Title: Black Bird of The Gallows
Author: Meg Kassel
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: September 5th, 2017
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.
“Crack your bones and eat your narrow, snap your spines like broken arrows.”
Okay, is it just me or this book was quite similiar to Twilight? Because I couldn’t help but think that, and it made sense to me. A mysterious guy, forbidden romance, and some other things that were Twilight 2.0. Guys! Tell me I’m not the only one.
There was quite a buzz with this novel before it came out, and a lot of people said many positive things about it, so to say I anticipated it is a statement. The cover was gorgeous, and the whole premise sounded a bit creepy and perfect for this time of year, so I had to read it. And… I had a few issues with it, but overall I enjoyed it and had a nice time reading it, especially because of that eery atmosphere.
“They don’t care that none of it was true. Stories are so much more interesting than the truth, and interesting sticks.”
Let’s talk about the characters, shall we? Because I feel that’s what the story was more focused on. And… geez, like I said before, it all reminded me of Twilight. I don’t know if it happens in all YA paranormal romance books, or if it’s just simply this one (okay, it’s been a while since I read this genre, don’t blame me!). At first I wasn’t mind blown. They were your typical YA characters, and the romance was so insta love-ish, and I was pretty meh about it. But I continue reading it because it was a fun, easy book to get into, and that’s exactly what I needed.
Something I really enjoyed was our protagonist’s character development. Yes, I didn’t quite like her at the beginning of the book (I didn’t hate her either), but throughout the story she overcame her fears and started going outside her confort zone (even if it was a bit forced), and isn’t that what we all want in a main character? Well, that’s something I do want.
There was a very nice friendship, especially between our main character and their best friends. There were a lot of situations where you could see how loyal they were to each other, and the way they were trying to keep the others safe and sound. And that’s something I always appreciate in YA novels, because friendship never gets old!
“Eyes sharp and black as the crows who touched his skin and played with his hair.
He wasn’t afraid then, but he is now.”
There was also a very unique and great villain. That was one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book, and even though at first you didn’t really know much about him but thoughout the story… man, he was pretty creepy.
The setting was perfect for this time of year, and I’m so happy I decided to pick this up right when I did. It had that Halloween odd and eery vibe, and well, the paranormal factor had a lot to do with that. There were some things that were a bit predictable, but I guess it wasn’t the author’s intentions to be that secretive about them.
So overall, I decided to give it 3.5 stars because I feel I’ve read some books similar to this, with characters like the ones in this story, and I expected more of a unique story. It had an unique antagonist, and the whole novel was enjoyable and fast paced.
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