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Bleeding Earth

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  227 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
YA Highway blogger Kaitlin Ward's debut YA novel, Bleeding Earth.

Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.

Lea wants to ignore the blood. She wants to spend time w
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Adaptive Books
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Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
This book sounded really cool. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment.

It's not really about a girl dealing with the apocalypse. It's about a girl being an annoying teenager while the apocalypse makes the world disgusting. I didn't care about any of the characters, despite several attempts to flesh them and their lives out.

Here are some of my many issues with this book:

1. First person present tense. No. Stop. This should only be done if the writing is seriously amazing, which this writing wa
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and NetGalley.)

“This is the beginning of the end.”

This was an interesting apocalyptic/ horror story, although the ending did leave me with unanswered questions.

“The blood I saw today was only the beginning. It’s happening everywhere. Everywhere in the entire world.”

I liked Lea, and I felt really sorry for her at points. What was happening with the blood was really not nice, and when peopl
Ellen Gail
Three wishy-washy stars. I liked parts of it, but the things that bugged me really bugged me.

High schooler Lea has it pretty good. Loving parents, despite their bickering. A new relationship still in the honeymoon stage with a girl that gives her butterflies. Good friends, including BFF Hillary who would do anything for her. Everything at the base of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

So when the earth starts oozing blood, Lea's first instinct is to ignore it. I mean, she can't, but she tries. There is
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Wait. This sounds AMAZING.

Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.

Lea wants to ignore the blood. She wants to spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn’t so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a pri
2.5 stars

This book had some really great parts, but others really could have used more work. This is obviously the work of a debut author, but Bleeding Earth was one of the better ones this year.

So the parts I liked:'

As the world starts descending into this bloody apocalyptic mess, people start getting really desperate. I love how everyone was first confused, but then they sort of lost that human part of themselves and started to fight with each other. This slow descent really is scary but all t
Kirsten Hubbard
kaitlin is a best friend & critique partner of mine, & I'm happy to say BLEEDING EARTH is disturbing, bloody, exciting, apocalypsey, bloody, unsettling, bloody, and romantic, too -- everything you're hoping it it'll be, and so much more.

so much more BLOOD.
TheBlueBookworm at
YESS! a dystopian novel about two girlfriends! I'm really really reallyyyyy looking forward to this one.
Feb 24, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f, best-2016
This book was so EXTRA. In every single way. Bloody, emotional, terrifying.

Longer review to come.
Feb 05, 2015 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ARC by Netgalley.

2.5 stars.

Beloveds, don’t be afraid, the sign still proclaims brightly beside me.
But I am. I am suddenly so afraid that the fear becomes a white-hot brand, pressed into my heart. And I should be, because something impossible is happening.

The earth is bleeding.

Well, It was bloody... and also annoying.

The earth is suddenly bleeding and no one has a sense of urgency. Seriously, there's blood on the street and kids still go to school, people keep working and our MC Lea, only cares
Ava Jae
Jun 29, 2016 Ava Jae rated it it was amazing
Ahhh this was awesome. Review to come!


Right from the start I'm going to say this book is gross in the best way possible. It's gory, and disgusting, and easily has the least pleasant apocalyptic scenario I've read yet—from the decay to the paranormal-ish all around unpleasantness, this is a seriously nasty end of the world book.

And I loved every page.

This is not a coming out book. Lea knows right from the start that she likes to date girls, and she's already (just) started dating Aracely
Jan 27, 2015 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 3.5

This was a decent read, but the ending ruined it for me.

I liked Lea, even though she could be quite stupid at points. I liked Aracely too, and thought they made a really cute couple.

The storyline was interesting, and the pacing was just right, so I didn't get bored. If it wasn't for the ending, this would have been a solid 4 star rating.
I wasn't satisfied with the ending at all, and it really, really annoye
Feb 10, 2016 Samantha rated it did not like it
Well, that was surprising. I didn't like it. Nuh uh, no way, and see ya later. I mean, honestly? I expected so much more out of this and then I started it and it was meh, and then bleh. If you cannot tell, I literally cannot force words out of me that do not exist. This book was awful, genuinely, horribly awful and now I feel like a despicable human being for saying so on the internet.

IS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO BE ORIGINAL ANYMORE! Jeesh. I swear, all the books these days - well, all apocalyptic books
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

DNFing at 62%. I just can't stand to read anymore. When I first saw the blurb for this one it was a must have for me. A bleeding earth with a lesbian protagonist. Want want want. Unfortunately, I did not like this book one bit. The premise was initially quite interesting, for reasons unknown, the earth suddenly starts to bleed. Not gushing torrents but enough to rise panic and deep concern.

The characters were idiots. The main character in particularly acts so c
Ian Wood
Feb 20, 2015 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Max Baker
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

What can I say about Bleeding Earth? Well, it was defiantly high on my most anticipated books of 2015 list, because not only is it a YA horror novel, but the main character is a lesbian! Talk about fucking awesome!

The book starts out with Lea discovering a patch of blood in a cemetery. Soon afterwards, blood starts seeping up through the sidewalks, the streets, and the grass. If that's not bad enough, soon p
I added this book to the queer suffering shelf because although I acknowledge that this book is in a post-apocalyptic setting, the fact that the main character's girlfriend was afraid of everyone knowing her queerness for very strange arbitrary reasons felt to me very much an instance of an author creating a situation of awkwardness and fear. Which was just...unnecessary?
Moreover, this book has a disgusting subject (blood everywhere, so obviously) and is also deeply invested in character's react
Stuti T
I received this free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book definitely gave off Life As We Knew It vibes – a family enduring a slow apocalypse, the trials of everyday survival, and how humanity falls apart when things get really rough. I really appreciated the lesbian couple! And the author clearly isn’t afraid of shying away from gory subjects. I do really like the slow-apocalypse idea, because I think it’s more realistic, but I felt like the whole bl
Apr 05, 2016 Nathan rated it it was amazing
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Jul 08, 2016 Roxanne rated it really liked it
What a gory gross book. Kind of reminds me off Bird Box with that ending.
Jan 13, 2017 Leah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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Gary Anderson
Oct 28, 2016 Gary Anderson rated it really liked it
Blood is oozing from the earth. No one knows why it’s happening or if it will end. As Lea, her friends, her girlfriend, her parents, and her community deal with the rising blood, the rest of the planet is also facing with what may well be the “bloodpocalypse.” Gory and violent, Bleeding Earth is not for the squeamish, but it delivers suspense, authentic relationships, and a premise that evokes Poe, Macbeth, Revelations, and The Stand. My favorite sentence: “I just like the outdoors, and blood or ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
The premise sounded intriguing enough - the world starts bleeding, sprouting hair and bones, and our narrator is not only a teenage girl, but one who identifies with the LGBT community.

Apocalyptic AND diverse - score!

But that's basically where the fun ended for me. As the world becomes more and more disgusting, the narrator becomes more and more irritating. What began as an intriguing, new premise became old fast as the same bits of description are worn out over and over again (yes we get it - t
Meghan Bowling
Dec 19, 2016 Meghan Bowling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luna the God of Food
Jan 16, 2017 Luna the God of Food rated it it was amazing
Oh lord. This book kept me up all night and it killed me. AGRHHHHHHH!!!!!!
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Bleeding Earth is a young adult apocalyptic novel following teenager Lea. She and her friend go to the local cemetery one day to work on a school project when suddenly blood begins seeping out of the ground. Lea hopes this has something to do with the cemetery, or perhaps just a hallucination while being in a creepy place. However, it turns out that it’s not just the cemetery that’s bleeding – i
Feb 28, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I was beyond excited to read Bleeding Earth! I mean, the Earth is bleeding and growing hair and what even!? Lea and her friend Hillary are in the cemetery working on a class project when they notice a huge puddle of blood. Maybe an animal killed something? But then on Lea's way home, the sidewalk starts bleeding, and soon the news is reporting inches of a blood like substance all over the world. Then comes the hair, and finally the bones, which are all identif
Mar 18, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, netgalley, lgbt
The earth is bleeding, yes bleeding. Blood is coming out of the ground, and it has scientist scrambling to find answers to why the earth has decided to unleash human blood upon itself. In the beginning it was just inches but within days the amount grows and it becomes disgusting as it begins to cause problems around the world. Just like any other major catastrophe, people panic and everyone has their theories. The religious sector start to scream their predictions, the president tries to calm hi ...more
Shanna Moncuse
Sep 18, 2016 Shanna Moncuse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite a little surprise. I was sure reading horror wouldn't be as creepy as watching it. I was wrong. This book was CREEEEEPY. It wasn't something that hit me right away. I'd read a few chapters before bed and when I turned off the lights, I kept thinking about the story and what parts I had just read and I realized, it was pretty eerie. That's what made me realize this book had an effect on me: I thought about it after I put the book down and it made the story that much more creep ...more
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