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November 10, 2017

Review: A Jot of Blood by Katherine Bayless

by MK French

Lire Devon is a clairvoyant, able to see the thoughts and memories of anyone she comes into skin-to-skin contact with. She is ostracized by peers for this ability, and her own family had broken apart because of it. Coventry Academy is a refuge of sorts, even so, because she loves learning about magic and the different abilities that others have. This year is even better because she actually made two friends, the werewolf Cal and the occultum (invisible man) Zach.
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A Jot of Blood
August 2017; Scry Media; 978-0997105537
ebook, print (384 pages); fantasy
Jot of Blood is book one of the Coventry Years, and is apparently a prequel to another series. I hadn't read that, so I didn't have any preconceptions or expectations about the characters.

There are rivalries between students and Lire's insecurities, all of which are real but have that supernatural edge to it. Lire is a wonderful character to read about, and the consequences of being a clairvoyant are vividly outlined. At the same time, she has such hope in the midst of her anxiety and pessimism, and she does have a good sense of humor.

The bullying and stereotypes in the novel reflect what many teens go through, but with a supernatural twist.

There are lighthearted times in the novel, even with the very serious themes involved. Zach is definitely comic relief, but there is depth there as well.

Lire is such a fun character to read about, and the magic discussed in the book is vividly described. I hope to read the other books in this series and look for the parent series this came from.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever. 

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