ARC Mini-Review: The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Title: The Killing Jar 
Author: Jennifer Bosworth 
Genre: Fantasy 
Source: NetGalley 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: January 12th 2016

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…

What I liked:

  • The idea was interesting and new. The whole sucking out someones soul to feed yourself had its appeal to me. 

What I didn't Like: 

  • The characters weren't very well developed. I feel like we knew very little about Kenna and the other characters. There were a few memories thrown in, but it just wasn't enough to get a feel for her as a character. 
  • There wasn't a lot of information on what Kenna is, Bosworth has opportunity to expand on a whole species and she left it very vague.  
  • The love triangle was strange. She barley thought about Blake while she was at Eclipse. Then we are introduced to Cyrus who was kept a huge mystery the entire book. 
  • The climax was disappointing. I expected something much bigger to happen then what did. There was all this build up and then it fell flat. 
I think The Killing Jar would have benefited to be more then one book. Development was a big problem, and it is where most of my frustration with the story lied. Initially when I first finished reading I gave this book four stars. But that rating doesn't seem to fit it now. 


1 comment

  1. Aww, I hate when a book has so much promise but ultimately falls flat. After having read the summary, I thought this book sounded interesting, but your review has me thinking it probably isn't for me. I try to avoid books that lack good characterization. Thanks for the review!


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