The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth || Dark, eerie and chilling

December 28, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 8 Comments

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth || Dark, eerie and chillingThe Killing Jar
by Jennifer Bosworth
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 12, 2016 by Farrar Straus Giroux
Format: ARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

“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…

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Kenna’s life was normal until she killed someone when she was only 10-years-old. Since then, she doesn’t allow herself to touch people or lets people touch her. One night, her family gets attacked and Kenna’s powers go above and beyond what she has done and her mom takes her to Eclipse, a small community of people like Kenna, who are called Kalyptra.

This book was at times creepy and very intriguing. The community was kind of a cult in my opinion with how secluded from the world they were, no one even knowing about them and they had some weird practices.

The prologue set the tone for the whole story: dark, eerie and chilling. From the very first line, you want to know why and how Kenna is how she is. When Kenna goes to live with the Kalyptra, she’s hesitant at first but then feels like she’s living in paradise. She learns more about her powers especially to control it, which is something she has wanted for a while so she’s able to touch people again. But things aren’t always what they seem and she has to choose where to live: the commune or with her mom and twin sister.

Seeing Kenna shed free of that tough exterior was great. She has secluded herself from the world and as I said before, doesn’t touch or gets touched by anyone. She doesn’t want to risk it so when she realizes that at Eclipse she doesn’t have to worry about this, she feels free. I didn’t like Kenna’s attitude towards her mom because it was immature. She kept saying her mom should have told her about her powers and I totally agree but the way Kenna starts to think and talk about her mom irritated me. She was on the borderline of hate and I wasn’t okay with that.

Another thing I didn’t like was that the ending didn’t feel complete and seeing as this is a standalone, it frustrated me. I was expecting more of a full ending with everything set and done but nope. It wasn’t really the case. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and it’s a great story that I wish I could tell you more about but then I would be spoiling all of you.

For 345 pages, I actually read this book in one sitting. I told myself to only read around 70 pages each day so I could read other books but this book was so intriguing from the start that I kept going at it until I finished.

I would recommend this story if you’re looking for a kind of fast read that hooks you from the start with the dark and twisted story, leaving you wanting more.

About Jennifer Bosworth

Author 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.

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8 responses to “The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth || Dark, eerie and chilling

  1. Ahh incomplete endings! I really can’t stand those. This sounded like it had an interesting concept but I was really wary because I wasn’t a huge fan of this author’s debut. The MC’s behavior with her mom does sound really irritating though.
    I’m glad at least parts of it was creepy and interesting.
    Lovely review!

    • It really is interesting but the ending was kind of left…open? I’m hoping there’s a sequel but at least in Goodreads and the author’s site, there’s no news of one.

  2. So I LOVE the cultish concept, and the fact that you finished over 300 pages in one sitting is amazing. But I do worry about the ending, because man, that drives me NUTS. But how can I pass up a book that is basically unputdownable? I cannot, therefore I must have it in my life. Fabulous review 😀

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