Blog Tour for Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari (review and my top 5 YA thrillers list)




Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari.  This tour is being hosted by Penguin Teen Canada.  Thank you to Evan and Penguin for reaching out to me for this tour and for my book.  #partner @PenguinTeenCa  #sponsored



Blood Will Out

by Jo Treggiari

Publication date:  June 5, 2018 by Penguin Teen

288 pages  Hardcover

Young Adult Fiction-Thriller







Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.



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Blood Will Out is told in alternating chapters. Most of the story is about Ari Sullivan. She and her best friend, Lynn, are very close. They aren’t super popular kids. In fact, Lynn is called horrible names by people in town because she is gay. Lynn can’t wait to graduate and go to college. Ari isn’t ready for that. She loves her small town and is a bit naive. She is also a bit too trusting and doesn’t always see people for who they really are. She is obsessed with the new boy, Stroud, but Lynn thinks he’s a bad person.


Ari wakes up in a cistern one evening. She can’t remember how she got down there, but she’s hurt pretty bad. There is a killer among them in their small town. Before Ari ended up trapped, she found an area with dead, skinned animals. It made her start researching killers, knowing that serial killers often practice with animals first. Somehow, she ends up caught and needs to find a way to escape.


The alternating chapters are told in the voice of the killer. They talk about their childhood. The killer was a foster kid that was used and beaten. They worked on a farm where they had to eventually kill animals. But that excited the killer at ten years old. That was really the start of everything. Things just kept getting worse and the killer just kept wanting more.


This book is very descriptive in the animal torture and killings of both animals and humans. It felt very true crime book or ID channel at times. I admit that it’s hard to read. But it does add to the real feel of the book. The author did a good job of making me wonder who the killer could be. I admit I was wrong twice and that made me happy. Once I got to the second half of the book, it was hard to put down.


Overall, I really did like this book. But I must give out some warnings because this won’t be for everyone. When it’s mentioned as Silence of the Lambs for YA, they mean that in a very graphic way. There is a lot of torture, beatings, and death in the book. It is very detailed at times. There is also a horrible boy who uses a durogatory for lesbian a few times early on. It definitely makes you dislike the kid instantly. But we all know there are way too many teens that act like that. So it felt real and it does add to the anger felt throughout the book.


I did really like Ari and Lynn. Both girls were very different, but their friendship was so strong.



About the Author:





Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada.  She spent many years in San Francisco and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for punk magazines, and owned a successful gangster rap/indie rock record label.  Her bestselling novel, Ashes, Ashes (Scholastic), was a White Pine award nominee, Snow Willow nominee, a Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year 2012, and an American Booksellers Association Best Books of 2011.  Her novella Love You Like Suicide, appeared in the Fierce Ink Press anthology Becoming Fierce:  Teen StoriesIRL, which was listed as a Best Teen Book of 2014 by Quill & Quire.  She now lives with her children on Nova Scotia’s gorgeous south shore where she co-owns a carefully curated, community-active bookstore, Lexicon Books, and she blogs indiscriminately at  Follow Jo on Twitter @JoTreggiari




My Top 5 YA Thriller/Mysteries


I love thrillers, so this was a hard list to make.  I wanted to add so many books.  These are in no particular order.





Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.





In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.





Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.





Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.





The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”



Thank you for stopping by today!  Make sure you check out the other tour stops, too.




Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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