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In the Blood

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For seventeen years Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.

His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol h
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Kindle Edition, 154 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Entangled: Teen
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Carrie
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jed Franklin’s life was turned completely upside down a year ago when his father was arrested. Accused and charged with the murders and rapes of several young boys Jed's father sits awaiting for trial. Every day since the arrest Jed has had to deal with the stares and accusations but now he questions himself and whether he will turn into his father, is it truly in the blood to be a pedophile or killer?

While In the Blood deals with some dark subject matter when it comes to what Jed's father had d
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Rose
Initial reaction: I'm going to think about what I want to say in the larger discussions of this work before I write this review (which I'll try to write tonight in a little while.)

But to sum up my thoughts in a short statement: Very shallow, oftentimes offensive presentation of a tough subject matter. And this is even in consideration of the audience it's oriented toward. I got the message and I even understood the intent, but the execution left so much more to be desired and felt more like a se
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Jess at Such a Novel Idea
For this review and more, visit Such a Novel Idea.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I have to start this review out with a couple of caveats… The first is this a tough book to read. The material is dark and uncomfortable at times. While it didn’t make me cry like Hold Still (Nina Lacour) or Wintergirls (Laurie Halse Anderson), I’d definitely classify it as tough issues fiction. The second caveat is that this book, while dealing with child abuse, pedophilia, and murder, do n
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Lelia Taylor
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The blight of child abuse, pedophilia in particular, is a very tough one to read about and I suspect it’s just as tough for an author to write about but it’s a very important topic. As a society, we must not sweep this under the rug and, if we don’t bring it into the light as often as we can, this terrible behavior will continue to damage and destroy children everywhere. I have a great deal of respect for Sara Hantz for being courageous enough to tackle a subject that will no doubt cost her some ...more
Priya Kanaparti
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! 4.5 stars!

Was this book good or was it good? Seriously guys, there were only a handful of books that made me not want to read the book, but yet I couldn't NOT read it. So I read it!

First and foremorst, this book is very short! So there's no excuse not to read it.

Secondly... Man it had one heck of a tough subject in the story! Truthfully, that's what made me not want to read the book. I mean, how would a teenager guy deal with having a pedophile of a father? A father that
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SerialReader
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
In the Blood is an extremely unique book, dark and disturbing as talking about pedophilia can be.
Written with grace and profound human sensitivity, it is a good reading for teens and young adults.
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
I struggled with this one, I have to admit. The subject matter is obviously difficult to read but I think it was more how it was handled that got to me. I couldn't buy into it, or Jed and I ended up skim reading a lot of the end. As always, I will try to give my reasons as to why I didn't enjoy the book so much, but without giving away any major spoilers.

Now at the beginning I enjoyed the book a lot more, it was as it went on that I began to have more and more issues with it. At first I understo
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Whitney
Nov 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
The premise of this book was promising; the book attempted to tackle the difficult subjects of abuse of children and the mental illness by taking the reader into the life and mind of Jed Franklin. However, instead of providing a dramatic and thoughtful presentation of the issues in Jed's life and the actions of his father, the author presented a shallow, flat, and juvenile approach to writing this story. Between the lines of rampant misogynistic commentary, the characters became the stereotypica ...more
Anali
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
In the Blood tiene como protagonista a Jed, quién tiene una vida aparentemente "ordinaria" hasta que su padre es acusado y arrestado por violar y asesinar a unos chicos. La novela narra lo que sucede con Jed y con su familia después de este terrible acontecimiento.

Bueno, cuando leí la reseña de este libro me interesó de inmediato porque me recordó a otras novelas que me gustan como I Hunt Killers (Barry Lyga) y I am not a serial killer (Dan Wells). Mientras leía el libro me di cuenta de que tie
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Sharon
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of In the Blood, in exchange for an honest review.

For 17 years, Jed Franklin thought he was living a normal life. When his father is arrested for the abuse and murder of four young boys, Jed's life is turned upside down. With his mom emotionally checked out, Jed only has his little sister and a couple of friends to rely on. When he turns to the bottle to forget, will Jed do something he will truly regret?

In the aftermath of the arrest of an alleged c
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Ashley
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the Blood wasn't the easiest book to read. But only because of the subject it dealt with. So many times I just wanted to crawl into the book and hug Jed and Amy, and slap their mom. When the little neighbor boy went missing Jed even had me second guessing my resolve that he wouldn't turn out like his father. I can't imagine the burden he felt essentially losing both parents that night and stepping up to run the house while dealing with his own insecurities. I don't want to spoil it by saying ...more
Karl
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4/5

Real life teen problems.

I can almost remember reading Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King upon reading this one. but the only lacking was Hantz made this short that we haven't had a chance to know more of Jed other than a few remarks from the people surrounding him. I would have much liked it better when Hantz played it out more a bit. Plus the other characters. It would be awesome if Foster's character was more developed. I am much intrigued why he hates Jed so much. But either way she di
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Keriann Davey
I received this book from the publisher via netgally for an honest review


This is the story about a boy named Jed Franklin, his life is turned upside down when his father is convicted of sexually abusing and murdering boys in the neighbourhood, Jed struggles to come to terms with what his dad has done and turns to alcohol to numb the pain, on night the a booze fulled stupor he blackouts, he wakes up in the local park covered in his own vomit with no idea of what he did the night before, he goes h
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Amanda
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book . This book kept me very on edge and waning to read more. The ending of the book is very good> throughout the book there were twists and turns. there were many different things and events that happened that were very unexpected. The style of the book within the chapter is very different and interesting. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes a book along the lines of suspense.
Angie
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

In the Blood was really, really, very, extremely fascinating. Jed's father has been arrested for four counts of pedophilia and murder, and his trial is fast approaching. Jed is understandably having a really hard time about it all. His mom has totally check outed, leaving him almost completely responsible for his little sister, he's getting bullied at school, the neighbors are gossiping, and he can't help but wonder if he's going to turn out just like his fath
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Danielle Young
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jed had a good life, he was happy, his family was happy. But it was all ripped away from him when the world discovered that his father was a pedophile and murderer. Now Jed lives with ridicule from people he used to call friends, insecurities within himself, and acts as the parent as his mother collapses in on herself.

In the Blood begins about 9 months after Jed's dad is arrested and charged with being a pedophile and murderer, and follows the torment that Jed goes through in his day to day lif
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Vanya D.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I received the eARC from Entangled TEEN in exchange for my honest review. Thanks!

From the moment I saw the gorgeous cover and read the first chapter and summary of this novel, I was hooked. Yes, the story is darker than most. It's psychological and at times depressing, but it's also interesting in a fictional kind of way.

I can't say I enjoyed it - I mean, how could anyone ENJOY a story that has to do with a pedophile serial killer? But I was intrigued by Jed's thoughts and how they seemed
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A Book Vacation
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
To see my full review:

http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/20...

From the very first chapter, I was drawn into this story with its short but powerful introduction to the subject, immediately showing Jeb’s disdain for his father, a man he thought he knew, but who ultimately fooled everyone around him. In the Blood deals with some very heavy topics, pedophilia being the main one, and Hantz’s look into the life of a young man shattered by his father’s past is one that I feel is extremely well written.
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Barb Lie
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the Blood by Sara Hantz is a different kind of YA novel. When I decided to read this book, I did not anticipate that this would become a difficult and hard book to read. The subject matter was very depressing, and I found myself at times struggling to continue. Sara Hantz is new to me, and I found that she is a very good writer, good enough to make me feel this strong about the story. With that being said, I doubt I would read this type of book again.

Jed, our 17 year old hero, is in a bad pla
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Jennifer Strand
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on www.fictitiousdelicious.com on 11/08/13:

Now, here's a story you don't read about every day. Be prepared to be a little uncomfortable when you pick up this book. We're talking about some really heavy subject subject matter (pedophilia and murder) and a main character that is in an identity crisis. That's a lot to pack into 154 pages.

As I said to my friend Jaime, this book has two things that I love: a male POV and a lot of F bombs. I get giddy with excitement when an author w
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Alessandra
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
E-galley received through Netgalley for review.

Jed Franklin is a seventeen-year-old guy living in Arizona with his mother and five-year-old sister, Amy. Nine months earlier, his father Ben was arrested under the charge of sexually abusing and murdering several young boys. Jed and his mother were incredulous, but the evidence was just too incriminating.

Now Jed's father is in jail awaiting trial; his mother is a shell of her former self; and Jed is an outcast at school with whom no one wants to s
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Saida Sukman
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I have always love watching and reading crime stories, which is why I love Criminal Minds and Law and Order: SVU so much. That is why, this summary caught my attention. And my curiosity.

Unlike most crime shows I usually watch or books I usually read, this one is different. The main character is the son of the perpetrator. Therefore, throughout this story, we will get to see how he (Jed, the main character) feels, how he deals with being the son of a man who abused and murdered young boys. For me
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Helen Stothard
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This book made for hard reading, it's an incredibly difficult topic they're covering and it's quite unpleasant to read. Jed is 17 years old, and not only having to come to terms with his father being a pedophile but slowly sending himself mad with thoughts that he will turn out to be the same as his father.

It's a hard subject to write about but it's been handled well, the book is told from Jed's perspective, and you can feel him sink deeper and deeper info despair and almost acceptance as the st
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nick
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc

The life of a teenage boy whose father is arrested for rape, murder and pedophilia. It sounds very deep, intriguing and interesting, right? I had high hopes going into In the Blood. The subject matter was so promising. It started off strongly for me. The reader gets to be inside Jed, the main character's head and his emotions and feelings were a mess, exactly how I would expect somebody in his situation to be. However, over the course of the book, I wanted to get to know Jed much better, but tha
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Kirsty Bicknell
Told entirely from the point of view of seventeen year old Jed Franklin, the reader watches his emotional, psychological and physical deterioration following his dad's imprisonment as a pedophile.
I found Sara Hantz's stream of consciousness writing style appropriate to Jed's thoughts, which are constantly changing and contradictory as he struggles to come to terms with his dad's horrendous crimes and the fact that his family unit has collapsed. I admit that on occasion I felt Jed's narrative was
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Esther
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however will try to make this review brief.
Reasons I enjoyed the book:
-It was realistically written, the dialogue didn't feel scripted, and I felt as if Jed was really going through a traumatic situation.
-The story wasn't too fast or slow paced. Although the book was short, the storyline was not rushed.
-I was able to empathise with Jed. Even though I didn't agree with some things that Jed sa
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Kimsandara
I realize that this book tackled a sensitive issue. However, it was so badly executed that I can't in all decency give it three stars.

The book deals with a teen whose life shattered when he discovered that his father was a paedophile. On top of being rejected by his peers, he spirals down into depression as he wonders if this disorder runs in the blood.

I thought I would like the novel as it centers on the psychological effects of such a discovery. Early on, there was no doubt left as of the fact
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Laura
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me this to read and review.

In The Blood by Sara Hantz is a YA contemporary/crime novel surrounding the controversial topic of Paedophilia. It was released in early 2016.

I'm actually surprised and quite glad that this topic made it into the YA genre. This novel follows Jed and his struggles coming to terms with the fact that his father is a convicted paedophile. We see him suffer tremendous bullying and abuse. All throughout this novel we see J
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Melinda
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This was a very interesting book and a hard topic.

Jed Franklin's life was turned on it's head when his father was arrested for the abuse and murder of 4 very young boys. He has always looked up to his dad- he's been a great father to him and everyone has always loved him.

Unfortunately the evidence is there and Jed believes his father did these unthinkable things. He just doesn't know what that means for his own life and how he will turn out.

When things like this happen in the world the media are
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Jessica
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
In the Blood is a story of Jed, a young man dealing with the darkness of his father and the awful crimes he did. Jed struggles with his identity, what he is and who is becoming or to become. A monster like his father or a normal teenager. Is who you are In the Blood?

Great Idea, not so great execution. I wanted to like this book, I love the idea, but that didn’t happen. The subject is so dramatic on its own that it needed to be out of the box and written well. What I got was a flat out mess with
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