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Vial Things PDF, ePub eBook 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. Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She's trained her whole life to protect herself by any means neces 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. Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She's trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary. She even befriends a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades nights 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.

30 review for Vial Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    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'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. Original GR comments: Madly in love with this new series by Leah Clifford. So worth the wait. The title lured me in, but it was characters and story that made this unputdownable. I was hooked from the second sentence. It was thrilling, it was dark, it was a little bit gruesome. Perfection. Though it does leave you desperately wanting the next book in the series. Review TK.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a book from Leah Clifford but it didn’t take long for me to remember why I loved her first series. Vial Things is the start of her new Resurrectionist series and while it definitely gave me the same vibe as her Touch trilogy, it really captured my attention with it’s unique new story. Vial Things is the story of Allie, a teen resurrectionist trying to escape her gift. She doesn’t mind the whole bringing people back to life thing but she doesn’t like that It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a book from Leah Clifford but it didn’t take long for me to remember why I loved her first series. Vial Things is the start of her new Resurrectionist series and while it definitely gave me the same vibe as her Touch trilogy, it really captured my attention with it’s unique new story. Vial Things is the story of Allie, a teen resurrectionist trying to escape her gift. She doesn’t mind the whole bringing people back to life thing but she doesn’t like that her family uses it as a way to make money. She decided that the easiest way to deal with it was to leave it all behind. That plan is a good one until resurrectionists start turning up dead. Allie knows that someone is hunting them and she isn’t safe just because she doesn’t use her gift. She teams up with a homeless boy named Ploy and together they set out to make things safe for the resurrectionists again. Pros: Characters: I knew I was going to like Allie from the start. Yes she was closed off but that wasn’t really by her choice. The only people in her life who knew what she was capable of wouldn’t accept her once she stopped using her ability. She found it hard to trust others and she didn’t exactly have an easy time of making friends. I found her to be really likable, even if she didn’t show a whole lot of emotion. She was lonely and that was something that is so easy to relate to. That loneliness didn’t stop her from being a total bad-ass though. She was strong and fierce and willing to do what it took to survive. Ploy was similar to Allie in a lot of ways. He was homeless and not exactly fit for the streets. It was easy to see that no matter how he acted, he wasn’t always as brave as he seemed. Allie was a friend to him; one of the only ones he had. He had secrets from her, that’s for sure but so did she. They were both using each other for different reasons but as they used each other they got to know each other and started to genuinely like one another. Neither of them were completely trustworthy and there were times when I questioned what exactly one or the other was going to do but that’s one of the things that kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat. Backstory: The science behind the resurrectionists did confuse me at times but it was really interesting. The ability isn’t something that everyone gets and it’s not something that just comes out of nowhere. It’s a genetic thing that manifests in some children but not all. As this is the start of a series, I understand that I probably didn’t get everything there is to know about the resurrectionists but I look forward to finding out more. There was so much about the family dynamics that I feel like I didn’t get and I hope to find out more about that as Allie learns more about being part of a group of resurrectionists. Pacing: The story moves along at a rather quick pace. There isn’t ever really a time when you’ll want to step away from the story. Things are constantly happening and new information is being learned at all times. I had a hard time stepping away from Vial Things once I was really able to sit down and start reading. It’s one of those books that hooks you early on and doesn’t let you go until the last page has been read. Overall, Vial Things needs to be on your radar, if it’s not already. Leah Clifford has a way with the dark and morbid and scary and I love it. I look forward to reading more in this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I can't tell you how excited I was to read something fresh and new for the Young Adult crowd. VIAL THINGS stands out in every way, from the unbelievably real characters, to the setting of Fissure's Whip - everything will blow you away and knock you dead. But don't worry, if Allie can gt to you in time she can bring you back.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alba BookPics

    Oh my god What? I'm so happy your back Leah. So so so happy!! This is the FIRST YA book I've read this year! Can you believe that? What is even better is that this was such a great way to break the 'YA dry spell' lol I cannot wait for more! I went in without reading much of the premise except for one or two snippets here and there and I'm so freaking glad I did. Powerful blood, secrets, lies, love, friendship, and loyalty all make for such a great mix and story. I loved Ploy so much. Love how much he Oh my god What? I'm so happy your back Leah. So so so happy!! This is the FIRST YA book I've read this year! Can you believe that? What is even better is that this was such a great way to break the 'YA dry spell' lol I cannot wait for more! I went in without reading much of the premise except for one or two snippets here and there and I'm so freaking glad I did. Powerful blood, secrets, lies, love, friendship, and loyalty all make for such a great mix and story. I loved Ploy so much. Love how much he struggled with taking every single step that he had to take in order to accomplish what he and his best friend wanted. Also, Allie is exactly what I'd expect a female lead in a book by Leah Clifford, strong but reckless. I am simply delighted with this book that to be honest had me bitting my nails from some of the yummy suspense thrown here and there and can I just say my freaking name is in it? As in... Wow. I started or well... A character named like me started this whole mess... Kinda but yeah but no? I had to take a knee before I hyperventilated myself to death. Until next time I, as I said, cannot wait for whatever comes next because ready or not... I'll read that fudger :')

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This was an interesting take on resurrectionists. The execution of this made it feel like a fast paced thriller which I was totally for, although some twists I did see coming.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    This book was provided by the author for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I'm going to be completely honest. I've had Leah Clifford's A Touch Trilogy sitting unread on my bookshelves for a few months now (totally not because I didn't want to read them, but that whole free time business...), so this is my first time reading this author's work. And I've gotta say... I loved it! It took me a while to fig This book was provided by the author for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I'm going to be completely honest. I've had Leah Clifford's A Touch Trilogy sitting unread on my bookshelves for a few months now (totally not because I didn't want to read them, but that whole free time business...), so this is my first time reading this author's work. And I've gotta say... I loved it! It took me a while to figure out what Vial Things reminded me of and finally it hit me: Angelfall by Susan Ee. (Okay, but what in the hell does this have to do with this book?) Both of these novels have a way of trapping you in the world without providing any background. And by "any" I mean you get the bare minimum to get things rolling and then everything comes in its own time. There isn't a wall of "Once upon a time there was a prophecy" or "I stared in the mirror and noticed my average hair and average body and average eyes." You get my drift. It was a smooth transition. One minute I was sitting in my room with a drooling dog on my lap, the next I was on the run for being a resurrectionist.  A what? Oh, you know, people with some kickass genetics able to bring people back from the dead (within reason). Now I've read about necromancers, I've read about gods and other divine beings bringing people back, but this one was new. I can't call it magic because it's more science than anything. There's nothing else supernatural about this book. In terms of genres I find it hard to place (though I'd definitely consider it young adult for starters, in case any of you were wondering). So we're given a world where death doesn't always have to be the end, and it's done so with some pretty vivid writing. Warning: needles are involved. I actually shuddered reading the first scene involving the pointy creations of evil (let's just say I don't do needles). This also happened to be the only time I chose to put the book down and give myself a few minutes. Too real...just too real. Goodness, I've hardly mentioned the characters. Bad form, I know. There were four stars to Vial Things. The book is broken up between the alternating first-person views of Allie (a resurrectionist) and Ploy (a homeless guy she befriended). Both have more secrets than you can count and a need to trust the other when the situation goes south. Not going to lie, that first plot twist completely threw me. And I'll give y'all a hint: pay attention to these two, you're in for a roller coaster of a ride. Allie is a strong heroine but her vulnerable side comes out quite often. She does what she has to do in order to survive, but also wants to be able to put her trust in people even though it might not be in her best interest. This young woman is someone many readers can relate to, forced to juggle her personal feelings with what she's "supposed" to do. Ploy is similar in that he takes care of himself and of Allie when the need arises, willing to question what he's doing when given another choice. The fact that he didn't jump to one side or the other, that indecisiveness, made me want to smack him but at the same time I understood. Clifford cast the idea of being between a rock and a hard place perfectly with this guy. Up until this point I've tried to contain the worst of my raving about this book but in all seriousness, this book is fantastic. I'll be moving Leah Clifford's older series up on my TBR effective immediately. This is going on my recommendations list for the September newsletter (a little late for August unfortunately). In short, the perfect way to spend the evening. You're still reading this? You should be pre-ordering this book already.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Allie is a resurrectionist, which mean she can bring people back from the dead with her blood. When fellow resurrectionists start showing up dead Allie knows that their secret has been found out. Someone out there knows who the resurrectionists are and are hunting them. In the hopes of self-preservation, when her friend, a local homeless teen, asks to crash at her apartment she agrees to let him stay with her. She figures whoever is out there hunting resurrectionists will happen upon Ploy first, Allie is a resurrectionist, which mean she can bring people back from the dead with her blood. When fellow resurrectionists start showing up dead Allie knows that their secret has been found out. Someone out there knows who the resurrectionists are and are hunting them. In the hopes of self-preservation, when her friend, a local homeless teen, asks to crash at her apartment she agrees to let him stay with her. She figures whoever is out there hunting resurrectionists will happen upon Ploy first, thus giving her time to escape. What she doesn't know is that the boy she just invited into her home is in on what's going on. "Ploy, whether he knows it or not, trades a shower and a couch for a night served as a hundred and seventy pound faux-hawked alarm system." I don't normally read dark stuff but I had been needing a change from the general fluff I read in romance and this definitely did the trick. While this does have romance in it (something I like), it didn't overpower the feel of Vial Things, which is a very dark and gruesome world. We go on resurrectionist jobs with Allie, we watch as she brings people back from the dead, we follow her and Ploy while they try to find a way to stop the people behind the attacks, and throughout it all we watch these two characters come closer and rely on each other. However, because the book is a dual POV story, we already know Ploy is in on what's going on. He has no idea the lengths to which is friend is willing to go but he holds out hope that his friend can be trusted. Meanwhile, he is confused on what to do with Allie. He starts to develop feelings for her and they have had each others backs the entire time, so he can't really justify bringing her in to his friend. Allie was a great character. She's very strong and strong-willed. She doesn't cower or give up. When someone starts attacking her people and kills her aunt, she takes it upon herself to figure out who it is so that she can stop them. She has a lot of tough calls to make throughout the book and one of them is with Ploy, the boy who she feels like she can trust but all signs point to betrayal. I really enjoyed that Allie was a thinker. She didn't just react due to emotions, she plotted and planned. She wasn't some damsel who gets flustered when a problem arises. I really liked how strong she was and the fact that she was able to do what needed to be done when the time came. "My parents had known from infancy that I carried the resurrectionist gene. Growing up, my free time had been spent on training, both in how to bring back the newly dead and how to protect myself from those after my blood." The author did a really great job with this story. She created a world that sucked me in within a handful of pages and kept me glued to my seat until I finished. I've never read a book about a resurrectionist and I found Allie's character and her abilities fascinating. I loved that the author didn't shy away from the gore. I mean, this is a story about a girl who can bring people back from the dead. So, suffice to say you're going to get some dead bodies and some pretty gnarly scenes. There was always something going on and there was a layer of suspense throughout the entire book that had you on the edge of your seat. There were just so many elements to this book that I'm not sure if it's YA paranormal, YA suspense, YA thriller, or Dark YA. Either way it's a really good book. Vial Things is a fast-paced, highly suspenseful thriller that will suck you into its pages. I was hooked right up until the last sentence. There's just so many facets to this novel that it was hard to not be completely drawn to the story. It kind of has a little bit of something for everyone. Favorite quote... "It's sick, but one of those not-so-clever sayings pops to mind. Friends help you move. Real friends help you move a body."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Psychotic Chipmunk

    Not all lies are ploys. So true, and such a lie at the same time when reading Vial Things. Don't let the cover fool you. This is no horror read, but a brilliant genre-bend, an amalgam of many rolled in a clever and fast-paced YA read that isn't like any other. Are ploys lies when you don't say it? What if no one asks? So many times it's easy to answer- but you aren't Abbie, and you aren't Ploy. Each not saying, each using, both knowing the other isn't saying and is using, all while real emotions Not all lies are ploys. So true, and such a lie at the same time when reading Vial Things. Don't let the cover fool you. This is no horror read, but a brilliant genre-bend, an amalgam of many rolled in a clever and fast-paced YA read that isn't like any other. Are ploys lies when you don't say it? What if no one asks? So many times it's easy to answer- but you aren't Abbie, and you aren't Ploy. Each not saying, each using, both knowing the other isn't saying and is using, all while real emotions build. It's a recipe for complications, danger, and cool suspense in what amounts to a genre blend of sci fi/ fantasy/ paranormal/ suspense/ magical realism all inside of the older YA arena. Which kinda makes it perfect. Clifford writes beautiful prose in a darker world, giving life to two damaged people worth holding onto. You want to keep them with you, so they can live again... and again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sissy

    A creepy Good tale. Something Only the Authors wonderful imagination could write. Its story line as unique as the characters. It's definitely creepy, its abit morbid..gross maybe? But you'll want to read it all.every single word of it..before you can finally put it down.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dschaper54

    Great read! Very interesting concept. Kept me wanting more and I still would like to know what happens. The concept of people who could resurrect the dead was very interesting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Htb2050

    Surprisingly good.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Kennelly

    I don’t often read urban fantasy and, to be honest, my life is pretty tough right now. What I really needed was a fluffy escape book. But I kept coming back to this book; it totally drew me in. Allie is a great heroine; my favorite: strong AND vulnerable yet pushing her way through the crap thrown at her, despite the internal fears and external events that threaten to keep her down. And Leah TOTALLY HAD ME GUESSING at whose side Ploy was on. I had no bloody (no pun intended) until the reveal at t I don’t often read urban fantasy and, to be honest, my life is pretty tough right now. What I really needed was a fluffy escape book. But I kept coming back to this book; it totally drew me in. Allie is a great heroine; my favorite: strong AND vulnerable yet pushing her way through the crap thrown at her, despite the internal fears and external events that threaten to keep her down. And Leah TOTALLY HAD ME GUESSING at whose side Ploy was on. I had no bloody (no pun intended) until the reveal at the very end. Read my full review at katekennelly.com

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    One of the few Prime books I've really enjoyed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Foster

    This is quite a refreshing read from the usual teenager urban fantasy stories where the character is completely obnoxious and makes insanely stupid decision for no logical reason. Set in a world where a small group of humans are born with a genetic mutation that allows them to heal wounds absurdly fast (including many kinds of life threatening injuries and even survive death), this small community of resurrectionists dedicate their lives towards charging hefty fees for bringing the recently decea This is quite a refreshing read from the usual teenager urban fantasy stories where the character is completely obnoxious and makes insanely stupid decision for no logical reason. Set in a world where a small group of humans are born with a genetic mutation that allows them to heal wounds absurdly fast (including many kinds of life threatening injuries and even survive death), this small community of resurrectionists dedicate their lives towards charging hefty fees for bringing the recently deceased back to life. Their society is disperse with a middleman that handles the money and legitimacy of each gig along with a cleaning system that kills humans that harm their people in order to obtain the secret to their fountain of life for personal profit. Allie knows all too well the bad aspects of the life she was born into. After having her parents murdered at the hands of a former client that couldn't pay the bills, she briefly lives with her aunt Sarah that is the middleman in charge of her working area and learns the management aspects of the profession. Tired of the perils of this life, she decided to move into a modest apartment and frequents homeless communities where she befriends two teenage guys: Brandon and Ploy. When Brandon is brutally murdered for his blood, she turns to the mysterious but friendly Ploy that sometimes sleeps on her couch for his help without knowing he has a dark secret as well that haunts him incessantly during the novel. Filled with believable and interesting characters, Allie is distrustful but yearns for love, Ploy is brave but at the same time self-loathing because he doesn't stand up to himself and the villain Jamison is a terrifying yet convincing psychopath that manipulates everyone around him for his ulterior goal. If there is one flaw of the novel, I am sort of confused as to where Jamison and Allie grew up. Allie comments her parents used to live in Ohio whereas it seems like Jamison grew up in the outskirts of Fissure's Peak. If you read the book, you'll agree with me that it's a bit confusing. Otherwise, it's an exciting and refreshing thriller/dark fantasy read with tints of believable romance and interesting characters. Highly recommended!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michele(mluker) Luker

    Fantastic read full of suspense and nail biting action! Vial Things is one of those stories that unravels itself in little segments, however rushes like a flooded river at the same time. The anticipation is REAL as you put together the clues to Allie's secret life and torment. Allie is always staying under the radar, looking over her shoulder while she tries to stay absent from the "family business." With her special genetic blood, she can heal herself, and bring others back from the dead with som Fantastic read full of suspense and nail biting action! Vial Things is one of those stories that unravels itself in little segments, however rushes like a flooded river at the same time. The anticipation is REAL as you put together the clues to Allie's secret life and torment. Allie is always staying under the radar, looking over her shoulder while she tries to stay absent from the "family business." With her special genetic blood, she can heal herself, and bring others back from the dead with some restrictions. She has been trained from an early age to protect herself, because there are those out there who would LOVE to get their hands on the blood. Soooo, a secret group is formed to keep things in order, and to keep her and a slim few protected. Allie doesn't trust people...at all...and has learned to keep her wall up. She meets Ploy, a street boy who she lets sleep on the couch for the only purpose to use him for protection.....BUT....she will be surprised to learn that Ploy is using her also. When Allie is forced to help Ploy out of guilt, her life will change drastically as they both start running from danger that is at EVERY turn. Trying to keep her feelings at bay, Allie starts to fall for Ploy even though she knows she will regret it. I this book so much....it has EVERYTHING that I want to lose myself in. Creative story Strong Characters Emotion Action/Suspense Twists A true escape from reality The words disappeared as I read this story, and I found the building of this story with anticipation and mystery completely brilliant. Loss, friendship, betrayal, love, cruelty, hate....so many emotions will seep from your core like you are living the story yourself. Allie and Ploy...*sigh* Ploy may have a different agenda, but his need to protect Allie is just....*sigh* You will root for him even though there maybe times you don't like him. LOVED this book...YOU need to read it...devour it...consume all of its creative juices!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I truly enjoyed this book as it kept my interest peaked throughout the entirety of the text. Some of the twists were expected. However, the book intertwines an adequate amount of suspense and action to keep you guessing what will happen, when the characters will reveal they know secrets and repercussions of actions. Other reviewers have indicated they found the descriptions of characters drawing blood somewhat lurid but it didn't bother me at all (I read psychological thrillers often so I'm used I truly enjoyed this book as it kept my interest peaked throughout the entirety of the text. Some of the twists were expected. However, the book intertwines an adequate amount of suspense and action to keep you guessing what will happen, when the characters will reveal they know secrets and repercussions of actions. Other reviewers have indicated they found the descriptions of characters drawing blood somewhat lurid but it didn't bother me at all (I read psychological thrillers often so I'm used to gore). Anyways, great book. Well worth the read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    smiling_ina

    What an incredible and unique story. It hooked me from the very first sentence. Leah Clifford is such an amazing author and her stories always amaze me. I cannot wait for the sequel. Love, love, love this so much!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carly Marino

    What a cool premise!!! I enjoyed not only the story but the writing as well! Def recommend!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    4.25 stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erin Howse

  21. 4 out of 5

    Riana

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robbert

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Dyer

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sam Malane

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  26. 5 out of 5

    Em

  27. 4 out of 5

    LLL Reads

  28. 5 out of 5

    Faida orrie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scarlet

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christina

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