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Bad Blood

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Scotland is in my blood…

All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. Ever since her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t bel
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Candace Robinson
All I can think of is Taylor Swift with that title... But once you get past the title... This book was really good, and the writing was addicting. There were a few witchy parts that reminds me of The Craft, so I was ecstatic about that. There are flashbacks between present and then back to the 1600's with a couple of sisters that have magic. There was some serious betrayal going on in the past, and I loved it! Full review on my blog ...more
Neil (or bleed)
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you've done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

Can't resist. I'm sorry. lol
you can read this review on my blog as well!

Please, please, please do not read this book if you are triggered by self harm. I cannot stress this enough.

First things first: most of the characters were boring. They absolutely had no life to them. I didn't care about the main character, her friends, or her love interest. Everything was so dull.

Second: the magic absolutely made no sense. And it didn't even feel magical. Just some bad ideas and curses and small spells.

Third: it's told in alternating
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book expecting to love it, but unfortunately, it dissapointed me. I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, but the execution of the plot within the book wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. The plot felt like it was dragging. I wanted there to be magic and action, but there wasn't much of that at all. The ending then felt very rushed and anti-climatic.

I knew there was going self-harm in this book, but I wasn't expecting so much of in and in great detail. It made me
I really wanted to love this. I was intrigued by the premise and had enjoyed Demitria's other books.

Heather was a decent enough MC. I don't really have anything bad or good to say about her. She wasn't annoying, but wasn't a stand out either. I really liked her friends {especially Fiona} and was mostly entertained by their antics.

Plot wise, it seemed to drag. There are alternating POVs and I didn't care for either of the sisters. I wanted magic and excitement and instead got a lot of self-harm
**Huge thanks to the publisher for letting me read this book for free in exchange for an honest review!

Now, what do I think about this book?
I thought the concept wasn't unique.
Apparently, blood = magic.
You know what that reminds me of??? A Darker Shade of Magic.
Blood can mean different things. It could mean bloodline or blood (quite literally). In this case, it's both. That's one thing you need to know about this book.

My main problem is the personality of the characters. I don't see anything wor
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I basically knew three things before going into this book: it had a super pretty cover, it was about witches, and it was set in Scotland. That was all I needed to be sold on this premise, and I was innnnnn. And truthfully, I was mostly in for the book, there was one major issue that I did have with that took it down a crown.

I'm just going to put out the issue I had with it first and foremost right at the top even though I usually place the issue at the bottom of the review, because I feel like t
File under: Another book that would’ve ruled if “an actual plotline” would’ve been placed in Google’s search engine.

Heather comes from a family of witches and has frequent, reoccurring nightmares of twin sisters, Pride and Prejudice Prudence and Primrose, who have derived from the 1600s. And usually, people are easier to jump on authors’ books nowadays if their book contains something triggering, but I’ve seen absolutely *nothing* on how dangerous Heather’s “habit” was. She carves a Celtic knot
I tried to like this book! The first chapter I thought this should be interesting! I am fascinated with the dark ages and 17th century and up. So when I read the first chapter and it was about a witch being burned at the stake I thought Yes!! Unfortunately it dropped off after that. It flipped back to today's time with a girl who cuts herself and she is being released from a Wellness Center. She has high hopes to go to Scotland to visit her aunt and cousins for the summer. Her parents think she ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I liked the mystery behind it but that's pretty much it
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-library
More like a 3.5 thought the ending was a little pat and rushed.
Kayla TM
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Heather MacNair travels to Scotland every summer to stay with her aunt in Edinburgh. This year, she has a secret she doesn’t want her friends to know: she just got out of a wellness center after her mom caught her cutting. But this visit to Edinburgh isn’t the same as the other summers. Her grandmother’s dementia reveals a magical family history, and night terrors of twins in the sixteen hundreds haunt her. Despite what she has assured her parents and doctor, the urge to cut designs into her ski ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
As much as I want to love this this I just can't. I've been sitting here for about 10 minutes trying to figure out my thoughts and they all just lead me to I didn't like it.

The story was so intriguing and there were parts I truly loved. Heather, our main character, has been cutting herself and having just returned from a stay at a Wellness Clinic she travels across the sea to visit her Aunt Abbie in Scotland. Her parents aren't thrilled, but she swears she's better and convinces them to let her
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was not comfortable with the way self harm (and mental illness in general) were handled in this book. There should definitely be a more prominent trigger warning.

ALSO - and this is a stupid niggle. We didn't burn witches alive. In Scotland the execution was strangling at the stake followed by burning the corpse. And in England the sentence for witchcraft was hanging (the sentence for heresy WAS burning and the two often went together though). So the whole prologue with Primrose is incredibly
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A dark paranormal mystery set in Scotland with a centuries-old family curse, excellent female friendships, and an adorable romance.

Opening Sentence: Black smoke scalds my lungs.

The Review:

When I first read the summary of this book, I was incredibly intrigued. The combination of witchcraft, a family curse, and Scotland meant that this one immediately made its way to the top of my to-read list. However, the execution of the plot wasn’t quite what
Jackie White
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
2.5 I don’t think I was the right audience for this book. Mediocre writing and plot.
Audrey (Warped Shelves)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popsugar-2018
Once again, a book I almost didn't read because of seeing a negative review has proven to be BOMB!!

This review is probably going to be marginally sucky, but that's kind of a good thing! because I was too invested in the story to put the book down to take notes. (When I'm feeling ranty and hate a book I will stop and take note every time something annoys me. (See: my review of This Is Our Story))

Bad Blood definitely isn't spectacular, but it was thoroughly enjoyable and full of intrigue, Scots,
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Ok, this one is a no-go for me, at least for right now. I couldn't get past the main character's issues with self-harm. Just too much for me. I may revisit at a later date as I love Scottish settings, but as for right now, I am putting this aside. ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
(I gave this four stars in the March edition of Romantic Times Book Reviews:

Lunetta creates a believable, likable heroine in Heather, who wavers between fear and bravery, choosing to fight for her own future and that of the people she loves. Heather’s struggle to control her behavior and her life, as well as her desire for independence from her parents, will be familiar to many teen readers. Fans of Stephanie Hemphill’s Wicked Girls and Julie Hearn’s The
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s taken me a while to write this review because I still tilt my head and squint at this book. It’s not at all what I expected. It feels like a bunch of ideas mashed up together and flattened to make a solid picture, but really it’s a Monet close up. Good grief, I’m rambling. Simply, a whole slew of story arcs and ideas are strewn together and they don’t quite fit. It feels messy and random. I honestly have no idea how it went from something so serious and heartbreaking like self-mutilation/ha ...more
Kate Quinn
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of BAD BLOOD. The wonderful Scottish setting and characters transported me to another place (and time - thanks to some well-placed flashbacks). There was just the right amount of magic and creepy mysteries to keep the pages turning, but not so much that I was afraid to turn my lights off at night. Best of all there was just a bit of romance, which was very well done and something I always enjoy. All in all a great read and one I highly recommend.
This is a short one. Nothing special but I enjoyed it a bit.

- Pacing is good. I didn't feel like the story dragged at any point.
- Characters are not annoying. Considering they are all teenagers, this is quite an accomplishment.

- The ending is very anti-climatic. Everything was resolved quickly so it felt too neat.
- The side romance was not necessary and added nothing to the main story.
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

I pre ordered this ages before I requested a review copy from Netgalley. I must admit I pre ordered based on cover and the fact that the title is Taylor Swift song. I probably read the blurb at some point and forgot what it was about.

And to my immense surprise my Netgalley request was actually approved.

Possible trigger warnings for self-harm.

This was a fun book about a girl who’s visiting relatives in Scotland while at the same time having strange dreams about
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ya, witches, fantasy
First, I want to say that I really liked the setting in this book. Scotland plus witches? Yes, please.

Unfortunately, that's really the most praise I can give for this book. The pacing was very slow, and it took a long time to develop why Primrose and Prudence's chapters were relating to Heather. Rereading the synopsis, I realize that it says they are dreams, but I forgot about that going in and was a little confused about the flashbacks. For most of the book it was about Heather spending her ti
Maggie Lu
16-year-old Heather MacNair has had to spend 6 weeks at the Great Lakes Wellness Center pretending to get better when her mom sends her there after finding Heather cutting patterns into her skin. Her parents allow her to go to Aunt Abbie's house in Scotland for the summer, as she always does, and Heather has them under the pretense that she's stopped cutting those patterns into her skin. Heather loves these visits; old friends and cute Scottish boys can fix anything . . . except for the plague o ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had this book as an eARC and I ended up giving it two stars and DNFing it. Then I found it at the library and decided to give it another try. And I am so glad I did because this book was amazing! I do have to say that the cutting thing that is in this book was one of the things that turned me off of it the first time I tried it. But now that I have read it all the way through I understand why it was there. So although it should be listed as a trigger please know that there is a good reason why ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

In a story of dark history, family ties and the blood that binds them, Bad Blood blends everything together in a perfect Celtic knot. Set in Scotland, this book whisks readers into a beautiful land deeply rooted with history, magic, witches, and folklore. Filled with facts, stories, and language, words like, “dinnae and cannae,” that could only come from someone who has lived there, helps sets the authentic mood, opening the storyline for a deeper historical tale.

Author Demitria Lunetta, spins a
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was really hoping to like this one because I love witch-y type stories, but unfortunately it was a major disappointment. It was so boring that I can't even remember the MC's name. Oh yes, I think it was Heather? It's about a girl who cuts herself and makes odd symbols with out knowing why. I didn't think they would go into that much detail, but it was bad. She could not stop no matter how hard she tried. The story later goes into detail as to why she does cut herself, but I feel it could have ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I really liked Lunetta's first two novels, and had high hopes for her third effort. Bad Blood is totally different from her other works, being set in current times and the 1600s. Although the basic plot of a teen being haunted/related to historic witches is not original, this is a type of story that I loved as a teen and still enjoy today. In addition, Lunetta successfully weaves this horror plot with the teen issue of cutting. She handles this topic with sensitivity and realism, and actually he ...more
Kelly Akemann
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have met Demitria Lunetta before and she is truly a delight. She is a writer who creates characters that make you think long after you have read about them. This particular book is about a favorite topic of mine - witches and magic powers. Heather is a girl plagued with a desire to cut. When she finally arrives at the truth as to why she does this behavior, she understands her entire family and all of their eccentricities. I love the supporting characters in this as much as the main characters ...more
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Demitria Lunetta is the author of BAD BLOOD (Delacorte Press/Random House) and the YA Sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END (HarperTeen). She is also an editor and contributing author for the YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS & LIGHT.

Her next novel, THE FADE, will release from Delacorte /Random House in 2018.

IN THE AFTER is an American Booksellers Association 2013 ABC

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