Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick is Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton, coming April 26, 2011 from Random House.
Summary: For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything.
Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.
Together they plunge into the world of dark magic, but when a hundred-year-old blood witch comes hunting for the bones of Silla’s parents and the spell book, Nick and Silla will have to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and death, and the deadly secrets that hide in blood.
My Thoughts: Parents dead in a murder-suicide. Blood magic. Mysterious spell books. Yep. This one seems to have plenty of great elements from the premise alone and I can't wait to see how they're all combined. I'm definitely curious what secrets are held throughout this book, and about the blood magic angle. Add in the creep factor of the cover, mixed with its mysterious intrigue and the contrasting colors, and it's definitely one I would grab off the shelf.