The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

The Sacrifice Box

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.1982, the summer before seventh grade. Five kids with nothing in common--Sep, Arkle, Hadley, Lamb, and Mack--become instant friends. On the last day of summer, they find a stone box buried in the forest, and each places an object inside to seal their friendship. And they make rules:Never come ...

Details The Sacrifice Box

TitleThe Sacrifice Box
Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Fantasy, Thriller, Fiction, Did Not Finish, Teen, Paranormal, Mystery Thriller, Dark

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...
  • 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...
  • Sassy Brit
    Visit all my reviews here. I love to chat books! Pop by, leave your review links! When a bunch of kids, September "Sep" Hope, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley discover an ancient stone box, they decide to each sacrifice something important to them to cement their friendship. As they do this they make a pact: never return to the box at night; they'll never visit it alone; and they'll never take back their offerings. Break any of these rules and who kn...
  • Ellen Gail
    Lots of great 80s vibes and some creepy stuff, but lacking in the secondary characters.Full review to come.Thanks to Edelweiss and Viking Books for the DRC
  • 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...
  • Kayla
    I didn't love this book but it was really entertaining to read and it had a really enjoyable storyline.
  • Kirsti
    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 nev...
  • 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...
  • demislibrary
    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!
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    Creepy AF! But super fun. Really enjoyed this one!
  • 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...
  • Mehsi
    "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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 i...
  • 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: somet...
  • Susan
    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, bullyingAlso- 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 StarsMartin Stewart‘s second ...
  • Ally
    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 d...
  • Nicola Wells
    This review was first published on in 1982, Martin Stewart’s second, stand-alone book, The Sacrifice Box, is an admirable combination of terrifying and dark-humour. Following the story of Sep (September), Mack, Arkle, Lamb and Hadley through their childhood summer when they discover a stone box in the forest. The box whispers rules. Never come to the box alone. Never open it after dark. Never take back your sacrifice. The...
  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    In The Sacrifice Box five unlikely friends (all from what would be different cliques these days) become friends in the summer of 1982, they find a box and sacrifice items to it to promise to remain friends. The box has 3 rules "never come to the box alone; never open it after dark; never take back your sacrifice." Four years later someone has broken the rules and now the box is out for blood.I personally really enjoyed this book and would give it...
  • 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...
  • Matilda Chapman
    Firstly, yes..there are lots of similarities between IT and The Sacrifice Box. They both follow a group of predominantly misfit kids/teens as they try to solve a horrifying mystery and it's also set in the eighties. Stewart also takes seemingly innocent, and non-scary things and distorts them into something very unsettling.Sep was a charming lead and I really began to care for him as the novel progressed. The other four in the main group were goo...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    [I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.]The blurb for this book immediately reminded me of some of the horror books I’d read in the early 90s—mostly Stephen King paperbacks my mother gave me, so this ‘80s + horror + kids’ combination is one I’ve known in quite a while, even though I haven’t read such books in at least a decade or more. I suppose watching Stranger Things also put me back in the mood for those, and so here I ...
  • 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...
  • Amy (Amysbookcorner)
    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...
  • SnarkyWolf
    I received an ebook copy of this book for an honest review.I am quite late in writing my review of this book, and this is partly due to issues with my device and formatting. Unfortunately, this isn't the only reason why I've had this book on my Kindle for several months and am only stating what I think about it now.I will be reviewing the actual story, and my rating isn't affected my technical difficulties.The entire premise of the story sounds f...