Hey everyone! I’m part of the blog tour for the awesome, creepy Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel, hosted by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours & Promotions. You can find the tour schedule here, so be sure to check out all of the other great bloggers included in the tour. I’m going to be giving a short review (spoiler: it’s great), some info about the author, and even the link to a giveaway if you stick around until the end of the post.
Title: Black Bird of the Gallows
Author: Meg Kassel
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
This book was the epitome of a creepy fall read. It was eerie, it was violent, and it was extraordinarily well done. Meg Kassel doesn’t shy away from the violence, death, and destruction that being around a harbinger would entail. Honestly, the entire last third of this book had my jaw permanently dropped on the ground. I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by just how dark this book got, but it’s absolutely delicious. Right now is the perfect time of year to pick up this book, as there were multiple moments that literally made my skin crawl.
The romance between Reece and Angie was definitely prominent, but it never felt like it took over the story completely. If romance isn’t really your thing, there’s still so much that this book has to offer for you, like the aforementioned death and destruction, and even a solid “finding yourself” storyline. Meg Kassel’s interpretation of harbingers and their lore just adds another layer of entertainment.
I give this title a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and I urge you to go out and pick up a copy ASAP. And now, since you’ve stuck around this long, I’ve got a giveaway for you. Here’s the info and the Rafflecopter link:
• Three (3) 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, $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT):
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.