the next novel in the series hold, but it was a worthwhile read.