The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals #2) by Tessa Gratton

The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals, #2)

                 The Blood Keeper  

            (The Blood Journals #2)

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.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
  The Blood Keeper is marvelously wicked. Tessa Gratton created a Horror novel with blood gore magic and beauty. I know you’re saying, What? Blood and gore is beautiful?! Yes, The Blood Keeper is a beautiful romance with a little grisly touch of gore and blood Paranormal Fantasy…And that's the only way I can describe this wonderful novel with Mab, whose blood protects the blood land. Gratton took me into this incredible, dark magical world of the blood witches who work their magic by using blood. There’re also two stories being told in this novel with the last blood keeper Arthur, who died, and the blood keeper who is to take his place as the future blood keeper: Mab of the blood land. And it's told in three points of view: Mad, Will and Arthur's wife, Evie. This eerie storyline is all wrapped around Evie's love for Arthur and Mab and Will's romance.

I loved Mab’s character. She’s carefree, strong, and independent. She’s also the kind of girl that if you tell her to do one thing, she will totally do the opposite just to see what will happen. And because of Mab's curious rebellion is how Will ends up in Mab's world of blood magic. Will is a little rebellious, too and that’s what makes these two perfect for each other. Will is trying to discover who he is, but one thing he knows, he’s not going to be a marine like his father and brothers. Will doesn’t believe in witches, but that all changes when he meets Mab and his life becomes entangled with Mab's blood magic world of the supernatural. Will already given his heart to Mab, but to trust Mab's world of blood magic is another thing.

Mab and Will's romance is not the only romance going in this story. Arthur and Evie's history together is told throughout this story, too. And the secret of the roses will bring Evie and Arthur's past romance together with Mab and Will's present day romance. These roses hold an evil secret—a secret that enables Evie to keep the man she loves, but will take the one Mab's loves.

The Blood Keeper is a wickedly dark romance where the secret curse of a past love will take revenge against love in the present, and the blood keeper will sacrifice it all for the boy she loves. I recommend The Blood Keeper as a fantastic read with a little touch of blood gore magic mixed with a beautiful romance.
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  1. Hmmm. Beautiful blood and gore huh?
    Thanks for the review lady!

    1. LOL! Yep, blood and gore can be beautiful in this witch world. The gore is on light side, just enough to make you say that was a little creepy, but in a kind of eerie fun way :) hope that kinda expands it :)

  2. Marviously wicked!!! Sounds like me kind of book! Nice review ;)

  3. Wow this one looks really good. I think the beautiful blood and gore did it for me. I still have to read the first book. I wish the cover would have matched the first book though...

    1. Nereyda, This book can be read as a stand alone. You really don't need to read the first book to understand what's going on in TBK :)