Review of Black Bird of the Gallows

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Black Bird of the Gallows

Meg Kassel

Entangled Teen

September 5, 2017

Blurb: 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.

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I’ve always been intrigued by those harbingers of death who appear before a town suffers a huge tragedy with lives lost like the mothman, for instance. The crows in Black Bird of the Gallows are just like that, appearing as an omen in the trees all over town.

For Angie Dovage, this coincides with the arrival of new neighbors into the next-door house they thought would never be rented because of the deaths that occurred there. And, of course, the arrival of a cute teenage boy, Reece Fernandez, who befriends Angie even though she has a reputation of being a freak, due mostly to her mother’s behavior and death.

Nothing is as it seems. Soon Angie discovers truths she may not be ready to face about what is going to happen to her town. But she also begins to learn truths about herself, which make her question whether she should keep hiding the talents she possesses as well as herself.

Black Bird of the Gallows is engrossing with a rising tension that will keep you turning pages automatically until the satisfying conclusion that tests Angie, Reece, and her friends.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 5-butterflies

5 out of 5 butterflies




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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