Blood Spells – Alicia Ellis

“𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘 𝒄𝒐𝒑𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.”

Blood Spells is a well-rounded, standalone YA Fantasy novel. Madison ‘Maddy’ Cooper is the one who finds her stepmother, Cora’s body in the bathtub – with her wrists slit – a mere thirty feet away from where Maddy was sleeping. Needless to say, she’s shocked & disturbed but she is also determined to find out the truth about Cora’s death. Obsessed with finding out the truth, Maddy undertakes a dangerous journey filled with magic, betrayal, & a lot of suspense. However, all the magic performed, has a price. Will Maddy be able to pay it?

The cover of the book is vibrant & will sure look good on everyone’s shelf. The title is apt as it clearly justifies the theme around which, the book is written. The book is written in first person from the perspective of Maddy, a 15 year old, unlicensed Blood Magic Practitioner. The book has a very interesting premise. The reader is dropped headfirst into the story & told to find their way through.

The entire story revolves around Maddy trying to find out the truth about her stepmom’s death & always endangering her friends due to her reckless decisions & obstinate personality. The story line was well paced. The start was a little slow but then the book picked up pace. The plot was also curiously entangled & every chapter brought the reader closer to the final reveal. The concept of the novel gets brownie points from my side. I liked how the author talks about the fact that when someone performs magic, they have to pay a price for it. It’s poetic & I loved it.

Talking about the characters, needless to say, I did not like Maddy. At all. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated her, but I didn’t like her. She was selfish, bratty, childish & only ever thought of herself. During the climax, when she was facing the ‘classic moral dilemma’, I wanted to enter the book & smack her across the face. On the other hand, Marshall & Lauren had my heart. They were such amazing friends to Maddy, even if sometimes she didn’t deserve it. Honestly, the scenes where Marshall gave Maddy a piece of his mind, was my favourite. Someone needed to give her a reality check. However, an impressive prowess was showcased in the fleshing out of the characters.

However, there were certain things which dimmed the brightness of the novel. I found that the writing style of the novel was a little rough. It didn’t really connect well with me. The world building is amazing but I couldn’t really imagine myself being a PART of the novel. It was all superficial for me. Also, I couldn’t really feel many emotions upon reading the book other than annoyance at Maddy.

Nonetheless, pushing aside these shortcomings, the novel was a beautiful read and I would recommend it to all the Fantasy fans whenever they feel done with the basic, clichéd Fantasy tropes.

My Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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