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Bleeding Hearts, 2nd edition (Killian Kendall Mysteries) Paperback – December 14, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Killian Kendall Mysteries
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc.; 2 edition (December 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933720344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933720340
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josh Aterovis has published four books in the Killian Kendall mystery series. His first book, Bleeding Hearts, introduced gay teen sleuth Killian Kendall, and won several awards, including the Whodunit Award from the StoneWall Society. He followed up by winning the Whodunit Award again the following year for Reap the Whirlwind. The third book in the series, All Lost Things, was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Awards for Gay Mystery. The Truth of Yesterday is fourth in the series.

Aterovis was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where his books are set. He now lives in Baltimore, MD.

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This book isdefinitely worth reading!
Jordan Faulkner
Killian was a well-rounded character that I really felt I got to know as I read the book.
Shooting Stars Magazine
The writing style is fluid and very personable.
Chad Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor J. Banis VINE VOICE on April 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the first in a series featuring gay teen age sleuth, Killian Kendall, and it's a great kickoff to the series--anyone who reads this one will almost certainly want to read the rest.

It's a "sweet" book. I don't mean that in any sappy way, but I mean as contrasted to your typical tough guy mystery novel. Aterovis weaves a murder mystery together with a touching coming of age story as Killian comes to terms with his emerging homosexuality, a kind of mystery within a mystery - not only will he or won't he, but with which one of the cuties vying for his attentions?

I wish there had been a bit more editorial guidance from time to time, just a word here, a phrase there that would have made a difference, but I voice that complaint so often these days that I have come to sound like a broken record. And the plot sometimes gets in the story's way, with the inevitable result that characters sometimes slip in and out of focus. But Killian himself is so brilliantly realized and portrayed that he manages to keep things on track whenever they threaten to slip out of gear, and all in all, the characters are believable, and people you care about.

I wish I'd had this book to read when I was in my teens, and I can only hope that it reaches its obvious target audience of teen readers, lots of them, for whom I think it could be very life affirming. But that is not to suggest that the book will appeal only to teens. Any reader adult or teen who likes a good story with a touch of mystery, deft writing with convincing detail and people who will tug at your heart strings will savor this exciting debut novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Edwards on January 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
The original text of "Bleeding Hearts" was one of my favourite reads of 2007. A heartwarming, emotionally wrenching and at times suspenseful mystery story that was also about a gay teen coming to terms with his sexual orientation. The good news is "Bleeding Hearts" is back in print in a new and revised edition that builds on the strengths of the original text. Mr. Aterovis's main strength as an author is creating likable and emotionally honest people who are confronted in life with some very challenging situations. They rise to the challenges and manage to come out in the end wiser and more fulfilled as people. He also manages to create exciting and at times terrifying situations. This is not just a gay teen coming out story, it is also a thriller. I would not be surprised if the 2nd edition of "Bleeding Hearts" ends up on my 10 favourite books of 2008. Well worth the purchase price, it is a book I am sure I will read more than once in the years ahead.
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Bleeding Hearts is a young adult coming of age mixed with mystery, murder, angst, and teenage first love. The simplistic prose is likely to appeal to both teenagers and adults, creating an easy to read and enjoy story. As the first book in a series, the story tends to focus on the narrator and his sexuality while the mystery is woven in almost as a subplot. In some ways this works very well and in other parts, the story suffers but overall Bleeding Hearts offers a charming young man on the cusp of new horizons with infinite possibilities. This book and likely the series will appeal to those fans of the young adult genre that are looking for some deeper issues presented without overwhelming intensity.

Killian Kendall is the first person narrator and a sophomore in high school. On the first day of school he meets Seth, a new boy that admits immediately he's gay. Despite the homophobic atmosphere of the town and high school, Killian befriends Seth. All too soon violence strikes at the two new friends leaving Killian gravely injured and Seth dead. Everyone seems to have dismissed the crime as a random act but Killian is not so sure. He decides to ask a few questions around school but soon becomes embroiled in personal drama as his own sexuality comes into question and he soon has a few too many admirers.

For the majority of the story, the focus is on Killian's acceptance of his sexuality and then dealing with a sudden plethora of wannabe partners. The mystery subplot does come into play much more prominently towards the end and the connections made from Seth and Killian's friendship have long lasting affects. Killian's characterization and growth dominate the book and the plot tends to indulge his angst and immature emotions.
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Killian Kendall has always been a little on the outside, even with his group of so-called friends. But when the new kid, Seth, arrives, Killian sees just how excluded a person can become. Seth is openly gay, which makes the other students quietly shun him or even make fun of him outright. The two boys end up helping each other, with Killian becoming the only person to really befriend Seth and Seth helping Killian see who he really is, which is gay just like Seth.
Soon after Killian begins to see himself clearer and begin accepting that it's true, Seth is killed in what is called an accidental mugging, with Killian being stabbed in the process. However, Killian doesn't believe this is true, and neither does Seth's father, Adam.
When Killian is kicked out of the house by his father, who doesn't approve of him being gay, Killian goes to live with Adam and the two end up forming a close father/son bond. Killian continues his search of trying to find out exactly who killed Seth, while still trying to deal with being gay.
As the school year goes on, Killian deals with many hardships when it comes to relationships, but everything begins to fall into place. And as for the killer, before anything becomes clear on that front, more people are killed then just Seth.
Bleeding Hearts is the first book in the Killian Kendall mysteries, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Aterovis. Killian was a well-rounded character that I really felt I got to know as I read the book. The other characters had equal page-time and even the most minor people were greatly described, making everything that much more realistic.
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