Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel is a YA paranormal fantasy novel that will surely make you cringe..
“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.”
This book is one that you will IMMEDIATELY become enticed with. If you’re looking for a cringe-worthy read for Fall, I highly recommend Black Bird for your enjoyment! It definitely gave me the leaves-falling, fall-time vibes.
Throughout the book, there are these moments where you literally feel your eyes bulge and your inner-self screaming “HOLY CRAP” because that was seriously some creepy stuff.
I consider this more of a contemporary thriller following this new guy that shows up across the street from a rather curious high-school girl. Within the first few pages, you just know stuff is about to go down with all of the crazy bees and ravens.
This book is the kind that you are now hyperaware of that goosebump feeling that something just has to be behind you. Because what is the deal with the guy in the fluffy coat??
At first, everything seems normal. Then BAM, joke’s on you.
I will have to say that this book became repetitive in that the main guy is just weird, but of course, the girl keeps butting herself into the situation within the next chapter. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because of the repetitive nature, BUT that is part of the story. Continual, creepy, weird things popping up that peak your interest.
There is romance in this book. I feel like it drives the story forward without being annoying (because too much typical YA romance tends to do so). The main character’s backstory with her anxiety and her struggles with the school bullies brought this story to a whole new level which was accented once the mysterious boy shows up. It was intriguing to see the struggle the two attempted to overcome between the relationship they placed themselves into.
Overall, this was fun Fall read that seized both paranormal and romantic vibes. Personally, the creatures in this book really drew me to try and figure out what in the world was going on! The story was executed to my expectations and leaves you in an October-reading vibe!
Published: 5 September 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eArc from Publisher
**Disclaimer – I received this eArc from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. My reviews include my opinion only and are not influenced in any way.**
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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