The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kenna Marsden does not understand what happened to the boy, but she does know that she must keep it secret. It has been years since that terrible day, but when her mother and twin sister are attacked in their home, Kenna inadvertently saves them and strengthens the secret powers she has been trying to suppress. Soon after this tragic event, her mother takes her to a commune to live with her grandmother, who she has never met, and she is surrounded by others with the same ability. During her time at Eclipse she starts to understand what makes her unique, but can she accept herself for who she is?
The Killing Jar is a supernatural coming of age story that can’t be bound by one genre. Although I’m sure readers cannot relate to Kenna’s dark powers, everyone can relate to not understanding what is happening to their bodies as they transition from a child to a young adult. The family secret has so many layers that readers will believe the book is wrapping up, and then they will discover a twist that keeps the story going. The Killing Jar is a nice escape read that will satisfy a variety of reading tastes. In this time of series fiction, it is refreshing to read a stand-alone novel.
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