Format: eBook ARC
Debut: March 1, 2013
Snuck from: Penelope @ The Reading Fever
Read: February 7-20, 2013
People in Merit, Wisconsin, always said Jimmy was... you know. But people said all sorts of stupid stuff. Nobody really knew anything. Nobody really knew Jimmy.
I guess you could say I knew Jimmy as well as anyone (which was not very well). I knew what scared him. And I knew he had dreams—even if I didn't understand them. Even if he nearly ruined my life to pursue them.
Jimmy's dead now, and I definitely know that better than anyone. I know about blood and bone and how bodies decompose. I know about shadows and stones and hatchets. I know what a last cry for help sounds like. I know what blood looks like on my own hands.
What I don't know is if I can trust my own eyes. I don't know who threw the stone. Who swung the hatchet? Who are the shadows? What do the living owe the dead?
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 52
Cover & Title: I thought they were both intriguing, the cover for the blood and the title with it's promise of either some otherworldly creature or at least a heavily sinful plot. Afterwards, I also thought that it was very good that there was no model/face/human on the cover.
Style: This was a male PoV, so I was excited to start it, but had to find out it didn't make so much a difference for this YA title since romance was non-existent. So I was a little disappointed there.
Secondly, this was one long letter. I hate this stuff =( The last read like that was Code Name Verity, and I just couldn't go through with it. The Sin-Eater's Confession was pretty straining too (as evidenced in the long time I needed to finish it), but it went on okay once Ben stopped straying from the plot all the time with some unnecessary details, which was like 20% in. Otherwise I would probably not have finished this one, either.
Characters: Jimmy was, although not long with us and not spread-out displayed, a cute and likable kid. Living in his brother's shadow, loving to photograph, and being gay in such a small and strictly conservative town on top of it all. I was totally horrified by what happened to him, and it got me quiet angry at lead character Ben, who's PoV we are following on this one. Ben was smart, cunning, confused, tried to do the right thing for everybody. He was actually a nice guy, really likable, supportive, although he was just as suppressed and maybe even more a coward then little, fragile Jimmy. And it was his panicked mind that reduced all his good-natured qualities to nothing.
Plot: It started off slowly, getting used to the characters and their surroundings, how things worked for them. Then the first bomb hit, and after that it was basically spiralling out of control. It was intense, emotional and logical, for Ben as well as for the reader trying to work out their own feelings considering his actions and decisions.
It was heavy on such an impossible level -- because the topic off losing your mind and character in the face of self-preservation is just so off, so weird and conflicted and hard to imagine -- that it is damn hard to keep the pressure up throughout the read. And when you shut off that part of you, if this can no longer reach the core of you, it only feels so over the top overrated that there's only room for disgust and spite on the logical level, and boredom at the repetitions.
And then the worst ever: no resolution. I know that happens in life, and I also know just how frustrated it leaves you. That's why I hate it to no end when books do that to me as well. -.- Cliffhanger with possible sequel: okay, that's a whole other story, even if there never is a sequel. But the whole confession letter concept, which I presume is the intended resolution, just didn't work for me, and I think that's one of the main points why this gets a bad overall rating from me.
Overall: As you can see in the Area Scan below, the book was okay to good in it's individual parts, but as a whole it just didn't work for me, which is sad considering the importance of the topic, but I just couldn't take it.
Area Scan: Flow: 3/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Villains: 4/5
Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 3/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Humor: 2/5
Discovered: 2+ Hoods
Sights: Teaser Tuesday #32