Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Release date: January 12th 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

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…

*Publisher approved request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

My feelings are all over the place with this one. The story definitely had me intrigued with that opening, and I wanted to know how Kenna did what she did to that boy and what exactly her ability was. But I noticed that the more I read, the more confused I became. Even more than Kenna. I got frustrated with how much her mother kept from her and how much was hinted at but people would never just come out and say the whole thing. Yes, it helped with the mystery aspect of the story, but at the same time, it kind of made things drag on too long and when some things were explained I was still confused about it. 

I also didn't connect with Kenna or anyone else in the story. That never bothered me before because usually the story is interesting enough to keep me reading. In this case, I wanted to understand everything and so I continued on. And I did like how much she cared for her twin and wanted to help her. 

The Killing Jar wasn't a bad read. Kenna's ability had me intrigued and I liked Jennifer's writing. The whole thing surrounding Eclipse and Kalyptra was interesting and unique, and I held on with the hope of eventually understanding these people and what their intentions were for Kenna. But honestly, it just didn't give me the delivery I was hoping for in the end. Still, not a bad story.

Jennifer BosworthAbout the Author
Author and screenwriter, Jennifer Bosworth, grew up in a small town where there was nothing to do but read and get into trouble. She did plenty of both, which led her to a career writing about people who get into trouble. Jennifer and her husband recently escaped from Los Angeles and are now hiding out in Portland, Oregon with a couple of long-legged dogs. In her spare time she can be found watching horror movies and dreaming of starting her own hippie commune, where there will be many goats.


  1. Oh that's too bad. I thought it has an interesting premise. :/ But honestly? This book hasn't been getting a warm reception since it came out. So I don't know...

    1. It definitely does have an interesting premise, but I just feel like a lot of things were too confusing and the conclusion wasn't as satisfying as i'd hope since for the majority of the story we're left seeking answers.

  2. A shame you weren't able to connect with the characters and found it a bit of a confusing read.


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