Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

Kindle Edition272 pages
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1101938056

A girl discovers a family secret and a past full of magic that could both save her and put her in mortal danger in this suspenseful novel that’s perfect for fans of Katie Alender and Natasha Preston.

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. After 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 believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.

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 very uncomfortable and squeamish. I couldn't even read some of those scenes because they made my skin crawl. 

I didn't really connect with any of the characters. All of the characters felt flat and sort of forced to me. I didn't hate the characters, but I didn't love them either. The romance didn't do much for me either. There were some adorable and swoony moments, but as a whole, I wasn't a huge fan of the romance. 

The one thing I really enjoyed about this book was the setting. This book took place in Scotland, which added an interesting element to this book. I personally love Scotland, so I was very happy to be reading a book set in Scotland! I thought the author did a great job describing all of the beautiful places Heather and her friends went. 

Overall, I thought this book had great potential, but it ended up falling flat for me. 

2 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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