I received this book via Netgalley, My Book Shelf. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux on 2016-01-12
Length: 352 pages
Reviewing eARC, Audiobook from Netgalley, My Book Shelf
“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…
Unlike anything I’ve read before, The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth is an interesting, suspenseful read. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since before it came out and I happened across an audio copy of it. I highly recommend listening to the book as I couldn’t read it fast enough for my liking.
The first line of the blurb is the first line of the book. If you skipped that part, go read it now. I’ll wait…..Awesome, right?! So I was hooked from the very first line. Beginning a book like that, you know as the reader that you are in for an exciting read. And it was exciting, yet not at all what I expected. I was expecting a murderer, some mystery, a dark main character. You do get that, but not in the way you might think.
Kenna is an easy to like character. She sees things in black and white, there are no grey areas. What she does to that boy in the prologue is haunting and it follows her into her late teens. It sets the tone for the book and Kenna herself. Kenna will do anything for her twin sister, including murder even though she doesn’t understand how or why it happens. Her life is shrouded in secrets, and she purposefully pushes people away in order to protect them.
When something happens to her mom and sister, Kenna loses control. I won’t go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil the story, but this is the catalyst that sends her to the cult-like group Eclipse. Eclipse is not at all what I expected. It reminds me a little of the hippie communes you read about from the 60s and 70s. The people live off the land, have no electricity, and live whimsical lives. It’s a 180 turn from what Kenna is used to with her strict mom. I liked these people, but I wasn’t sure how much I trusted them.
Overall I enjoyed the story. There were parts that seemed to drag out, and there’s a paranormal element to the book I didn’t expect but enjoyed. Kenna is a character I found myself rooting for, but didn’t buy the romance with either of the romantic interests she encountered. Both boys came off flat to me. If you enjoy myths and paranormal, you may enjoy this book. I personally enjoyed the audio copy more than trying to read it on my own. It’s fast-paced and once you start you won’t want to stop until you reach the end.
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