Blood Like Magic Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“High stakes, big heart, and lots of Black Girl Magic…unputdownable.” (Aiden Thomas, New York Times best-selling author of Cemetery Boys)
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 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.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 14 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 15, 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #7,708 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5 in Teen & Young Adult Multigenerational Family Fiction
#9 in Contemporary Fantasy for Teens
#11 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy for Teens
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
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There were so many aspects of this book I connected to on a personal level, to the point of tears because it mirrored aspects of my life that I’m not used to seeing in books. From the complex emotions of being the oldest child of divorced parents, to seeing a family dynamic that makes me think of my own, to being a trans man just like the love interest of this book.
Despite how things ended, I just want Voya and Luc to be happy! They’re both babies and I hope the next book will be kind to them (and me!) and at least let them have a decent next journey. August can’t come any sooner if you ask me!
Here are the things you need to know. Liselle did a fantastic job of merging real world issues of today into what they might be in the future as well as adding in a magical society and new issues for that time period.
There's a lot of hits on culture and identity within the Black communities (because not all Black is the same, in case you missed the memo) as well as the magical communities and how the community you belong to and the company you keep doesn't necessarily make you good or evil. Every choice we make has a consequence and it's those choices that decide who we truly are. And it's a gray area.
There were SO MANY plot twists. Just left and right things were jumping out at me like, you should have seen this coming, but I didn't. and it was fantastic.
It was queer, just a whole dang lot of queer love (as there should be). And the magic system and the family aspect and gods y'all, I can't even form coherent thoughts anymore.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It was bloody brilliant.
Lots of good characters, very LGBT+ friendly, futuristic but not too over the top, lots of personal conflict and family drama that the main character has to overcome and a few surprises along the way.
10/10 would recommend.
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Actual Rating: 4.5
Truthfully I picked ’Blood Like Magic’ up because of its promise of magic and how very intriguing but harrowing Voya’s task sounded. I didn’t really know what to expect out of this book besides those features; I didn’t think too much about what else would be going on or even what the setting would be like. And that setting ended up being a truly luscious treat. Set slightly in the future Liselle Sambury’s novel features genetic developments, futuristic tech and a social media style rating system that was somewhat reminiscent of the dystopian novels that I’ve previously read and loved. This added bonus was one of two which I want to highlight; the other being a slight mystery element that gave the plotline – which was already pretty packed – another intriguing route to go down. I wouldn’t describe it as a full fledged thriller – it’s still definitely more so an urban fantasy novel – but there was a mysterious family secret to uncover and I loved that. Needless to say this debut caught me off guard and left me hooked.
Magic in this novel was fantastic. It follows a well thought out and designed system which includes various rituals, beliefs and a lot of history. I don’t want to say too much about it as part of the fun of this book is discovering everything for yourself but I loved how the ancestors were incorporated into this tale. Another of my favourite elements of this book was the Thomas family at its centre. There wasn’t a single member that failed to intrigue me. Seeing their family dynamics was fantastic and I firmly believe that it’s a feature of this novel that will appeal to many readers. Voya was a wonderful central character to follow as well and the complex relationship that developed between her and her love was splendid. It was slow burn, believable and featured the kind of banter that leaves you grinning madly. But it also had a rather unsettling undercurrent to it considering everything that’s going on with Voya’s Calling.
The truth is that there’s a lot within this book that I could gush about. The writing was glorious, the setting fun to explore, the characters well defined and their connections to one another oh so believable. For most of this book I was convinced it was going to be a five star read, then it dropped to four for me which frustrated me to no end. Without going into spoiler territory I’ll simply say that a choice was made that felt quite unbelievable to me. Enough so that it really hampered my experience for a little while. I can see why the author went in the direction that she did – and it’s lead to some fantastic future potential – but it doesn’t didn’t quite gel for me character wise. Thankfully the end of this book picked right back up with some seriously fabulous content which pushed it back up to a 4.5 rating overall. Sadly I can’t quite fully get past the aforementioned rough patch but the ends definitely left me itching for more.
So overall naturally I recommend this book and think that it could appeal to a wide variety of readers – those who love big family dynamics, complicated romantic ties and magical storylines being the main amongst them. I majorly can’t wait for book two to find out exactly what happens next.
My only wish is that I would have liked to see more magic, this felt more sci-fi with magic in there rather than the other way around. I'm not very sciencey so I didn't understand a lot of the technological stuff. I also think this could have been shorter, there was a lot of 'explaining' the world especially in the early chapters which slowed the pace down in parts.
I loved the ending. Certain parts had me near tears. Can't wait for the sequel.
Reviewed in Sweden 🇸🇪 on September 29, 2022