Published by Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
For fans of We Were Liars and How I Live Now comes a haunting, sexy, magically realistic debut about a family caught between a violent history, a taboo romance, and the mysteries lurking in their own backyard.
Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it's bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it's just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season—when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17—is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.
Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There's a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she'll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she'll uncover the dark origins of the accident season—whether she's ready or not.
“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.”
The Accident Season is one of those YA books that just so happen to scratch every metaphorical itch I had. I mean this book had a little bit of everything: creep-tastic situations, a little bit of a romance, lyrical writing, and just a refreshing and intriguing storyline. I had just the slightest trouble getting into it but once I was hooked I couldn’t put it down.
“It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.”
The story centers around Cara, her sister Alice, her step-brother Sam, and her best friend Bea, during accident season. If you haven’t picked it up from the synopsis or quotes, accident season takes place every October for Cara and her family and during this time they literally have the worst luck ever. Bumps, bruises, broken bones, you name it, it happens. Despite knowing that accident season is going on Cara and her siblings really take part in some questionable and reckless behavior. Normally, I am the type of reader to get hung up on something like that but as the story progressed, and the mystery and magic surrounding the characters, I became less focused on their behavior and more in tuned to what was unraveling with the story.
“My family, we’ve got secrets. All of us.”
Lately I have been underwhelmed when it comes to books I choose to read, but The Accident Season was the exact opposite. I felt overwhelmed! But I say that in the best possible way. The writing was poetic, at times whimsical, but bordering on bizarre, creepy, and questionable. The most time I spent on my review was trying to define just what genres it hit. It felt like it took some of the best themes of contemporary, paranormal, horror, and folklore and combine them into one amazing package. The only critique I have that forced me to hold back on rating higher than a four was my occasional apathy towards Cara. She didn’t strike the emotional chord that I crave from stories like this. But other than that slight issue, The Accident Season was such a compelling read!