Black Bird of the Gallows Excerpt and Giveaway

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I’m seriously questioning the wisdom of coming here. Who is this boy? Who are these people? I may not want these answers. Whatever illusion I had been weaving about this being a normal family can’t be true. This is a family, yes, but one putting on an elaborate show to appear to be something they are not. “Everyday life can’t be so bad,” I say lightly, eager to change the subject before I start luring myself down a hole. “You have a beautiful home, a nice family. You’re popular at school. Kiera Shaw certainly likes you.”

He turns his gaze to me, slowly. “Kiera Shaw? You think I like her?”

“I don’t know what you like.” I don’t blink. I don’t look away. “I know only what I’ve seen.”

Reece leans close, gently entering my personal space. Close enough to put me on edge, but not close enough to intimidate. His voice is silk on gravel. His narrowed eyes glitter down at me. “And what, exactly, have you seen, Angie?”

Shivers race up my skin. I want to defuse this so badly, but I feel like this is a challenge I can’t lose. “I’ve seen and heard things that don’t make sense. Things I can’t understand.” I shift my gaze to my crow sitting on a branch above my head. It watches me with an intensity that would scare me if I wasn’t accustomed to it. “Tell me about the crows.”

He shakes his head. “Sorry. Either you know about them, or you don’t.”

My jaw tightens, even as I step toward him. I can feel his body heat. His clean, guy scent fills my senses with a unique magnetism that draws me close. Closer still. “I will find out.”

His gaze sweeps my face, lingering on my lips. “I hope not.” His breath warms my temple, sending a shiver under my skin. “There are worse things out there than a few watchful birds.”

“Like what?” I’m breathless, damn him. My words are barely audible.

His lashes fan low over his eyes. The narrow space between us crackles with tension. “Oh Angie, you don’t want to know.”

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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 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.

 

Black Bird of the Gallows will be released September 5, 2017 by Entangled Teen.

 

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Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for
young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s
always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She
worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did
for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg
is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine
woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons,
Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been
fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing,
Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video
games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA.

 

Entangled Teen is giving away two hardcover copies of this book. Enter to win here.

Add Black Bird of the Gallows to Goodreads.

Links to purchase Black Bird of the Gallows:

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Anderson’s Bookshop

Book Depository

 

Review of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Summary from Goodreads:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

 

My thoughts:

The hype around Adam Silvera is well deserved.  I was crying within the first 35 pages of this book.  Adam’s writing style flows and he has such a way with words.  I really felt that I knew each character and exactly how they were feeling.  Be prepared with tissues.  This is a really emotional read.   I definitely related with Griffin and his compulsions.  Not as bad, but I count everything and have a thing for odd numbers (his is even numbers).

Because the book has been out for awhile now, there isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been said before.  So I’m just going to share a few quotes to show you how amazing this writing/book is.

“Is it weird to envy him for that, for witnessing something I would never want to see with my own eyes?  I have all this history with you, Theo,  but he has pieces of your puzzle that would destroy me if I ever had to put them together, and yet I still want them.”

“Even if I only got to spend that first drive to the planetarium with Theo, he broke me in a way everyone should be lucky to be cracked open at least once.  I had the privilege of being destroyed by him until we found a better, real me inside of the person I was pretending to be.  I hope I make him proud.”

“I should’ve guessed.  In the second month of the year, he was here with you.  In the second-to-last month of the year, he’s here with me.  I will never wrap my head around how a single moment can keep throwing our lives around.  I feel like a rock being skipped through the ocean-pain, relief, pain again, relief again, eventually destined to sink.”

 

Honestly, I can just keep going.  The writing is just that good.  If you haven’t read this one yet, you can add it to goodreads here.

History Is All You Left Me was released January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen.

Blogger Aesthetics Award/Tag

I was nominated by Bella Blogs Because Books over the weekend and I’m just getting around to this today.

 

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips (included in the tag):

 

 

I still don’t know anyone well enough to tag, but if you want to do this, just put your link in the comments below so I can check it out.

Update for the weekend. #ARCAugust and Make Me Read It Readathon

I will be out of town this weekend and away from the computer, so I thought I would do a quick update post.

The voting is done for my Make Me Read It Readathon books.  My goal is to read three, but I didn’t realize that I’ll be driving for about 9 hours the first day.  I may only get through two, but I’ll try my best. 

The winning books are:

Geekerella

History Is All You Left Me

We Were Liars

I’m also doing ARCAugust, but will be taking a break during the readathon.  I should be finishing my second ARC book today (if I can find time before I have to leave for a 9 hour drive).  If not, I’ll definitely finish it tomorrow.  I have a few more arcs to add to my list when I get back.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I’ll have a lot of catching up to do Monday. 

 

Just a quick thank you.

I’ve had this blog going for a couple weeks and I’m already up to 101 followers (combined wordpress and e-mail).  I know the first 100 is probably the easiest to get, but I didn’t expect to have that many yet.  So thank you all very much!  

I’m reading my second #ARCAugust book right now and I’m still doing the Make Me Read It readathon next week.  I will also have an author post up August 11th for a book blog.

Thanks again everyone! 

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine and it features one book you are looking forward to.

For this week, I chose Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Goodreads summary:

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race..

Unearthed is set to be released January 9, 2018 by Disney-Hyperion.

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Review of The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan (digital arc)

Summary from Goodreads:

Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.

Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.

One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.

She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.

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The Hollow Girl is a pretty dark, powerful book.   Bethan is a young Romani girl who lives with her Gran, a witch.  Bethan has spent her life wanting her Gran to teach her the craft.  She is often times feared by people.  She was born with a large birthmark covering half of her.  One half light, one half dark.   Her own people torment her or turn away. While she’s selling charms/herb packs, she is bothered by an older man.  A boy, Martyn, makes him leave and starts talking to Bethan who he decides to call Bet.  Martyn is kind to her, helps her sell everything she has, and isn’t put off by her birthmark.

Being a Romani in her community, she is to remain pure until marriage.  Even speaking to this boy can be frowned upon, but she finds herself liking him.  However, the local chieftain’s son, Silas, has decided that he wants Bethan to be his.  He finds her with Martyn and gets into a fight with him.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only time and he has plans for Bethan and her new friend.

One day, he has the help of four other boys in the market.  Silas starts a fight with Martyn.  Bethan runs, but finds herself drug into the field by some of the other boys. They beat Martyn close to death and then hang him up like a scarecrow to die.  The boys hold Bethan down while Silas rapes her.

Bethan has to work a dark spell to bring Martyn back from the dead.  It requires body parts of the boys, a lot of blood, some death, and a lot of emotion.  Bethan has to decide how far she can be pushed and what she’s willing to do to save Martyn and also get revenge on the boys who hurt her.

I thought the author did a great job with the story.  I loved reading about all the blood magic along with the payments when using it. The rape and beating scene was tough to read, but not too overdone.  I flew through the second half of the book and didn’t want to put it down.

I gave this book 4  1/2 stars.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review.

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The Hollow Girl release date is October 10th 2017 by Delacorte Press.  You can find it on goodreads here.   I definitely recommend this one.  Just be prepared for a rape and quite a bit of violence.