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The Sacrifice Box

The Sacrifice Box 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 speci

  • Title: The Sacrifice Box
  • Author: MartinStewart
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  • Page: 284
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  • 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 theirSep, 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.

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    1. Paromjit on said:

      This is a dark and atmospheric supernatural horror thriller set in the 1980s. The actual location is left mysteriously unclear although we do know that it is an island. It is 1982 and the main character, September 'Sep' Hope and teens Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley have spent the summer together. In the forest they find an ancient stone box to which they each consign important sacrifices to cement their recent friendships. They promise to agree a number of things, including to never return and rem [...]

    2. A Bald Mage** Steve on said:

      via GIPHY‘ Never come to the box alone’ ‘Never open it after dark’ ‘Never take back your sacrifice’Many thanks to Penguin Random House UK and Netgalley for giving me a free copy for an honest review: Unfortunately this review has been affected by the quality of the digital copy I received. Some of the chapters were unreadable due to the fact of there being no spaces in between words.)What do the following have in common; The Goonies , IT and Stranger Things? They all involve a group [...]

    3. Sara on said:

      I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.One summer 70's evening, five boys discover a box in the woods. To cement their friendship, the friends decide to make sacrifices to the box by giving up something meaningful to place inside, with the threat that if one of them opens the box, terrible things will happen.1982, and the friends have drifted apart. Until terrible, wicked things start to happen. Someone has broken the pact and opened the box.On ready the blurb for this, [...]

    4. Kirsty 📚📖❤️ on said:

      One of the great things I loved about this book was the setting. It’s set in 1986 and the lead characters are just 1 year older than me at the time. It brings about such great memories of bad hair, outlandish dress sense and some fabulous music. I’d give it all the stars just for setting alone.Four years previously the gang, after a wonderful summer each made a sacrifice to a stone box they find in the woods (do these things ever end well??). As you can imagine this comes back to haunt them [...]

    5. Liz Barnsley on said:

      The synopsis for this one sounded so dark and brilliant (even as YA) that I was really looking forward to it - I read it fast, it is an easy read in that sense, but honestly it missed the mark for me on quite a few levels.That is not to say that it is not entertaining. It is in many ways but for me more as a bang through kind of thing rather than feeling any depth or substance. Having said that descriptively speaking this author has a certain something that has made me want to read his next book [...]

    6. Lia on said:

      Please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t expect a horror novel after reading that synopsis? I normally don’t read horror books, it’s not at all my genre, but I did enjoy reading this one (surprisingly)! The story is about Sep (whose name is actually September), he’s lonely, has no friends and wants to move from the island he lives to the mainland to go to school there and become an engineer. The story is set in the 1980’s but there are flashbacks to what happened before the mai [...]

    7. Louise Wilson on said:

      Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley are five friends who are thrown together one hot, sultry summer. They discover a stone box hidden in the forest and they decide to make a sacrifice: something special to them. They make a pact, they will never return to the box at night, they will never visit alone and they will never take back their offerings. Four years later the gang has drifted apart. Then strange events take place. One of them has broken the pact.I did not like that lots of animals die in t [...]

    8. Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time) on said:

      To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ bit/2zzVt0RIs it too early to add this as a contender for one of my most disappointing reads of 2018? Because, its barely a month into the year but I don’t think any other book is going to be able to top this. I do not think my expectations have ever been higher for a book - I watched a Youtube video from Heart Full of Books (who I believe got a proof from YALC) and then I read all of the PR that compared it to Stranger Things and Stan [...]

    9. demislibrary on said:

      This book was incredible. Think Stranger Things but a lot Stranger! It is such a good story about friendship and love. It was more of a thriller, which I don’t tend to read, but this may have changed my mind! I must get my hands on some more of Stewarts books, his writing style really caught my attention right from the start!

    10. Rachael (foreverxbookish) on said:

      I don't know where to even begin. How am I meant to explain the multitude of emotions that coursed lme every night when I picked this book up?The Sacrifice Box is both touching and terrifying and I don't quite know how that works so well. I finished this book at 2:30am and even now I'm still not sure how to feel MAIN ADVICE: Don't look into the plot before reading.It's so much more fun to work it out based on a vague synopsis.There is a box. A group of friends discover it and each place items [...]

    11. Hannah on said:

      I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI first heard of this book when watching YALC vlogs last year and was immediately excited for it- anything reminiscent of Stranger Things has me immediately interested! For about the first 25% I didn't understand the Stranger Things link at all but it becomes clear the further into the book you get. The intense friendship that is formed between the main characters both in the summer they make their sacrifices and trying to deal w [...]

    12. Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess on said:

      DNF at 10% - I'm just not feeling it right now but I will come back to it when I'm in the mood.

    13. Ally on said:

      They spoke the words, the rules of the sacrifice. "Never come to the box alone," they said, hands unmoving. Never open it after dark," they said, fingers joined together. Never take back your sacrifice," they finished. Then let go.I have been forever ruined in the genre of horror after reading White Space by Ilsa Bick. Hands down, the best horror novel I have ever read and appallingly under appreciated. The characters are full and beautifully drawn, the setting is strange and engaging and the pl [...]

    14. Leonie Byrne on said:

      Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Martin Stewart for my ARC of The Sacrifice Box. First off let me give a trigger warning to potential readers that lots of animals die in this book which was quite upsetting (for me) and might be for you. It’s the late 70s and a group of friends on an island near New York City, are spending the summer together. Thrown together by chance, a broken arm, friends at camp etc. Sep, Arkle, Lamb, Hadley and Mack uncover a mysterious box in the woods. Driven by [...]

    15. Caroline on said:

      A weird but engaging book that follows September (genuinely that's his name, it took some getting used to) and his gang of on/off friends whilst they investigate why the Sacrifice Box is sending their sacrifices back to try and kill them. According to the rules of the box, someone must have taken their sacrifice back in order for it to be carrying out its vengeance, but who?A freaky book! I'm 32 and I found it somewhat unsettling. A very imaginative story, if not somewhat gory, especially for a [...]

    16. Clare on said:

      This review was originally posted at Dual Reads Advance Reader Copy received for an honest review. This was so, so intense. There were moments of humour and lightness but there were also moments that made me tense up - and some that were outright scary. This has been compared to Stranger Things and Stephen King - which is a big comparison. I haven't seen Stranger Things and I've read nothing by King, but I get why the comparison was made. There's a sort of quirky horror in this book that feels u [...]

    17. Amy (Amysbookcorner) on said:

      Find review on my blog too :D One summer five friends find a mysterious box and they decide that they should put something that is important for them into the box, something that represents them. However, when eerie things start to happen in their little town; dead animals come back and attack people and when their sacrifice is coming back to haunt them they realize that something is really wrong and that someone broke the rules. What they do not know is, that they weren’t the first group of f [...]

    18. gem on said:

      A deliciously dark, creepy and awesomely weird ya horror novel that’s perfect for fans of Dawn Kurtagich, Micheal Grant and Andrew Smith. On the blurb The Sacrifice Box was recommended for fans of Stranger Things and Stephen King and I’d wholeheartedly agree with this! I was 12 when I started reading Stephen King novels, and this has echoes of my favourites; IT, Salem’s Lot & The Tommy Knockers, in the way a group of friends must do battle against a foe that’s not easily explained. 4 [...]

    19. Eloise - BookPolar on said:

      I managed to read about 20% of this book or so but the ARC formatting in part 2 just fell apart and I gave up, it was too hard to try and read.But what I will say about the 'sample' I read was, it was incredible. Flitting forwards and backwards in time we follow a bunch of estranged high school kids, who once, many many years ago after bonding throughout the summer placed sentimental items in a box and buried it. Until one of the three rules; 1. they will never return to the box at night; 2. the [...]

    20. Ellen on said:

      I really enjoyed this book! The 80's references were great and really appealed to me as they brought back some great memories. Definitely on trend at the moment as the 80's seem to be influencing a lot of books and TV series recently. I felt the friendship can conquer all angle worked really well and again was reminiscent of such classics as The Goonies/Stranger Things/Stand by Me.All the characters were well rounded, September and Hadley were my favourites but as a whole the group worked well t [...]

    21. Rhoda on said:

      Thank you to Penguin for the copy of this book. Sadly, this book just wasn’t for me. That said, I enjoyed the dynamic with the group of friends and Arkle did make me laugh. I enjoyed the writing too but I just couldn’t really get into the story. I also didn’t appreciate the number and scale of animal deaths. I mean, I understood their role in the story, but this is just my personal opinion and I’m probably particularly sensitive to such things. I just thought I’d mention but in case yo [...]

    22. Ken on said:

      When a group of friends discover a stone box that they find in the woods they each make a sacrifice - something that's special to them with only three simple rules:Never come to the box alone Never open it after darkNever take back your sacrifice.Four years later, strange events start to occur. Who has broken one of the rules and how will they pay?80's nostalgia is certainly popular at the moment and can fully understand why people would compare this book to Stranger Things, but I feel that it's [...]

    23. Mrs Karen Reid on said:

      This book was a perfect mix of Stranger Things meets Stephen King. It was not relaxing read, I found nd myself really tense, rushing on to find out how things would end for the 5 friends. The horrors they had to endure, I felt like I was a sixth member just along for the ride. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who does not mind a little gore and guts.

    24. Sarah Davies on said:

      This book was a really nice surprise and so on the current trend of eighties revival stories.If you like Stranger Things, Goonies, E.T or Stand By Me this book is really for you, starting in the beginning of the 80's around 1982 five kids spend their summer together at the end of the summer they find a box, which they sacrifice an item each to celebrate there friendship and how important it is to them!!There are rules with a sacrifice box, do not go back to it at night, do not go by yourselves a [...]

    25. Claire Reeder on said:

      I’m not one to give up on a book but this one was a struggle. Billed as for fans of the Goonies and Stranger Things I was really looking forward to reading this but was disappointed. Firstly I couldn’t even work out where this book was supposed to be set. They’re on an island and can see the mainland but where. It mentions Blue Peter so I assumed it was set in the UK but then it mentions Guidance Counsellors so is it USA?Secondly there are too many characters and not enough time spent expl [...]

    26. Julie Lacey on said:

      I didn’t really know what to expect from this book but I really enjoyed it. I felt a real connection to all the characters, especially Sep and Hadley. The story goes back to 1986 when the group of friends each place something into the sacrifice box but then a while later one of them breaks the rules and chaos erupts through the small town. This book has a horror element to it and at times turns your stomach as it’s quite gory but it’s a good mystery thriller. Thanks to NetGalley and Pengui [...]

    27. Alyce Hunt on said:

      There are a few words I could use to summarise The Sacrifice Box. Gratuitous. Excessive. Unnecessary.I'm struggling to comprehend how a book like this managed to get published, let alone published as a young adult novel.Honestly, it's my own fault. I should have known what to expect from The Sacrifice Box because I hated Martin Stewart's first novel, Riverkeep. In fact, I only gave The Sacrifice Box two stars because it's not as terrible as Riverkeep, but it doesn't have any redeeming fea [...]

    28. Alyssa Grace on said:

      "They spoke the words--the rules of the sacrifice. 'Never come to the box alone,' they said, hands unmoving. 'Never open it after dark,' they said, fingers joined together. 'Never take back your sacrifice,' they finished--then let go."Five friends reuniting after four years, having broken the three vows they made to each other. Two timelines of children called by the sacrifice box, and one curse that threatens to destroy them all. This is a chilling, creepy and atmospheric thriller. It takes a w [...]

    29. Emma on said:

      The Sacrifice Box.I have been looking forward to reading this story for a while. I was not disappointed. Fabulous stuff and almost perfectly formed for me as the reader.This is really a book for my generation. Finally British children of the eighties like me, get an anglicised version of a rip roaring story similar to IT and Dreamcatcher by Stephen King. I immediately recognised myself and my own motley crew in this story of a group of very disparate children bonding over a shared summer holiday [...]

    30. Kitty on said:

      3.5The ’80s ‘rites of passage’ trope has become a very popular angle to rework in recent years – the familiar themes of Stand by Me and the Goonies have been revisited in the likes of Stranger Things and IT, and The Sacrifice Box sits quite firmly in this bracket. 5 young friends, Sep, Lamb, Hadley, Mack and Arkle find themselves taking part in a sacrifice of sorts – each of them choosing something meaningful (to them) that should go into the strange box they’ve unearthed in the fore [...]

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