- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (March 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101938056
- ISBN-13: 978-1101938058
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fascinating and dreadful, BAD BLOOD is a haunting family saga of betrayed witches as well as one girl's struggle to come to terms with herself. With charm and skill to spare, Demitria Lunetta has crafted a story that will both warm your heart, and chill you to the bone."—KENDARE BLAKE, author of Three Dark Crowns
“An intriguing introduction set in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1629, leaps to modern-day teen Heather, who has issues with cutting stemming from visions of Scotland’s past, namely two sisters, Primrose and Prudence, who are hell-bent on destruction. . . . Lunetta’s latest has the perfect balance of mystery, magic, and realism with a sprinkle of Scottish history adding to the overall attraction. A perfect choice for fans of chilling supernatural reads.”--Booklist
"A chilling gothic thriller, with threads of horror woven throughout. . . . fans of Katie Alender’s Bad Girls Don’t Die series will appreciate this work and its spine-chilling twists."--SLJ
“The setting charms, and the mystery unravels at a good clip. A thoroughly enjoyable contemporary Gothic.”—Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
DEMITRIA LUNETTA is the author of the sci-fi duology In the After and In the End. While attending university in Scotland, she developed a love of Scottish history and folklore, especially the dark tales of Edinburgh’s past. Those frightening things (ghosts, witches, and haggis) helped inspire this book. She lives in Racine, WI.
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The story of Heather with her ancestors Prudence and Primrose is truly an engaging
Author Demitria Lunetta, spins a new twist on a sensitive topic, treating it with uniqueness and respect. While some readers might shy away due to the sensitive topic discussed in this book, they should be reassured that the author highlights the issue in a manner that the readers can understand the character’s reasoning, as well as the magical side behind it. By not using self-harm as the premise behind the entire story, Demitria Lunetta is able to capture her reading audience with a mysterious story of witches, while opening the door to realistic feelings behind cutting. Her ability to capture the inner thoughts and feelings of her characters lends readers a deeper and richer connection behind the trigger issue. Unique and refreshing, Bad Blood is a standalone read worth diving into.
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The story follows the main character Heather on her annual trip to Edinburgh to visit her aunt and grandmother. However, things aren’t as they used to be. Heather has just checked out of medical centre for self harm. She’s been plagued by reoccurring nightmares and has had a difficult time coping with them. She keeps on reliving the witch trials that took place in Edinburgh in the 1600s. I don’t want to give away anything but…while in Scotland Heather learns a lot about her family history and is forced to confront those haunting her in her dreams.
What I really loved about the book were the historical flashbacks to 1600s Scotland. They were written in a way that kept me wanting more and more. These flashbacks were short and sweet but left me with a ton of questions each time one appeared. There was so much suspense and tension! That’s part of what made this novel so enjoyable to read. The author kept the reader on their toes. Scotland itself is a huge character in the story and it made me long to go back. I lived in Edinburgh for a year and I miss it a lot. Every description of a street, monument or area just made my heart leap. *sigh* Oh Scotland, I love you so much!
I did become a bit frustrated at the end. The panic inducing pace of the novel slowed down a lot. It started to drag and that slightly took away from the tense feeling that I felt throughout. That said, Bad Blood is still a book that I highly recommend. This is a standalone that you don’t want to miss out on!
This isn't my one of my typical reads, but the mention of Scotland and hint of witches reached out and grabbed me.
Heather is a girl who clearly has some issues - not only with cutting, but recurring nightmares involving twin sisters, Prudence and Primrose, both witches from the 1600s. Throughout the story, the POVs rotate between these three characters, although the sisters' chapters are much shorter. The historical flashbacks, witchcraft, and the author's take on a 'blood witch' are my favorite parts of this novel, but these aspects aren't really delved into until nearly halfway through the book. Heather and her supporting cast of friends have some fun scenes and Robby is sweetly charming, but I'm relieved the teen romance didn't overshadow the plot.
Once the pace really got rolling and the building suspense drew me in, the story wrapped up rather abruptly, leaving me a little frustrated. When I noticed so few pages remaining near the end, I even wondered if there might be a sequel. Admittedly I might have missed something, but I had trouble buying into the initial conflict that pitted the twin sisters against each other. Their later conflicts - absolutely, but it seemed a weak springboard.
A wonderful setting, believable characters, and suspenseful mystery interwoven with witchcraft and magic - I just wish it would have been a little longer.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the digital ARC.
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