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The Sacrifice Box

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,085 ratings  ·  294 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 11th 2018 by Penguin Random House
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Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 reading the blurb for
Renee Godding
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
DISCLAIMER: The Sacrifice Box probably doesn’t even deserve the enjoyment it got from me… “Objectively”, it’s not a good book. It’s pretty bad actually... Subjectively, I had a ton of fun and it was just what I needed, right now.

If you are reading this review, you have caught me in a moment of weakness. I’ve had a really rough week (maybe more like weeks), and I was in desperate need of a little guilty pleasure. Some people grab a horribly cheesy rom-com, some O.D. on chocolate and wine, I
Kirsty ❤️
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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 as,
Ellen Gail
2.5 stars. Lots of fun 80s vibes and a bit of creepy stuff, but lacking in the characters.

Never come to the box alone.
Never open it after dark.
Never take back your sacrifice.

Soooo, I kind of forgot I hadn't reviewed this one yet. Whoops. Let's fix that.

Riding the unstoppable train of nostalgia and creepy charm that is Stranger Things, Martin Stewart's sophomore novel, The Sacrifice Box unfortunately fails to stand out from the crowd. The pacing was alright, it's an easy enough read. But I'm
DNF at 34%

I loved this synopsis and the cover and was so eager to get to this.

This cast of characters is fairly large and I couldn’t connect to any of them, especially with the jumping around in POVs. I don’t know if it was the formatting on my e-arc, but everything felt choppy and underdeveloped.

Plot wise, it was slow. I know I didn’t give it too much, but I expect something compelling to have happened when I’m a third of the way into a story. There was nothing captivating me. I did skip to
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reviewed
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 main storyline. ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
I didn't love this book but it was really entertaining to read and it had a really enjoyable storyline.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very weak book, no understandable plot and no profound minor characters. Recommend it for a very light reading .
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I've always enjoyed horror books, while hating that they scare me at the same time. Although this one wasn't too scary, it had enough scary/gross out moments that I could appreciate it. Basically it is the story of five friends who are driven together for just one summer, and then when High School begins are driven apart again by well, High School. That one Summer they had together, they discovered a box and each put a sacrifice in, vowing to never remove them, never visit the box alone, and ...more
Louise Wilson
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Creepy AF! But super fun. Really enjoyed this one!
"Never come to the box alone.
Never open it after dark.
Never take back your sacrifice."

A few simple rules, but you would be surprised how people get it wrong, and not only that, but people think that the box is all sweet and kind intentions. Hello, I could have told you from the beginning that suspicious boxes in the middle of dark forests are not to be messed with, but did anyone listen? No, no. And look what has happened. So much horror, so much blood, so much terror.

This is one of those books
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The sacrifice box's terrible pulse beat through him, through the soles of his feet and the pores of his flesh, the vibrations of a drumbeat he could no longer hear but which hammered at him still with all its strength."

An interesting horror story - bloody and gory and full of sadness and regret. It's a dark book, with very little hope or light or good - there are so many sad deaths and so much loneliness. The ending tied it all together and at least let us know how it all ended.
Demi Nolan
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Kirsty Hanson
I had to read The Sacrifice Box for the monthly book club at my local Waterstones. The premise of the book sounded so interesting! I love books that focus on friendship, and I do love a good thriller/horror novel! So this sounded like a perfect read for me.

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
Jul 01, 2019 marked it as to-read-or-not-to-read  ·  review of another edition
"A horror story about friendship, growing up, and finding a place in the world: Gremlins meets The Breakfast Club by way of Stephen King and Stranger Things."

Did you forget anything? How about The Shawshank Redemption meets Pretty in Pink? A pinch of Hamlet? A hint of MacGyver meets Orange is the New Black meets Mad Max with hints of Supernatural? Some Pirates of the Caribbean meets Blair Witch Project, perhaps? A vibe of Game of Thrones meets Fright Night? A dash of The Shining meets The
Cora Tea Party Princess
DNF at 10% - I'm just not feeling it right now but I will come back to it when I'm in the mood.
Rachael (foreverxbookish)
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 Boxis 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.

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 discoverit and each place items
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I 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
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review:

A dark and deep YA thriller from across the pond in the style of classic 80s horror fiction. When strangely familiar things start happening in their hometown, five friends must reunite to fight monsters and untangle the terrifying history of a mysterious box hidden deep in the woods. The characters and their relationships were are so interesting, and while the idea was obviously inspired by classic thrillers, it was still very original and
Elizabeth Emily Browne
What in the world did I just read. I’m pretty sure this is one of the craziest things I’ve read this year.. maybe even ever. But anyway this was a story of love, friendship.. nightmares, horror, killer teddy bears, creepy crows and pretty much killer everything. I don’t know what I was expecting when I went into this book but it definitely wasn’t that. I’ll be honest this book is a little scary and violent and I’m glad I’m reading it in the daytime as I’m a little bit of a wimp. The thing is it ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 dark
Never 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
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
I am telling you… I was *this* close to crapping my pants. I am an absolute wimp, so anything even remotely scary is absolutely TERRIFYING for me. I can’t do clowns, crabs, spiders, or dolls, two of which played a huge part in this book. Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking either. But it was SO addictive. I couldn’t put it down, even at midnight when I knew I was going to keep myself awake from fear. Parts 1 and 2 were definitely scarier for me – I think I’d prepared myself by part 3 to deal ...more
andrea caro
Jan 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF - unchallenged homophobia, ableist bullying of a deaf person, death of an animal, and a vet who romanticizes putting dogs down (i.e. talks wistfully about looking into a puppy's eyes and dreaming about killing it). No. Screw this book.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
What is this book about? From what I remember, and that is very little, it's about a group of friends and this box that haunts them. Yes a box haunts them. Why you ask?? Because they gave it a sacrifice and now it has some sort of mystical power over them. While this might be an intriguing concept, I wasn't impressed with this book at all.

The main issue I have with this book is that it was completely bland. Nothing really drew my interest to this and the narrator didn't help either. I didn't
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sacrifice Box is of the Horror Genre, I believe you can expect it to be disturbing. However I’m trying to get better at trigger warnings. There is, in this particular book a good bit of animal violence, overall violence, bullying

Also- very minor spoilers. I’m going to deviate in my review from other reviews I’ve seen because I always try to add something different to the mix when possible.

Four out of Five Stars
Martin Stewart‘s second book, The Sacrifice Box is released, tomorrow August 28th.
Wonderfully creepy and atmospheric. I loved seeing the different people who had also visited the box in the past. This is what I wanted 2017's Flatliners to be. It's a horror story about the importance of friendship.
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