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

Black Bird of the Gallows

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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.

Praise

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

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
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 Melanie September 20, 2017

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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By destiny September 14, 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 o... ...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 jus... ...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 harb... ...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 th... ...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 bat... ...more

By katwiththehat August 22, 2017

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... ...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... ...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

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

By Jen (in her Unicorn Bubble) 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... ...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"!... ...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 ver... ...more

How outstanding is this synopsis?! My lovely co-blogger Rebeca showed it to me on the day she bought it and I was immediately hooked. No joke!!! I was out with my puppies and hubby that day, we were going on a drive for the day. Enjoying the last days of summer. When adorable Rebeca chimes in on... ...more

By Kate August 10, 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 thi... ...more

By Cookie 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 nev... ...more

By Kim September 06, 2017

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

4 1/2 Stars

Dark, haunting and romantic, Black Bird of the Gallows is a lush and beautifully told tale that for the most part hits all the right notes. The best part of the book is the world-building and... ...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 cha... ...more

By Marcia February 22, 2017

I read an early version of this book and loved it. Can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy. ...more

By lacy August 15, 2017

I was generously provided this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Entangled Teen publishing!

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... ...more

By Emy September 02, 2017

I was provided with this book by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

'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. Wh... ...more

By Portia Lynn (itsportiasbooks) August 20, 2017

*4.5 stars*

Basically, anytime the words "harbinger of death" or even just "harbinger" (which implies harbinger of death) appear, I'm immediately sold. Like, I am going to read it. No matter what. Its a weakness. It's also kind of rare, so I take what I can get.



I was really hoping this book carri... ...more

By Kristi August 21, 2017

What a fun, exciting read! Angie had a rough life when she was growing up. Her drug addicted mom took off with her. Shortly after her dad found her again, her mom died from an overdose. She moved in with her dad in a small Pennsylvania town. While she had a couple amazing friends, Deno and Lacey,... ...more

By Alexandra September 15, 2017

A touch of magic, death and Beauty and the Beast! Really good! ...more

By D.M. August 19, 2017

Holy hell! I couldn't get enough of this book. This takes the human/monster romance to a whole new level. The story is original and captivating.

I would recommend Black Bird of the Gallows to everyone that likes monster stories and love a taboo romance.

The house next door to Angie's is tainted.... ...more

By Stephanie September 12, 2017

'Black Bird of the Gallows' was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. I have to admit that I had really high hopes for it and was worried that it wouldn't end up being everything I wanted. Happily, that wasn't the case at all. I completely adored this book! Every aspect of the story was we... ...more

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3.93 avg Goodreads.com rating
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 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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