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November Rain

(Bad Bloods #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her c ...more
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Published July 18th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing
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Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I started this as an audiobook, and I just could not get into it. I'm sorry, but the narrator was completely wrong for the book! After putting it to the side for a while, I tried it again, but this time on Kindle. And you know what? I LOVED IT. Just shows how important choosing the right narrator is.

I'll post a full review soon, but I need to say that this was great. The characters were awesome, the world was believable, the powers were cool. My biggest criticism? The ending. The duology could h
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have loved Shannon A. Thompson's writing ever since The Timely Death Triology, which I highly recommend. The moment I heard Shannon A. Thompson was writing another series, it became one of the top five books in my tbr list.

November Rain is set in city called Vendona, a city divided by humans and Bad Bloods. The Bad Bloods possess different abilities.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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First of all I would like to say a big thank you Shannon so much for sending me this book!

When I started this I had no idea what to expect. I had never read anything by Shannon before and I had only very briefly skimmed the premise of the book. I can now say that I came out of this book so pleasantly surprised. This story hooked me so fast and I really enjoyed it.

This book is set in the future in a dystopian world with some fantas
Beatriz Arias
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in return for my honest review:

It was a fantastic book. I could not put it down. I instantly felt the chemistry between Serena and Daniel. I enjoyed reading from the vision of the two main characters. The details the authors gave in the book made it perfect to visualize their world. I can not wait to read more from this author. I would be suggesting this book to my friends.
Gretchen Gomez
4.5 stars

I was sent this book from the author herself for an honest review. I wanted to firstly thank the author for sending me this. Second, if you look on Goodreads, it says that it’s a series but it’s technically not. The author told me that this is one big book divided into two parts: November Rain and November Snow. It’s meant to be read together which makes complete sense because after the ending of November Rain I am so left wanting more!!

If you’re into x-men and corrupt government then p
Merril Anil
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fresh and alluring

First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing with a copy of the book to read and trusting my reviews again and again that she has gladly made me part of her new series

Let me begin with saying that Shannon A Thompson is one of my favourite authors and I would be partial to her books. Always. I have read almost every book she has written and I am yet to read a book of hers that I haven’t liked because each of her book has conveniently found itself in my favourite b
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege to recieve an advanced ebook copy of this book! Big thanks for this wonderful reading experience Shannon A. Thompson!

After reading Take Me Tomorrow (highly recommend it!) I was so excited to start the Bad Blood duology and the first book didn't disappoint one bit!

It's a fast paced fantasy, sci-fi story full of exciting characters with their own fascinating abilities and background stories. Didn’t disappoint one bit! For fans of Red Queen and Shatter Me: this one is definit
Stephanie Gillespie
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The author contacted me and asked if I would like to read her novel(s) and I was thrilled. I appreciate getting requests. The book is split into two parts November Rain and November Snow, but it’s meant to be read together.

This story was different, a very good kind of different. This is a character driven story, which is my favorite kind of story. The pacing of the book was quick . This is a great book! The ending came up fast I didn
Narrated by, Jonathan Johns

The story was a pretty good except the ending which is a huge cliffhanger like it ended in the middle of a sentence type cliffhanger. The world building was good but I wanted a bit more and thought maybe we would get to that in the coming books but I’ll be honest if I had any clue on that ending I would have waited till this series is done before reading.

That being said I am curious, I do plan to read the next book I need to know how this story ends up. I am curious t
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sierra Winfield
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as an ARC for my honest review. Once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down. it reminds me so much of the hunger games and other books of the same type although if o had to pick I would pick this one all over again. I can't wait to read the second one and the rest of the series!! ...more
Cliffhanger ending. :-(

Okay idea, though I did have a little bit of trouble keeping track of the characters. Disappointed in the non-ending.
Jess the Audiobookworm
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25★ Audiobook⎮ At first glance, Bad Bloods probably looks familiar. A dystopian world that shuns youth with supernatural abilities sounds like it could be any number of other YA tales, some from big-name publishers. I was a bit cynical going into this one because of it. But what separates Bad Bloods from those super hyped books is Shannon A. Thompson’s magnificent character development and overall writing ability. That’s why I’m calling Bad Bloods a Hidden Gem.

Bad Bloods was only a little over
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
In the year 2089 bad bloods are hunted and killed in the electric chair. They live in groups called flocks, but from the initial four, only two remain: the Northern and the Southern flocks. Serena is one of these bad bloods who, helped by a stranger, gets to escape the electric chair. She will be decisive in the future of all the bad bloods.

The premises of this book were really interesting. Young people with special powers, chased and outcasted by the society. We have two main characters in this
Mar 25, 2019 added it
Name: Bryna Boettcher

Book title: Bad Bloods: November Rain

Personal response
Bad Bloods: November Rain is an exciting book. Serena was the first ever bad blood to escape. None ever escaped, and most never even made it to their eighteenth birthday. Bad Bloods don’t have human rights. Now Serena is on the run and she needs to decide which flock she will side with. The Southern flock, the one she grew up in. Or the Northern flock, the one that saved her life and offers a place for her to feel welcome
This was the kind of book that I could take it or leave it because I really felt like something was missing. It's very much a character driven story, which I like, but I also like a bit of world building too. I felt like this was missing a big bit of the world building. We know there is political turmoil going on but we don't know why. We know that there is only two "flocks" of bad bloods left but we don't know why. We also don't know why the two flocks are separate and why they don't really tal ...more
Ashley McCartney
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy books that get right into the action. This book kept me reading from page one. Though complex, each character was easy to get to know. The authors words painted a vivid enough picture to really see what these kids are capable of as well as their surroundings. I'm looking forward to reading part two. ...more
Kelsie Bleck
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Personal Response:
November Rain is an interesting book because it grabs my attention. With many parts of the novel being a mystery, Shannon A. Thompson get readers interested in what will happen next. This, personally, was on of my favorite books because of how each chapter was filled with a new mystery.

Plot Summary:
*Spoiler Alerts* This book takes place where there's 2 different types of people. Their is the bad blooded and the not. The government is against all people who are blooded, but
Elise Luquette
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Original review posted

I want to begin by saying thank you to Shannon for giving me a copy of this amazing book and being so awesome! With that said, November Rain was an AMZAZING book that all of you should check out as soon as it comes out! It was full of strong characters each with their own background and an interesting world.

One thing to know about November Rain is that it is a character driven novel! This might turn off a few people but don’t be nerv
Laura (midorireads)
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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November Rain was a short, yet entertaining read, and after the last book I'd written a review for disappointed me, I was so glad to have this one to mak up for it!

In the city of Vendona, there are two types of citizens that inhabit it. Humans and those called Bad Bloods. Bad Bloods are hated and despised because of the extraordinary (albeit unnatural) abilities they posses, and because of these abilities, they are imprisoned then executed. On the day of Serena's scheduled execution, she escapes
Emma Looker
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
*Spoiler alert*
I really enjoyed this book because it was intense and thrilling in my opinion. This book was very different from the books I usually read because it changes point of view between two main characters. I liked how in the two main characters, Serena and Daniel, have their own families, it seems, even though there are no adults, they survive on their own.

Plot Summary
In the beginning Serena is locked up in the cell about to die but then someone helps her to escape and
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this book is about Serena and Daniel. They are bad bloods living in the future... in a society where if you have some kind of power, you are a target. Many people with these powers and the status of bad blood have lost their lives. Serena runs away from a camp meant to kill her kind and Daniel saves her. They aren't meant to cross paths, but it happens.

Serena is a strong young woman. I admire her strength and ability to survive. She fights for her flock and still holds onto the love she has
Ky Grabowski
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
November Rain takes you on a run with its characters as they battle the outside world and themselves.

It drags you in emotionally, and you connect with the characters deeply. Their stories, their bond and how they handle the future. Bad Bloods has a great focus on relationships and the curiosity to know more kept me reading into the early morning hours.

This book takes hold, giving you a bundle of hope but dangles it out of reach. You can't predict the outcome of what's in store. As I continued t
Kaitlyn Appleby
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Student Name: Kaitlyn Appleby Date Submitted: 4/29/19
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Personal Response: This was a very interesting book. I liked how the author made all the characters have their own personal powers it made me want to learn more about who they where, what they were, and what happened to their families. I would love to read the next book of the series.

Plot Summary: Serena was able to escape from the blood camp which no bad blood has ever been able to do before. She also carries a
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
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This author has yet to disappoint me. I have read a lot of this author's work before and when this book was published, I just knew I had to read it and would enjoy it.

This book is addicting and very fast paced. I loved the characters and the connection between them. I love how caring each character was. I love how the author started the story off and how each chapter focused on one character's thoughts. It's full of action and suspe
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Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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**4.5 stars

This is really surprisingly good. Going into this, I wasn't really sure what I was going to feel about it, but I can tell you that it is very good. I absolutely felt connected to the characters (not because I'm in the same situation as theirs though). Review to come!
The Bad Bloods are like underground superheroes that haven’t been accepted by society yet. Each Bad Blood has one or more powers and as a group have been deemed undesirable by government and society. There are camps where Bad Bloods are sent to and eventually executed. This made the book feel like a near future scifi tale and also like a war time history story at the same time.

It’s a decent start to a series. Serena, Daniel, Calhoun, and Robert all get solid set ups for their characters. I was l
Joana Bookneeders
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Wow... I haven't read a dystopian in some time but it's definitely a genre I love, and this one was awesome! 

November Rain is passed in 2089 in a world where some persons aren't entirely human. They are called bad bloods and in the city of Vendona, they are executed. Our main character Serena is a bad blood who got caught and a
Kristine Hall
In Bad Bloods: November Rain, readers jump in with main character Serena at the end of a year she's spent in a Bad Bloods detention camp. Readers get the gist of the horrors there, and I get why we needed to move forward from there, but OH HEY, PREQUEL material right here. I really want to know more about that world. Really, I want to know more about all the world in this book as it was a little foggy around the edges for me. This may be more a result of my reading with my ears than the author's ...more
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Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree

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