An Ode to The Accident Season


I know some of you will remember my review of Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s The Accident Season from last year. I read the ARC during a summer heat wave, while we were spending an unreasonably hot day by this little river in the forest. It seemed to me at the time that I must have found the perfect moment to read it because I felt it pull me in and hook its claws.

But now I won a paperback in a giveaway and decided to give it a re-read before lending it to a friend, despite the fact that I rarely re-read books so soon (especially if I’m not re-reading because there’s a sequel coming up). And you know what?

It’s still one of the best books I’ve read in the last couple of years.

I don’t even know why I rated it with 4.5 instead of 5 stars (hearts) when I read it, I just know it’s one of the books I’ve been recommending to everyone and if you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favour and get a copy because it’s fantastic. It made my “best of” list of 2015 and I’ve been thinking about it ever since I read it, which is always a good sign for me. As some of you are well aware, I have terrible book amnesia and forget some books almost instantly. This one stuck with me and it won’t let go.

On the surface (or rather in the beginning), The Accident Season sounds like a teenage paranormal romance but it’s much more complex than that. I love that it’s a standalone and yet manages to have well-developed characters, a heart-breaking plot, and stunning language.

Have I mentioned that it’s also Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s debut novel? I think I have only read one other debut novel that I liked this much – The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. It was the first book of hers that I read and I can only hope that I’ll continue falling in love with Fowley-Doyle’s books like I did with Schwab’s.

Anyway. I can now safely say that my mood (though otherwise very important when it comes to book choices) had little to do with my loving this book. It’s just a very good young adult novel and I am very glad that I got to read the ARC. I’m also happy I decided on this re-read because I like returning to characters and stories that speak to me.

Moïra’s next novel, which now has a title (!!!!!), Spellbook of the Lost and Found, is supposed to be similar in vibe but completely different in other aspects. I can’t wait to read it! You can find Moïra here: websitetwitterinstagramtumblr.


Have you read The Accident Season? What did you think?

What was the last book that stayed with you like this?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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  • I love it when a book sticks with me as well! It’s the best! A recent one I can think of is I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne, Splintered by A.G. Howard and the Half Bad trilogy by Sally Green! :)

    • I have to finish Sally Green’s trilogy – I really liked Half Bad and I already have the second book at home.
      And yep, the feeling is great, I think it’s what makes reading one of the best possible hobbies out there! :)

  • So glad to hear this is still good after a reread. I really want to pick it up again after discovering some things the first time around. I cannot wait for her second book! Have I recommended to you The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton? It’s got the same kind of vibe that I think you’d enjoy.

    • YES! I’m waiting for her to announce a publishing date, a title, whatever, but so far it’s just rumors and hints. *sigh*

      And yep, you’ve recommended it and it’s slowly making its way towards the top of my to-buy list (I’m still trying to read more of the books I already own). :)

  • MissBookiverse

    I loved this book so much and agree with everything you said. I just recently recommended it to a friend and she read it and wanted to discuss the ending which made me realize that I have half forgotten everything already. So I suffer with you on the book amnesia front!

    Uuuh, and a new novel by Moira, what juicy news, great!

    • I’m glad the love for this book is spreading, it’s such a shame there wasn’t more hype about it. Sometimes there’s such a huge bang around books that aren’t worthy of it and too little for really great books.

      And yeah, book amnesia is a thing. I forget character names almost instantly and it’s always best if I write the reviews immediately after I finished the book, otherwise I might never get them done.

      YES! I know, I’m very excited about her next book, too. She keeps dropping hints on social media.

      • MissBookiverse

        It would’ve deserved all the hype but then again I’m kind of glad it’s not so well-known because even if I liked a book I quickly get fed up with all the hype and then I often think less of a book even if I really enjoyed it o.O

        I always take notes while reading which helps a lot with the reviewing. Very often I remember my notes better than the actual book xD

        • Ah, yes, the dreaded hype. I agree, I’m wary of such books, too. But I’m thinking about the author here, mostly, because she deserves a better book deal for her next novel. :)

          Note taking is a good idea! I might have to try that.

          • MissBookiverse

            That’s true. She’s an amazing writer and we need lots more of her stuff. Dear publishers, please give her all your money ;)

            Do that! I find it so helpful. And you can make it a lot of fun, too by using nicely coloured pens, washi tape, a pretty note book etc. I like to get inspired by bullet journals and the likes.

          • I’ve seen some really gorgeous bullet journals on Pinterest and Instagram, I envy people who have the skills to do that. I keep … three or four notebooks for various stuff but never manage to keep my notes very tidy. :)

          • MissBookiverse

            Looking at other people’s bullet journals always makes me jealous, too. How can they do all these artsy things with a black pen only? :O

  • Stop talking about a book I still haven’t gotten yet and making me feel guilty. I keep seeing it places and then put off buying it (I don’t know why either, I should just commit). I’m nervous, I think, because you’ve said good things and the risk of disappointment is too much.

    I’m glad you liked it just as much with your re-read. I’m always a bit tentative going in with a re-read because there is always the chance that it won’t be as good. You stumble upon some books at just the right moment to be exactly what you’re looking for, but there is the chance that in any other circumstances you won’t like it as much.

    I’m trying to think which books have stuck with me lately. I think City of The Lost really stuck with me, it was such a gripping read and all I want to do is read more of Armstrong’s books and see if they’re just as good. Jane Steele is another which stayed with me for a while (it was so good, I even got all excited when I saw it at the library earlier. I wanted to force people to read it). I always move on so quickly to my next book that sometimes I don’t give books a chance to stick, so the ones which do have to be good reads.

    • Haha, don’t worry, I think I’m done. At least until her next books comes out in a year, then I’ll be all over it again. I’m sorry I put too much pressure on you, I’m just really excited about it.

      And yeah, I dread re-reading favourites, too. I mean, I re-read books I haven’t read in years, that’s okay, but not even a year has passed since I finished this one! But then I got a shiny new paperback and I couldn’t let it languish on my shelf unread – or worse, lend it to someone before I’ve opened it! :)

      Okay, I’ve added CIty of the Lost to my Goodreads, I’ll try to check it out. I haven’t been reading as many books this year as I used to, which is normal given my current life circumstances, but I still cherish the books that stick with me, it’s why I love reading.

      • It’s fine, I’m probably going to get it from the library the rate I’m going. My reserved book list is steadily growing there.

        I always eye up favourite books on my shelf and debate when is too soon to reread. It’s a very serious question, I like to wait about a year before a reread because you’ve had enough distance from the story so you’re more likely to enjoy it.

        And I get that, when I look at the number of books I’ve read so far this year, then think of the number of books whose stories I distinctly remember the difference is shocking. I know people would probably say it’s quality over quantity when it comes to reading, I have yet to learn that lesson.

        You have to let me know what you think if you do get reading City of the Lost, it’s a book that’s different from what I usually read. It’s more like what I read a few years ago when I was reading my mom’s castoffs but I think that’s why I enjoyed it even more.

        • Getting books at the library is a good strategy. If you’re able to get the books you want, it’s so much cheaper. I also don’t always want to KEEP the books I read but it’s kind of hard to let go once I’ve bought them. So returning average reads to the library makes much more sense.

          Yeah, a year sounds like a sensible delay for rereading. I reread A Darker Shade of Magic after a year (before AGOS came out) and it was okay – I’d forgotten just enough to be glad I was discovering it again. :) i should really reread Austen’s novels sometime soon. I read some of them when I was in high school and I remember very little about them.