I think this might be Tiffany’s strongest book thus far, and it is indeed better at Stephen King's Carrie than Carrie is. I would have liked a little bit more from the ending, and my galley was distressingly sloppy, but I’ll assume the final copy is not. This is one of my top reads of the year.
Another masterpiece by one of the greatest working authors of our time, across all genres and age groups.
Yes! If you are a fan of Tiffany Jackson’s writing, Stephen King, horror, or suspense then this is the book for you! An updated, thought provoking reimagining of Carrie.
This is one of the darkest examinations of society I've read in a while, adult or YA. Tiffany D. Jackson is one of my favorite writers and she has almost singlehandedly reignited my love of horror. I know my students are going to devour this book for years to come.
The Weight of Blood is a brilliantly written YA novel focusing on identity and race all with a Carrie-esque twist. Maddy Washington just wants to blend in to her high school, terrified of drawing attention to herself or her secret. One rainy day changes everything and Maddy is suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Told from multiple perspectives including a true crime podcast as well as various characters within the story, this book had me locked in from the very beginning.
A solid retelling of the Stephen King story, Carrie. The book takes place in a modern setting and gives perspective on how a modern town handles race relations and what issues arise when tradition is placed over change.
The drama and mystery of this book was so addictive. I have book talked this book so much since reading it, and it always flies off the shelf. No one blends compulsive readability and social justice like Tiffany D. Jackson, and I think this is her best work yet.
What a brilliant and topical overhaul of Stephen King's Carrie. The characters were complex and incredibly well written and the audiobook was phenomenal. Tiffany draws attention to the casual racism that is laughed off as a joke in the local high school, whilst also showing that a clear sense of white superiority underpins these interactions. Moreover, this underlying racial hierarchy is present at all levels within the community. Alongside all of this is also of a story of a sheltered girl hoping to find acceptance and love. However, within this girl lies a dark power and when her rage and fury come forth, blood and terror follow. As prom night descends into chaos a clear line between black and white is scorched on the ground. This is an amazing novel and I thoroughly recommend it.
This book was so great! The character development was excellent, the action was phenomenal, and the way the narrative switched between podcast transcript and actual "story" was a lot of fun! I do wish it had had more of an ending, because people who hate an open ending won't feel satisfied!
A really creative retelling of Carrie with a split timeline and the story unfolding partially through an investigative podcast. Tiffany D. Jackson knows how to craft complex characters and draw the reader into a winding tale.
The Weight of Blood by @writeinbk
Pub Date 9/6/22
Calling all horror movie lovers 📢
Tiffany D Jackson does it again by bringing a retelling of a cult classic: Carrie.
Tiffany D Jackson has a way of writing that makes you feel every single feeling from start to finish of her novels.
Like all TDJ books, the conversation of racism is discussed with heavy emotion and grace.
The Weight Of Blood was more than just a horror book, it was very sci-fi/supernatural feeling as well which was fun!
I was glued to this book and couldn’t put it down. It has haunted me from the day I finished.
Definitely get ready for the release of this book, it might be my favorite of hers yet!
Thanks @netgalley for an E-ARC of this one!
I have purchased this title for all of the libraries I serve. It's an excellent horror retelling that I know will be popular. Thank you!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me free access to the advanced digital copy of this book.
Tiffany D. Jackson has done it again! In this modern day retelling of Carrie with a racial twist, Jackson has taken the plot of Carrie and turned it into something fresh and new. I would highly recommend this book!
I love this book! The author is amazing. I can't believe that these kind of proms still exist. I highly recommend this book to teens who enjoy thrillers and supernatural books as well as everyone else. The book moved fast, the characters were well developed and I couldn't put it down.
Wonderful retelling of Stephen King’s Carrie focusing on a white-passing biracial girl which allows perspectives on race and femininity. Great combination of horror with social justice themes. Highly recommend!
Weight of Blood is an important story written in multiple perspectives—one a podcast—that shines light on racism that is still seen far too often. This is without a doubt my favorite Tiffany D. Jackson book (which is saying a lot), and is for readers who enjoy horror and thrillers. If you’re a reader who delved deep into Get Out, and thought about it for days (weeks/months/years?) after…read this book.
Tiffany D. Jackson is a phenomenal writer! As a white woman, I will never know what it is like to be black in any country, let alone the United States. Tiffany gives you a glimpse of the fear and racism that happens to black youth. The crap Maddie went through and the ignorance of the white characters made my blood boil. I was hoping one character would survive prom night so she would have to live with guilt for the rest of her life, but the character is so narcissistic that she doesn't feel guilt, let alone acknowledge her racism or actions. That is infuriating because I know people just like that. This is an incredible book and I cannot wait to read more by Tiffany D. Jackson.
Absolutely a 5 star read for me. This takes everything I love about Stephen King’s Carrie and makes it even more interesting. By focusing on a white-passing biracial girl and her father, we get a unique perspective into race, class, and femininity. Absolutely brilliant.
HELLO, this book.
Dark magic? Check.
Darkly familiar racism everyone pretends doesn't exist? Check.
Life-long bottled-up trauma in the main character? Check.
I have shoved this modern remake of Carrie into so many HS reader's hands already this year, and it's just so so good. A must read for horror fans.