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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full...

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2018 Ariana Awards finalist

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.

Each book in the Black Bird of the Gallows series is STANDALONE:
* Black Bird of the Gallows
* Keeper of the Bees


“A pleasingly original contribution to the paranormal-romance genre.” Kirkus Reviews

"...the author has created an interesting world of mythical and paranormal creatures that will appeal to avid fans of the genre." – School Library Journal

5 stars: “Gorgeous writing, unique mythology, and epic sacrifice. Do not miss this one!” –Pintip Dunn, NYT bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow

5 stars: A dark, twisty thrill ride from beginning to end.” –Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls and Fragile Spirits

5 stars: “Meg Kassel's debut novel was packed with thrill, romance and a chase unlike any other.” –Natasha, Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

5 stars: “Where can I find more paranormal YA like this? Seriously, this was so good! I'm going to be honest and say that I don't care much for reading about the paranormal. [...] But this book has changed my mind. By instilling a little bit of Supernatural-esque lore like harbingers of death and the Beekeepers, this kept my attention from start to finish. –Lacy, A Ravenclaw Library

5 stars: “The pacing of this book was great. I sat down to read for thirty minutes tonight and ended up reading for an hour and a half to finish. I just couldn’t put it down.” –Kristi, Confessions of a YA Reader

5 stars: “Holy hell! I couldn't get enough of this book. This takes the human/monster romance to a whole new level.” –Danielle Duncan, Chapters Through Life

5 stars: Wow, what a fabulous, fast paced, fun, and interesting read! This story has a unique perspective on an old tale of star crossed lovers.” –JJ, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: “The paranormal aspects of the book are where this novel really shines, as it is incredibly creative/clever with a whole new context for the paranormal category. I don't think I have read anything like it before, and it was enthralling!” –Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: If this book isn't on your radar it needs to be.” –Ainslee Nolan, JestAndHearts

5 stars: “Overall, I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of paranormal romances! I, for sure, will be getting my hands on a finished copy and most likely will be reading this book again!” –Destinee, Hidden Behind Hardbacks

5 stars: “When I find characters I like and a story I enjoy I often reread the book and feel like I am having coffee with friends. This is one of those books.” –Cheri Sarton, Goodreads Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758155
Series: Black Bird of the Gallows, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 5, 2017
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By C.G. August 31, 2018

A story all about harbringers, evil bees, music and paranormal tropes that get deliciously shaken up?!? I AM SO HERE FOR THIS. I so so enjoyed this one. It's pretty dark too, which...excuse me while I slither out of the darkness, but yes please. And the characters were winning, it had epic friendshi ...more

By destiny ♡⚔♡ November 20, 2017

I would rather the first boy who makes my heart beat like this, who makes my senses come alive, be a normal, human one, but I shouldn't be surprised. "Normal" hasn't exactly defined much of my life.

I loved the paranormal romance genre as a teen, but hadn't picked it up in a while, so when I was off ...more

By Sophie "Beware Of The Reader" September 29, 2017



Like a huge wave Black Bird of the Gallows engulfed me in its magic world and did not release me before the last sentence was over. It left me ashore a little stunned and with starry eyes.



Meg Kassel achieved the high feat of making me rediscover a genre that I've rea ...more

By Carrie August 15, 2017

Angie Dovage is like most people would be, a bit curious as to who her new neighbors are and what they will be like. When Angie runs into Reece Fernandez at the bus stop her curiosity is piqued even more by the good looking strange boy. Angie takes it upon herself to follow Reece and find out just w ...more

By Alyssa September 05, 2017

4.5 stars. Very, very good. =)

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbing ...more

By Schizanthus September 11, 2017

Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly ... Sorry, I kept hearing this song each time I read the title and music does feature in the book so it's not completely out there ...

The first thing I absolutely have to address about Black Bird of the Gallows is that ...more

By Kat July 31, 2020

Thank you so much to Entangled and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this AWESOME paranormal treat by Meg Kassel! Wow, this was so different from anything else I've read lately and I really loved Meg Kassel's originality in creating this supernatural world and plot elements.

Angie hasn't ...more

By Natshane August 25, 2017

Meg Kassel's debut novel was packed with thrill, romance and a chase unlike any other. Delve into the world of paranormal and be prepared for the rush as the author delivered a gothic horror novel that is both thrilling and chilling in this original story of ancient mythical creatures and the battle ...more

By Sabrina September 19, 2017

Checkout my full review + giveaway (ends 9/29) on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

I'm not sure how to start this review. This book was unique on so so many levels. The ideas behind this book are inspiring and there are many interesting twists with the mythology. This book was an emo ...more

By Kristen September 09, 2018

3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via YA Bound Book Tours. This has not influenced my review.*

This book had many of the typical YA trappings, but it also had a lot of uniqueness, and that was why I liked it.

I loved how this author took the idea of crows being harbingers of death and ...more

By Kate (beautifulbookland) September 25, 2017

I've always had a tenuous relationship with bees. I was freaking petrified of them when I was younger, and only came to accept that they're actually pretty important about a year or two ago. So now, after reading a book about mutant psychosis-inducing bees, I'm back to square one, and I don't think ...more

By Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ September 15, 2017

Black Bird of the Gallows was hauntingly addicting, and I found myself completely mesmerized as the story unfolded. The creatures and curses were not only unique, but an eerie combination that at times terrified me. There were so many moments of subtle humor that had me laughing out loud and kept a ...more

By Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.) September 08, 2017

Oh NO, it really finished guys :( !, that makes me so sad, I feel I need more of this world and its characters, read this book it was all an experience, I underestimated it and it really surprised me


I want to thank NetGalley and Entangled Publishing,LLC for providing me with this copy in exchange ...more

By Aimie November 06, 2017

Black Bird of the Gallows was creepy and enchanting and captured my attention until the very end!

This was such a unique book to read. From the plot and world building to the pacing and mythological ties, this book really made you feel like you were a part of this crazy adventure. I have to admit th ...more

By Doreen June 03, 2017

I received this book from BookExpo America. It's an Advance Reading Copy. I was fortunate to meet the author, who signed it for me! I knew I would enjoy her writing as early as reading page 2 ....... the dad's running shirt is described as being, "a retina-piercing shade of highlighter yellow"! Lov ...more

By Courtney September 11, 2017

Meg Kassel nails it with her debut novel. Black Bird of the gallows was an intriguing YA fantasy/paranormal read.

"Don't follow me again, Angie. Death is never far behind me. I don't want it to catch you."

I love the unique ideas and paranormal elements Meg gives us in this book. She created very i ...more

By Donna October 08, 2017

"Fly with me, baby, there’s nothing to fear. Stay with me today, before you have to go. Be with me, baby, no need to hide. In the light of the new day, the fire’s burning low. Can’t stop searching, for some spark of hope. Find your way to dry land, the sea will drag me down. Swimming to the far shor ...more

By Ashley September 21, 2017

Thank You to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for letting me read and review an early copy of Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel. My thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own.
I'm also excited to be a part of the Black Bird of the Gallows Blog Tour! This tour is hosted by Chapter by Chap ...more

By Fictional World Dreamer February 21, 2019

How outstanding is this synopsis?!

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Well, let me tell you...... I was completely hooked, I wanted and needed this book immediately! It's been such a long time since a book grabbed me like that. I was so eager that I had my hubby stop at the nearest Barnes and Nobles so I could get a copy quickly, lol. ...more

Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...

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 t ...more

By mith September 15, 2017

you can find my review on my blog as well!

Black Bird of the Gallows was such a pleasant surprise! This was one of those books that you just know--the moment you pick it up, you're going to like it!

I will admit... parts of this book reminded me of Twilight, which is sort of funny, because I've never ...more

By Barb (Boxermommyreads) September 11, 2017

This book has been on my radar since I first saw that gorgeous cover and you have to admit, it is a pretty well done cover. I believe this is Kassel's debut book and I can firmly say that I am interested in seeing what she writes in the future and will make sure to give any new books by her a chance ...more

By Madalyn October 07, 2017

read this book as a buddy read with two fellow book reviewers. First off lets just take a minute to appreciate this cover art! Before I started reading I was hoping this book would be good but fearing it might be too much like Twilight for my tastes....not only was it good, it was REALLY good! I ab ...more

By Shorouk October 09, 2018

That was totally a wonderful surprise.I loved the writing style here and the pace of the story.I was curious about this world and what would happen.It was really interesting.

I loved the cast of characters every and each one of them.I liked the family aspect a lot and wanted more about the small kid ...more

By Amy April 02, 2018

It took me ages to finish this book, not because it was bad, but just because I kept starting new books and not picking this one up again.
I actually really enjoyed it. It took a while for the story to start going but it turned out to be an awesome action packed book. I loved Reece. He has become a n ...more

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Meg Kassel

About the author

Meg Kassel

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 embracing her true passion, writing. She now lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her family, and is busy at work on her next novel. A fan of ’80s cartoons, original Netflix series, daydreaming, 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 husband and daughter, hiding her peanut butter cups, or walking her rescue mutt, Luna.

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