The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

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  • Published: August 18th 2015, Corgi Childrens
  • Standalone/Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Magical Realism (YA)
  • Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

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What’s the story?

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?

What did I think?

I’m a bit conflicted about The Accident Season, to be honest. I found the story compelling and the writing absolutely beautiful (it’s definitely the novel’s strength and Fowley-Doyle has an incredible way with words), but there was something that stopped me falling head over heels for this book.

The magical realism element is very well done, and I loved the exploration of family, love and friendship within the story, but I didn’t connect to the characters as much as I wanted to. I think things teetered on just the wrong side of whimsical and quirky for me to really love The Accident Season. That said, it’s a solid read and well worth checking out, particularly if you’re drawn to gorgeous writing.

Who would I recommend it to?

Fans of lyrical prose – akin to Laini Taylor and Lauren Oliver.

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