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Review: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Hey all, Dani here.

My progress on my backlog of reviews continues. I am trying to balance newer reviews with older ones, so thankfully this is a book I read last month. Though it is also a really late NetGalley review. I literally have a list on a sheet of paper of NetGalley books I need to read and review as soon as possible. My feedback ratio has dropped far lower than I would like it to be. I think it is 67% right now, which is awful. So I’d like to get it up closer to 80% again.



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.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

I had wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover early last summer. The gorgeous cover paired with the interesting story summary made me really intrigued by it. But as life seemingly often goes for us reader/blogger types, I got distracted by a bunch of other books and releases. This is especially not good when this was a NetGalley read. Oops.

So I finally decided that I would read this book, so that I could read the newly released sequel. And I flew through this book pretty quickly. The characters were pretty interesting, and I was definitely intrigued by the plot.

However, there was something that kept me from completely loving this book and giving it a 5 star rating, but if you asked me to point out a specific reason why, I wouldn’t exactly be able to give you a detailed answer. I just feel like it could have been a little more. The story was good, and I stayed interested the whole time.

Maybe I was just slightly disappointed because I set me expectations at a certain level thanks to my love for the cover. That could be it, but I don’t know.

I can definitely say that I will be picking up the sequel/companion story soon, because I am utterly fascinated by the harbingers and the bee keepers and all the culture and lore behind these beings.

Where to Buy

You can pick up Black Bird of the Gallows from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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