Bad Bloods: November Rain

Bad Bloods: November Rain

by Shannon A. Thompson

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu meets Renegades by Marissa Meyer in this action-packed dystopian fantasy series that has readers calling it “addictive” like The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Her very existence is a crime… Seventeen-year-old Serena isn't human. She’s a bad blood, and in the politically corrupt city of Vendona, bad bloods aren’t allowed to live. When Serena is aided in an escape moments before her execution, a revolution is sparked. While on the run, she’s forced to put her trust in a man she knows little about.

Daniel will do anything to stop the twelve-year war that has killed so many of his own. When Serena falls into his life, he sees the opportunity to fight back and stop the eradication of all bad bloods. But there’s more to Serena than meets the eye. They share a connection to his tragic and mysterious past, and the two of them united together might just be Vendona’s only hope.

United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.


"I loved this book! It's an unlikely combination of gritty and clean that is executed beautifully." - On My Kindle 
"A powerful work of art. In November Rain, Thompson invites us into a world of secrecy, murder, and unlikely friendships that are bound to make your head spin with wonder." - Lena May Books
"Bad Bloods is a solid work of dystopian YA that will delight any fan of the genre. It also includes an angle that is too often overlooked by other authors in the category." - Truth About Books
"This is one of those 'you can't put it down' books. Thompson builds the tension of the election and its importance slowly and with care. She develops her characters fully and with great attention to detail. She is a masterful storyteller." - The Bookie Monster

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152611212
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 07/18/2016
Series: Bad Bloods
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 87,265
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side. Visit her blog for writers and readers at

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Bad Bloods: November Rain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Left hanging as this seemed a teaser for book 2. Sketchy characterization and unfulfilling as an incomplete novel. Bingaux
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read. Interesting plot and storyline. A bit overmuch on the introspective thinking and flashbacks of the characters but the writing was top shelf so minimized that negative. Overall, kudos. DMB
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Kim Missen More than 1 year ago
Characters Serena is an interesting girl who has clearly had to grow up too quickly in order to survive. Her experiences as a prisoner changed her and she is torn between her responsibilities and learning more about Daniel. Daniel seems to be the typical sort of guy who wants to help everyone even if it is dangerous. He has a secret though, which makes his character feel quite elusive. There are a lot of characters in this book and they are mentioned right from the start. I found it difficult to keep up with everyone and what they could do. I feel as though this also hindered my ability to form connections with the main characters. I would have liked a little more depth with them. Plot The set up of this story kept me interested and I was eager to see what was going to happen. It is a slow paced story and not a lot happens, but I enjoyed the trickle of information. I was taken by surprise when the book just ended though. It is only book 1 in a series, and I expected there to be unanswered questions, but it seemed like an odd place to finish. World I liked the idea of the world and all the different abilities. I was keen to learn what each character could do and they seem to have flaws in their abilities as well, which makes them more realistic. I found the harsh reality for the Bad Bloods quite devastating when I really thought about it. The government were sentencing children to death and parents were quick to abandon their own children. Writing This is another well written book by Shannon A. Thompson, and it was an easy read. I do not recall coming across any typos and the descriptions were easy to understand. Overall I struggled to come up with a rating for this book because I feel as though I have only read half of it. It does have a lot of potential though, and I definitely want to know what happens next. There was a note at the end that mentioned that Bad Bloods had originally been published as one novel and then taken off the market shortly after. I am curious as to why this happened. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy easy to read YA books.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
It's not always easy for an author to come up with a fresh idea for a dystopian story but Ms. Thompson's concept of Flocks for these unwanted---and, in some cases, criminal---kids is brilliant because it's so reminiscent of today's gangs, such as the Crips and the Bloods. In both cases, the organization is intended to provide family and protection for its members while they have deep seated hatred for each other. I did find the story a little hard to follow because worldbuilding is weak and there's just not enough information available to help the reader understand this world and how it came to be that certain children would be so disregarded and feared to the point of executions. While I enjoyed November Rain, I hope things will become clearer in the next book. Narrator Jonathan Johns has a very pleasing voice and his individual voices are good but I was happy to have chapter headings identifying the speaker as I didn't think Mr. Johns differentiated as well as he might have. His enunciation is especially good, though, and that's a boon for listeners.
Beths-Books More than 1 year ago
I was given an audio book to review. The reader had a nice even voice that kept a nice pace through out the book. I also liked the accent. :) As for the story, the premise was interesting. Children born with "bad blood" that are sentenced to death because they are deemed less than human. Sounds great, right. I could have used more back story, but because I was coming in at the end of a series, if I had read the other books I might have gotten this. There was also a need for more world building, but that could have also been fixed in the previous books. All in all, this was a good read. I think you should all pick up this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew I had to read this book when I read the blurb! The concept is unique and the world building is fantastic! If you're looking for an action-filled story with well-developed characters, this one is for you! I'm looking forward to book 2!
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's an unlikely combination of gritty and clean that is executed beautifully. The action starts at the beginning of the book, and the plot moves forward quickly as readers discover what's going on from Serena's and Daniel's points of view. I liked how Thompson managed to establish what was going on without detracting from the plot's quick pace. The dystopian world is immersive and complex with political intrigue outside of, and within, the bad bloods' ranks. The characters are interesting; many are children who possess wisdom beyond their years because many of them were thrown out of their homes, and lived on the streets before they were taken in by factions called "flocks." I think that the characters are fairly well-developed, and I get the feeling that Thompson will reveal more about Serena and Daniel as the series progresses. What is not revealed is the origin of the bad bloods; are the abilities a natural evolutionary step, like the X-Men, or is the mutation caused by an event in the past that exposed people to a mutagen? I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't revealed; however, even the characters seem to be unsure of how bad bloods came to be, but Thompson does hint that more of the bad bloods' origin story will be revealed as the series develops. November Rain is a promising first book of the Bad Bloods series; it provides readers with enough information to get hooked while offering hints at what's to come. A fantastic dystopian, young adult novel for fans of the genre!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved Shannon A. Thompson's writing ever since The Timely Death Triology, which I highly recommend. The moment I heard Shannon A. Thompson was writing another series, it became one of the top five books in my tbr list. November Rain is set in city called Vendona, a city divided by humans and Bad Bloods. The Bad Bloods possess different abilities. Many view Bad Bloods as dangerous, but many want them gone. Serena escaped from death and was saved by another bad blood, Daniel. The elections determine the fate of the Bad Bloods and Serena and Daniel must work together in order to save them all. The plot is character driven. Each character is different and unique, all having a desire to be accepted for who they are. I loved how Shannon A. Thompson gave life and perspective to each character. I throughly enjoy the dual perspective. It gives a fresh insight of the city Serena, Daniel, and the rest of the Bad Bloods live in. This book really defines the meaning of friends, family, and loyalty. After an ending like that, I need November Snow now. I have said this many times before in my previous reviews, I hate doulogies because they are usually the best type of series written, captivating, strong and thrilling. Bad Bloods definitely falls into this category. I recommend November Rain to anyone who loves dystopian and learning the real meaning of trust in a world where trust is just an imagination.