Review: Blood Wounds by Susan Pfeffer

Release Date: September 12 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcout
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Genre: YA/Fiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:
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:
I really liked Blood Wounds. This novel was nothing like I thought it would be. It is dark and edgy and full of macabre that you wouldn't expect from a YA novel. I loved every minute of it.

Blood Wounds is one of those novel's that is grim but very enjoyable to read. The detail that Susan goes through to make sure her point comes across is extraordinary. This is a novel that is not for the faint of heart considering the dark subject matter but is one that I enjoyed regardless.

Her character's are dynamic and well rounded and made the story that more enjoyable. I thought Willa handled her situation pretty well considering the outcome. I was glad to have gone on the journey with Willa as she discovers who she is and where she comes from. The internal struggle of Willa is something that I feel young readers should experience. 

Blood Wounds is a novel that I am sure will have its share of controversy but is a novel that I believe should be read. With real life situations and conflicts, Blood Wounds is a novel that will stir things up, leave your blood boiling, and leave it's readers with a new frame of mind.

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