I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Published by Macmillan on January 12th 2016
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, New Experience, Paranormal, Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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“I try not to think about it, what I did to that boy.”
Seventeen-year-old Kenna Marsden has a secret.
She’s haunted by a violent tragedy she can’t explain. Kenna’s past has kept people—even her own mother—at a distance for years. Just when she finds a friend who loves her and life begins to improve, she’s plunged into a new nightmare. Her mom and twin sister are attacked, and the dark powers Kenna has struggled to suppress awaken with a vengeance.
On the heels of the assault, Kenna is exiled to a nearby commune, known as Eclipse, to live with a relative she never knew she had. There, she discovers an extraordinary new way of life as she learns who she really is, and the wonders she’s capable of. For the first time, she starts to feel like she belongs somewhere. That her terrible secret makes her beautiful and strong, not dangerous. But the longer she stays at Eclipse, the more she senses there is something malignant lurking underneath it all. And she begins to suspect that her new family has sinister plans for her…
“The Killing Jar” by Jennifer Bosworth was just WOW! Let’s start by talking about this beautiful cover. I don’t know a single person that isn’t going to be drawn to such a beautiful cover. I am completely in love with it. I love the lettering and the picture and I think all of it together is fabulous. Moving on..
I really liked this story because I really got to know Kenna, the main character. Kenna has such a complicated background. Her inner monologue is one of the best I’ve read. Bosworth was definitely able to keep my attention. Kenna has been blessed with a gift that she isn’t totally sure how to use. She has been brought up that this special power she has is wrong and that if she uses it, she is wrong. The synopsis starts out by talking about a violent tragedy that she can’t explain. If this doesn’t draw a reader in, I don’t know what will.
I really liked “The Killing Jar” because I feel like the characters were excellent. The plot was fantastic. I love how intriguing this plot is. Everything was wrapped up quite nicely. This story is definitely geared towards creepy and scary. This novel is classified as being a YA Horror novel. I don’t feel like the book was that scary. I actually could have used a lot more scary. I was preparing myself for this really scary novel and it just wasn’t there. The book had some creepy parts of I didn’t think it was scary at all. I am not totally sure where I would classify the novel, maybe paranormal? I do know there was plenty of times that I was creeped out though. I love this story.
You can really tell that Bosworth put so much of her soul into this book because you can just read it on the page. The novel is written so beautifully. I am extremely impressed with Bosworth’s writing. I am looking forward to what else Bosworth has up her sleeve. If you ever get a chance to meet Jennifer Bosworth, she is such a sweet individual. For her to come up with something like this….I swear she has a diabolical mind. She may look all sunshine and unicorns but she definitely is not (at least when you read this story).