The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

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 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 ...

Details The Sacrifice Box

TitleThe Sacrifice Box
Release DateJan 11th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Random House
GenreYoung Adult, Horror

Reviews The Sacrifice Box

  • Paromjit
    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 n...
  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    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 ...
  • Sara
    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 pac...
  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    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??)....
  • Liz Barnsley
    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 som...
  • Lia
    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 th...
  • Louise Wilson
    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...
  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ 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 rea...
  • 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 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.MY 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....
  • Hannah
    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 su...
  • Leonie Byrne
    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 Mac...
  • Clare
    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...
  • gem
    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 ...
  • Ellen
    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...
  • Rhoda
    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 t...
  • Mrs Karen Reid
    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.
  • Sarah Davies
    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...
  • Claire Reeder
    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 ...
  • Julie Lacey
    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 goo...
  • Alyce Hunt
    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...
  • Alyssa Grace
    "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 chill...
  • Emma
    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 dispa...
  • Kitty
    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 in...
  • Megan
    Never come to the box aloneNever open it after darkNever take back your sacrificeThese are the rules. They must never, ever be broken.This book was advertised for fans of IT, Stranger Things and Stand by Me. With the main characters being kids/teens in the 80s, a very creepy plot and themes of the strength of friendship, it's not hard to see why!The novel takes place on an unnamed Scottish Island (based on the Isle of Arran as confirmed by the au...
  • Anya
    3.5 starsThe blurb of this book caught my eye and reeled me in. It sounded utterly compelling, and with promises of it being for fans of Stranger Things and the like, I was pretty excited heading into this book.There was definitely a sinister feeling throughout this book, that sense of being constantly stalked by something and making you scared of the dark corners, as well as that ‘80s vibe that is making a resurgence. Of course there’s a sli...
  • Zaide
    Ok, so I actually kind of loved this. Let’s face it, anything about a creepy Sacrifice Box was going to be on my TBR and I was lucky enough to be approved for a copy of this on Netgalley so I jumped right in! I’ve read some of the other reviews and took note of the issues that some people have had with it, and I will say this: it’s very much a marmite book. I feel like you’ll either really enjoy it, or really dislike it. It’s wonderfull...
  • Mike Sumner
    With thanks to Penguin Random House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC.Hmmm. Clearly aimed at a young readership, nevertheless I accepted the invitation to read The Sacrifice Box enticed by the considerable hype about the book. First off, for me, there is some ambiguity about the location. Definitely on an island, New York City is mentioned but I was puzzled by references where price is mentioned in Pounds Sterling - £1.70 for ex...
  • Jeni
    Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.A quiet island, a horror story and an 80s soundtrack based around a group of teens makes for a dark YA story that may give you nightmares. Or perhaps flashbacks to your own childhood.September Hope and his friends stepped away from the blood brother oath and put prize possessions in to a box with mystical rules in the woods in the hope of binding them together, but like the 80s perm they ev...
  • Karen Barber
    Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this prior to publication, but it should be noted that it’s hard to read a story when the text runs together as it does throughout this book. Puzzling out what is being said makes me less likely to want to read.Technical gripe aside, this book had some interesting messages about friendship and coming to terms with change. Unfortunately, the appeal of the book was definitely hampered for me by the w...
  • The Breakneck Bookworm
    This book had me intrigued from the start. Stranger things meets Stephen King. What's not to like? I read this in one sitting it was that good the slow build into a fast paced horror this book has all the premise of a brilliant film. September (short for September) has one amazing summer where he and his friends Arkle, Mack, Hadley and Lamb find a box in a wood and decide to sacrifice things that would make them be friends. However move forward f...