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Synopsis: 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.
Dark, haunting and romantic, Black Bird of the Gallows is a lush and beautifully told YA supernatural story that for the most part, hits all the right notes.
While the beginning of the book starts off as so many YA stories do: mysterious, brooding boy moves next door to plucky, outsider teen girl, after the first couple of chapters I wound up really liking both Angie and Reece. In addition to them both dealing with traumatic pasts, now they have to deal with a threat involving supernatural bees. *Shudder*. At first I thought this was going to be an annoying case of insta-love, it’s more like an instant attraction that develops into deeper feelings. I was completely invested in the two of them, and found myself fervently hoping they got their happy ending.
The best part of the book is the word-building and mythology. It’s creepy, yet beautiful, and I was completely enthralled throughout the entire book. The pace slowly built until the nerve-wracking ending, which I thought was a bit rushed, but ultimately satisfying.
Y’all know I read a lot of YA Fiction. Even when I like a book, sometimes it’s difficult to remember it. Black Bird of the Gallows is a story that I will remember days, weeks, and months from now. It’s imaginative and unique, and I HIGHLY recommend it for older teens and adults who love supernatural fiction and are looking for a story and characters they’ll fall in love with.