Book Review: Bleed


Title: Bleed

Author: Dax Varley

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal


LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE FOR Miranda Murphy. 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 that’s infecting their school.


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Bleed is an amazing novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more. Dax Varley doesn’t disappoint. The characters are unique and well developed. The plot is creative and interesting. The paranormal aspect of the story is tied together very well. The five individuals that are the ‘Chosen Ones’ are connected together and together as a team is their only shot at surviving…according to a prophecy.

An overabundance of suicides have haunted Century High, which now has the nickname Suicide High. But are these teenagers really killing themselves are is something more heinous at work. The chosen ones are destined to stop whoever, whatever it is.

Miranda moves from her very small town in Texas to a much larger one after her father had an affair with her mother’s friend. Miranda is special. She’s a stigmatic. And her spontaneous bleeding from the palms doesn’t quite land her a spot on the popular kids table. However, she makes a group of friends faster than she would have thought and they aren’t weirded out by her bleeding because they have special traits as well.

Jake who takes a liking to Miranda is a psychic. Jake ‘remembers’ things…things that haven’t happened yet. He remembers Miranda spurting blood in seventh period and how she gets dowsed in red paint in art class. Things that haven’t happened yet and confuses Miranda until they actually happen. Then she gets intrigued and the friendship between the two starts.

From her episode of gushing blood out of her palms in class she comes face to face with another chosen one, Xyan. The Linguistic. Xyan’s mother thinks god speaks through her for Xyan talks in many different languages some times without even knowing it. People constantly say, in English, but she replies to herself she is…but she’s not. Not only can she speak many languages she can read them too. But her tongues isn’t the only thing that’s special about her she can be quite the charmer as well.

During lunch on Miranda’s first day she meets the fourth chosen one, Sam. Sam is the typical, cocky teenage boy whose main focus is the most pretty popular girl at school. He also is a sin eater. He can’t eat or drink anything in the presence of another person dead or alive, because whatever he eats will be their sins. He inherited his ‘gift’ from his grandfather and before he could learn more about it his grandfather died. All he know is that he’s the dragon.

Jake knows that the suicides aren’t normal suicides. Someone is making them do it and he’s right. A mysterious force is at work worming into the students mind making them kill themselves. He knows who four of the five are, but the last one he has to draw out. Topher. The last do-gooder of the group. He has the ability to heal and when our secret murderer makes a girl kill herself during a school assembly he runs to the rescue. Topher –in my opinion- has the worst back story than any of the others. And by worse I mean heart wrenching. Getting kidnapped by a church cult that your mother and father orchestrated is awful.

It’s after that moment that Jake gets all five teenagers together and informs him of his memories. But it isn’t until Miranda does some research to who or what they’re up against. Kalziel. An ancient demon that kills people that will make a difference in the world. Long story short a war is going down.

Overall, I couldn’t put this book down. I loved it and didn’t want it to end. There is a religious aspect to it considering the main character, the only one that can fully bring down Kalziel is a stigmatic. Church and religious aspects are referenced, but they didn’t hinder the story in a bad way. I enjoyed how each of the characters had their own story line and how they all in the end became friends. There is so much more depth and action to this novel than I mentioned. It absolutely should be on everyone’s must read list!


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