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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  34 reviews
LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE for Miranda. Without knowing when or why, blood oozes from her palms – an anomaly that makes her feel like a freak. But her abnormality is now the least of her worries. She’s just enrolled at “Suicide High.” Three deaths in three months – one occurring just days before her arrival.

When she bumps into a cute boy named Jake, things don’t appear so glum. E
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Published August 31st 2015 by CreateSpace (first published August 13th 2015)
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Garden Gate Press and NetGalley.)

“This is why I bleed.”



This was a slightly unusual fantasy story, about teens with strange gifts, trying to stop a rash of suicides.

I have to say that these kids had some weird gifts, Miranda with her stigmata that just bled all the time must have been awful for her, Xyan spoke in tongues when she really didn’t want to, and Sam wasn’t able to eat anything without eating
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Montzalee Wittmann
BLEED by Dax Varley is a teen/young adult paranormal suspense novel. Miranda comes to "Suicide High", called this because of all the suicides in the last few months. Miranda also has stigmata. She knows it is a rare thing but always wondered why her. She meets four other teens at the school that have other paranormal/supernatural traits/abilities. She soon finds out why she bleeds and what she needs to do with it and what it has to do with "Suicide High". Great plot, characters, twists, suspense ...more
Abbie
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

This wasn't an awful read, but I can't say I really enjoyed it. It could be quite confusing at times, and the whole thing was pretty weird.

This just couldn't keep my interest, so a lot of it dragged for me.

Overall, Not an enjoyable read for me unfortunately.
Genea
Sometimes you find a hidden gem and Bleed by Dax Varley was exactly that. Never heard of the author or the book before, but it was triple whammy when I saw the cover, the title and the synopsis. I was very intrigued and wanted to read it. What should clue you in on how much, is that I’ve had this book for just over a week and I’ve already read it. That’s actually very rare for me, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book so quickly after purchasing it. I was in the mood for some horror and t ...more
K.L.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*review copy provided by Netgalley

Bleed is an amazing novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more. Dax Varley doesn’t disappoint. The characters are unique and well developed. The plot is creative and interesting. The paranormal aspect of the story is tied together very well. The five individuals that are the ‘Chosen Ones’ are connected together and together as a team is their only shot at surviving…according to a prophecy.

An overabundance of suicides have haunted Century High
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kariny v
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
*FREE ARC FROM AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

MY REVIEW

Miranda is an anomaly, her palms spurt out blood. Enrolled at a new school, she meets three other "gifted students" who can see the future, sin-eat and speak all the languages! But Miranda's new school has been nicknamed "suicide high" for a reason. Students keep committing suicide and it's up to these four to figure out why these kids are killing themselves.

Plot wise-wow! Super original! A person who shoots out blood? You gotta adm
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Amy McK
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I was worried about the book and delving into the thoughts of suicide. It wasn't like it. Then I was worried it was being glorified. It wasn't like that either. So we follow a group of teenagers with extraordinary abilities. They each get their own POV through the story. I thought that might get too much, but it was actually done well. Their mission: Find the demon that's manipulating people and end him. The blood wasn't really all that gory. I can be a little funny about blood, bu ...more
Angela Street
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that deals with 5 teenagers fighting an ancient demon who is causing teens to kill themselves. It has gotten so bad that the school that these teens attend has started being called suicide high. The thing that makes this book so unique and stand out are the gifts that these teens have. They have the gifts of being a seer, a stigmatic, speaking in tongues, a healer and a sin eater, I have seen books with individuals with one of these gifts but to put all five of these gifts in one ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Review Excerpt: Bleed reads fast, with the smallest of breaks in between tragedy, action, or discovery. You never really know much about the characters, but you find out swiftly that you don’t need to. They aren’t cardboard cutouts, they just aren’t super fleshed-out. This is one of those times when everything, even a character’s personal development, takes a backseat to the plot. Its a good thing. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it makes for a dizzying, yet great, read.

Interested in r
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R.L.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at a book signing. Dax Varley can tell a story well. I wasn't sure what to expect as I began reading this. With each character's realization that what they thought of as a curse is actually a gift I found myself drawn more into the impending dread of what I would discover in the character's high school. I thought I knew who the antagonist would be, but found myself surprised in the end.
mith
Ummm. Definitely a three stars for this one. But I'm still confused on where I actually stand. It wasn't bad? But it wasn't entirely amazing either?
Terri Lytle
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a weird book, but in the best way possible! I like to playbook roulette on my kindle and just scroll super fast until it stops and click on the first one I see...and that’s how this fortunate choosing happened! The characters were all super relatable and interesting, the story moved along nicely, and I was hooked from the first chapter! It was a great YA read, and I look forward to reading more from this author!
Beth
What a great ride! I am so glad that I purchased this book for my teen collection. I enjoyed the whole story. It had humor, surprises, characters I loved, and blood...lots and lots of blood! I am excited for the next in the series! A lot of my horror loving teens are going to eat this one up!!!
Kathleen Hill
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great story line and story kept me turinging pages
Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)

This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

With a title like Bleed I should not have been surprised by the gruesome beginning of this story. I doubt I’ll ever read a prologue as shocking and disturbing as this one, and it really set my expectations for the rest of the book. I am happy to tell you I was not disappointed. Bleed wins th
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Cheryl (I Heart Fictional People)
Review originally posted on my blog: I Heart Fictional People

INITIAL THOUGHTS

To be honest, I had mixed feelings about the cover. While it definitely caught my attention, it kind of looked a little too sexual than I think was intended. However, the synopsis had me hooked right away. All the suicides occurring and the five students with unique gifts just sounded like something I had to read.

WHAT I LIKED

The writing. I have never read anything by Dax Varley, but based on this book, she is clearly ve
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Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers. There’s also potentially triggering material mentioned).

I was immediately intrigued by the blurb of this book. I like paranormal-themed books and this one sounded interesting enough to be a bit different. And as I read it, I felt it did meet my expectations really well.

The very first scene of this book did a really good job of setting the tone for the rest of the book, I felt. It was really creepy,
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Tonyalee
See this review and more on my blog, Lilybloombooks

When I first saw the tour invite for Bleed - I knew it was something I wanted to get my hands on. I love discovering new authors, series and books and I am happy I took a chance on it.

Bleed has such an interesting plot line. While yes, a demon wreaking havoc is nothing short of original; the characters and their powers are. And it wasn't them individually, working together and being together it what made them stronger.

Miranda - The Stigmata

Jake
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Ben Eads
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I hear the term “Young Adult Fiction”, I cringe. Mainly because the majority of novels in this category lack what makes a story good. And condescension is usually in abundance. I’m very pleased to say that is not the case with Bleed.

Varley has given us five exceptional people—not characters—filled with emotions we can actually believe in. Also, Varley’s voice is arresting. The story is unique and full of great twists readers won’t see coming. Be warned: once you start reading, you’ll ha
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Terri Robinette
Five teenagers possess a gift (or a curse - however you view it). A boy that "remembers" the future. A boy who can heal with his touch. A girl with the golden tongue who can speak any language, past or present. The boy that absorbs sins by eating in front of others. Lastly, the girl who bleeds from her palms. These gifts lead them on a terrifying journey to fulfill their destiny in a fight against evil.

The book inched along at the beginning. I began to doubt that I would finish it. Suicide High
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AK Mama Reads
I can honestly say I have never read a book anything like this before. Sure you've got your suspenseful mystery elements, and certainly your paranormal, even a good bit of high school humor, but Bleed is so utterly original I can't even quite categorize it for you properly. The five main characters are a big part of the difference- the story is told from different points of view rather than solely focusing on one or two people, and instead of being confusing it gives you a well rounded look at w ...more
Lori Murray
I really enjoyed this story a whole lot, it was very interesting and loved these 5 very special individuals. It was interesting in regards to what each individuals special ability was. Jake and Miranda where my favorites but I really enjoyed all 5 of them. Sam's ability I sure wouldn't have wanted at all. Topher I loved his talent. At first I wasn't sure who the bad person was than I thought I knew than second guessed myself, but I shouldn't have because I was spot on. And I loved how sassy Xyan ...more
Jenn
Miranda's wrists gush out blood. She doesn't know why or when it will happen. As if that isn't bad enough she has just enrolled at a new school which has been nicknamed "Suicide High" thanks to the increasing amount of suicides happening lately. It's here she bumps into a cute boy named Jake and learns that he has the power to predict the immediate future. Jake's friend, Sam, eats the sins of the dead. Two of their classmates also have special powers. Topher can heal by touch. Xyan can speak and ...more
Ceecee
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great YA Horror!

This is not your usual good vs. evil novel, as Dax Varley is an exceptional YA novelist! I’m always amazed with the skillful manner in which she connects with all ages!



Immediately, the story packs a punch! We’re given narration from several view points, including that of a very nasty culprit, with remarkable precision. The writing is so good, there is no lull, no confusion, and definitely no lack of imagination. The rag tag team representing the good is an authentic version of
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Elizabeth
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
even though this is the first time I've ever read anything by her, I have to say that I love her writing style.As well this been the first time I've ever picked up a book that has something todo with stigmatic and I'm so glad that I did. I love how she wrote about the main characters and how each one has a different type of gift that's all their own.becouse each gift is some how special in its own way.you have one character that is stigmatic,one that heals by touching,one that is a sin eater, on ...more
Amy Broad
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recieved This book from early review

This books was very interesting it takes place at a high school were there are lots of murders. They call it suicide high the main characters have special abilities.There is a sin eater, a healer, a psychic, one with the stigmata and another who can speak any language who finds it hard to control her outbursts. I don't want to give to much away, but they team up to solve the mysterious death's. I would recommend giving this book a try you might be pleasantl
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Regina
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A COMPLETE STORY! NO TRILOGY NEEDED! WOOT!

Sorry. It just seems that stories, especially YA HAVE to come in trilogies. Not this one. Thank you, Dax Varley!

Love this story about five very different students, each with an unusual curse/gift that come together under terrible events. Students in their high school seem to commit suicide for no apparent reason, with no real connection. It's up to this group to find out what's behind the deaths and to stop whatever is behind it.

Bleed kept my interest an
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Lorraine
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, 4-star
An entertaining and surprisingly light-hearted book.
The plot was unique and interesting, with plenty of suspense and twists throughout the story to keep me engaged. Alongside the tension and creepiness, there were also some humourous moments.
The vivid descriptions let me watch the scenes play out in front of me
The book is written from several viewpoints and I got a good insight into each person's personality and their individual ability. Because of this I found it easy to like and care about eac
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Kristine Hall
This was a super fun read with authentic teen characters and sufficient creepy factor to keep the interest level high. Easy to read and full of teen appeal makes it good for reluctant readers as well, but it's not for the faint of heart (in case you didn't figure that out by the cover). Full review coming 9/17 to Hall Ways http://kristinehallways.blogspot.com/...
Kelsey Jackson
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love this book! I couldn't put it down and read the entire thing in a day! It perfectly combines humor, romance, and horror to make a perfect YA book. My only issue is that the authors writing style is a bit unrealistic, making it seem like she is trying to hard to appeal to teenagers.
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Dax Varley is the author of SLEEPY HOLLOW, RETURN TO SLEEPY HOLLOW, BLEED, and NIGHTMARE HOUSE. She loves humor, horror and all things paranormal.

When Dax isn't writing, she's collecting odd photos online, reading recaps of her favorite shows, or kicked back with a good book. She lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband, a shelf full of action figures, and about a dozen imaginary friends.
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