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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: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,401,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Victor J. Banis VINE VOICE on April 28, 2008
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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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Killian Kendall is a young man attending high school in Maryland and is quite content to be overlooked. That is until he meets an out gay boy in his drama class and befriends him only to begin wondering about his own sexual preferences. However, this coming out story quickly takes a morbid turn when a scheduled rendezvouz in the park has Killian discovering his friend's body and getting stabbed himself by the fleeing attacker.

This is the second Killian Kendall mystery that I've read and they're a unique blend of coming out fiction and detective story. The prose is generally workmanlike and serves the story well although there are some spots that seem overearnest and a bit amateurish. Still, its better than a lot of the writing I've encountered lately from much larger publishing concerns.

This is a good page-turning read and worth the time. Don't expect "capital L" literature but if you like detective stories or coming out stories, check this one out.
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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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I Ate Josh Aterovis' Bleeding Hearts like candy and that's saying something. While I may really like a lot of books I read, I don't rush through them all, not wanting to put them down. I suppose the best proof of this is that I actually read the book on my morning commutes (Usually I "sleep" during my morning commute and read during my evening commute.) and my evening commutes.

Other reviews have laid out the plot for prospective readers, so I won't go there. I would, however, like to note that the depth of characterization and attention to detail is wonderfully immersing. Each character, regardless how minor, is a complete and separate person. The death is horrendous and the mystery is involving, although it gets left behind in favor of exploring coming out and the fact that there are a lot more gay students in the local high school than had previously been dreamt of in young Killian's philosophy. I think that simple point, alone, makes this an important read for any teen struggling with his sexuality, but there's so much more to love here. The mystery gets picked up again towards the end with a real nail-biter climax.

I laughed in parts, I got angry and I shed a few tears and, to me, that says the story was convincingly written. My editor's hat seems to be permanently nailed to my head,whether fortunately or unfortunately, which often causes problems with books. Bleeding Hearts is a first novel and has a few first novel problems but it's eminently readable--like I said, candy. If you know of a kid struggling with coming out issues, or a friend's coming out issues, this would be the perfect book to hand him.

And now I can't wait to pick up the second book in the series.
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