I really enjoyed reading K.M. Allan’s debut novel and I wanted to shout about it on my blog. This is not my normal genre for a book review but I do devour these types of books when I am on a romance book reading holiday.
This book is a wonderul concoction of dark secrets, witchcraft and the supernatural. It is a spooky book and if you are like me and have always been drawn and intrigued by spooky forests then you will love it. As the first book of a new series it has definitely caught my eye.
Here’s the blurb:
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.
Here’s my review:
I loved all the ingredients that went into this book; a troubled character, Josh Taylor, who is struggling after the death of his parents and his newly awakened supernatural powers, a mysterious town called Blackbirch and a sinster looking forest which hems the town.
The standout was the way K.M. Allan brought her book’s setting to life. I was fascinated by this circular border of black birch trees lining the town’s boundaries.
I loved the different ways K.M. Allan described these unusual dark trees. You can tell this book has book has been well crafted. I also adored the foreboding presence of the black birch forest which adds to the wonderful spooky feel.
Josh was a good character and I did feel sorry for him given his troubled state, his powerful vivid dreams at night which feature a girl called Kallie who seems to be warning him about something and his fascination with a house in the woods which everyone says doesn’t exist.
There are other young characters who help Josh in his quest to find out about the holes in his memory and his new found powers. I am keen to know more about Kallie, his friend Eve and the secrets of Blackbirch.
There was so much happening in the story as I got to the end and I knew K.M. Allan had more tricks up her sleeve – then came the fabulous cliffhanger. Nicely done 🍸
I did love K.M. Allan’s writer calling card – Blackbirch bookstore. Love love loved this unique bookstore ❤️
Can’t wait to read more!
This story would make a great Netflix series!
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I am also a fan of K.M. Allan’s Writer Blogwhich a great source of writing craft tips