Published by Entangled Publishing on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Hardcover
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Congrats to Meg Kassel on your release, Black Bird of the Gallows! (Released September 5, 2017).
Today, on the blog, we have a special guest post from author Meg Kassel as she shares her experiences of seeing her book cover for the first time and holding her finished/printed book in person. Enjoy!
The first time I saw the cover of my debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows, I just stared in awe. It was perfect. It was dark and stunning and mysterious and captured the mood of the book with that single, dark-eyed crow looking straight at you. I’m very glad I didn’t design it. It would have been a disaster. I’m saying this a graphic designer. Four years of art school. Nine years of professional experience. That cover is as lovely as it is because I had nothing to do with it.
Writers have a natural emotional connection to their books. Even though we know publication is about turning a book into a salable product, they’re still products of our emotions and thoughts and hopes, with a hearty helping of fear in there, too. Taking that stew of feelings and condensing them down to a single image is difficult to do. Some authors design their own covers and are very successful at it, but I wouldn’t be one of them—not for my debut book, anyway! There are too many elements I’d try to cram in there—too many themes and images that would muddy up the message. I’m eternally grateful to L.J. Anderson at Mayhem Cover Creations for her skills and creativity in creating this beautiful cover.
I made a video of opening the box of books and picking one up for the first time. It was awkward and I did my best to sound cool and professional, but I’m pretty nerdy on it. I posted it on my author FB page because it’s as real a reaction as you’re going to get, and I always get a kick out of seeing authors get excited over milestone like seeing their book for the first time. Shaky videography skills aside, holding that book was surreal. I got a box of fifteen of them, as per my contract, and they still amaze me. This book and I have been through two publishers (the first one who acquired this book closed), two agents and three editors. It’s been an adventure, so holding that book is the culmination of more than just the writing and editing of a book, but hard decisions, life lessons, and a study in resilience. It really is amazing that it made it to publication, with all the challenges this book faced. No matter what direction my writing career goes in, I’ll always be proud of Black Bird of the Gallows, my first published book; the book that turned this writer into an author.
– Meg Kassel
Thank you again to Meg Kassel for sharing your experience with us, as well as, to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for including Read. Eat. Love. in the blog tour for Meg Kassel’s Black BIrd of the Gallows. Before you go, check out my review of this fantastic paranormal novel and at the end the amazing giveaway. Cheers!
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel is a contemporary YA paranormal fantasy novel that includes an interesting way to look at bees and crows, as well as, death, immortality and love.
After years of living in a van with her mom, Angie Dovage, has spent the last five years moving on and getting settled in a comfortable life with her father and friends. When Reece Ferenandez moves in next door, with what appears to be a flock of crows in tow as well as a weird fear of bees getting close to her, things start to get more interesting.
Black Bird of the Gallows is a book that grows in complexity and detail as you read it, by the end you are enthralled with what is happening and where things will go. Reece is more than he seems. I like that he manages to be both a believable high school student, as well as, a harbinger of death. Angie is insecure but filled with hidden talents and depths. Reece helps bring these to the forefront. As their relationship gets stronger it also gets more complicated and I felt that Ms. Kassel did a very nice job in balancing her characters and making the reader care about them and what they care about.
Overall, I felt that Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel was a very well written and intriguing novel and I very much like how it was composed and developed with great characters, imagery and world building. I would very much recommend.
Three (3) winners will receive A Black Bird of the Gallows canvas tote bag (11“x14”) which includes a custom made crow pendant and ball chain, bookmark and stickers, $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT):