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The Blood Spell

Review

The Blood Spell

The author of the Defiance series brings a new fairy tale retelling to her Ravenspire series. THE BLOOD SPELL is a stunning fairy tale retelling about love, fighting evil and friendship.

Blue de la Cour has her life planned out: she hides her magic and tries to turn iron into gold to help the orphans in her section of the kingdom. Life is fine, at least for her, until her father is killed and a powerful and cruel woman takes custody of Blue and everything she owns. The only person who is willing to help her is the boy she has loathed since childhood, Prince Kellan.

"THE BLOOD SPELL will bring a smile to the faces of die-hard Disney fans and readers who love the brothers Grimm."

Kellan is the Crown Prince on his way to the throne. He walks a thin line in order to please all the court nobles and must find a bride before his 19th birthday. But he can’t stop thinking about the girl who has loathed him since childhood. With children disappearing from the kingdom and Kellen's birthday ball in a few days, Blue must race against time to save the people she loves.  But will she have to sacrifice everything to save them?  

I loved the other books in the Ravenspire series, as they are all fairy tale retellings that are fun to read and I enjoy seeing what Redwine does with a classic tale. Each book can be read as a standalone but if read in order these books have Easter eggs, characters from past books are included in the next installment.

Blue is an amazing character, she is smart, spunky and thinks before she acts. Her courage and determination make the reader want to be just like her. She also knows what say at the right time. She has the best insults and comebacks.  

One of my favorite parts of this book was the brother/sister relationship between Kellen and his little sister, Nessa. As a little sister myself, I loved how realistic the interactions were between the two characters. Kellen would do anything for Nessa. She insults him at multiple points in the book and he agrees with her insults. He also learns sign language for her since Nessa needs this to communicate. 

I also enjoyed the romance in this story. Blue and Kellen were childhood enemies and always foiled each other's plans. When Kellan comes back from school, they start to mean more to each other than simple enemies.

The other thing I loved about this book was the diversity. Currently including diverse characters in books is huge but some books push it too hard in a way that feels forced. I liked the way Redwine pulls off the diversity. Blue is an African American character and Kellen’s little sister, Nessa, uses sign language. These qualities are in the book but they are not the focus of the story. 

This book is perfect for fans of fairy tales, those who enjoy the television series “Once Upon a Time” and fairy tale retellings. THE BLOOD SPELL will bring a smile to the faces of die-hard Disney fans and readers who love the brothers Grimm.  

Reviewed by Maddy F., Teen Board Member on February 28, 2019

The Blood Spell
by C.J. Redwine