Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Book Blurb:

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

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.

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His soft voice clashes with the intensity of his gaze. “You’re adorable when you’re trying to be mad at me. You needn’t work so hard at it, though. We aren’t meant to be adversaries.”

“I, um…” My thoughts disband, leaving nothing for communication purposes. I’m adorable? Adorable has many definitions. I think my dog is adorable, for example. “That…wasn’t what I was going to ask you.”

He inclines his head. “Okay, then. Ask.”

But that “adorable” echoes through me, clinking around like a penny down a well. “What are we meant to be, then?”

His lips curls up at the corners. “That wasn’t your question, either.”


My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--

Angie has new neighbors and during the course of her spying/watching them move in, she spots a boy her age. Interested in the prospect of meeting a new potential friend/hot guy, she is delighted to find him at the bus stop. But there is someone with him, a man whose face seems to be changing…but that can’t be true, it must just be Angie’s eyes. But when a flock of large black birds swarm, her new neighbor does not cower but instead appears to welcome them. Angie has no idea what is going on, if she is going crazy, if the new boy is crazy, or if something more is occurring right under her nose.

This was probably one of my most anticipated reads and I have pretty much been counting down the days until I could get my hands on this book since I discover it months ago. I knew I had to read it, but a small uncertain part of me was worried that I had built the book up too much in my mind due to all the hype and I was going to be disappointed. Well, fear not, this book lived up to my lofty expectations and so much more. The story was unlike anything I have encountered before with harbingers and beekeepers (Ha, not the typical “beekeeper” mind you!) and I was thrown off my usual game of predicting what will happen next because this world was so original. It also had so much heart, great characters, and a creepy tone I appreciated. I could never have anticipated the level of suspense and creepiness that was introduced, while creating a whole new mythology to ponder.

Angie was narrating the story and I highly enjoyed her quirky voice, she is up there with my favorite female book characters recently. I related to her thoughts and actions so much I could not help but to love her. She spent the first 12 years of her life living out of a van with her drug addict musician mother, learning more about life and death than any kid should. Yet she was able to maintain her innocence and heart, making her a genuinely good person, and have the ability to express herself through music. Angie had lots of reasons for being damaged, but she persevered. She was nobody's fool either, regardless of liking a boy she refused to be a doormat and kept her integrity and questioned everything. And the awkwardness of most of her encounters was so realistic I felt embarrassed right along with her (social anxiety ran high with this one). Her friends, Dad and Roger (I lurv Roger and his sunny doggy personality- the fact that Reece reported him as happy after his previous life situation was an interesting tidbit) were the best side characters to help Angie be who she needed to be. Which leads me to the enigma of Reece. He gave the appearance of being cool and popular, and gave attitude to Angie when they bickered and defended her when she didn't expect it, yet was shy and uncertain when it came to feelings. I was right there with Angie, desperate to uncover his secrets.

This story is a standalone book which is great because I was not left hanging or waiting for forever for the next book- but on the same hand that means I don't get any more from this mysterious, creepy, magical world. This is my first encounter with Meg's books and I have been super wowed and already forcing it on my bookish friends (and some who aren't, because reading is good for them!) I look forward to whatever else Meg wants to write because I enjoyed her style and the people she brought to life for me to love.

I received this title for return purposes.

Author Bio:

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 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.

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