About The Book
Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
Series: Nikki Kill #1
Release Date: January 19th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young-Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.
Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.
The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?
As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.
Shade Me is award-winning author Jennifer Brown’s first book in a thrilling suspense series about Nikki Kill.
I think fans of Romily Bernard’s Find Me series will love this young-adult mystery. As I’m a fan of the aforementioned series, I have to say this one lacked a little of the well thought out actions of the MC. Nikki Kill sometimes did things that made little sense, but she was nothing if not entertaining. This felt very much like the movie Brick, only with a female lead. Uncovering the mystery surrounding Peyton’s violent attack kept me reading. Albeit, it took me almost 2 weeks to get through this chunk of a story.
I’m not familiar with synesthesia, so to actually read about this was fascinating. The way Nikki viewed the world around her was interesting. I think that aspect made this mystery even more unique. And the girl can fight! Not just fight, but kick butt. She’s into MMA, so that was very cool of the author to add that to her character. I wasn’t gasping at every clue that shined light on the big mystery, but I liked how it all came together. I had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind about what was going on, but it seemed rather far fetched, so I dismissed it. And I was somewhat right!
I didn’t like the way Nikki had about 3 different guys at her disposal. It’s like, she snaps her fingers, and they’re there. She was too fast. At times, nothing seemed to happen, which slowed the pace of the story. Overall, I liked this one and would definitely be open to reading the next book.
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