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Blood and Brume

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Ellie Porter is done with life.

When one of her mom's boyfriends tries to rape her, Ellie runs away, determined never to return. But Sam, Ellie's only friend, is not about to let her end up another runaway living on the streets.

He takes Ellie to an abandoned house, the perfect hideout, or so they think until a series of frightening experiences cause Ell
Published 2020 by The Parliament House
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Celia McMahon
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to The Parliament House Press for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.

The story: After an attempted rape by her mother's boyfriend, Ellie runs off and ends up at a place where she thinks she'll be safe. But the old, abandoned house is more than dust and grime. She meets two strange men in Victorian outfits who claim the house and evict Ellie to her best friend, Sam's house. There, she finds peace and safety only to be faced with her past and her romantic and ghost
Sheila Goicea
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, The Parliament House, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Attempted Rape, Suicide, Drunkenness, Alcoholism, Assault, Bullying, Premarital sex, Profanity
Whenever I came for a visit, full of disappointment and sadness, I tried to drink in this magical
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This novel reminded me of The Mediator series by Meg Cabot. A bit of mystery, hauntings and high school craziness mixed into a fun page turner. Overall rating 3.75, rounded up for Goodreads.

Ellie is a character of layers. She comes from an abusive home and starts to find herself and her strengths as the story progresses; slowly peeling back layers of self doubt and societal fears. I really think she is a character that people can look up to. She comes off as level headed in stressful situations
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CW/TW: Assault on a minor, domestic violence, emotional abuse, suicide talk, bullying

Blood and Brume starts off pretty heavy, so you're warned. We meet Ellie Porter whose 16 years old. Ellie has never had the privilege of having a normal life. She often goes hungry, doesn't have good clothing, and constantly has to watch her back because of her mother's bf. Ellie's mother is a major alcoholic with a sleaze ball of a boyfriend named Stan. Stan likes to take advantage of Ellie when her mother is p
Katelynn Watkins
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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A haunted house, human cruelty, the convergence of time and space: Blood and Brume by Maki Morris has all of the makings of a good ghost story, without excluding the struggles of the living along the way.

Assaulted by one of her mother's boyfriends, sixteen-year-old Ellie and her friend Sam find her an abandoned house to squat in, at least until she can figure out her next move. Everything seems ok - not great, considering the circumstances, but manageable - until strange and disturbing oddities
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, paranormal, teen
I wouldn't want to be a teen again for anything! Just too much drama.

But that is what makes this an engrossing story. Parental issues, paranormal adventures all set in sn northern California town. I enjoyed this as an adult. I would likely have teally enjoyed it as a teen.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by The Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review
Can I just say I love a good paranormal story. Our leading lady, Ellie, has just escaped her pathetic mother's, disgusting boyfriend and finds her life turned upside down. She has no where to go but doesn't want to impose on her best friend and his dad who have already done so much to help her. So her best friend Sam tries to help her out by setting her up in an abandon house that's rumored ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book starts off from the beginning and doesn’t stop..what an incredible read. But, don’t take my word for it, you need to purchase it yourself and read

Wow!! What a stunningly satisfying book, I cannot quite say just how impossibly good this is, from the first page I was completely immersed into this addictive, dramatic and hugely grip
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All Ellie wanted was a place she felt safe. After escaping her neglectful mom and her would-be rapist boyfriend, Ellie thinks she’s out of the woods. A chance encounter in an abandoned home leaves though leaves her reeling, and puts her on a path that she could have never imagined

This book starts off at 100% and doesn’t slow down at all. Sometimes I think supernatural stories are a bit corny, but this book was anything but. This book has so many twists and turns, it’s really impossible to see wh
Megan Hinde
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maki Morris holds nothing back, giving her readers a shocking quick paced story from the first sentence. Ellie is off on a journey through a world made up of deep descriptive imagery. Suspense, mystery and love lurking behind each turn of the page, Blood and Brume will leave you wanting more.
Maria Lebron
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story line with Eli, sam and william. I love william but I felt sad for him and what happen to him in his past lives. I really got into this story and didn’t want it to end.I definitely going to add this book to my favorites in my library.
Katrina Marie
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was really amazing! I loved the descriptive details and the compelling emotional conflicts that span timelines. How love knows no bounds and mysteries continue to arise. The ending left me gasping for more!!!
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to @theparliamentpress for the eARC of Blood and Brume! I just blew through this book! It started off with a bang (sexual assault, pun definitely not intended) so just a warning. Morris just throws you right in there on the first page. I don’t know how to explain it but the scenes regarding the sexual assault seemed a bit unemotional and just robotically written. Throughout the book you notice that Ellie definitely has some trauma and struggles with mental health in the sense that she’s c ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon 😊
Janet DeCastro
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Teenager Ellie Porter hates her life: Alcoholic Mother, Mother's abusive boyfriend, living like white trash, and being an outcast. She has only one friend in the whole world, Sam Hart. If not for Sam she'd throw herself into the sea. And forget about navigating the daily hell that is high school, and the torments from the girl packs. Ellie runs away from home and is rescued by Sam who hides her in an old abandoned mansion known as the TZ House (Twilight Zone). Not even th
Laura ( Latteandbooks )
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, dnf
For me this was a Dnf I just couldn’t get into it. I just felt such a disconnect with the characters. I Dnfed at 40%. Maybe it was because I didn’t read the first one? So, I don’t know the story fully to understand the characters but either way it was still a Dnf for me. I may read the first one to see if I can get the feel for the book but, that’s unlikely because of how this book went for me.
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