A Darker Shade of Magic and Bloody Mary

“Power lies in the blood.”

Three separate worlds. White, Grey and Red. Each world is different but only those gifted in blood magic can travel between them. These rare magicians are also known as the Antari. Only two exist and Kell is one of them.

A Darker Shade of Magic (ADSOM) by V.E. Schwab was a new experience for me. Recently I’ve been nervous to read the discovered genre of new adult, but ADSOM encouraged me to explore more. It taught me not to judge a genre and read books that I like, no matter the category it fits in. I was able to break this ideology because a friend wanted to knock down my genre wall.

My friend and fellow book lover, Chloe Brown has an unconditional-fan-girl-crazy- love for Schwab. She talks about her literally everyday. So, I decided to take her recommendation with an open mind, and I’m glad I did. ADSOM was a fantastic book. I started the 398 pages of magic on February 26, 2017 and finished March 8, 2017. Overall I gave ADSOM a 8 out 10 rating.

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A Darker Shade Of Magic

This third person novel tells a story of two unlikely heroes. Kell is a rare magician who can travel between worlds with a simple use of his blood. To keep the three worlds organized he assigns them a color.

Red London is a world full of magic and is thriving in a prosperous society. It’s also the home of Kell where he stays with the royal family. Then you have Grey London, which is ruled by a guiltless king and queen. In this world there is only a hint of magic. This small amount of magic leaves everyone craving for it; its as if they have something missing in their soul. Grey London is dangerous and definitely a place I wouldn’t want to visit. White London is a world without magic. It’s pretty dull and boring, much like our world.

White London is where we meet our other main character Lila, who is a bad ass thief. She is a woman that craves adventure and Kell is the key to her wanted lifestyle.

The writing of this book is so easy to read and get attached. ADSOM was a great first book to establish a trilogy. It created the setting and background for future books. There were so many loose ends that Schwab could elaborate in further readings. This book spoke potential to me and that’s why I rated it an 8 out of 10. I’m  very excited to read the next book within the series to see where Kell and Lila end up.

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Bloody Mary

For my drink, I paired ADSOM with a Bloody Mary. The reason I chose this drink is due to the importance of blood in this book. Kell uses his blood to preform the most powerful spells and this ability separates him from a traditional magician. A Bloody Mary is a fresh and uplifting alcoholic drink…especially after a hangover. This book and drink combo was so obvious for me and it connects so well with ADSOM.

On to the next…

The next book I’m reading is The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now and the other day I saw that it had been made into a movie. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews for this book, so stay tuned for the next book review.


7 thoughts on “A Darker Shade of Magic and Bloody Mary

  1. abookandadram says:

    Great review. I must admit it’s the first time I have heard of the ‘new adult’ genre. I’ve been trying to break down genre walls for a while now but tend to read a classic if the genre to do so. I succeeded with breaking g into sci-fi through ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ but failed miserably to enter into fantasy with ‘The Hobbit’. Always glad to see new genres pop up though.

    Also, great idea to pair this with a Bloody Mary. If only I could stomach tomato juice!


    • booksanddrinks1 says:

      That sci-fi sounds interesting! I’ve been trying to break that genre wall as well. What is your recommendation on ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’?

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      • abookandadram says:

        It’s fantastic. I hadn’t watched Blade Runner in a long time so it was a fairly fresh story to me. It’s superbly well written and easy to follow considering I often struggle with the non-realistic aspects of sci-fi. Definitely a good place to start with the genre!


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