ARC Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Book cover for The Accident Season by Moïra Fowler-Doyle.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books: an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: 288
Stars: 3.5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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? 

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The Accident Season is a mysterious novel with such a unique and peculiar concept. I loved the combination of many genres, including one of my favourites, magical realism! Though I enjoyed these elements, I did find part of the story to be slow, therefore making this book sort of sluggish.

I really loved the concept of The Accident Season! There is a family that becomes mysteriously accident-prone at the end of each month. I found this to be very unique and intriguing. There are so many layers in this book and the reader will be able to tell that it was planned very intricately.

Also, The Accident Season has a really interesting genre. It is sort of paranormal, with a mystery, a bit of horror, and MAGICAL REALISM! I love books with magical realism, and lately, I haven’t seen very many of them in the YA genre. Magical realism is basically when a realistic story has fantastical elements, which makes for a really epic story.

Despite the fact that the concept of The Accident Season is really unique, I found many bits of the book to be slow. The beginning really drew me in, and the ending totally blew my mind, but I found the middle section to be lacking. In my opinion, there wasn’t enough action and the plot seemed to really slow down. It took me a while to finish this book due to the missing excitement.

The Accident Season has a really unique concept and fits into many my favourite genres. However, I didn’t enjoy the lack of action and excitement in the middle section, which definitely brought down my rating. Fans of We Were Liars will definitely enjoy The Accident Season, as it  also contains a massive plot twist that will blow the reader’s mind.

10 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE! Seriously, seriously stupendously excited. And I am a huge fan of the cover! I hate that there are some slow parts, but even so I cannot wait to read it, and hopefully love it!

  2. Katiria Rodriguez says:

    This book has been on my radar ever since I first heard about it a couple of months ago. And I really haven’t read a book with magical realism but this one looks and sounds really great.

  3. Spark Olaguez (@NobodyRamirez) says:

    Sad to hear it’s slow but thanks for telling us it’s like We Were Lairs with plot twist. I thought it was a unique book but a good review blog also didn’t like it either. I’m still going to read it since I love the ending of We Were Lairs.

  4. Jaime Lynn says:

    I know I already commented, but sometimes it is nice to come back after you read something and see how things added up. I finished this one not too long ago, and I fell so completely in love with it. With every single aspect of it, from the amazing characters to the interesting and unique concept. I hate that you felt the middle part slowed down. Every time I love a book so much, I want all the people to love it too!

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