To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc and an arc of this book. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: To Break a Covenant

Author: Alison Ames

Book Series: Standalone

Diversity: Lesbian MC, Queer side character, F/f romance

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, horror, paranormal, friends to lovers romance

Genre: YA Paranormal Horror

Publication Date: September 21, 2021

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Pages: 306

Recommended Age: 14+ (Death, Gore, Violence, Animal Gore, Animal Death, Language, Child abuse and neglect, Child murder, Suicide TW)

Explanation of CWs: Lots of death and gore and lots of animal death and gore. Child abuse and neglect mentioned. Child murder mentioned once. Suicide is mentioned a handful of times and shown once.

Synopsis: Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed sixteen people. The disaster made it impossible to live in town, with underground fires spewing ash into the sky. But life in New Basin is just as fraught. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there.

Clem and Nina form a perfect loop—best friends forever, and perhaps something more. Their circle opens up for a strange girl named Lisey with a knack for training crows, and Piper, whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the girls decide to enter the mine themselves.

Review: I really liked this book overall! I loved the plot and the story. The characters were well developed and lovable. The world building was decent. And it just reads as one of those campfire tales you listen to at camp before a masked murderer starts killing everyone.

The only issue I really had with the book is that the monster wasn’t well defined and wasn’t well explained. I also felt like the ending was a bit rushed.

Verdict: A perfect ghost story! Highly recommend!

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