|| Book Review || Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury ||

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Genre: Fantasy, Witches

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: June 15th 2021

My Rating:✨✨✨✨.5

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A rich, dark urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love—she’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him.

After years of waiting for her Calling—a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers—the one thing Voya Thomas didn’t expect was to fail. When Voya’s ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees—and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic.

Voya is determined to save her family’s magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she’ll first have to find the perfect guy—and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn’t count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc—how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her?

With mounting pressure from her family, Voya is caught between her morality and her duty to her bloodline. If she wants to save their heritage and Luc, she’ll have to find something her ancestor wants more than blood. And in witchcraft, blood is everything.


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!

 

Favourite Quotes

“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.”

 

 

✨✨✨✨.5


 

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3 Comments

  1. ‘Dark urban fantasy about a teen witch.’ Say less, I’ll add this to my TBR! This is a great review, plus I love that it’s fast paced.

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