Narrator: Stephanie Bentley
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 08 Jan 2015
Genres: Abduction, Adolescence, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Family, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Length: 5 hours 12 minutes
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Place(s) Traveled To: Westbridge, Pennsylvania // Prior, Texas
First Line(s): I think even if nothing had happened the next day, even if my life had stayed just as it was that night at supper, I’d still remember what Jack said.
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer has been on my radar for a few years now so when I saw that it was on Audible I thought that it would be a good opportunity to finally cross something off my TBR list. Blood Wounds is a short audio and so while the overall story didn’t thrill me much at least it didn’t take all that much time to get through. The narrator, Stephanie Bentley, was decent enough but truth told I don’t really remember much about her voice or style so in the end she was a bit forgettable. The main story of Blood Wounds is a bit of a yawn as well considering that the whole story set up by the synopsis is over by around 25% of the book. There was no drama or suspense and nothing like I was expecting.
The main character, Willa, is such a mary sue. She is such a passive and boring character who had no life to her. Her home life seems ideal on the surface but its far from perfect. She lives with her mom, stepdad and his two daughters and she’s totally the Cinderalla in this blended family. Her stepsisters live a life of luxury while Willa gets overlooked and is told to be grateful with the little scraps that are tossed her way. For a while I was expecting something more sinister to come out of this family unit but no just a not so perfect family putting on a face for the world to see.
Will eventually shows a little life and spunk when she insists on flying to Texas to attend the funeral of the sisters she never knew but that’s about the only time she ever sticks up for herself. There was a lot of potential to Blood Wounds but it never lived up to its promise. The plot was so underdeveloped that it was practically non-existent. The characters where all two dimensional and forgettable and I just don’t know what the whole point of this story was supposed to be. Blood Wounds is also one of those rare books in the world of contemporary fiction that doesn’t have a romance to it. There is also no happy ending. This is just a sad and depressing book.
This was a book that I wanted to like more than I did but in the end the characters, the story, and everything about it just left me disappointed. For me, Blood Wounds, isn’t a book that really sticks in the memory banks and its not one that I think that I’ll ever recommend to someone else.
This wasn’t a book for me but here are some others who enjoyed it more
Reading Nook: Susan Beth Pfeffer did an excellent job with the pacing of this novel though. I was hooked from the very first sentence, and didn’t stop reading until the story was over. Each character was so perfectly crafted. I could picture each one of them clear as day and even overheard their voices while they conversed.
I Read Banned Books – Many of us will be able to identify with someone in this book, and we can learn a few things from watching this complex family unravel and slowly weave its way back again.