28 August 2012

{Book Review} The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 August 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | |

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The Blood Keeper
The Blood Journals #2
Author: Tessa Gratton
Pages: August 28th 2012
Format: ARC
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Review: 3.5 Birds

Paranormal romance fans who are looking to up the ante will be drawn to this tale of horror, fantasy, and romance. For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It's all she's ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she's connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions. Mab will do anything to keep the ancient practice alive and guard its secrets. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab's magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.

Warning, this review may contain spoilers about book one, Blood Magic.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY THE BLOOD KEEPER!

A new set of characters. A new story line. A new book.

To be honest I was a little shocked by it all. When I tucked in to read THE BLOOD KEEPER I thought I would be going back to the world of Reese, Silla and Nick. Instead I fell into one with Mab and Will, among many others

I know, you’re staring at this review in complete shock at my stupidity, right? I mean the blurb above clearly tells me that this is not the same story line, but one adjacent to the people we met in book one, BLOOD MAGIC. Here’s the thing, I love me some Tessa. I would read a VCR User Manual written in hieroglyphics if she so chose to write it. Not to mention I so entirely loved BLOOD MAGIC there was no question I would be reading THE BLOOD KEEPER. But I did feel a little abandoned by Silla and Nick. I’m just going to be honest.

Now, don’t worry – they make appearances. The story of Mab and those who reside in her home can not be, with out Nick and Silla and of course Reese. Unlike Silla, who in book one was just learning about Blood Magic, for Mab it is second nature. What she is raised to do, to teach. It is her way of life. Being skilled at magic doesn’t make it any easier to control, as you will see straight away. But it does make for an interesting plot!

Told in alternating POV’s between Mab, Will, and flashbacks to a journal written long ago to help explain the story of the land. If it seems like a lot to follow, it can be at times. But you will never be left hanging, everything has a reason for being there and it’s almost unbelievable how Gratton takes so much and ties it all together at the end. She is truly a skilled storyteller.

The 3.5 Bird review is lower than the rating the book that precedes it got, but it is after all an entirely different book. I longed more for the story of the original characters and found it distracted me. This is a personal thing for me, I have a hard time when a series doesn’t follow the same people the whole time. Like Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr or that one installment of the Halloween movies that doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of them. It throws me off, and makes my OCD go all wonky. It’s actually quite sad for me, obviously there is a reason the story goes in the direction it does, but I get set in my ways and sometimes can’t shake it. THE BLOOD KEEPER falls between a Good Story and a Great Story for me, still a great place to be. It has earned a spot on my bookshelf, that is for sure.

THE BLOOD KEPPER continues with the fantastical world of magic, the beautiful prose from a detail driven hand of Tessa. Will there be a 3rd installment of The Blood Journals? I don’t know. Will I read it if it there is, even if it follows a new group – damn skippy. And do I recommend The Blood Journals series – abso-bloody-lutley!

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