Number of pages: 256
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 1
Release Date: June 5th 2018
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I’ve been trying to branch out of my usual genre of YA fantasy lately, but my attempts have been largely unsuccessful. Enter an ARC I thought would make an interesting horror novel, but turned out to be a rather boring venture into an unhealthy mind and a barely developed character.
Blood Will Out had some issues with tone. Near the beginning it went from a chapter where a nine year old kills a trusting piglet and enjoys it, and then it switched to two characters dress shopping. I was expecting a fast-paced horror novel, but I ended up with a book that was just unnecessarily messed up, and generally boring.
The characters were very one dimensional. All I can tell you about Ari is what is said about her in the book itself, and it’s not even accurate if you look at what she does/ says. Even the killer felt like someone researched common traits in serial killers, gave them to the killer, and called it a day. Granted, I didn’t guess who she was, but that was largely in part to her having no defining characteristics that would allow even a horror fan to guess correctly. Additionally, the killer’s chapters were made extra flowery in an attempt to show her intelligence, but I just found it bogged down an already boring book.
I read the majority of Blood Will Out on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but it felt like it took me a month to read. There was no suspense or anything else to keep me invested in the story. I would have DNFed it had it not been an ARC.
There are also some problematic aspects to Blood Will Out. A homophobic slur (which I will not use here) is used quite frequently, and it mostly goes unchallenged. Not only does it go mostly unchallenged, but it felt very unrealistic to have it used so often. The only time I ever heard the word used in my entire high school career was when people were talking about a teacher who had it as a last name. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the term used the way it is used here.
Overall, Blood Will Out is really not worth your time, whether you are a horror fan or not, earning it 1 star out of 5.