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Black Wings

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  44 reviews
There hadn't always been something wrong with Briella Blake, but when she's invited to attend Parkhaven, a private school for extremely gifted students, the girl's wicked genius begins to manifest itself in ways her mother can no longer deny are...strange. Briella's friendship with a raven, Onyx, that's equally as smart as she is, prompts her mother to restrict the animal ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 14th 2019 by Flame Tree Press (first published February 7th 2019)
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Bark (Has Atrocious Taste)
3 1/2 Stars

“My mad feelings just want to come out so much.”

Black Wings is a brooding tale about a mother being ravaged by her own internal feelings of guilt and the escalating terror posed by her young daughter and her new creepy raven friend.

Briella is only ten when she begins to lose all of her childhood friends. She has a terrible “I’m smarter than everyone” attitude that doesn’t exactly sit well with, well, anyone. But she doesn’t particularly care what anyone thinks and she is quite conten
Kat Dietrich
Black Wings by Megan Hart is a horror novel....with a child you will love to hate.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Flame Tree Press, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:
Marian is a little worried about her daughter. Truth be told, she always has been. She loves Briella dearly, but sometimes it’s hard. Briella is a very gifted child, exceedingly bright, but she’s only ten. Her mind m
Cats of Ulthar February Weird Fiction
BLACK WINGS is a totally engrossing psychological thriller, with implications for civilization's future. I identified with multiple characters (a rare event), including the focus character Briella, and her beleaguered but well-intentioned mother Marian. BLACK WINGS sets out on an intriguing, yet possible, premise; and becomes horrifying in its implacability. While many science-fiction stories cope with the "dangers" of Artificial Intelligence, BLACK WINGS examines the possibilities of a child wi ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Flame Tree Press for sending me a copy of Black Wings in exchange for an honest review!

There hadn't always been something wrong with her.

Content warning: Animal Abuse.

Right off the bat, I would like to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this book whatsoever --- which makes this review extremely difficult to write, because I didn't find much fantastic about it either.

Ten-year old Briella Blake is offered a full-ride to Parkhaven, a private school for extremely gifted stu
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marian is divorced from Briella's dad Tommy and now remarried to Dean. They are living happily and madly in love. Happy that is except for the problems with Briella. Maybe there hadn't always been something "wrong" with her but she never was quite like other little girls. Different enough in fact that her paternal grandmother found her to be an embarrassment to the family, Different enough that her current school thinks there is just nothing more they can do with her. Briella is a little genius, ...more
Tracy Robinson
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Ooh the daughter in this book got on my LAST nerve. I think Hart intended to craft her this way, and man was it effective. I enjoyed the premise of this story - precocious young girl with a dark side eventually attends a private school that provides her with the leeway for her unusual experiments regarding life and memories. Plus, an unusual connection with a bird that seriously gave me a case of the creeps.

The character of the mother in this story caters to her daughter at the expens
Feb 02, 2019 marked it as dnf
Although this synopsis sounded promising, this one isn't working for me. I have a hard time maintaining focus on books like this, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Baby Teeth, etc. I just have a tough time connecting to the "bad kid" storyline. A lot of this story is telling instead of showing, and I felt like there was so much unnecessary background/details instead of building on the plot points that were more interesting. Both of the main characters of Black Wings are unlikeable, and not in a fun w ...more
Lisa Elizabeth
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley, thriller
This book was very odd. It reminded me a lot of ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’. I was expecting it to be more about the relationship between Briella and Onyx and the science fiction but instead it was in the background, being menacing. It didn’t work for me.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
Suzy Michael
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
*I was given a copy of the novel by the publisher in return for my fair and honest review.*

Megan Hart decided to take a stab at writing a horror novel. To me, this is an engrossing psychological thriller about the dark side of parenting. In any case, Black Wings definitely knocks the ball out of the park on both counts.
Our main subject to study in this book is Briella, an exceptionally gifted 10 year old girl who is having problems fitting in at school. This is because she knows how smart she is
Emily | A Literary Life
When I first began Black Wings, I was expecting to read a story that would unsettle me. The book's premise, along with its subject, suggested it would tell a story that was truly chilling. For the most part, I believe Black Wings lived up to its reputation; any gothic novel involving a child sets itself apart as a story which has the potential to make its audience feel distinctly uncomfortable. Throughout the novel, I felt a sharp curiosity, wanting to uncover Briella's mysteries, but I was rest ...more
Nia Ireland
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book isn't quite what I expected - I imagined fantasy and strong paranormal/sci-fi themes but this book is actually more about the strains of parenthood and the relationships between the four main characters - Marian, mother of Briella (morbid child genius); her husband and her ex

I'm not sure everyone will get the same message from this book, but for me everything the little girl does is influenced heavily by the adults in her life and the way they treat her. They all seem to refer to her
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this, and it wasn't what I was expecting at all from the blurb. I'll certainly look out for more books from Megan Hart in the future.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, thriller
I started the year with the first Flame Tree Press ladies of horror release, and this is their second. Since I was lucky enough to get an ARC, I got stuck into it as soon as I could.

From the very beginning, I was intrigued.

Marian Blake's ten-year-old daughter has trouble keeping friends, drives her teachers crazy and is always scribbling in her notebook. She's a smart kid who's always lost in her secret experiments and has a brain that won't stop thinking.

But when she befriends a raven, her beha
Alex findingmontauk1
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
3.5 stars - full review to come!
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mother put up with various things in my childhood, and a wide variety of animals....lizards, rats, a duck, and even a crow. Fortunately for my mother I, unlike Briella, was not a super genius so my interaction with these animals was limited to feeding and admiring. The Briella in Black Wings is "super smart" as her mother Marian says. Marian loves Briella totally, but feels like a failure as a mother because there's times that Briella, frankly, gives her the creeps in some intangible way. Whe ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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BLACK WINGS by Megan Hart was an interesting read and I enjoyed it for several reasons. To begin with it was a novel concept - no rehash of the same ol' same ol'. Nice. The characters were distinct and well developed. I didn't like all of them, but I appreciated that Hart attempted to make them real. I think she may have succeeded. The writing was good, but I felt some ends were left undone, still not enough to detract from the story - just dropped bits here and there.

This is a book I
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flame Tree Press made a big splash in the second half of 2018 with a string of horror novels by leading lights in the genre, including Ramsey Campbell, Jonathan Janz, Tim Waggoner and John Everson. “Black Wings” sees a change of direction; this latest offering is more thriller than horror, by an author better known for writing erotic fiction. One online source noted Megan Hart “occasionally dabbled in horror”, but if “Black Wings” is anything to go by, I hope she returns to the darker side of fi ...more
Diana Lavaughn
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Black Wings (Fiction Without Frontiers) Kindle Edition
by Megan Hart
I received a complimentary eARC via NetGalley. I am choosing to leave a far and honest review.

Half The Omen or The Bad Seed and half The Yellow Wallpaper, Ms. Hart gives a child that would give Damien and Rhoda Penmark the creeps!

“Just because she didn't like her kid, that didn't mean she didn't love her.” “But she had always been different.”

Briell Blake is a brilliant child, beyond what her mother Marian ever expected In fact, s
Lou Jacobs
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chilling and yet relentlessly riveting best describes this gem. Megan Hart craftily unravels the tale of Briella Blake with a remarkable sense of an impending expectation of escalating dire events .. and a virtual crescendo of dread!
Briella is merely a ten year old girl who's light years above the mental skills of her classmates. But, unfortunately not shy or savvy enough to avoid pointing out their short-comings - or "stupidity" Naturally, she is not popular, nor even tolerated. However, her p
Elli (Kindig Blog)
Marian knows she should feel lucky to have a child genius like Briella but something is very wrong and her child’s obsessions and fantasies are starting to impact her life in a big way…

Black Wings wasn’t at all the book I was expecting to read from its pre-release blurb. I was imagining a kind of dark Hogwarts story but instead it’s a sinister horror centred around a mother and her daughter who is growing up to be a troubled young lady. It’s an odd book in the fact that there isn’t a character i
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh gosh, what can I say about this book? I loved it, but I hated so many of the characters. I don't think I've ever raged so hard at characters you're supposed to like/are the good guy (if you will). First off, this book cover is beautiful, and I absolutely love it. Second, the synopsis sounded intriguing, and I was curious to see, exactly, where the story would take me. Ooh, boy, did it take me on a journey. A journey of (probably irrational) emotions that had me wanting to throw my Kindle out ...more
Erin Remen
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What did I just read? This was insane! I have no words that will adequately summarize this in a way that will do this strange tale justice. We read it in the voice of the mother. We follow it with her eyes and the as the strangeness that is Briella makes itself known we want to deny it in our own voices. We should love our children, never doubting that, and embrace their uniqueness. But how do you embrace the disquiet you feel when you encounter this smart, unique child, doing and saying things ...more
S. D. Vassallo
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! Megan Hart's novel was a pleasure to read, and it kept me guessing pretty much all the way through the book as to what was going to happen. Even heading into the climactic last few pages, I still was not sure what the outcome would be.

At first, the story seems to be one that's been done before, i.e., a super genius child who become evil and does some wicked things, but Megan Hart took the 'trope' and made it her own. Though there are creepy and eerie events that take place in
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I was given an ARC by the publisher in return for my honest review via netgalley.


This book was a true page turner! I didn't want to put it down, I kept wanting to know what would happen next. The book was kind of predictable, but not in a too-obvious way. I was surprised by the ending.

My main issues with the book were that 1- the ending seemed very rushed, and it wasn't exactly explained as to what had happened or what the consequences were. It kind of left it up to the reader to interpre
Narah Quinn
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I first need to thank the author and publishers for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

"Briella Blake has always been wicked smart. When she's invited to attend a special school for gifted students, she finally has the chance to focus on a project that begins to consume her - the ability to recreate and save copies of a person's entire set of memories. Her friendship with a raven that's as smart as she is leads to conflict with her mother Marian, who is no longer able
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Briella Blake, isn’t your average 10 year old child. This becomes even more apparent when she is moved to attend Parkhaven, a private school for extremely gifted children. Briella’s mother Marian is struggling to cope with the ever changing behaviour of her daughter, which is made worse by Briella’s unlikely friendship with a raven she has named Onyx. With Marian at breaking point, and Briella’s behaviour putting others in danger; what could possibly be breaking point for this family?

Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Flame Tree Press for sending me a free advance copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Black Wings is my first read from Megan Hart, and overall I really enjoyed it! I thought that the characters were well written and thought the story had good pacing. It was easy to tell myself, "Just one more chapter" from the beginning, but I found it especially hard to put down for the last half or so. The suspense just continued to build throughout the story. I would categorize thi
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Think an evil Matilda, or Girl With all the Gifts meets The Omen and you’d come someway close to the level of creepy child genius that is Briella!

This book is dark, twisty and manages to be original whilst featuring aspects of all the best fantasy; great characters who are full of flaws and quirks, a cracking plot that’ll grip you from the start, and even twists and turns to keep you utterly hooked!

This was a brilliant book that I probably would never have heard for without Netgalley, so a big t
Angela Maher
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, paranormal
This is a hard one to categorise. Certainly dark. Definite horror elements, suspense, even a touch of sci-fi. It's not what I would call a fast paced book but it is interesting and does leave you wondering what's going on and what will end up happening.
The characters are relatable, and the various familial relationships are portrayed with raw realism. The ending is certainly not something I saw coming.
The overall mood of the book is unsettling, but it's not so bleak as to be depressing.
Many th
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Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

--from the author's website

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