Publisher: Garden Gate Press
Release Date: September 1st 2015
LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE for Miranda. Without knowing when or why, blood oozes from her palms – an anomaly that makes her feel like a freak. But her abnormality is now the least of her worries. She’s just enrolled at “Suicide High.” Three deaths in three months – one occurring just days before her arrival.
When she bumps into a cute boy named Jake, things don’t appear so glum. Especially since Jake’s a psychic who can predict the immediate future. But his gift of sight can’t prepare her for the horrors that await.
Through Jake, Miranda meets three other extraordinary students:
Topher – who can heal by touch.
Sam – who eats the sins of the dead.
And Xyan – who speaks and understands all languages.
It’s then that Miranda learns the secret behind why she bleeds.
When it becomes evident that supernatural forces are at play, the five determined friends team up. Now it’s up to them to destroy the evil infecting their school.
I can honestly say I have never read a book anything like this before. Sure you’ve got your suspenseful mystery elements, and certainly your paranormal, even a good bit of high school humor, but Bleed is so utterly original I can’t even quite categorize it for you properly. The five main characters are a big part of the difference- the story is told from different points of view rather than solely focusing on one or two people, and instead of being confusing it gives you a well rounded look at what’s going on with the kids. There were many twists and turns which threw me for a loop, thinking I knew what was happening and then, BAM, you’re wrong. I enjoyed being kept on my toes and up late at night reading Bleed, maybe even with a nightlight on, I can’t confirm this. If you’re looking for your next “what did I just read?” book, pick up Bleed by Dax Varley!
“Her heart soon calmed and her palms dried. But the monster in the dream? It would never go away.”
“After his tantrum in the auditorium, she didn’t want to be in the line of fire in case he came unhinged again. After all, if she’d wanted to sit with psychos, she’d have gone to church with Mama.”
“Students, like this cat, are easily compelled.”
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Dax Varley writes the kind of young adult novels she wishes were around when she was a teen. She’s a lover of humor, horror and all things paranormal.
When Dax isn’t writing, she’s collecting odd photos online, reading recaps of her favorite shows or kicked back with a good book. She lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband, a shelf full of action figures and about a dozen imaginary friends.