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The Killing Jar Paperback – January 1, 2099
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“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).
***I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.***
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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