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Review: The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

the killing jar

Title: The Killing Jar

Author: Jennifer Bosworth

Release Date: January 12, 2016

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Source: ARC from publisher

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, YA

Rated: 2.5 out of 5




“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…



Where do I start with? Well I’ll say this was definitely a book I’ve never read before. It was bizarre, creepy, and down right depressing. Given its beautiful cover, I wanted to like this one so bad. Sadly, with its depressing attitude of people and their strange behavior, it was too much out of my element for me to enjoy.

Kenna was born with special powers where she can suck the life out of people just by touching them. All her life she’s grown up like this fearing any touch will kill people so she’s grown up with very low self-esteem. It also doesn’t help that she has to help her mother take care of her dying twin sister. One day a disaster happens, and so her mother whisks her off to a grandmother she doesn’t even know to help her with her ability. This is where things get really weird for me and I ended up disliking it more.

I hate to say this, but none of the characters were likeable. Save for maybe Blake, though he was just a fly on the wall that did not get much attention. Kenna was a miserable main character who didn’t know herself, her sister acted ungrateful, her mother showed no emotions of love towards Kenna, and her grandmother was a power hungry, crazy lady. I felt a disconnect with all of them and I frankly didn’t care what would happen to the characters. This book seriously made me feel depressed because nothing good was coming out of it. When something good was about to happen, another horrible obstacle came about. Plus the place where Kenna was sent to live with her grandmother was indeed a cult. Let’s just say they were very weird, crazy hippie type people. I think most of them had the best of intentions, and some were kind, but when it came down to it they were another cult of bad people.

There were a few things I did like about this book, though. I enjoyed reading about the whole mystery of Kenna’s gift. How was it that she and her grandmother came to be with their powers? That part definitely intrigued me because it seemed a kind of cool to have a power no else had. Also, the way Kenna’s grandmother, Rebekah acted suspicious around her really piqued my curiosity as to why she was being so secretive about their upbringing. The other part that was fun to read was when Kenna realized how was she going to get herself out of danger. This really picked up the pace of the book and I needed to know what was going to happen next.

Overall, I did not really enjoy this book. It was far too depressing, there was no connection to the characters, and the love interests did not bode well for me. However, I did like the ending. I liked that in this case there was no happily ever after. It would seem unrealistic if there was one. I liked that it left things for Kenna and her family to heal and begin to trust one another again. Although it was not my cup of tea I still recommend it to anyone that likes reading paranormal stories, or stories with cults in them. It definitely has that mystery factor in it.

**Thank you to the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.**


About the author

Jennifer BosworthAuthor 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. Learn more about her and view her short films at or just Google her and see what happens.
You can learn more about Jennifer on her websiteTwitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

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