Review Copy: Provided via NetGalley
Release Date: September 5th 2017 by Entangled Publishing
Description from Goodreads:
A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.
Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.
What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.
I've been in a bit of a book rut lately, unable to find a book that has been able to maintain my interest. Then I requested Black Bird of the Gallows off of Netgalley after being sold on the stunning cover, and I'm happy to say said rut is officially over as I quickly devoured Meg Kassel's debut.
It's rare to find a truly unique read in the crowed Young Adult market these days, and yet, that's precisely what Black Bird of the Gallows is -- it's incredibly fresh and riveting. Yes, the insta-attraction in the beginning can be a bit frustrating, especially as it's followed up quickly by the now we're talking/now we're not trope. However, I urge readers to continue reading because once you get past that and things begin to kick off in a rather terrifying scene behind a club? The book dos a fantastic job at maintaining its grip on you until the very end.
There are moments that reminded me of Twilight -- which is not a knock -- especially when Reece begins to tell Angie about the Harbingers and the Beekeeper, and maybe that's why this book is so addicting. It takes an unusual relationship between a 'loner' girl and the new 'hot' guy, adds in supernatural elements, and yet manages to tell a story about so much more than that, even touching on the topic of addiction.
If you're looking for something different from the norm, give Black Bird in the Gallows a read. It'll be well worth your time.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
About the Author
from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with
her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.
Three (3) winners will receive A Black Bird of the Gallows canvas tote bag (11“x14”) which includes a custom made crow pendant and ball chain, bookmark and stickers, $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT)