20 Books For Christmas Book 11 Review – The Sacrifice Box

Title: The Sacrifice Box

Author: Martin Stewart

Genre: YA Horrow/Fantasy

Goodreads Rating: 3.28

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: Paperback


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. 

My Review:

I seem to be on a bit of a Horror kick at the moment! This was an incredibly easy read for me. From page one I was hooked and couldn’t get enough, in fact I read the majority of this book in one day!

I loved the whole concept of a sacrifice box and thought it had been well thought out. All the sacrifices and hauntings made sense and the final conclusion was the perfect ending. It was a shame that others were sacrificed but it all added to the drama.

Whilst this book was packed with plenty of scary and tense moments I did find myself laughing at times and that was down to Arkle. I loved his character so much! He had a way of lightening the mood and his whole attitude seemed to be what the book needed. I thought his friendship with Sep was one of the strongest and the points where Arkle stood up for his friends showed his kind nature. The only downside for me was the romance element. I’m not sure it was entirely necessary as the story packed enough action and drama but that is just my own opinion.

Overall this was an intense, fast paced read that had me on the edge of my seat throughout! I hadn’t expected to enjoy it as much as I did but I’m pleasantly surprised.

This is my second read for the Readathin and Netgalley November! I can also cross off Morning Reading from my Bingo prompt.


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