I joined this tour entirely because of the publisher – I have yet to find an Entangled Teen book I haven’t enjoyed. I wasn’t totally sure of this when I started reading it – it’s basically about harbingers of death (the crows). Kinda dark and I don’t usually do dark. This one, though . . .
Black Bird of the Gallows
Black Bird of the Gallows #1
by Meg Kassel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: YA Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Format Read: Kindle
Source: Author for Review
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Reviewed by Megan
I received a copy of this book from the author
in exchange for my honest review. The gifting of
this book in no way influenced my review and all
opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
I was really surprised that, in a book centering around death and this horrible catastrophe that’s going to hit Angie’s town, it was still a love story. Right away, you see that Reece doesn’t know what disaster is coming and he says flat out that he can’t stop it. He’s just there to feed off the death, honestly. Sounds bad. So you come to terms with the fact that part of the book is going to be about this horrible tragedy. How is Angie going to survive it? Is her family going to survive? What’s coming?
The funny thing is, that’s not really what I focused on.
I saw the budding love story. You wouldn’t think it would be possible but Reece is actually a decent . . . what do I call him? Semi-human? Used to be human turned harbinger? I loved the snarky attitudes between them and the clashing at the beginning. That always makes for an interesting love story. It’s not like she swoons and falls madly in love with him right away. Believable.
I also liked Angie’s strength. She’s been through hell and back with her mom and the drugs. But she’s not shriveled up in the corner, unable to cope with her life. When you see her in the beginning, she actually seems pretty happy. She’s got a good life with a dad that loves her and dotes on her.
I was surprised by the ending, as well. I didn’t think there was a way for the author to spin this book so that you didn’t close it going “what just happened?” Everything wrapped up in a way that I could be okay with. It was actually a really good ending.
About Meg Kassel
There’s so much going on with this tour today – if you’re looking for more reviews, check out YA Book Divas, Nicole Sobon, and Rockin’ Book Reviews. If an interview’s what you’re interested in, head on over to Postcards for Ariel.
And there’s even a GIVEAWAY!
THREE winners will receive a Black Bird of the Gallows canvas tote bag (11″x14″), which includes a custom made crow pendant and ball chain, bookmark and stickers, and $10 Amazon gift card. Giveaway is open Internationally!
That’s all for now! Happy Wednesday!