|| Book Review || Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury ||
Genre: Fantasy, Witches
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: June 15th 2021
Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for organising the tour and the author and publisher for providing a gifted digital copy of the book for me to read and review.
There is so much to love about this book that it is hard to know where to begin!
Set in Canada, Blood Like Magic follows a young black witch named Voya who upon her first bleeding goes on to receive a task from one of her ancestors in order to be gifted with a power and join the rest of her family as a witch. Up until a witches bleeding time they have no magic whatsoever and blood plays a vital role in the ability to cast spells upon becoming a witch and I found this incredibly unique and interesting! As someone who has read a heck of a lot of witchy books it is always nice when you get to read a new spin on something that has been told many times before.
As well as the unique magical system the author managed to integrate a science-fiction theme and created a world not only filled with magic but also with futuristic technology… now you might be thinking “witches and technology? What?!” You know what? It really worked!
Something else that really worked for me was Voya as a protagonist. Voya is extremely relatable, she is flawed and often worries that she is not good enough. She struggles to make decisions and cares deeply for her family, everything she does is for them. Yes, she makes mistakes and yes her family is messy, dysfunctional and a bit crazy but I absolutely loved them all!
The representation in the book was brilliantly done and didn’t feel over the top.
The pacing was fast and there was absolutely no point during the book where I felt lost or bored or anything. I was just eager to keep reading and find out what happened because the atmosphere and tension throughout was absolutely top notch.
From start to finish this was like nothing I have ever read before and has left me desperately awaiting the next book!
Five Reasons to Read Blood Like Magic
— A totally unique spin on witches, blending magic and technology in a way that I have never seen done before.
— Full of suspense and tension from start to finish
— Relatable protagonist, a girl who struggles and makes mistakes but always tries her best
— Diversity and LGBT representation
— Fast paced with a shocking, heart-breaking conclusion!
“Hidden things are fragile. Once they start to be revealed, each prod and tap forms a new crack until the whole thing shatters and leaves the truth exposed.”
“Names are tough. You don’t choose it. Someone else does, and it ends up defining your whole life. And when the name and who you are don’t match, you have to spend time changing what people think when they look at you.”
“”You would hug me?” “If it would make you feel better. But not for long. Five-second maximum. I’ll count.”
“Suddenly I’m embarrassed. Like he can tell just by looking at me. I’m just an ordinary teenage girl with a serious love-level crush on a boy I almost killed.”
“There aren’t always good or bad decisions. Only options and the ability to choose them.”