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Blood Will Out

2.98  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now,
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Penguin Teen
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- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-reads, arc
. : ☾⋆ — 1 ★

arc provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Penguin Random House Canada!!)

i don’t mean to sound nasty, but this is probably one of the worst books i’ve read in my entire life.

i don’t even know where to begin.

it wasn’t an enjoyable read, that’s for sure. it was barely even entertaining, and for a supposed thriller, and the definition of the word ‘thriller’ in all its forms (a novel, play, or movie with an exciting plot, typically involv
[Shai] Bibliophage
Jan 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
The animal torture and abuse part were just some of the biggest disappointment, hence I didn't finish reading this book. There's no outstanding character or part in the story that will awe readers, and the flow of the story is too dragging and quite common. Ari, the main character, is irksome and her point of view is too bland; the conversation between the characters is also quite annoying to read.

I had high hopes before reading this because I was really intrigued by the synopsis; I even pushed
Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I DNFed this one. There's no way I am suffering through this to the conclusion.

Initially, I wasn't going to write a review as it hurts me to have to give such a low rating to a book. I know authors work hard to put these books out and it is difficult to take criticism for something that you pour your heart into.

This being said, I have changed my mind and now feel like I need to say my bit. *For the record, I altered the dates on the 'read' section so that it would not count towards my reading
Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
*I received an ARC of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This is your typical story about a girl who gets kidnapped and tries to run away from the killer, all the while the reader is trying to figure out who the killer actually is. There was one thought constantly running through my mind while reading this entire book, which was "when is the book going to end." I had too many problems with this story to even remotely enjoy it.

1) I know this book isn't going to b
Dec 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

Listen, I was not a fan of this book. This was seriously compared to Silence of the Lambs?? That’s a joke, right? Don’t talk to me or my son ever again.

Where do I even begin? The title of this book is freaking weird as hell. Blood Will Out. what does that mean??? I don’t understand. It’s not even a complete sentence. It’s not even a fragment. It means nothing. who is grammar and
Julie Parks
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This. Is. One. Creepy. Book.

First class horror at its best.

You need to have thicker skin to live through this unphased. I had to take constant breaks and slip a few episodes of FRIENDS or 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN for some laughs in between.

This book really is like SILENCE OF THE LAMBS for YA, I even think it's better than the movie because it's a book and everything seems so much closer and more realistic and you spend so much more time in a book than in a movie.

Erin Bembridge
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
2 Cookies

First off I wanted to say I think the author did a really good job with the actual writing. I didn't see any grammar issues, and thought it was a good start. However, I think there were a few things that could have been done to really improve the writing overall.

Cons:(start with the bad...)
I wanted to start with the fact that I didn't like the animal slaughter. It was really hard for me to read. I was cringing half the book mainly because of this. You can't really skip over it eithe
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of BLOOD WILL OUT in exchange for my honest review.***

***WARNING animal torture/murder***

BLOOD WILL OUT is one hot mess. Early on the italicized perp recalls killing and blood letting a piglet at age nine, which automatically turned me off to the book. I never, ever need to hear details of an animal’s death. I’m okay reading about people murdered in graphic detail (though I might skim if it’s too bloody), but leave the animals alone.

Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I seriously think this book needs to be reformatted or something; the chapter headings sometimes appeared at the end of the paragraph, and then the word say it was 'Ari', appeared like this


ri shouted..."

It was super annoying! It looks unprofessional and threw me off every time. Add to that the blatant spelling errors, and times there was no space between words and the whole book just appeared like it wasn't ready to be p
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, arcs
i got through chapter two, and i just couldn't handle it. sorry, y'all, but someone who enjoyed killing their pet pig ain't gonna be someone i want to read about.
Sarah Marie
Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

1.5 stars

Ari wakes up in darkness. She is trapped at the bottom of a well with no memory of the events leading up to how she got there. She is running out of time before she dehydrates and she must fight for her life to survive. The only thing keeping her alive is thinking about her friend Lynn and the fact that she must also be searching for Ari. Ari will do whatever it takes to survive and find the monster who did this to her even if she can’t remember how she got

Jan 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Teen for the ARC!

This book spoke to me at the beginning. It has a nice cover, an interesting synopsis, and a seemingly likeable narrator. That's... about it. I tried to like this book, I really did! It was just slow and unoriginal, and the writing wasn't good enough to make up for that.

One of the major issues with this book is the characters- specifically, the main character. She had no original or intriguing ideas. Her POV was so bland that it was like reading a
Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)

First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)


Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.

There are moments in a book reviewer life when it really gets to a difficult book to rate of. That's what happened to me with Blood Will O

I'm highly disappointed because I feel like this story had so much potential, but the writing was poor, at best, and all the flashbacks were very confusing.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a book I finished a few months ago yet wasn't sure even how to put a review into words. The characters were flawed. They lacked substance. It was a read that is dubbed a thriller but lacked the the "thrill" it only gave you the "errrrr....." if you know what I mean. Sadly, I have to give Blood Will Out only 1 star.

I want to extend my gratitude to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read this ARC and offer my unbiased opinion.
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

Like many of the reviews are suggesting, this book is not for the light-hearted. This is one of the most gory and detailed stories I've ever read in my entire life. I normally would've given this award to Danielle Vega and her Merciless series, however, this book is certainly up there. If you cannot handle (I almost didn't) details about the abuse of both humans and animals, do not go for this, even though it was an i
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Okay, so after finishing this book I had to take a little break to properly think about the twists and turns in it. Afterward I searched for other peoples opinions and was shocked by the bad response and misunderstanding of this book.
Ill give you the synopsis again, so you can see, that we really were prepared for that book to be a handful to handle:

„She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured a
Em Jay
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
He understood me not at all. Bodily pain was nothing to me. I was made of nothing. I observed; I considered; I went to the dark, safe place in my head and I burrowed there like an animal.

First, I need to get a few things off my chest. Such as, WTF KIND OF NAME IS STROUD BELLOWS? I'll take "overly unique/edgy early-2010's YA love interest names" for 200, please. Also not a fan of the title since it makes zero sense to me, but Stroud Bellows gets the award here.

I really wasn't a fan of the
Nicole Beaudry
Mar 18, 2018 added it
Shelves: ya, horror
Blood Will Out is an (upcoming) YA horror novel that begins with our main character, Ari, waking up at the bottom of somewhere fathomless, dark, with a head wound and in pain. Told in chapters that alternate between her perspective and that of a psychopathic killer, we witness Ari start to piece her memory back together, fight for her survival, and come face to face with the killer once more. She finds herself trying to solve the mystery of who the person is, robbed of her most immediate memorie ...more
Review is also cross-posted at The Rave Library.

When I first saw the blurb of this book, I thought, "Oh, god. A YA thriller about a cannibal character? FINALLY!" I mean, this book is dubbed as "Silence of the Lambs for Teens". Of course that picks up the interest because you'll find out if this book will level up the classic of "Silence of the Lambs" in storytelling and hoped that it will turned out to be good, as I am wary of comparing other popular works in writing book blurbs nowadays.

The first half of the book describes how Ari Sullivan is trapped inside a cistern, not knowing how she got there. There are a lot of flashbacks providing glimpses into her life, her friends, and the time 'before'. Then suddenly, Ari manages to escape her creepy prison and step by step she is able to recount the events that lead to her imprisonment, realizing almost too late who is the abductor, and that the game has only just begun... Also interwoven with Ari's story are chapters telling the bac ...more
I hate to give this book another low rating, but it just wasn’t that great. And I think the author could definitely learn from the mistakes of Blood Will Out and write a really great second novel (maybe not in the thriller genre).

First off, the formatting is horrible. There are sentences with weird spacing, and still several grammatical errors, but I can look past that.

What I can’t look past is how boring the book is. Especially in the beginning. The main character Ari, is trapped in a cistern
Annette Jordan
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A gritty and gory thriller aimed squarely at the teen market is a difficult thing to pull of, and in this case I don't think the author quite succeeds.
Blood Will Out is the story of Ari, a teenage girl who wakes up to find herself alone and injured at the bottom of a cistern, with no idea how she got there. Determined to recover her memories and escape, she will carry out feats bordering on the super human. The big question is who put her there,and why?
On a positive note I liked the characters
catherine ♡
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, horror
This was definitely a really quick read - I read it in one go! Overall, though it did seem sort of predictable to me. For example - (view spoiler)

I really didn't like Ari at first, and the book had random flashbacks in the middle of scenes, which was a little confusing. There were alternating chapters w
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. The animal torture certainly contributed to this, but I do understand when it's in books about killers if it's used effectively. This was not. The descriptions seemed to become excessive and gratuitous. Then there were the pov switches. They felt awkwardly placed. Also, I normally don't question book designations too much, since they're subjective, but in no way is this meant for a young adult audience. Do not recommend. In fact, I wish I could unread it.

This review is based o
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
3 1/2 stars

RTC for blog tour

Major warnings for animal abuse, torture, and slaughter. This feels more adult than YA, closer to true crime/serial killer stories. I'm ok with reading that, but I know a lot of people aren't.

The premise is great -- a story told from the voice of the victim and that of the criminal -- but the execution is weak. The writing is dull, the voices don't sound at all authentic, and the twist made little to no sense.

Go ahead and pass. There are much better thrillers out there.
*Book in exchange for an honest review*

Okay, I have to admit, mystery isn't my favourite genre in the world. But, I have read many mysteries that I really liked. This book, sadly, wasn't one of them. It was written like a YA book, but the content was too mature at times to be a YA book. It also has to be said that, for a book published in 2018, it wasn't a very good example on how to bring mental health problems into a book. It wasn't the worst mental health representation I've ever read, but it
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have MAJOR mixed emotions on this book. First off, I'm amazed I managed to finish it without throwing up.

BLOOD WILL OUT plain and simple is the story of a serial killer and their would-be victim. The main character, Ari's perspective is told in third person, while the serial killer is told in italicized first person. If that weren't creepy enough, the author travels down a rabbit hole of mind-f**kery by going way, way, waaaayyyyy too in depth into that mindset. I have to applaud myself for ge
Riley Ashby
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars – rounded up because it deserves better than the 2.7 it currently has.
Trigger warnings for graphic descriptions of violence against animals and humans.

Blood Will Out is a well-done mystery thriller that really will have you guessing until the end. The book is told in alternating perspectives – Ari in the well, Ari’s flashbacks to before her kidnapping/attempted murder, and the life story narrated by the killer. This gives you a lot of good angles from which to consider how and why Ar
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