Review: Accident Season

Posted March 9, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Accident SeasonThe Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Published by Corgi Childrens on August 18th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Magical Realism, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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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 had high hopes for this book. The synopsis really drew me in. I love everything about it and I couldn’t wait to find out why this family was more accident prone during a certain month of year. Just the concept is intriguing and interesting and makes me want to know more.

The book on the other hand fell a little flat for me. I didn’t feel like it lived up to the awesome description. Yes, it was about accident season but not in the way I wanted it to be. I can’t tell you what I was hoping for, I guess more overt magic or mystery. This book is Magical Realism and the mystical elements are very subtle. This genre can be overt like that or it can be beautiful and subtle like this book was. Unfortunately, I like my paranormal more in your face. I want people to be doing spells or ghost hunting or something. This isn’t the book for that at all. That doesn’t mean that it’s a bad book. It just wasn’t what I expected or what I was hoping for.

As much as the story just wasn’t what I was hoping for, the writing almost made up for it. Moïra Fowley-Doyle prose is beautiful and haunting. Her word choices were absolutely perfect in this book every time. Her turn of phrase kept me turning pages. You can see an example in the first sentence of the synopsis. “It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.” Bruises bloom. I just love that.

I’m just not a subtle person. If you are, this is a perfect book for you.




One response to “Review: Accident Season

  1. I recently read this book and I feel the same way! I liked the writing and the idea was interesting but I wanted more from the book.

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