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Early Review: Blood Will Tell by April Henry

Blood Will TellTitle: Blood Will Tell

Author: April Henry

Genre: YA Mystery

Series: Point Last Seen (Book #2)

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 272 Pages

ISBN-10: 0805098534 (Macmillan Kids)

ISBN-13: 978-0805098532 (Macmillan Kids)

Reviewed by: Bridget


When a woman’s body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward kid who lives only a hundred feet away, a teen who collects knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and obsessively doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of Portland’s Search and Rescue team to the prime suspect in a murder, his very interest in SAR seen as proof of his fascination with violence. How is this even possible? And can Alexis and Ruby find a way to help clear Nick’s name before it’s too late?

April Henry weaves another page-turning, high stakes mystery in Book 2 of the Point Last Seen series.

Quick & Dirty: I went into this expecting a great mystery that would keep me on my toes, and instead I got a story that I figured out within a couple chapters. The characters were dull, the mystery was non-existent, and I found the whole thing to be a pretty boring read.

Opening Sentence: Freshly spilled blood is wet, shiny, and startingly crimson.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Nick, Ruby, and Alexia are all members of the SAR squad in Portland, Oregon. The three are all seniors in high school and they all have their reasons for wanting to be a part of the SAR. Nick is doing it because eventually he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the army. The SAR will give him great training in many skills that he will be able to use in the future. Alexia originally joined because she needed something good to put on scholarship applications, but after rescuing a few people she truly has found joy in helping others. Ruby joined because she wants to eventually become a detective and also because she is awkward and thought it would be a good way to make friends. The three of them have been through a lot together and now they have a good friendship.

They are put on a routine assignment to help gather evidence for a murder that happened just a few blocks away from Nick’s home. As the evidence starts to come in all of it is pointing to Nick as the killer. They found his DNA at the scene, he has an obsession with knives and the victim was stabbed, and he likes to play violent video games like most boys his age. It’s not looking good for Nick and he will have to rely on his friends to try and clear his name. But time is running out and the real killer is getting ready to strike again!

The three main characters in this series are Nick, Ruby, and Alexia. For the most part this story focused mainly on Nick. He was such an awkward person and being inside his head was pretty dull most of the time. He is a very average teenage boy and there wasn’t really anything about him that stuck out as something that would make him interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I like normal characters, but if there isn’t something about them that draws me in I find myself not caring about their story. He tends to complain a lot about his situation in life and that really grated on my nerves. If you aren’t happy with your life, do something about, but Nick just seemed to let things be instead of trying to change his situation. For me personally he was not a character that I connected with at all and honestly I don’t really care to read anymore about him in future books.

Alexia is a sweet girl and she is one of the only reasons I wish I would have read the first book, because I think I might have cared more about her if I had. Her home situation isn’t perfect, but at least she is trying to make her life better by doing things that will possibly land her a scholarship in the future. For the most part you aren’t in her head very much, but what I did see of her I liked fine.

Ruby was by far my favorite character in the entire story. She is a very blunt, ridiculously smart girl that is very awkward socially. I loved that she would just blurt out whatever was on her mind and the way she logically figured things out was very intriguing. The only down side to her personality was that she came across as somewhat cold and a little too calculated, which made it hard to fully connect with her. Even though I really enjoyed her character it wasn’t enough that I would actually want to continue reading this series.

Blood Will Tell was a very interesting read for me and unfortunately not one I really enjoyed. First off this is supposed to be a mystery, but the author tells you who the killer is very quickly, so I didn’t feel like there was anything to figure out, which in some ways made the entire book pointless. I guess the characters have to try to figure out how to clear Nick’s name and really that is pretty much the main focus of the story. So if you are looking for an intense mystery that will keep you guessing, this is not the book for you. The next thing I struggled with was the cast of characters. The book is told from multiple POV’s which was fine; it just made it hard to connect with anyone since you only got a small snippet of their story. I will admit that I have not read the first book in the series, so maybe I would have liked the characters better if I already had a relationship established with them, but I’m not sure it would have made much of a difference. I will say that this sequel stood just fine on its own, there was never a time that I felt lost or confused in any way as to what was going on in the story. I think the biggest disappointment for me was that overall this book was just boring and even though I finished it very quickly, I felt like nothing really happened. Personally, I can’t say I would recommend this book to anyone, but if you are a fan of Henry’s writing give it a try. Hopefully you have a better experience with it then I did.

Notable Scene:

What had he done? What had he done? In the small bathroom, he threw up and kept throwing up unti; all that came out were strings of yellow bile.

He was a monster.

No. What had happened was a mistake. A mistake he would never make again.

That’s what he told himself. Over and over.

Point Last Seen Series:

1. The Body in the Woods

2. Blood Will Tell (June 15, 2015)


FTC Advisory: Henry Holt and Co./Macmillan provided me with a copy of Blood Will Tell. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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