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Blood Will Out

2.93  ·  Rating details ·  144 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
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,
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Penguin Teen
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- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, 2018-reads
. : ☾⋆ — 1 ★

arc provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Penguin Random House Canada!!)

i don’t mean to sound nasty, but this is probably one of the worst books i’ve read in my entire life.

i don’t even know where to begin.

it wasn’t an enjoyable read, that’s for sure. it was barely even entertaining, and for a supposed thriller, and the definition of the word ‘thriller’ in all its forms (a novel, play, or movie with an exciting plot, typically involv
Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
*I received an ARC of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This is your typical story about a girl who gets kidnapped and tries to run away from the killer, all the while the reader is trying to figure out who the killer actually is. There was one thought constantly running through my mind while reading this entire book, which was "when is the book going to end." I had too many problems with this story to even remotely enjoy it.

1) I know this book isn't going to b
Dec 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

Listen, I was not a fan of this book. This was seriously compared to Silence of the Lambs?? That’s a joke, right? Don’t talk to me or my son ever again.

Where do I even begin? The title of this book is freaking weird as hell. Blood Will Out. what does that mean??? I don’t understand. It’s not even a complete sentence. It’s not even a fragment. It means nothing. who is grammar and
Amy's Book Reviews
Jan 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of BLOOD WILL OUT in exchange for my honest review.***

***WARNING animal torture/murder***

BLOOD WILL OUT is one hot mess. Early on the italicized perp recalls killing and blood letting a piglet at age nine, which automatically turned me off to the book. I never, ever need to hear details of an animal’s death. I’m okay reading about people murdered in graphic detail (though I might skim if it’s too bloody), but leave the animals alone.

Sarah Marie
Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

1.5 stars

Ari wakes up in darkness. She is trapped at the bottom of a well with no memory of the events leading up to how she got there. She is running out of time before she dehydrates and she must fight for her life to survive. The only thing keeping her alive is thinking about her friend Lynn and the fact that she must also be searching for Ari. Ari will do whatever it takes to survive and find the monster who did this to her even if she can’t remember how she got

Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I seriously think this book needs to be reformatted or something; the chapter headings sometimes appeared at the end of the paragraph, and then the word say it was 'Ari', appeared like this


ri shouted..."

It was super annoying! It looks unprofessional and threw me off every time. Add to that the blatant spelling errors, and times there was no space between words and the whole book just appeared like it wasn't ready to be p
Julie's Bookshelf
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This. Is. One. Creepy. Book.

First class horror at its best.

You need to have thicker skin to live through this unphased. I had to take constant breaks and slip a few episodes of FRIENDS or 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN for some laughs in between.

This book really is like SILENCE OF THE LAMBS for YA, I even think it's better than the movie because it's a book and everything seems so much closer and more realistic and you spend so much more time in a book than in a movie.

Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, arc
i got through chapter two, and i just couldn't handle it. sorry, y'all, but someone who enjoyed killing their pet pig ain't gonna be someone i want to read about.
Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)

First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)


Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.

There are moments in a book reviewer life when it really gets to a difficult book to rate of. That's what happened to me with Blood Will Out by Jo T

Erin ღYour YA Readerღ
2 Cookies

First off I wanted to say I think the author did a really good job with the actual writing. I didn't see any grammar issues, and thought it was a good start. However, I think there were a few things that could have been done to really improve the writing overall.

Cons:(start with the bad...)
I wanted to start with the fact that I didn't like the animal slaughter. It was really hard for me to read. I was cringing half the book mainly because of this. You can't really skip over it eithe
Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Teen for the ARC!

This book spoke to me at the beginning. It has a nice cover, an interesting synopsis, and a seemingly likeable narrator. That's... about it. I tried to like this book, I really did! It was just slow and unoriginal, and the writing wasn't good enough to make up for that.

One of the major issues with this book is the characters- specifically, the main character. She had no original or intriguing ideas. Her POV was so bland that it was like reading a
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I DNFed this book a while back. Initially, I wasn't going to write a review on it for GR as it hurts me to have to give such a low rating to a book. I know authors work really hard to put these books out and it is so hard to write and so hard to take criticism for what you write. This being said, I have changed my mind and now feel like I need to say my bit on this book. *For the record, I altered the dates on the 'read' section so that it would not count towards my reading challenge. I didn't e ...more
I'm highly disappointed because I feel like this story had so much potential, but the writing was poor, at best, and all the flashbacks were very confusing.
Abigail (Read. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.)
Review is also cross-posted at The Rave Library.

When I first saw the blurb of this book, I thought, "Oh, god. A YA thriller about a cannibal character? FINALLY!" I mean, this book is dubbed as "Silence of the Lambs for Teens". Of course that picks up the interest because you'll find out if this book will level up the classic of "Silence of the Lambs" in storytelling and hoped that it will turned out to be good, as I am wary of comparing other popular works in writing book blurbs nowadays.

Mary Johnson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
He understood me not at all. Bodily pain was nothing to me. I was made of nothing. I observed; I considered; I went to the dark, safe place in my head and I burrowed there like an animal.

First, I need to get a few things off my chest. Such as, WTF KIND OF NAME IS STROUD BELLOWS? I'll take "overly unique/edgy early-2010's YA love interest names" for 200, please. Also not a fan of the title since it makes zero sense to me, but Stroud Bellows gets the award here.

I really wasn't a fan of the b
The first half of the book describes how Ari Sullivan is trapped inside a cistern, not knowing how she got there. There are a lot of flashbacks providing glimpses into her life, her friends, and the time 'before'. Then suddenly, Ari manages to escape her creepy prison and step by step she is able to recount the events that lead to her imprisonment, realizing almost too late who is the abductor, and that the game has only just begun... Also interwoven with Ari's story are chapters telling the bac ...more
Nicole Beaudry
Mar 18, 2018 added it
Shelves: horror, ya
Blood Will Out is an (upcoming) YA horror novel that begins with our main character, Ari, waking up at the bottom of somewhere fathomless, dark, with a head wound and in pain. Told in chapters that alternate between her perspective and that of a psychopathic killer, we witness Ari start to piece her memory back together, fight for her survival, and come face to face with the killer once more. She finds herself trying to solve the mystery of who the person is, robbed of her most immediate memorie ...more
I hate to give this book another low rating, but it just wasn’t that great. And I think the author could definitely learn from the mistakes of Blood Will Out and write a really great second novel (maybe not in the thriller genre).

First off, the formatting is horrible. There are sentences with weird spacing, and still several grammatical errors, but I can look past that.

What I can’t look past is how boring the book is. Especially in the beginning. The main character Ari, is trapped in a cistern
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
The synopsis of this book really caught my attention and I was really excited to read it. However, I do have to say that I was fairly disappointed by the book. This is a fairly typical thriller; a girl gets kidnapped and then is desperately trying to get away from the kidnapper. This book was extremely slow and it just really dragged on. The beginning of the book was honestly the best part, as it actually did catch my attention.
This was compared to Silence of the Lambs, which is not accurate at
Annette Jordan
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A gritty and gory thriller aimed squarely at the teen market is a difficult thing to pull of, and in this case I don't think the author quite succeeds.
Blood Will Out is the story of Ari, a teenage girl who wakes up to find herself alone and injured at the bottom of a cistern, with no idea how she got there. Determined to recover her memories and escape, she will carry out feats bordering on the super human. The big question is who put her there,and why?
On a positive note I liked the characters
Catherine ♡
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was definitely a really quick read - I read it in one go! Overall, though it did seem sort of predictable to me. For example - (view spoiler)

I really didn't like Ari at first, and the book had random flashbacks in the middle of scenes, which was a little confusing. There were alternating chapters w
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
3 1/2 stars

RTC for blog tour

Major warnings for animal abuse, torture, and slaughter. This feels more adult than YA, closer to true crime/serial killer stories. I'm ok with reading that, but I know a lot of people aren't.

The premise is great -- a story told from the voice of the victim and that of the criminal -- but the execution is weak. The writing is dull, the voices don't sound at all authentic, and the twist made little to no sense.

Go ahead and pass. There are much better thrillers out there.
Lena (The Printed Girl)
*Book in exchange for an honest review*

Okay, I have to admit, mystery isn't my favourite genre in the world. But, I have read many mysteries that I really liked. This book, sadly, wasn't one of them. It was written like a YA book, but the content was too mature at times to be a YA book. It also has to be said that, for a book published in 2018, it wasn't a very good example on how to bring mental health problems into a book. It wasn't the worst mental health representation I've ever read, but it
Kristina Reads -  Books. Blogs. Memes.
3.5/5 stars – rounded up because it deserves better than the 2.7 it currently has.
Trigger warnings for graphic descriptions of violence against animals and humans.

Blood Will Out is a well-done mystery thriller that really will have you guessing until the end. The book is told in alternating perspectives – Ari in the well, Ari’s flashbacks to before her kidnapping/attempted murder, and the life story narrated by the killer. This gives you a lot of good angles from which to consider how and why Ar
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had a really hard time getting through this book. The biggest reason was due to the blatant editing errors spread throughout it. I know we're not supposed to take those into consideration in our ratings (since it's an early version and might be re-edited before the actual publish date), but I had a really hard time ignoring them this time just because of how prevalent there were. For instance, almost each chapter started with the first letter of the first word several lines above the rest of t ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
*Thanks so much to the publisher for the review copy.*

This was a deliciously creep and suspenseful read.

The tone of the book and the writing were very calm and deliberate which gave me a sense of foreboding dread through the whole book. Don’t think intense music,hero about to open the closet door on the killer. It was like everything is calm but you still brace yourself but are still caught off guard tension. And it worked so, so well for the story.

This is definitely a book you don’t want to re
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the Penguin Teen Canada Twitter account put it in this tweet, Blood Will Out is definitely not for the faint of heart! If you’re looking for a thriller that will make your skin crawl, that will keep you on the edge of your seat (literally and metaphorically), and that will possibly keep you up at night thinking about it (either in fear, or due to your being upset that you’re trying to sleep instead of reading more of Blood Will Out) this is the book for you! As is mentioned on the back of my ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I mean, saying that a book is like a YA Silence of the Lambs is practically coming into my house, looking at my bookshelves and then pitching an idea based purely on what I love.
As it this was a bit oversold.
I'm not saying it's bad, it's far from it, but when you give it such huge expectations like that I felt it actually detracted from the strengths inherent in this book itself.
I am 100% on board for any kind of book about serial killers, and this was no exception once I'd distanced my mind fro
Sage Knightly
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, yabc

Blood Will Out is a dark read that alternates between Ari's view, and the killer's. Full of the gritty details about murder and the thought process of a psychopath, the author leaves you chilled!

What I loved most about this book, what really made it a great read for me, is the second POV. The killer is so dark when giving us the facts of their childhood, their plans. They don't feel emotions like empathy or regret, and to see the thought process, how they plot out their actions, is amazing.
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My new book, BLOOD WILL OUT- a YA psychological thriller, will be published by Penguin Teen in Summer 2018. Other books include best-seller Ashes, Ashes (Scholastic, 2011) and Love You Like Suicide, a novella (Fierce Ink, 2013).
I was born in London, England but grew up in Canada, Roccasinibalda in Italy, and California.Somehow I found myself on the beautiful south shore of Nova Scotia, where I now
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