Title: Black Bird of the Gallows
Author: 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.
Black Bird of the Gallows was different than I thought it would be. It centered around romance and how love, at the deepest level, can overcome even the most evil of enemies, as well as curses. It was an interesting read, but centered more on romance than any of the action, which was a bit saddening. However, the story is still intriguing and easy to read.
There was adventure, mystery, romance, and a bit of the paranormal. Our MC, Angie, took everything she learned in stride and barely seemed to bat an eye. She herself is unusual, seeing things others can’t. She readily believes Reece because in her heart, she knows he’s not lying. This didn’t feel as authentic as I hoped it would. It felt forced, like she only believed it because she liked him. And then she was forced to truly believe it when their town was attacked, and somehow she was able to run from the supernatural and fight back all on her own.
Angie is string and determined, that’s for sure. She constantly made tough decisions in order to make things right, though sometimes that didn’t work out as planned and us readers got more action and intrigue out of it. Her decisions were made to find out more, to discover why there is so many odd occurrences since Reece moved in, to understand why he stands out so much. She puts herself in danger and tries her best to fix her mistakes. True to her heart, it’s easy to see how a love like theirs could defeat the odds.
All in all, this was a read that I enjoyed!
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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