REVIEW ~ The Bleeding Crowd by Jessica Dall

27 Aug

“The Bleeding Crowd” by Jessica Dall

5 Stars “It Was Amazing”

“The Bleeding Crowd” is a dystopian New Adult novel that brings a new spin on feminism.

Dahlia is a young woman who has never seen a man before in her life. Her world is dominated by females and the men are kept locked away in “camps” and are only allowed out for the “physical needs” of the women, and for procreation. Most women don’t give them a second thought.

When we meet Dahlia she has just turned 20, the age at which a woman is allowed her very first encounter with a man. Five men are essentially put in a lineup in front of her, behind a two way mirror, and she has to pick one. Dahlia has no interest in men whatsoever, so she simply chooses one who is attractive enough and closest to her own age.

That’s not to say that Dahlia is a lesbian, oh no, all women are tested early on in life and if you are a lesbian you are quickly removed from society and sent to train to be a guard at the men’s camps because, obviously, lesbian’s cannot be corrupted by the men. Right?

Enter Ben, he has been chosen by Dahlia and is hers to be called upon for booty calls whenever she wants for a set period of time, before she is required to switch him out for “another model.” (Wouldn’t want any of the women to get too attached now would we?). Ben is a rebel, looking for anything to help the cause. However, he falls for Dahlia. Hard. But will Dahlia fall for him? Will she give up everything to be with a man? Fight for a cause she’s not sure she believes in?

I loved this book. The dialogue is cleaver and witty. When I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about this book.

I loved the relationship between Dahlia and Ben. At one point, I chucked to myself because what popped into my head was the Taylor Swift song “The Way I Loved You” – specifically the lines “but I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain and it’s 2 AM and I’m cursing your name, you’re so in love that you act insane and that’s the way I loved you.” I think that about sums up their romance. They are both so stubborn, if they’re not fighting, they’re loving.

The other character that I really loved was Jude, Ben’s best friend. I’m not sure exactly what it is about him that I enjoyed so much, but I’ll tell you this, I wouldn’t mind reading more from his point of view!

The world itself is nicely built, I felt like this could in fact be a reality if humanity let things to that far.

To sum things up, If you like Dystopian NA (New Adult) romances, this is the book for you.

*** NOTE: This book does contain swearing and sexual content. Nothing graphic, but it is certainly for 18+

***Note: This book is published by the company I work for, but I stand by my review that this is an awesome book!

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9 Responses to “REVIEW ~ The Bleeding Crowd by Jessica Dall”

  1. Melissa March August 28, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review, Caroline!

    • Caroline August 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      You’re welcome Melissa!
      By commenting you are automatically entered to win a free copy of the book.
      If you want extra entries, just comment again with the info requested in steps 1-3 (any or all.)

  2. constance squier August 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Ok I liked your FB page as well as Jessica’s… added your book to GR TBR list n looking forward to reading it 🙂 My FB name is Cee Cee n my GR name is constance pebbles thx

    • Caroline August 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Constance!
      Good luck! 🙂

  3. Paula S. August 29, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    This sounds amazing!
    I’ve not read the book yet, but I already think that it could be amazing in film… the premise is just too good!

    I liked it on goodreads:

    • Caroline August 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Paula!

      I agree, as I read I imagine the story as though it’s being played out on film.
      This one was particularly vivid. I’m not sure how it would be marketed as a movie though. Good thing I don’t make films!

      Good luck on the contest!

  4. Kelsey Kapper (@KelseyLin5) September 4, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    liked your page, and Jessica’s as Kelsey Lin Kapper, followed with, and my goodreads name is Kelsey Kapper 🙂 I can’t wait to read this book!!!

    • Caroline September 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Kelsey!
      I’ve got your entries recorded. Good luck!
      It’s a great book, I think you’d like it. 🙂


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