Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: 17 February 2020 (pre-orders available now) Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Welcome to Blackbirch. It’s a place no one forgets. Except for Josh Taylor. The fatal car crash took more than 17-year-old Josh’s parents. It stole his memories and returned him to his birthplace, Blackbirch, a tourist town steeped in a history of witchcraft. Amongst friends he’s forgotten and a life he doesn’t want, Josh is haunted by nightmares so believable he swears the girl in his dreams is real. Kallie is so captivating he ignores her blood-stained hands, but he can’t overlook the blue glow summoned to her skin. Kallie says it’s an ancient magic they share and a secret worth hiding, because as Josh discovers, they aren’t the only gifted ones. To restore his memories and find the true cause of the car accident, he must learn what’s real. And what secrets Blackbirch has buried in its woods.
From the very first page, this novel established a genuinely creepy and mysterious vibe that never let up, ramping to a climax that was action-packed and satisfying, and at the same time left me wanting more of these characters. Fortunately, there are several books to come in the Blackbirch series.
I am fortunate enough to be enjoying an ARC of this exciting debut fantasy novel by K.M Allan, whose website, subtitled Writing Advice from a YA Author Powered by Chocolate and Green Tea, is one of my favourites.