August 17, 2018

Blood Will Out Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Blood Will Out
Author: Jo Treggiari
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Teen


Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.  

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Blood Will Out is a solid new addition to the YA mystery/thriller genre. That happens to be one of my favorite genres, so I was excited to read this one. The author did a good job with all the major aspects of the book - a plot with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing, interesting characters - but I wasn't sucked in like I normally am with books like this. This is purely my own opinion and reasoning, and doesn't reflect on the book itself at all. Not all readers will feel the same as I do, and I'm sure some will absolutely devour this novel. 

The author wrote the book in an intriguing way that definitely set it apart from others out there. Part of the story was done in the third person, detailing what was happening with Ari's side of the story. The other part was done in the first person from the villain's point of view. I love that she chose to write the book this way - it gave it a whole new depth that you don't usually get. For me though, I wish she would've written Ari's part of the story in the first person as well. I can never seem to connect as deeply as I want with the main character when the book is written in the third person, and this was sadly what happened here. I strongly believe that if Ari's part had been done in the first person, along with the villain's part, I would've had a much more positive experience. Again - this is just my personal preference. Because I wasn't as connected to the main character, I couldn't really get into the plot as much as I would've like and it ended up falling a bit flat for me. Don't get me wrong - the story has great twists and some fantastic red herrings to throw the reader off. Somehow I figured out the "who" very early in the book and then I was kind of just reading to figure out the "why." The writing was well done and the characters were rounded for the most part - it's definitely a good addition to the genre, as I mentioned, and I recommend it for fans of YA, mystery, thriller, suspense, and contemporary fiction.
Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in Oakland, California and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for a punk magazine, and owned a gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her novel Ashes, Ashes, a YA post-apocalyptic adventure published by Scholastic Press, was a multiple award nominee and bestseller. Her acclaimed novella Love You Like Suicide, appeared in the Fierce Ink Press anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL and as a limited edition of the long-running zine Cometbus. Her most recent YA is Blood Will Out, a psych-thriller, published by Penguin Teen (2018). She has a second yet-to-be-named thriller coming from Penguin in the summer of 2019.

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(2) winners will receive a Copy of BLOOD WILL OUT By Jo Treggiari.
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter 


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