Published by Corgi Childrens
Published on August 18th 2015
Genres: Family, Fantasy, Horror & Ghost Stories, Magical Realism, Paranormal, Young Adult
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?
Accidents happen. Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. We burn, we drown, we stay alive.
This story was a creepy read. Yes, I could not read it before I slept because there’s this character called Elsie that was creeping me out. I live alone, okay? I just can’t be creeped out. I refuse to have a nightmare when I’m all alone. 😥
It was just a short book, and I finished it quite easily because I was seriously curious about the story. I had so many questions and I wanted answers. What brought about the accident season? When did it start? Is it real? Is it a family curse? Can they stop it?
There are four main characters in the story. Cara and Alice are sisters. There’s Sam, their ex-stepbrother. And Bea, their friend who reads tarot cards. Cara tells the story in her perspective, and sometimes I have a hard time dealing with her own reality. I wasn’t sure if what she was seeing was real. Her perspective blurs the line of reality and fantasy, and sometimes I get lost. But the writing is flowing and beautiful. It was easy to get into. I felt like I was just riding the currents of the river while reading the story. I think it has to do with the creepy vibe, it made me feel uneasy. Like if you’re floating in the river, there are so many possibilities of falling in a waterfall, or getting sucked in a strong current, or even bump into huge boulders.
I love the friendship among Cara, Sam, and Bea. I like the fact that they are unique in their own ways. The sibling banter between Cara and Sam were kind of cute. It reminds me of how my sibling and I tease each other. But really, they are a foursome, with Alice. I love how strong their relationship are. They practically all grew up together, and you can see that their bond is beyond blood relations. Even though they went through some difficulties, they did not lose sight of what’s important.
The mystery made me crazy. I kept asking who is this person that kept popping up on all of Cara’s photos?! And who is the Tin Man? Is he real? Well, okay, there’s magical realism in the book, which I don’t have a problem with since I like that genre. However, in this book, it didn’t seem to work for me. It’s just this feeling of being lost and not really knowing what’s going on sometimes because Cara’s perspective was confusing most of the time. She also sees these changelings, and I love how the author vividly describes these creatures. I felt like they were being projected in front of me, which is kind of creepy.
There was a part in the book that made me so furious. Alice’s relationship with her boyfriend irked me the most. But I kept thinking that there has to be a reason for it. When it was revealed, it broke my heart. Then bits and pieces of the things that I didn’t understand started to unravel.
The romance in the story kind of put me off at first, but after thinking it through, I thought that it was alright, it could work. The other couple though, sort of came out of nowhere. It felt like an afterthought, like Oh, let’s add this other couple, it seems like the theme of 2015! To be honest, with everything that’s going on in the story, it could without the romance.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the story. The writer didn’t hold back on the mystery. I love the friendships and the family ties. The way everything unraveled was overwhelming, but it was done well.
If you want to read a short book wrapped with mystery and creepy vibes, read this. #
Just a quick note : There are some things in the book that are sensitive in nature that might trigger negative feelings. It is a spoiler, but if you really want to know, send me a direct message on twitter!
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