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The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Thursday, September 17, 2015

“I try not to think about it, what I did to that boy.”

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…

Goodreads Summary

Kenna has an unusual past and her sister is dying.  She is afraid to let anyone get close in case her unusual ability hurts anyone.  Kenna lives with her mother and sister on a limited budget and with constant fear.  When she is taken to Eclipse, she has to once again adjust to life.  Discovering her powers and connecting with a family member aren't what they're cracked up to be.  The reader, along with Kenna, will discover that nearly everyone has ulterior motives.

Kenna is a fun character with a chip on her shoulder.  For someone with powers (albeit they can hurt someone), I thought she could have been a bit braver.  The other characters weren't as developed as Kenna's and, as a result, I didn't care as much about them.  This book was a bit confusing in places and it took me a while to get into.  Overall, teens and young adults would find this an intriguing read.

4 Stars

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