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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Book Review: Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Date Released: September 13, 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books
Page Number: 248 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed from the library
Date Finished: December 18, 2011
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 Summary: 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? As Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear her family apart.

My Thoughts: Well, this isn't the first time I've stumbled upon Susan's name. If you have heard of her before, you know her from the imfamous,  Life as We Knew It series. So, I stumbled upon it at the library and I first thought it was about a cutter and it is, don't get me wrong, but with a new twist. Willa's deranged father has murdered his family and is after Willa, but it isn't just about her cutting, it's about Willa never really knowing her father and about what he was capable of. It's about how his blood runs through her veins, the blood of a killer and how she has to deal with being the daughter of a killer.

So, as you've read above, Willa cuts. She cuts because she can't ask for anything that costs money, yet her step-sisters can get whatever they want. At the beginning of the novel, you think she has a great life. A nice, well-blended family, but as you read on you truely see what goes on in this family. Willa's mother has hidden many secrets from her and soon Willa goes to her father's hometown for her "sisters'" funeral to find out more. And frankly, the whole story was exiting. It actually exceded my expectations. I thought it would be more of a book about cutting like Willow or something, but it really caught my attention.

You're pulled into Willow's life and the way Susan words her life makes you feel for her. She has a lot of stuff going on in her life, as you've read, it is true, as if Willa is telling you the story herself. If you've looking for a softer read, this one really isn't for you. It's raw and hard-core, so congrats to Susan for writing a great book. I look forward to reading more from her.

I'm Out.

Oh, and I got a Kindle for Christmas. You guys, think it's good for reading e-books?

Now, I'm Out for real

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