"A pleasingly original contribution to the paranormal-romance genre.” —Kirkus Reviews
A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.
Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.
What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.
Each book in the Black Bird of the Gallows series is STANDALONE:
* Cleaner of Bones (Prequel)
* Black Bird of the Gallows
* Keeper of the Bees
When Angie Dovage falls for her sexy and enigmatic new neighbor, Reece Fernandez, she's startled to discover several things about him: he's a semi-immortal were-crow whose kind is cursed to feed from death and destruction, his flock has come to her small town as harbingers of a great disaster, and they are engaged in a long-running conflict with terrifying creatures called Beekeepers, who live to spread mayhem and chaos. Angie and Reece attempt to carve out happiness, but their fledgling romance is threatened by the catastrophes that await them. Kassel debuts with an engaging paranormal romance that features some unusual twists, though the more recognizable genre elements are overfamiliar (starting with the central romance between a teenage girl and an ancient supernatural being), and the story feels cramped, with a bit too much packed in. Assorted subplots involving high school mean girls and Angie's secret life as a deejay are eclipsed by the near-apocalyptic events, and the supernatural worldbuilding begs for further exploration in future books (a sequel is planned). Ages 12 up.