Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"The Accident Season" by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

"So let's raise our glasses 
to the accident season,

To the river beneath us
Where we sink our souls,

To the bruises and secrets,
To the ghosts in the ceiling,

One more drink
 for the watery road."

It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

I am not sure I will be able to explain why I loved this book so much. But I will try. So please, bear with me as I try to tell you all about this lovely book.

The Accident Season  is Moira Fowley-Doyle's debut novel and what a stunner it was! From the very first page I knew this book would be something special. She has this magical way of writing. Everything is explained and worded so effortlessly, yet has this magical pull that keeps you reading along. She explains things so detailed, so extraordinary, yet so real. She explains places, characters, and scenes that paints a perfect picture in your mind, yet still leaves enough room for your imagination to run wild and grow with the story. 

The story itself was haunting. A captivating story that revolves around relationships with family and close friends.  Every character was extremely unique, yet they all fit together so perfectly. There is a romantic relationship (or two) explored in this story, but it is done so elegantly and realistic that I didn't feel the need to roll my eyes and it didn't take away from the main story. 

I am not sure how I would categorize this book... perhaps YA thriller, contemporary, coming-of-age, magical realism, paranormal reality, mixed with fantasy. It is truly a one of a kind story. 

I really wish I could write more about this book, but I fear that too much will give it away. Please add it to your list. You will not be disappointed. Plus the cover is amazing! This is a book that will be savored until the very last page and even after you close the cover will be memorable.

I give this book a full 5 stars! 

Happy Reading! 

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