Black Bird of the Gallows
by Meg Kassel
YA / Magical Realism / Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
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*A September Goodreads Best Book of the Month*
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before embracing her true passion, writing. She now lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her family, and is busy at work on her next novel. A fan of ’80s cartoons, original Netflix series, daydreaming, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her husband and daughter, hiding her peanut butter cups, or walking her rescue mutt, Luna. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 YA winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest. Her debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows, releases fall of 2017.
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· 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)
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Quick Reasons: SUPER unique, intriguing, dark plot/story!; these characters have so much heavy trauma/baggage, oh my penguins; super creeptastic, horrifying “villains”; I will never ever look at bees (or ravens) the same way; entertaining, heart-wrenching, and pivotal read
HUGE thanks to Meg Kassel, Entangled Teen, and <a href=”http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com”>Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours</a>, and Netgalley for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
OH. MY. PENGUINS. I have spent the last…24? hours thinking about the best way to go about writing this review and honestly all I’ve come up with is incoherent sentences and a LOT of beakish squeaking because this book is SUH GOOD I can’t even right now! I just… Let me just take a breath real quick.
Hmmm… Nope, didn’t work. Alas, I must try to persevere–don’t mind the mess I’ve left behind, Penguins. The glitter and confetti will be swept up eventually, right? (I really should hire a maid. These messes are chaos!)
That being said–this was SUCH a unique, creative read! I lovelovelove the harbingers of death versus “Candyman” idea (I mean, the Beekeepers aren’t REALLY the Candyman…but they’re so close, I was super creeped out throughout!) This entire read is filled with dark, heavy subjects and should probably have a bit of trigger warning for violence, so…there’s your warning, sensitive readers! Meg Kassel did a beautiful job weaving the tragic events of this journey with the magical realism that brings this world so fully to life. I am in awe of her writing, Penguins–it’s atmospheric and gorgeous, and everything that happens in this story makes sense even if it’s not wholly “believable.”
There is a bit of “insta-love” happening in this read, but I’m TOTES LETTING IT GO because oh my Penguin beak, Reece is exactly the type of mysterious “bad” boy next door I love to love. There was also maybe the slightest whisper of “chosen one” syndrome happening with Angie…but it was so subtle and slight, I’m choosing to ignore it (also, I ADORED this read, so that helps too!)
I just CANNOT rave enough about this book, and am super excited to see what Meg Kassel does in the future! The characters are well-rounded, complex, and endearing. The dialogue and snark was on point, the relationships were all brilliantly handled, and I just… I NEED MORE! I’d definitely, definitely recommend to lovers of darkly atmospheric writing, creeptastic magical realism, and nonstop plot. There’s a change stirring on the wind, Penguins; make sure you mind the bees.