Audiobook Review - The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth @JennBosworth @Dreamscapeaudio @audiobkjkbx

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
Dreamscape Media, LLC
Publication Date: January 13, 2016
Date Read: May 6, 2016
Length:  8 hours 23 minutes
Source: Audiobook Jukebox

Seventeen-year-old Kenna Marsden has a secret. She's haunted by a violent tragedy she can't explain. Kenna's past has kept people - even her own mother - at a distance for years. Just when she finds a friend who loves her and life begins to improve, she's plunged into a new nightmare: Her mom and twin sister are attacked, and the dark powers Kenna has struggled to suppress awaken with a vengeance.

On the heels of the assault, Kenna is exiled to a nearby commune, known as Eclipse, to live with a relative she never knew she had. There, she discovers an extraordinary new way of life as she learns who she really is and the wonders she's capable of.

My Review

I was looking for something a little different and this one fit the bill.  It had a paranormal theme that I don't remember seeing before.  I really liked the narration a lot and think that it added quite a bit to the story and I am really glad that I chose to listen to this story.  This was never a book that totally sucked me in to the point that I didn't want to put it down  but I did really enjoy in the end.

Kenna isn't like everyone else.  She has a special ability that her mother has made her promise to keep a secret.  She knows that it is very important that she never use her powers again after the unfortunate incident with the neighbor boy.  Her family consists of her mother, herself, and her twin sister, who is in ill health.  She is also very close to her neighbor, Blake.

Kenna's world is turned upside down when she comes home from an outing with Blake to find her mother and sister in a desperate situation.  Kenna uses the abilities that she has tried so hard to keep secret in order to save the pair.  In doing so, she does things that she didn't even know was possible and attracts a lot of attention.  Her mother knows that Kenna will need outside help so she takes her to Eclipse.

Once Kenna arrives at Eclipse, the book takes on a different tone and instead of everything being unknown we start to learn some of what is really going on.  The group at Eclipse seem like a type of cult and I was never really sure who Kenna should trust.  There are a few twists and turns in the story as things progressed and the ending of the story proved to be very exciting.

I liked the characters in this story well enough.  Kenna was a good character but she did drive me a little crazy with some of her thinking.  Nothing that drove me too nuts or anything but I did wish that she would focus on what was really important.  Blake was a great character and I wish that we had seen a little more of him in the story.  He was a really great guy to Kenna.  Her mother kept a lot of secrets from Kenna but she did seem to do so because she thought it was for the best.  The characters at Eclipse added an element of the unknown to the story.

I really enjoyed Saskia Maarleveld's narration of this story.  This is the first audiobook narrated by Ms. Maarleveld that I have had the chance to listen to but I would like to listen to her work again in the future.  She really seemed to grasp Kenna's emotions and presented them well in the story.  At times, her narration really added to the suspense of the story.  I am pretty sure that I enjoyed this story a little more because of her narration.

I would recommend this to fans of YA paranormal stories.  This story has a unique focus and everything is really wrapped up nicely.  This is the first book by Jennifer Bosworth that I have read but I will definitely look for her work again.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Dreamscape Media, LLC via Audiobook Jukebox for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

Author and screenwriter, Jennifer Bosworth, grew up in a small town where there was nothing to do but read and get into trouble. She did plenty of both, which led her to a career writing about people who get into trouble. Jennifer and her husband recently escaped from Los Angeles and are now hiding out in Portland, Oregon with a couple of long-legged dogs. In her spare time she can be found watching horror movies and dreaming of starting her own hippie commune, where there will be many goats. Learn more about her and view her short films at or just Google her and see what happens.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | TwitterA


  1. Interesting! I want to know exactly what her powers are now.

  2. This one is on my wish list, so I hope to read it soon. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Great review I heard a lot of great things about this book and it really looks and sounds absolutely amazing and very intriguing. Thank you for your awesome post Carol.


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