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[Review] Black Bird of the Gallows – Meg Kassel [Blog Tour]

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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 . . .

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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 at 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 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.

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Meg Kassel

– About Meg Kassel –

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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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!

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!
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2 thoughts on “[Review] Black Bird of the Gallows – Meg Kassel [Blog Tour]”

  1. Ah, nice! That comment about the ending convinced me to read it. I love a story with interesting twists that isn’t about what it appears to be about at first glance. But a bad ending, open ending or plain weird ending can really ruin a book for me. Going on my to-read list! Thanks for the tip 🙂

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