Bruised deserves a 7.6/10 rating.
"Jason Hylden thinks life is perfect, but at age eighteen things are about to change.
First he falls for Jewel, a pretty redhead with arms marred by mysterious bruises. Then the gang of friends he runs with begins to experiment with witchcraft, blood oaths and revenge.
Soon, Jewel is the only good thing standing between Jason and the gang, but when he finds out she’s one of his mother’s mental health clients, he worries doctor-patient confidentiality will forever mask the truth behind Jewel’s bruises. Is someone out to destroy her, or is she destroying herself? In the end, the truth behind her secrets is beyond his worst imaginings and, as their two worlds draw closer to collision, all hell—quite literally—is about to break loose."
I enjoyed reading Bruised. There was the right amount of suspense along with sadness and happiness. The characters also played a role in helping the story line. However, there were some confusing things that I don't think were ever really touched based on.
The first thing being the whole "blood Oath", it was mentioned a lot throughout the whole book. I knew it was there, but I guess I just would've wanted a little more information on the why and how.
The second somewhat confusing thing was the "toll" they collected as a group. I won't touch to much base on it because I don't want to spoil, but it was confusing. I didn't quite understand it.
Now onto the characters. I actually really liked the characters, however I had some issues with the way they were written. I found the main character Jason to be written as like a 15 to 16 year old, I wouldn't have pictured him to be 18. It wasn't that he was poorly executed it was just some of the things he said along with the things he didn't know made him out to be younger. In saying all that, it was really my only issue. The other characters I really thought were written quite well.
I did find the storyline itself quite interesting. Once I started the book I couldn't put it down.
Overall I would recommend this book, however warning in advanced its descriptive for some sexual things, and it does hint at certain touchy subjects that may be uncomfortable with some people. With all that being said, I thought it was a good book and I will be looking forward to reading WEDNESDAY'S CHILD coming out in October 2015.