Black Bird of the Gallows

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. Harbingers settle in places where tragedy is about to strike, then feed on the energy of the dying. Then, they leave. Off to the next doomed place. No one wants a family of harbingers of death as neighbors, but that's exactly what seventeen-year-old Angie Dovage gets when Reece Fernandez moves in next door. Angie knows the mysterious boy is more than he appears, but can't imagine that his presence heralds a massive tragedy that will soon devastate the region. She has more to worry about than Reece's inevitable departure, because where harbingers of death go, the Beekeepers follow. Their sting turns sane people crazy, kind people into killers. Where Beekeepers go, people die. Quite horribly, in fact. Their love of chaos makes a disaster that much harder to survive, and they are stinging at will, causing a sudden epidemic of violence in her quiet mining town. Angie wants to protect everyone she cares about, but stopping the Beekeepers involves a choice that will claim her life or Reece's soul. She's about to learn the price of both.
Publisher: Fort Collins, CO :, Entangled Teen,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781633758148
1633758141
Characteristics: 309 pages

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Groszerita May 26, 2019

I have to be honest ~ I picked up this book because there was a review on it that said it was a good book to read and I forgot about the review. I had it lying around and looked at the cover and really liked it. I have a fascination with black birds - ravens, crows and grackles. I couldn't put the book down. It was so fascinating - I like how Angie watches Reece with binoculars. I like how there is this chemistry with them and yet the book has a lot of darkness and paranormal events to it.

claralex800 Jul 16, 2018

This book is just "Twilight". It could have been good, but it's "Twilight" right down to the huge adopted family who all have the same eye colour. I'm not even halfway through and I don't want to read anymore, but I have to keep going for the slight chance that it will be a little different from "Twilight" (not going to happen but I have to hope; it's the only book I have to read right now).
Edit: Okay, so it's not totally "Twilight", thank goodness. Getting through all the "Twilight" stuff was worth it for the ending (though, now that I think about it, that was a little "Twilight" too). The bad guy actually has a motivation and there are real stakes and the protagonist isn't a total Mary Sue or a self-sacrificing idiot. Except the more that I think about it the more it seems like "Twilight" again.
"Black Bird of the Gallows" is "Twilight" with a better history and mythology.

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