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Blood Matters

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Brittany felt empty. This thing was going to turn her into a stone — inside and out. Petrified organs and stone-cold emotions. “Where are we getting our next boost from?” E.V. asked. Brittany rolled her eyes. Boost – like she was an addict looking to score her next hit.
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published August 6th 2014 by Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing
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Mark E Cooper
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unique vampire story.

I've never read a vampire story quite like this one before. I found Brittany frustrating, but understandable and believable. I'm left wanting this book not to be the end of E.V's story.
Robert August
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a fresh take on a favorite old myth.
Aviva Bel'Harold's BLOOD MATTERS is young-adult speculative fiction that reminds me why I am drawn to such novels despite being far beyond the target age. This is a fresh and highly original take on the vampire myth that inspired a sense of discovery that brought me back to the novels of my youth. This feels like old-time science fiction with vampirism being a symbiotic relationship between a human and an exotic, possibly alien, creature. It takes the vampire pathology in a whole new direction w ...more
Lisa (Liken Books)
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I was provided this book for an honest review. I will honestly say it took me quite a bit of time to read this book. I couldn't get into it. Why? Because I felt that I was reading the same thing over and over again in each chapter. A teenage girl (Brittany) loses her best friend and is infected with this parasite who she calls E.V. (Emily-her best friend) the vampire. I like the details throughout the book and how the story gave background as to how this parasite basically went from one person t ...more
Sarah Burrows
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I ran into this book on my birthday while my cousin was speaking with Aviva. I caught the word "vampire" and was like done.
I started reading the book and was like this is really good.
Brittney's struggle to stay human while she is infected with something that is turning her into a vampire. At first, I had a hard time taking in this new vampire feel as it is not what Anne Rice or Bram Stoker had taught me about vampires and it is nothing like Stephanie Meyers vampire either.
After Brittney is infec
Lynn Smith
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as an independent review for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock.

Brittany is grieving over her best friends suicide. Ever since Emily had returned from the farm she had been acting different. Brittany never asked or told anyone what was going on and now her friend was dead. Now Brittany is hearing Emily's voice in her head and something strange is going on with her. She has stopped eating and she is always cold.

Different twist
Angele Gougeon
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novel is not your typical vampire story.
'Blood Matters' is a refreshing and interesting take on the age-old vampire tale. E.V is a parasitic being. And once 'bitten,' there is no cure.
This YA is engaging and character-driven, with a truly wonderful ending. I read the whole book in less than a day. Blood Matters is a unique experience. Definitely worth the read!
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Edwin Downward
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
An twisted take on monsters and vampires that also succeeds in exploring the human condition in remarkable detail.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
After the suicide of her best friend, Emily, Brittany Watts grieves to the point of sickness. Then she becomes confused. Everyone around her is worried and concerned. She's taking Emily's death so much harder than anyone imagined and she's not acting like herself.

That's because Brittany isn't herself, she's changing into something she doesn't understand, something that can't really exist, something that only lives in sci-fi movies and books. Her confusion turns to anger once she realizes the tru
F.P. Dyme
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Warning: This review contains quasi-spoilers. (Not enough to ruin the book, just enough to be annoying. Sorry.)
I received this book as an advance copy in return for an honest review.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Although it is yet another vampire story, if it is well told with an interesting plot and well developed characters, it doesn't matter if it's a subject that has been done a million times before. Unfortunately, a few glaring grammatical errors right off the bat made
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
After finding the body of her best friend, Brittany begins to feel different. Taken over by more than grief, teen-aged Brittany has now started to see her dead friend, she has no appetite for food and her insides feel different. Something has invaded Brittany, shut down her organs and has given her an appetite for blood. Brittany must learn to live with the parasite, her new appetite and the changes that come with it. As Brittany reveals the true nature of what resides in her, Brittany must choo ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an early reviewer's copy of this book from Library Thing and the publisher Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. In return I'm to give an honest review.

I requested this book because I've avoided all the vampire books that have been the rage with YA readers the last few years. It was time I explored this genre to see what some of my grandchildren were reading.

I always commit to at least 100 pages before I give up on a book. When I reached page 83, I realized I
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a book that I have mixed thoughts on. On the pro side, the book was completely unique and certainly an interesting take on the “vampire” story. Additionally, it was incredibly refreshing to have a story that is not a teaser for a new series that you’re going to be sucked into. The concept and purpose of E.V. was also a creepy reveal to me.

The flip side to me is that I found the story somewhat repetitive at times. I think the book could have been shortened quite a bit and it still would
A. Hunt
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA Readers
Recommended to A. by:
(I received this ebook free, from, for an honest review.)
Here's a galley that blew my mind. Blood Matters is the story of young Brittany, who is caught up in a series of tragedies. First, her mother has an affair, deserting her and her father. Her dad then takes up with Ella, a girlfriend half his age, one whom Brittany loathes. Because of Ella, Brittany’s beloved pet Mittens was vanquished from the home to a backyard fort. It's in the fort that Brittany discovers the body of h
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. I tend to read most books more than once, this book is not one of those. Once was enough, it took forever to get into the story and then it felt rushed at the end. I don't know if I would have finished this book if I hadn't been given an early reviewer's copy. I gave it 3 stars because I liked the idea behind the book, it was a unique take on vampires (kind of cross between vampires and succubi, without the sex part of course, with a little mummy thrown in). Plus I thi ...more
Elizabeth Robbins
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An exciting new twist on an old favorite. Could vampires be the result of a parasitic organism attaching itself to a human host? Is it demonic possession, a virus? This book start out as an "almost" typical YA, about some teenagers who may or may not have a strange illness they refuse to talk about... It soon twists that into something completely new and grotesque. The story is well put together and very character-driven. Not for kids, as there is some graphic violence. The main characters are r ...more
Jennifer Young
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Crystal Hutchinson
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This is an original concept that I love. Take vampires and parasites and put them together for a terrific YA sci-fi book. I love how the main character slowly relaxes her morals in order to live more conveniently. Great ending. I recommend for any sci-fi buff or vampire reader. Any monster lover, actually.
Robert Bose
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire
This book has a nice take on the entire vampire mythology. The moral dilemna that Brittany faces, as her story goes on, is facinating as she realizes the implications of her actions or inactions.

A fun read that keeps you wanting to turn the pages and see what's going to happen. The end took me completely by surprise, which is great.
Emily Andrews
I am amazed. I liked her novel "safe," but I wasn't sure I wanted to read another one. but, I saw her in chapter's and she is very friendly and I decided to give it another go. I am so glad I did! this book was wonderfully told and an interesting take on the vampire mythos. I loved it.
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