Review: The Sacrifice Box

*This book was sent to me for review through Netgalley*

Source: Goodreads

Title: The Sacrifice Box
Author: Martin Stewart
Publisher: Penguim Random House
Release Date: January 11th 2018

My Rating:

Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they'll never visit it alone; and they'll never take back their offerings.

Four years later, the gang have drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.

As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realise that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town's history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them.

I didn't like this book. It was a mess and I had to keep rereading things to make sure I was reading them right. It seemed that things just happened out of the blue.

Let's start with the plot. It was alright. A cursed box and a promised made by teenagers, sounds fun, count me it. Well, it wasn't really developed all that well. Why? Because it felt that things were happening just for the sake of it. You have no idea how many things happened to the main character. Seriously, I have no idea how the author didn't stop to think that maybe he should just kill the character because there's no way he could still be standing. Also some of the deaths didn't make sense even if some of the characters justified them.

The characters were ok aswell. I couldn't connect with them as a group because it seemed like their friendship was suposed to be a knock-off of the friendship on "IT" by Stephen King. Also as individuals none of them were all that good. Only the main character was likeable.
It started slow and at around the middle of the book things started picking up. From there onwards everything was a mess, things just happened out of the blue just to have some action going. I didn't enjoy myself at all while reading this book. It's a shame because it had a good premise.

Oh well...


  1. Ah bummer! I love the cover of this one. Sorry it was a miss for you. I hope your next read is better :)

    1. Thank you! Yes, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. This year hasn't really been all that good already when it comes to reading... I still have to read a 5 star book...