Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy
Expected publication date:  January 12, 2016

Description (taken from Goodreads):
“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…

Kenna is with her best friend Blake at an indie folk concert.  Everything seems to be going well for these maybe-more-than-best friends.  Blake surprised her by signing her up for the song competition.  And while Kenna is struggling with crowd butterflies, she performs her song well.  What seems to go down as the best night in history suddenly takes a turn for the worst when her past jumps into the present.

Kenna's mother only wants to protect her daughters, but she doesn't know how to help Kenna besides taking her to Eclipse.  And when Kenna is left there, she meets people who are like her.  She learns more about their way of life and realizes she's in paradise.  They have a laid-back way to life and don't have a lot of technology getting in the way.  But when Kenna's life from the real-world starts to invade her Eclipse-life, Kenna starts to suspect weird happenings.  In the end, Kenna is left with a choice that will ultimately define her future.

This was a fairly quick and easy read that had a unique paranormal piece.  But the feelings Kenna experiences with her abilities sounded way too much like someone in the real world doing drugs.  And while I could draw some parallels with the paranormal, I still felt like there was way too much drug-like sensations occurring in this book.  It ruined the story for me.  Minus the unique paranormal and my associating the story with drugs, you've got a pretty basic plotline for the story.

This one's probably going to be a love it or hate it.  I can see a lot of people being blown away by this novel as something new and cool.  But I can also see others calling it a knock-off of other things.  And then, maybe there will be people like me that just can't get rid of the drug-association.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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