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Blood moon rising…
Derrick Hernandez and Tess D’Ovidio have been best friends forever. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for one another. But their childhood bond is put to the test when Tess shows up on Derrick’s porch covered in blood…
Tess has no memory of what happened. She’d gone to a bush party with one of the football players. She remembers the bonfire…and then, nothing. Working backward, Tess and Derrick learn that she and seven other players were the only ones to make it back from the party alive.
During the next few weeks, each of the survivors is plagued with nightmares that reveal fragments of memories from the horrific night. But when the young men start dying under mysterious circumstances, Derrick can’t figure out if Tess is next—or if she’s somehow responsible. All he knows is that he has to save his best friend—or die trying….
“ Blood and Other Matter is chilling and compelling—the fastest page turner I've read in a long time! From the opening line to the unexpected conclusion, every page kept me guessing. And kept me up at night.”—EJ Lawrence, contributing editor Unbound
Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. After graduating college with a Masters in English, Kaitlin went on to write The Daughters of Zeus series, and now a young adult horror novel, Blood and Other Matter .

266 pages, Kindle Edition

Published April 17, 2019

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Kaitlin Bevis

15 books513 followers
I spent my childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with me, I rewrote it. Now, I write my own endings, middles, and beginnings for the Daughters of Zeus series, including the best selling novel, Persephone.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I spent high school and college learning everything I could so that one day I could achieve that goal. I graduated college with my BFA and Masters in English with a EDs in School Library Media.

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4,076 reviews336 followers
April 23, 2021
I've really enjoyed this author's Daughter of Zeus series - all 6 of the books - so when she endeavoured into a new genre (horror/mystery) I was curious to see what kind of story she would write.

I was not disappointed. As far as weiting style goes, she is consistent. The Daughter of Zeus series was written for a YA audience, and so was this, so those familiar with Ms. Bevis's work will not have a hard time getting into this.

Like with her previous books, she does a good job with narration and internal dialogue, so the characters feel real. It's hard to not feel bad for Tess considering what she has to deal with, and the author does a great job of keeping the reader on the edge of their seats, wondering who is behind all this - as someone who has read a fair amount of mysteries, it's nice that the culprit isn't obvious. The various viewpoints are presented well - Tess, her friend, the asshole football players.

The story is nicely-paced, and the ending... OMG. I won't spoil it, but I can honestly say it never occured to me that THAT would happen. Though I would love to read more mytholgical books from Ms. Bevis, I am also absolutely up for reading more of this kind of book too, or whatever else she may decide to write.
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1,524 reviews60 followers
April 18, 2019
Blood And Other Matter is a thrilling disturbing story. The premise is unique and refreshing. It's a bit bizarre, but somehow it works to create an engrossing read full of twists and turns. I liked the story better than I expected, and it certainly kept my attention. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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442 reviews22 followers
May 21, 2019
This book grabs you by the throat and won’t let go. It is a unique spin on the “monster” tale, a moonlight ritual gone wrong and nearly an entire football team found dead. One by one, the surviving members end up dead. What happened that night and who is responsible???? Mass amnesia befell everyone involved, but nightmares slowly piece events together until a shocking revelation rocks those involved. Nobody will ever be the same. How do they stop the ball once it’s rolling and who will survive????

The ending is jaw dropping!!! I did NOT see it coming!!!

5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you, Netgalley for the chance to read and review this ARC!

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113 reviews13 followers
July 4, 2019
Blood and Other Matters is a sad, endearing, suspenseful, and occasionally amusing cocktail that I just couldn’t put down.

Going into this book I didn't initially realize it was a horror novel, but it did not take me long at all to realize that it was indeed, a horror.

The complexity of the main characters, Tess and Derrick, are wonderfully done, and there friendship was cute. I loved that he was always there for her, and that he was always protecting her, to a fault.

It was intriguing how it went to the point of view of the football players as they were slowly being picked off, giving just enough info to be incredibly creepy but also attention grabbing. When I was reading this book, mostly at night, I would jump at little things, or get those nervous butterflies when I heard a noise, even though I knew for fact that the noise was coming from one of my dogs.

I just couldn't seem to put this book down. This book reminded me of season 2 and part of season 3 of Teen Wolf. In those seasons, there is something mysteriously killing certain people for a specific reason. This might be why I enjoyed this book so much, because Teen Wolf is one of my favorite shows :)

A big topic that was brought up quite a bit was the possibility that Tess was raped at the bonfire (she wasn't) she recovers some of her memories and remembers that the some of the boys joked about it (which is disgusting) but nothing happened. But she had to go to the doctor get tested and all that. So these scenes always made be a bit uncomfortable.

I also didn't really care for how internally lusty Derrick was for Tess. It wasn't graphic or gratuitous but it was another thing that made me uncomfortable.

Overall his book was thrilling and suspenseful and full of twists and turns that I couldn't have seen coming a mile away. And don't even get me started on that ending!

My review will be posted on my blog, Reading Rambler, on 7/8/19 The link I have added will not be available until the date I have specified.
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2,090 reviews2,956 followers
April 20, 2019
3.5 Stars
Blending together supernatural elements with the horror of teenage cruelty, this was a complex young adult horror novel with compelling mystery at the core of the story. While some aspects of the narrative were predictable, other aspects were not. The author was able to keep me guessing for quite some time what actually happened on that tramautic night. I would have enjoyed this story more without the obligatory YA romance, but for the most part, I enjoyed reading the other aspects of this novel. I would recommend this one to fans of young adult suspense and horror who enjoy a dark, supernatural tale.

I requested a digital copy for review via Netgalley.
October 21, 2019
Well that was interesting! Ok so I'm not usually big on the whole murder mystery which is how this starts off but with all the twist it keeps you guessing all the way though.

Ok spoiler alert! If you dont want to know details then stop reading here.

So in the beginning poor Tess is just as lost and confused about what is going on as everyone else but there is the one scene when the wicked smile plays across her face before she passes out that sticks with you so you know there is much more going on and wow does it get interesting.

It's funny the little things that people do for good luck but this takes that to an extreme and shows that it's never wise to be messing with something you dont fully understand. Like the whole thing started as some superstition for good luck during a football game so it makes it ok to drug someone into being an unwilling participant in your good luck routine. I think karma had more to play then anything. But anyways, I do wish there was a little more about how the first ritual with aunt Jenny went.

I think I can relate a little to both Tess and Derrick with the whole offering help and accepting help thing, and how Tess feels about always accepting help, not wanting to feel like a burden and then also keeping tally and feeling like she could never pay them back for everything they had done to help her.

Overall I HIGHLY recommend this one, it wasnt a GoodRead it was a GreatRead that I couldnt put down. Thanks for the Epilogue, I really needed that because I was balling at the end.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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13 reviews
May 9, 2019
I received a copy from the author for an honest review.

Honestly, horror isn't normally my genre, though I have dabbled in some Stephen King and Paul Tremblay. However, this is my first-ever YA horror novel, and I have to say, I'm impressed. I enjoyed the twists and turns, and I was surprised by the ending. But surprised in a good way--a "I didn't see that coming, but I should have" way.

The setting reminded me of the small town I grew up in, and for that reason, seemed totally realistic. The town and the people in it really seemed alive to me. The same could be said of Tess and Derek's relationship, two best friends who grew up together in this small town. This also reminded me of the relationships I had in my own small town--graduating with the same people you went to kindergarten with is just such a different experience from most high schools, and I really appreciated the author depicting this setting so well and realistically.

My favorite part, however, were the chapters in between that were from the perspective of some of Tess' classmates. I can't reveal too much because, spoilers, but those scenes were the best kind of creepy.
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425 reviews
June 7, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

This book left me with a lot of questions, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I haven't been able to get it out of my head since I finished it. It's one of those books that hooks you and keeps you in the narrative.

I will say some of the transitions within the chapters were a little abrupt, but I still thought the overall story was strong enough that I stayed in the book the whole time.

When Tess shows up at Derrick's door covered in blood, life as they know it is changed forever. At the bonfire where Tess had been, there is nothing but carnage. Only 7 survive, but something is slowly picking them off. What happened that night in the woods? The answer is one that will change all their lives forever.
96 reviews2 followers
August 23, 2019
This was a really fun and entertaining book. I really liked the little human touches the author threw in you do not normally find in a lot of books. Tess digging in the deodorant to get the last little bit or tapping a soda can three times before opening it. The author managed to keep me guessing until the very end. There are funny parts, scary parts and sad parts. This is part horror, part mystery and part romance. Tess and Derrick are best friends who have lived next door to each other their entire lives. Tess is a bit of a social outcast and gets invited to go on a date by one of the hot popular football players that she was friends with as a child. She sorta wants to go but Derrick doesn't want her to go. She goes anyway. Hours pass. Tess shows up at Derrick's house wearing clothes she didn't go on the date in and covered in blood. There is not a mark on her. Who's blood is it? How did she get there? There are lots of twists. Really nicely written book that will grab you and keep you hooked. I hope the author decides to dig in this world more because I can feel there are more stories to tell.
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179 reviews8 followers
May 2, 2019
That was...gruesome...

Wouldn't you be suspicious if you were invited to a bonfire and the only girl there? Not Tess. She's got enough problems with her Mom being sick, slightly abusing her and having no food in the house. Course her best guy friend has some concerns. And he should, after she comes back covered in blood and human skin.

The book was really exciting, there were no slow parts, a tinge of romance.
2 reviews6 followers
April 17, 2019
Awesome, I really enjoyed reading this book. The death scenes are amazing.
1,265 reviews25 followers
May 20, 2019
Blood and Other Matter is a good book with interesting characters. It is written well and has some interesting twists. This book will keep you entertained.
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294 reviews20 followers
July 30, 2019
Horror is not usually (EVER) my genre, but I have loved Kaitlin Bevis' Persephone and Aphrodite trilogies, so I gave it a chance. Holy cow! I LOVED this so much. I couldn't stop reading!
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Author 10 books110 followers
July 9, 2019
Blood and Other Matter is ostensibly a story about a malevolent entity that goes on a murderous rampage. But at its core, this horror thriller is really a big metaphor for sexual assault and how it makes the victim feel. Due to that, this is an important book for young adults to read, but it also requires a trigger warning for those who have already personally dealt with this theme.

Bad things happen to us sometimes, and we're not usually at fault or in control of what happened. And when the bad thing is sexual assault, it can leave us feeling unsafe in our bodies, unsure of our choices, unable to pursue the healthy love we deserve, and full of revenge fantasies. The author looks closely at all of this and then answers the question: what would happen if traumatic events and unhealed emotions got mixed up with an ancient entity that wants to complete a vicious ritual?

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.
3 reviews
May 21, 2019
I really loved this book. I caught your attention right at the beginning till the end. I would recommend

Right away. I would recommend this book to all my friends. The story kept me on edge the whole book. I couldn’t put down.
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851 reviews
May 20, 2019
Blood and Other Matter had me hooked from the beginning; it isn't the normal type of book that I read but it kept me wanting to know what was going on.

It all starts when Tess is invited to a bonfire with her childhood friend and ends up on her best friend Derrick’s doorstep covered in blood and other body matter with no recollection of how it all happened. Tess and Derrick soon learn that she and seven other boys were the only ones to make it back from the party alive.

Tess had a difficult home life, with an abusive/sick mother her life isn't easy; her only constant and support has been Derrick and his mother. As the story progresses, we see Tess and Derrick working together to piece together what happened on that disturbing night and this is often through graphic flashbacks.

Blood and Other Matter was a dark story that told of teenage cruelty and blended supernatural elements and although it was far-fetched it worked. The mystery element was done well, I had no idea what was going on! I was trying to link it all to the prologue but I couldn't quite work it all out.

The authors writing was easy to read and flowed well, it was a well-thought out story-line and I enjoyed that we also get chapters from the seven boys that survived; this aspect was done well.

My biggest problem with this book were the main characters, I found them to be bland unfortunately and felt the romance wasn't needed at all. I also didn’t like the ending, I didn’t feel that it worked but besides this, I did enjoy it overall.

Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the opportunity to read Blood and Other Matter.
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Author 1 book78 followers
February 26, 2021
Blood and Other Matter is a wonderful novel that deserves more attention. Miss Kaitlin Bevis does an outstanding job of writing a compelling, twisted tale of a young girl who shows up one night at her best friend’s house covered in someone else’s blood and no memory of how it happened. Things ramp up from there, with characters being killed left and right by a malevolent force. It’s up to our heroine and childhood friend to piece together the puzzle of that night before her and everyone around her end up fodder for the worms.

I’m not sure if this was meant to be a YA book or not, but if so it’s pretty freaking dark. There’s cursing, death and dismemberment, rape triggers and semi-sexual scenes, and a lot of spooky stuff going on. There are also a few plot points that get a little lost or muddled by the end, but everything else is so compelling and well written that it doesn’t even matter. I loved this book and plan to buy a physical copy to share with others.
April 30, 2019
This was not my usual type of book, it was interesting and the author was skilled at keeping you guessing with what was going on and what had happened. Good characterisation, nice little bit of romance but not too much, an interesting read

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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Author 12 books151 followers
June 23, 2019
Five stars all the way for this book! A true horror, written for the teen market that does not disappoint. Bevis lays out the story perfectly, revealing all aspects of the mystery at the exact moment. With an ending as expected as it is shocking, this is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year.
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1,050 reviews
May 19, 2019
*I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I’m honestly torn on what rating to give this book. It sucked me in right from the start and held my attention throughout; it was difficult to put down. It fascinated me and was a bit freaky. (I don’t do straight-up horror, FYI.) But the end was too abrupt. Things were getting really crazy, and then they just stopped. It’s like a huge fire was doused all at once. Dear Ms. Revis: Did you run out of memory on your computer? Did you hit your deadline and just throw something down so you could hand in your manuscript? Did your original ending get accidentally deleted, and in your frustration, you wrote a condensed version? I’m left with questions that I’m sure won’t be answered—as far as I know, this is a stand-alone novel. And then there was the uncountable number of f words. So now that I’ve worked through my thoughts a little in this paragraph, I’m going to settle on 3.5 stars. It would have been a solid 4-4.5 stars if those things had been different.

Tess and Derrick were both likable characters, though they kind of terrified me at times. Derrick flat-out said he thought he might be a sociopath (he was somewhat Sherlock Holmes-ish about things). Tess had self-esteem issues and frequently doubted that anyone could actually care for her, to the point that she sought validation from someone who really didn’t matter because she felt indebted to someone who did. I rooted for them, individually and together, despite stupid things they did.

One of my very favorite characters was Derrick’s mom. She was rock solid. She was an excellent balance of stern and loving parent. Involved but not helicopter. Disciplining but reasonable. I think she’s one of my favorite YA parents ever.

I think one of the most frustrating things about the ending of this book is that it tells me absolutely nothing of the aftermath. Yes, it tells me about autopsies and police reports. But it doesn’t tell me anything about the survivors and how they dealt with everything (including the events of the epilogue)—and they had a lot to deal with. How do you come back from those events? I want to know; the story feels incomplete without it.

I could see a door left open for a sequel, though I doubt there will be one. But I would read it. It would be interesting to see this as a movie, but I don't think it's one I would watch, to be honest. I can imagine it being too gory, and those dang f words.

How it ends:

Note: Swearing, including a lot of f words. Sexual assault, characters joking about rape. A lot of deaths, many of them violent.
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604 reviews13 followers
April 4, 2020
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Actual rating of 3.5

Tess and her best friend Derrick are outcasts, they used to be friends with the "cool" kids, but I guess things change as you grow up. Friendships that used to mean the world, no longer exist. So when an old friend of theirs, Josh, asks Tess to come to the football team's bonfire tradition that night, Derrick finds it more than odd, even more so when Tess actually accepts the invitation. Deciding to sleep off his aggravation, Derrick wakes to find he had almost missed the eclipse that he was planning to watch, when he hears a knock at the door. When he opens it, what he sees shocks him. Tess, covered in so much blood and gore, babbling nonsense. Derrick does what any friend would, he pulls her inside and cleans her up, checking her for any wounds and trying to get the story of what happened out of her. The next morning when she is more coherent, she can't remember a single thing. When trying to find out what exactly happened that night, the pair learn that Tess, along with seven members of the football team, were the only ones to make it back from the bonfire alive. When those remaining members begin to drop dead of strange circumstances, they realise that there is something else at play and they have to find out what it is, before Tess becomes the next head on the chopping block.

I've had this one sitting in my TBR list for a while, and decided I was in the mood for a horror story with mysterious circumstances and amnesia involved, and it did not disappoint. I found this book felt like a mix between Jennifer's Body (if it had have been made into what it should have been) and Ginger Snaps. Not because of stuff that happened perse, just because that's the feeling I got from this story. I will admit though,

This book isn't a long one, but it longer than it really is. I'm not too sure why...I feel like it could have been the sort of repetition that began to happen with the deaths, not that the characters were being picked off one by one in the same fashion, because they really weren't, more that the story developed a pattern of Tess freaking out because she's remembered some stuff, Derrick trying to be the noble friend and get to the bottom of everything, oh look! A dead guy! rinse, and repeat. I think this could have affected the pacing a little bit and made the story feel a bit monotonous at times. It didn't mean that the story was not enjoyable, because it was.

The synopsis was full of mystery, but as soon as the book started, I knew what was going to happen, I thought there may have been a twist near the end, but to be honest, there wasn't. So it was a little frustrating going through virtually the whole story waiting for Tess and Derrick to get it, but it sadly took the whole time for them to work it out. Granted, the first thing isn't going to be the situation they found themselves in, but still, I feel like teenagers would have seen enough horror movies to have a brief idea of what the hell was going on.

I feel like the legend talked about in the story could have been explored more. The opening of the story we hear about this local legend, and it's alluded to in the story, and there's some half hearted connections made in the latter part of the book, but it didn't really flesh out into it's full potential. I just feel that so much more could have been done with the plot and the legend in the plot because both were super solid ideas, I just felt that they fell a little bit short, and made me, more than once, reminisce about movies and such with similar plot lines, when I really believe this story could have stood out on it's own and been an absolute gem. I won't lie though, if this was made into a movie, I'd so watch the hell out of it.

The characters were well written, but once again, kind of left to float in the ether without things having points? The issues with Tess's mum, I was waiting for it to connect to the story somehow, but in the end it was just a plot driver with no real purpose. I'm not sure if it was supposed to give Tess a bit more dimension or background, but for me it really didn't. We didn't get to know Derrick that well, other than he has grown to love Tess over their seventeen year friendship and that his Dad died when he was young. We don't really find out much more, and I think that it took away from the story and the depth and growth these characters could have had.

The horror side of it was good, I sometimes felt like it was relying more on shock factor than anything else, but you know what, it worked for the story, especially because it was a young adult horror story and some of this real life instances of horror were not sugar coated. The creature was written well, and had major creep factor going on, I have a thing about too wide smiles, they just give me the heebie jeebies.

I was a little confused with the ending. I get what happened, but some stuff was alluded to that was mentioned earlier in the story, but I feel like I didn't quite get where Bevis was going with it...is it real? or is it Round 2? Those who have read the story will understand what I mean. I'll admit, I did get an almost tear up near the ending, a little more character connection for me, and I think it would have happened.

All in all, this is a good young adult horror story, it's not polished and perfect, but it doesn't really need to be. If you like a dark, gritty easy to read horror story, give it a crack. And if you work out the ending...can you hit me up? I have questions...
57 reviews
November 12, 2020
Well written and thought out but it gave me nightmares and I'm 36 years old.
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679 reviews21 followers
April 13, 2019

I don't have too much to say about this one, but it was a pretty alright read. I haven't read any of the author's previous work, but this one sounded pretty interesting. I've been getting back into reading these types of thriller-murder-mystery novels, so this seemed up my alley.

Honestly, I thought it was enjoyable, but a lot of things were just bugging me throughout. I guess the main problem is that I just didn't really care about any of the characters. Tessa I just didn't really care about and found her to be a bit annoying, and Derrick was alright and more tolerable for me. I feel that if maybe I had gotten attached to them more, then this whole review would probably be a different story. Since I didn't like the characters, any shocking factors or sentimental scenes throughout this mystery/thriller just didn't hit me the way they should have. It also didn't help that there was a crazy amount of character dialogue that I didn't care about. Obviously just my own personal opinions on it, but that's really how I felt.

I also preferred the ending before the epilogue, as it was a really bold move and I felt fit it perfectly. The epilogue just throws all the sentiments away, and whatever sadness and remorse I felt, and just turned it into a happy ending. While it's not my fave, I can understand why it was put in, and most importantly how it was executed. There's a rule mentioned earlier on, and it gets brought back in the last scene, so it does make sense. Just not my preferred ending.

Anyways, it was alright and I may pick it up again, but the characters really just kept me from not enjoying it as much as I though I could have.

ARC provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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138 reviews4 followers
December 30, 2019
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Blood and Other Matter started off pretty strong. The characters seemed interesting, the initial conflict was appealing and Tess's unfortunate circumstances had me feeling like she was going to be a character that I could sympathize with. Unfortunately, those initial impressions didn't last long.
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