Title: Black Bird at the Gallows
Author: Meg Kassal
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page Count: 310
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan, Physical
Rated: 5/5 stars
This is going to be yet another favorite book for my 2018 year in review. It’s got gorgeous prose, the writing is elegant and the characters are so real you feel as if you’re there. Thank god your not, however, because the end of the book is kind of grim. I will warn readers who are interested in this book: it’s got a school shooting within towards the back half of the novel. I know there’s been a lot of school shootings lately, and it’s a triggersome topic, so fair thee warned. The main characters are locked safely in a classroom, and nobody onscreen dies, but I still feel as though readers should have fair warning.
Angie is the main female character of the book, and the story takes place when her new neighbors move in across from her house into the house where a dad had violently murdered his wife and kids. Angie took in the dog of that house, so that it wouldn’t go straight to the pound, and she and her dad have both enjoyed the dog’s company. The neighbors are kind, considerate, and very hot-at least one boy is, in Angie’s eyes. Angie doesn’t want a new hot boy to distract her from her already pressing problems of exams, her band where she DJ’s as the elusive Sparo, and so on.
The boy is not as he appears to be, and he’s got some strange acquaintances that make her neck stand on end. Aside from the hot boy moving in, there’s also been a strange surge in more bees coming out of hibernation, tons of rain, and an outbreak in people not behaving like they normally do.
I’m guessing based on those clues, you can predict where this story is going to go-and you’d be right if you guessed ‘end of the world scenario, Angie winds up with attractive hot boy, and her band becomes popular’. But the book is still worth reading. The author has a way of making the story really come alive, and the characters are all so intense. You sympathize with Angie quite a bit, especially in regards to Kiera Shaw, and there’s loads of action and danger towards the end of the book.
I’m unsure if there’s going to be a sequel. Everything wrapped up quite nicely, and Angie was still alive with her friends…but there might could very well be a sequel about the end results of how Angie fixed things. (Yes, still no spoilers, sorry.)
I really enjoyed reading this book throughout the day, it was a nice escape for a while. I am now going to add it to my list of books to own, because it’s definitely worthy to be sitting on my shelves. I give this book 5/5 stars for a splendid few hours away from reality.
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.