Blood Wounds, by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Review & ARC Giveaway)

4 Stars!

Blood can both wound and heal . . . Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it has an explosive effect on Willa’s peaceful life. The estranged father she hardly remembers has murdered his new wife and children, and is headed east toward Willa and her mother. Under police protection, Willa discovers that her mother has harbored secrets that are threatening to boil over. Has everything Willa believed about herself been a lie? But as Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she also keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear apart all she holds dear.


SUSAN BETH PFEFFER is the author of many books for teens, including Life As We Knew It, The Dead and The Gone, and the bestselling novel The Year Without Michael. She lives in Middletown, New York. susanbethpfeffer.blogspot.com

 I really liked this book a lot. I thought it was a great (but sad at times) storyline. It had very good character development. I really felt like I knew Willa and even the rest of her family. I had no problem picturing the story as it unfolded. 
This is a very sad story and it really makes you feel for Willa and wonder what would you do and how would you feel if you were her, but it also made me think of her mother! There is another side to this story besides just Willa's. I am reading this as a parent and thinking - if my ex-husband just murdered his current wife and children (and might be coming after us) what would I do?!!! How might I react? And how would I feel if my daughter wanted to go to their funerals.
The only problems I had with the story was - it was a teensie bit slow in parts.
And - It really seemed like more of an adult book to me rather than a YA. Not because of anything inappropriate! But just because I don't think it had real "teen appeal". So I think it is more of a YA book for adults. Some teens might like it, but... I guess its just not your usual vampire love, werewolf, teen romance, LOL. If you have a daughter who would like to read something different, this might be for her.

I don't remember anything bad in this - no swearing (that I remember) and no sex - so good for any age!

I am giving away my ARC paperback copy of this book. It is in great condition!
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  1. I am not usually a fan of this genre, but something about this book sounds interesting, and like it would appeal to my daughter. She doesn't always need vampires and werewolves to be happy! Great review today!

  2. This sounds like a book that my daughter would love. I'll have to get it for summer reading.

  3. So glad I found your wonderful blog! Just signed up to follow in GFC - and thank you for offering all these sweet giveaways :)
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.