Review | Blood Like Magic – Liselle Sambury

Lately I’ve been doing pretty good with reading books I’ve been wanting to read for awhile. One of these book was Blood Like Magic. Can you imagine having to destroy your first love to save your family’s magic? I know I can’t! Keep on reading to find out more about this book and what I thought.

An 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.


“Witches could be so much more than that if we tried. We could change the world.”

Blood Like Magic was a book that hooked me from the start and kept me reading until the end. This book is almost 500 pages and didn’t feel so at all. I loved the characters, world building (the technology was pretty cool), and all the twists and turns. Liselle Sambury is an author I am adding to my auto-buy author list.

Voya has been waiting for her Calling for ages and when it finally happens she gets an impossible task. She must destroy her first love to save her family’s magic. Voya is an interesting character. Having a hard time making choices is something she’s known for, so it doesn’t always seem her family has a lot of faith in her succeeding. That may be true, but I loved that she just didn’t give up and mope. No, Voya tried looking everywhere for ways out or clues on how she could do this. Voya is very strong, loyal and hates having to hurt someone. I really think she learns a lot about herself in this book.

Reading about a big family is something I tend to really love and that was no different for this family. They may be a mess, but they do love each other. I loved reading about the quirky things they did and even how they spend time together. It was also interesting, because there were so many family secrets. Magic is a complicated subject and has a long history.

I also love that even though romance does have a small spot in this story it doesn’t take over. Family is still the things that gets the most attention. Even though I really did like Luc. Blood Like Magic has an amazing cast of side characters and I can’t wait to read the sequel.


Blood Like Magic definitely surprised me in a pleasant way and I’m excited to read the second book in this duology soon. If you’re looking for a magical read with witches, magic, and lots of secrets I definitely suggest picking this one up!

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