YA Highway blogger Kaitlin Ward s debut YA novel, Bleeding Earth.Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding Within twenty four hours, the blood made international news All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water Then the earth started growing hair and bones.Lea wants to ignore the blood She wants to spend time wYA Highway blogger Kaitlin Ward s debut YA novel, Bleeding Earth.Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding Within twenty four hours, the blood made international news All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water Then the earth started growing hair and bones.Lea wants to ignore the blood She wants to spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn t so afraid of her father Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and Aracely whatever way she can.
Bleeding Earth YA Highway blogger Kaitlin Ward s debut YA novel Bleeding Earth Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding Within twenty four hours the blood made international news All over the world b
This book sounded really cool. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment.It's not really about a girl dealing with the apocalypse. It's about a girl being an annoying teenager while the apocalypse makes the world disgusting. I didn't care about any of the characters, despite several attempts to flesh them and their lives out.Here are some of my many issues with this book:1. First person present tense. No. Stop. This should only be done if the writing is seriously amazing, which this writing wa [...]
Is there a fun German or French term to describe the fascination of watching a train wreck unfold before your eyes? What is actually happening is horrifying, but at the same time, it engages your brain with its unpredictability and newness.I was intrigued by the premise of Bleeding Earth, and I thought it would be an interesting paranormal book along the lines of Croak by Gina Damico. Plus, there is a queer protagonist who's very comfortable with who she is. I thought this would be a great diver [...]
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and NetGalley.)“This is the beginning of the end.”This was an interesting apocalyptic/ horror story, although the ending did leave me with unanswered questions.“The blood I saw today was only the beginning. It’s happening everywhere. Everywhere in the entire world.”I liked Lea, and I felt really sorry for her at points. What was happening with the blood was really not nice, and when [...]
Three wishy-washy stars. I liked parts of it, but the things that bugged me really bugged me.High schooler Lea has it pretty good. Loving parents, despite their bickering. A new relationship still in the honeymoon stage with a girl that gives her butterflies. Good friends, including BFF Hillary who would do anything for her. Everything at the base of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.So when the earth starts oozing blood, Lea's first instinct is to ignore it. I mean, she can't, but she tries. There is [...]
Wait. This sounds AMAZING. Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.Lea wants to ignore the blood. She wants to spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn’t so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a pr [...]
2.5 starsThis book had some really great parts, but others really could have used more work. This is obviously the work of a debut author, but Bleeding Earth was one of the better ones this year.So the parts I liked:'As the world starts descending into this bloody apocalyptic mess, people start getting really desperate. I love how everyone was first confused, but then they sort of lost that human part of themselves and started to fight with each other. This slow descent really is scary but all t [...]
This book was so EXTRA. In every single way. Bloody, emotional, terrifying.Longer review to come.
Ahhh this was awesome. Review to come!REVIEW: Right from the start I'm going to say this book is gross in the best way possible. It's gory, and disgusting, and easily has the least pleasant apocalyptic scenario I've read yet—from the decay to the paranormal-ish all around unpleasantness, this is a seriously nasty end of the world book.And I loved every page.This is not a coming out book. Lea knows right from the start that she likes to date girls, and she's already (just) started dating Aracel [...]
kaitlin is a best friend & critique partner of mine, & I'm happy to say BLEEDING EARTH is disturbing, bloody, exciting, apocalypsey, bloody, unsettling, bloody, and romantic, too -- everything you're hoping it it'll be, and so much more. so much more BLOOD.
YESS! a dystopian novel about two girlfriends! I'm really really reallyyyyy looking forward to this one.
ARC by Netgalley.2.5 stars.Beloveds, don’t be afraid, the sign still proclaims brightly beside me.But I am. I am suddenly so afraid that the fear becomes a white-hot brand, pressed into my heart. And I should be, because something impossible is happening.The earth is bleeding.Well, It was bloody and also annoying.The earth is suddenly bleeding and no one has a sense of urgency. Seriously, there's blood on the street and kids still go to school, people keep working and our MC Lea, only cares ab [...]
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.) Actual rating - 3.5This was a decent read, but the ending ruined it for me.I liked Lea, even though she could be quite stupid at points. I liked Aracely too, and thought they made a really cute couple. The storyline was interesting, and the pacing was just right, so I didn't get bored. If it wasn't for the ending, this would have been a solid 4 star rating.I wasn't satisfied with the ending at all, and it really, really annoye [...]
Well, that was surprising. I didn't like it. Nuh uh, no way, and see ya later. I mean, honestly? I expected so much more out of this and then I started it and it was meh, and then bleh. If you cannot tell, I literally cannot force words out of me that do not exist. This book was awful, genuinely, horribly awful and now I feel like a despicable human being for saying so on the internet IT IMPOSSIBLE TO BE ORIGINAL ANYMORE! Jeesh. I swear, all the books these days - well, all apocalyptic books - s [...]
holy shit!!! I don't know what I expected but I was not ready for this!!!
I received a copy from Netgalley. DNFing at 62%. I just can't stand to read anymore. When I first saw the blurb for this one it was a must have for me. A bleeding earth with a lesbian protagonist. Want want want. Unfortunately, I did not like this book one bit. The premise was initially quite interesting, for reasons unknown, the earth suddenly starts to bleed. Not gushing torrents but enough to rise panic and deep concern. The characters were idiots. The main character in particularly acts so c [...]
2.5 starsYou can see my review of this book via YouTube here: BOOK REVIEW • Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward
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It was a very interesting idea, but the execution was strange to me. In the end, you're still left with a lot of questions and hardly any answers. Why did the blood come in the first place? More importantly, whose blood and bones and hair was it? It had me thinking that maybe the earth itself was coming alive and it was going to swallow everything whole, butne of that happens. And Lea's connection with the blood is never explained either. Was the blood really calling out to her? Was she really h [...]
One of my teens chose this for our October Teen Book Club, and boy howdy is it WEIRD. It's the kind of weird that turned a lot of my teens off, but I actually ended up being pretty into it. It's a pre-apocalypse novel, which I'm always really drawn to. I feel like we've been inundated with stories about what happens AFTER the apocalypse, but I love a good story about how we got there in the first place. In this book, the way we get there is that the earth starts bleeding human blood. And growing [...]
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewWhat can I say about Bleeding Earth? Well, it was defiantly high on my most anticipated books of 2015 list, because not only is it a YA horror novel, but the main character is a lesbian! Talk about fucking awesome! The book starts out with Lea discovering a patch of blood in a cemetery. Soon afterwards, blood starts seeping up through the sidewalks, the streets, and the grass. If that's not bad enough, soon p [...]
The premise sounded intriguing enough - the world starts bleeding, sprouting hair and bones, and our narrator is not only a teenage girl, but one who identifies with the LGBT community.Apocalyptic AND diverse - score!But that's basically where the fun ended for me. As the world becomes more and more disgusting, the narrator becomes more and more irritating. What began as an intriguing, new premise became old fast as the same bits of description are worn out over and over again (yes we get it - t [...]
Holy Cow. I mean WOW! I was drawn to read Bleeding Earth because of it's unique premise and I tell you it does deliver the goods.The blood came first as a trickle, quickly turned to a rush. Lea was in the cemetery when she first noticed the blood. As the days passed the Earth becomes thickly layer in blood, then the hair and bones started to appear grinding life to a halt for Lea. As school and businesses are closed she finds herself going stir crazy when she is invited to an apocalyptic party, [...]
Mini-review:-Original and perfectly creepy premise-F/F romance that's super cute-Solid friendships too-I would love a sequel!
I added this book to the queer suffering shelf because although I acknowledge that this book is in a post-apocalyptic setting, the fact that the main character's girlfriend was afraid of everyone knowing her queerness for very strange arbitrary reasons felt to me very much an instance of an author creating a situation of awkwardness and fear. Which was justunnecessary?Moreover, this book has a disgusting subject (blood everywhere, so obviously) and is also deeply invested in character's reaction [...]
3.5/5. I received this free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This book definitely gave off Life As We Knew It vibes – a family enduring a slow apocalypse, the trials of everyday survival, and how humanity falls apart when things get really rough. I really appreciated the lesbian couple! And the author clearly isn’t afraid of shying away from gory subjects. I do really like the slow-apocalypse idea, because I think it’s more realistic, but I felt like the whol [...]
Read this for a school book report, 100% worth it.All the way through the book, Lea was focused on a reason. "Why is this happening?"In the story of Noah's Ark, the dove symbolizes the flood is almost over. At the end of the book, the blood starts draining, and there's a dove on the roof of the dam. I thought that was well thought out, so kudos to Kaitlin Ward.
everyone who rated this less than five stars is homophobic
What a gory gross book. Kind of reminds me off Bird Box with that ending.
Blood is a staple of horror, but there's something unique and morbidly fascinating about it in Bleeding Earth. Lea finds her world gradually turning into a nightmare, literally and figuratively, after blood begins rising out of the ground. The first half of the book builds slowly, with people trying to carry on with life like normal and Lea's mother keeping her confined to the house as often as she can, but the teen gossip and drama and reckless behaviour throughout belie the gruesome turn this [...]
You can read my full, illustrated review here: diversityhorror/Oh man, did this book mess me up good. I was expecting a gory, end of the world sort of book, and instead I got a heartbreaking survival story about love, family, and humanity (yes I know how cheesy that sounds, shut up). It gave me so much anxiety, and so many emotions, and I'm still trying to process what the hell I just read. But I know it was good. It was really freaking good. And there was so much blood. Blood, and bones, and ha [...]