Blog Tour: Blood Like Magic // A Review and Mood Board!

Hey everyone! Today’s post is an exciting one because I’ll be hosting a blog tour stop for Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury. Enjoy!

Blood Like Magic (Blood Like Magic, #1) by Liselle Sambury

Book Info

Title: Blood Like Magic

Author: Liselle Sambury

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: June 15th 2021

Synopsis

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 in order 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.

Content Warnings: Whipping scene within the context of slavery, gun/police violence, discussion of and character with an eating disorder, blood/gore/violence, death, substance abuse/addiction, mentions of child neglect.

Find out more about Blood Like Magic with these links!

//Goodreads//Amazon//Barnes and Noble//Book Depository//Indigo//Indiebound//

Here is the tour schedule link! If you have time, do check out the other lovely tour stops as well!

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Review

Filled with thrilling adventure and lovable characters, Liselle Sambury delivers a 2021 release you do not want to miss.

First, let’s talk about the plot. A futuristic world revolving around a BIPOC Canadian witch sounded amazing. Luckily, the book was just as good as I hoped it’d be! The plot was constantly moving, and I was gripping on to every page wondering what would happen next.

Moreover, the characters were very likeable! Our main character Voya is strong and relatable. She constantly tries to put on a brave face, even when the odds aren’t in her favour. Her friends and family also play a huge role in the book. I absolutely adored the best friend dynamic, as well as Voya’s relationship with her grandmother. It was so unique and amazing to see!

The dialogue had it’s snarky and witty aspects to it, that I will admit, were very enjoyable. Voya and her best friend Keis had some sweet moments, but kept a steady flow of sarcastic banter. 

Unfortunately though, I did have some trouble with the writing. It was a bit too dull, which then caused the pacing to slow. I also think the book would have benefited from more descriptions and less dialogue. Blood Like Magic is set in the future, so I was hoping to get more insight on how things would work 30+ years from now. 

The overall enjoyment level of Blood Like Magic is fairly high. Personally, I feel as though it could have benefited from a shorter page length. Nevertheless, if the idea of futuristic witches intrigues you, then I say read on!

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (3.75 out of 5 stars)

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Mood Board

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About The Author

Liselle Sambury is a Trinidadian-Canadian author who grew up in Toronto, and her brand of writing can be described as “messy Black girls in fantasy situations.” In her free time, she shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to helping demystify the sometimes complicated business of being an author. She is represented by Kristy Hunter at The Knight Agency.

Want to follow the author? Visit the links down below!

//Website//Instagram//Goodreads//YouTube//Twitter//

This tour was organized by TBR & Beyond Tours

Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed! Have a fabulous day!

25 Comments

  1. Brooke W. says:

    Your mood board looks amazing! Lovely review! I’m glad you enjoyed this, I agree with your points!

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    1. Thank you so much Brooke! I’m glad we agree 😀

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  2. magicalmaeve says:

    This sounds really interesting! And omg that mood board 😍 stunning. Lovely post Saniya!

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    1. thank you Maeve, you’re so sweet! ❤

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  3. Karla says:

    AMAZING TOUR STOP!!! I loved the mood board! 💕 I’m part of the tour too with an author interview and I can’t wait! (though I still haven’t read the book and I need to, ASAP!)

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    1. Thank you so much Karla, it means a lot 💕. Oo i’ll def check out your tour stop as well. I hope you enjoy the book!!

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  4. ahh wow i love the aesthetic of the cover and mood board you made!! 😍 this book is on my tbr so i’m happy to hear that it was overall an enjoyable book

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    1. thank you so much!! lol the cover is definitely stunning. I hope you love it! 💕💕

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  5. i can’t wait to read this book!! 😍😍

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    1. ahh yay!! I hope you enjoy! ❤

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  6. ahh just got an arc of this so i’m excited to dive in!! i’m all for snarky dialogue!! and that mood board 🤩🤩 wowza

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    1. ahh yay!! I hope you love it! And thank you so much April ❤

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  7. i’ve been intrigued by this one, glad to hear you mostly enjoyed it! also, your mood board is spectacular! great post💜🖤

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    1. I hope you love it!! and thank you so much Kaya, you’re too kind 💕💕

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  8. saniya! i love your review and moodboard! blood like magic sounds like such an interesting read, and i’m so glad you enjoyed it, even though the pacing was a bit slow! lovely post 💕💕

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    1. thank you so much Ahaana! 💕💕I hope you love it!!

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  9. saniya!! it’s so great to hear you enjoyed this one, i’m truly excited to get my hands on blood like magic! truly the premise is intriguing and i love the sound of good dialogue! lovely review and moodboard too! ❤

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    1. ahhh yay!! I hope you love Blood Like Magic! yess good dialogue and banter always win in my book. Thank you so much Cherelle!! 💕💕

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  10. becky @ Simply It's Blue says:

    ahhh first of all, love your review! and the mood board is so gorgeous💖

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    1. thank you so much Becky, you’re so sweet! ❤

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  11. yay for enjoying this one! when i first heard of the concept i knew i had to read it, so it’s on my tbr for this month, lol! thanks for the review and gorgeous moodboard, love!!

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    1. Ooo yay, feel free to share your thoughts on it! and thank you so much Birdie!

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