When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.
Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.
But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.
Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.
Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the author’s publicist in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
If you’ve ever read anything by Author Leah Clifford you know it’s going to be unique. And a bit dark. And a whole lot awesome. Well that pretty much sums up VIAL THINGS. It’s all you really need to know. Of course, if you want to know more…
While you may have read stories about resurrection, the method is fascinating. Clifford created a very distinct process with strict limitations and rules that she adheres to. It is definitely not for the squeamish – things get pretty messy at times. (Though if you’re reading a book whose title font is written in blood, you’re probably not one of those readers.) But it is a key component of this story and presents quite a few challenges for the main character.
You also may have read stories that had mystery, thrills, action. But with Clifford’s distinctive voice, her characters really make this thrilling, mysterious and action-packed story memorable and addictive and exciting. Told from both Allie and Ploy’s POVs you’ll get to know their secrets, fall in love with them, feel protective of them. You will definitely be hoping for the best possible outcome even if you think it might be impossible.
It took all of twelve seconds for me to become hooked. The author got my interest with the play on words title and the blood drenched cover. She had my curiosity piqued by the very first sentence telling of a late night job and an accidental death. And she had me hooked with the character’s no-nonsense first words – “Time of death?” – to the crying girl she encounters.
And I remained riveted throughout. From its “icky” moments to its “wow” moments. From its nail biters to its heartbreaks. From the suspense. From the surprises. From the twists and turns.
I could not have loved this story more. (Well, maybe I could have if I had the next book in the series to dive into and didn’t have to wait. But that wouldn’t be fair to this story.) I loved that it was messy and gruesome at times. I loved that the characters were kick-ass and edgy and distrusting and secretive and dirty and a touch odd. And I loved that the author made me believe in her reality – where resurrection is possible and there are people whose job it is to give their life’s blood to make it so.
I cannot recommend VIAL THINGS enough to anyone who isn’t afraid to read about needles, blood, or the gory stuff, and who loves reads that are interesting and different and amazing.
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.