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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I have to admit that I was intrigued the moment I read the synopsis, however, I did feel that it left a lot to the imagination as to what exactly was going on. As I started reading this story I wanted to know more about Reece and what this mystery surrounding him and his family was.
I have to say this book is great for the upcoming Halloween season. It’s creepy and spooky and just right for the season. Angie is a girl who has had a rough start to life with her drug addict mother, she is now living with her father and trying hard to keep the two parts of herself separate, the girl she is at school, and the persona she takes on certain nights. Her world turns upside down when the mysterious Reece Fernandez and his family move in next door with a whole murder of Crows. On Reece’s first day of school Angie witnesses something odd at the bus stop and decides she needs answers that only Reece has.
This need for answers becomes worse when something not human attacks Angie at a local nightclub, this draws her and Reece closer together. Reece’s history becomes clearer as the story progresses, and you realize that maybe Reece and Angie’s love is doomed, but then again maybe not. Deno and Lacy are good addition to the story as well as support for Angie through everything.
What I really liked was that the love story was there, but not the only focus, and the action in the last half of the book was great. It really brought people closer together and did not drag out like it does in some stories.
The only thing that kept me from really loving this was the ending. I wanted more, I wanted to see much more on how everyone got their lives back on track after the catastrophe that happened in their town.
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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