Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Bleed by Dax Varley

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Garden Gate Press and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE FOR Miranda Murphy. Without knowing when or why, blood oozes from her palms—an anomaly that makes her feel like a freak. But her abnormality is now the least of her worries. She’s just enrolled at “Suicide High.” Three deaths in three months—one occurring just days before her arrival.

When she bumps into a cute boy named Jake, things don’t appear so glum. Especially since Jake’s a psychic who can predict the immediate future. But his gift of sight can’t prepare her for the horrors that await.

Through Jake, Miranda meets three other extraordinary students:

Topher – who can heal by touch.
Sam – who eats the sins of the dead.
And Xyan – who speaks and understands all languages.

It’s then that Miranda learns the secret behind why she bleeds.

When it becomes evident that supernatural forces are at play, the five determined friends team up. Now it’s up to them to destroy the evil that's infecting their school.

Bleed by Dax Varley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“This is why I bleed.”

This was a slightly unusual fantasy story, about teens with strange gifts, trying to stop a rash of suicides.

I have to say that these kids had some weird gifts, Miranda with her stigmata that just bled all the time must have been awful for her, Xyan spoke in tongues when she really didn’t want to, and Sam wasn’t able to eat anything without eating someone’s sins! Talk about unfortunate and odd super-powers!

The storyline in this was a little difficult to follow at first, especially with each of the first five chapters following a different character. It wasn’t immediately obvious how these kids and their weird gifts were supposed to work together to stop the suicides either, so it took a little bit of motivation to get through this book.

The ending to this was okay, and things ended relatively happily.

6 out of 10

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