- Title: Shade Me
- Author: Jennifer Brown
- ISBN: 9780062324450
- Page: 132
- Format: ebook
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 nNikki 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.
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Well this was a disappointing bucket full of rainbows. I really wanted to read this because Hate List was one of the most incredible books I've ever read! But this? Honestly it felt really cliche. I didn't connect/care about Nikki. And the story just failed to snabble my attention. I thought I'd enjoy the synesthesia aspect a lot more than I did but yet felt like a superpower? Like Nikki could basically tell the future with it. She walks into a room, sees a girl with a crimson sort of aura (is t [...]
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“I’m going to find out who did this to Peyton. And why.”This was an interesting mystery story, and I liked the twists.Nikki’s life seemed to be really affected by her synesthesia, but I was impressed with the way she used it to help her when trying to find out what happened to Peyton. She did take some big risks whilst investigating, but at least she had some martial [...]
About 2.5 stars. Synethesia is something that always intrigued me. I can't imagine having all of my senses crossed with numbers and letters in full technicolor. In Shade Me, Nikki Kill (yes, that's her name) has synesthesia and it affects both her academic and social life. Nikki receives a cryptic phone call from the most popular girl in school and suddenly she finds herself deep in a mystery. The issue I had with this book is that our main character - a high school - is investigating the assaul [...]
3.5-4 Stars!It is so nice when you find a YA book that is not only fun but has a totally new, totally fun concept behind it, not to mention an action fueled mystery.Synesthesia was not new to me but in truth I didn't know a ton about it and this is the first time I can remember reading about it so that was a totally new experience for me and I loved it. There were so many good aspects to this story that were interesting and kept me turning the pages. The mystery wasn't totally unpredictable but [...]
Mixed feelings. There were things I loved about this book and some others I wasn't so crazy about. Quick list now and review to come.Loved:The noir-rsh LA settingThe overall mysterious/sinister vibeLiked:The fact that Nikki was a synesthete (with a spoiler-y caveat, below)The fact that Nikki was kind of a screw-upThough others may not agree, I liked the weird romance/non-romance that the main character had with three different guys. It kind of worked for me.Not so crazy about:The "coincidence" o [...]
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via Edelweiss.Diversity Rating: 1 – TokenismRacial-Ethnic: 0QUILTBAG: 0Disability: 1 (Nikki and maybe Peyton have synesthesia)Intersectionality: 0 I don’t think any of my favorite authors have work as inconsistent in their quality as Jennifer Brown does. Two of her novels have made me cry, two have left me feeling nothing at all, and now I’ve been reduced to anger. Thrillers are 100% my thing and giving th [...]
From the moment I saw the word synesthesia in the blurb of this book, I knew that I had to pick this book up. I have been mildly fascinating with the condition since learning about in primary school but I have never had the chance to read anything from the perspective of a synesthete before. However, this may or may not have largely been the reason I enjoyed this book as much as I did. While the overall story was entertaining and engrossing, I did have a lot of minor problems with how the romanc [...]
3.5 to 4 StarsIt is so nice when you find a YA book that is not only fun but has a totally new, totally fun concept behind it, not to mention an action fueled mystery.Synesthesia was not new to me but in truth I didn't know a ton about it and this is the first time I can remember reading about it so that was a totally new experience for me and I loved it. There were so many good aspects to this story that were interesting and kept me turning the pages. The mystery wasn't totally unpredictable bu [...]
I'm fascinated by the fact that this already has a 2.75 rating. Must be pretty controversial for someone to already have their knickers in a twist. The last two books with ratings this low before the books even debuted that I read were rated badly by reviewers because of the controversial contentI'm more intrigued than put off now, to be honest. Happy reading!
2 stars. Shade Me had so much potential. I've devoured Jennifer Brown's books in the past and this was no exception. It was very well written. The atmosphere of suspense she created throughout the story kept me hooked so long that before I knew it half my flight home had already passed.But that is, unfortunately, the only good thing about this story. I was surprised I disliked it so much despite being enthralled from the first page. I think this is one of those stories that I would have worshipp [...]
Initial Impressions 1/7/16: Why do I always start out the new year with an iffy book? I was SO excited for SHADE ME because I adore creative concepts and I loved the idea of synesthesia (combining senses) helping main character Nikki solve a mystery. The way it came together though was so incredibly weird and unbelievable. SHADE ME should have been an adult book and not young adult, in my personal opinion. Everything that happened -- trying to solve a mystery on your own, hook ups, secrets, lies [...]
I'd like to thank Harper Collins for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my review or opinion.So a while back I read a duaology about synesthesia. And I really enjoyed it. It was something new to me. Kind of paranormal but not. So when I read the blurb for this book I was completely intrigued to see where the author took this topic. Add in a mystery on top and this makes for quite an enjoyable read!Nikki kill [...]
There are a 1001 thoughts racing through my mind about this book. I can’t, for the life of me, get my S together.What drew me into this book was obviously, the premise, and Nikki’s synesthesia. It’s quite extraordinary yet… scary. I couldn’t even imagine. So I loved that Nikki had something so different, so rare, and I do feel like her struggles are very similar to those that do have synesthesia.Now, Nikki’s character as a whole is one that I love to read, and respect. She was… Dif [...]
So this ARC will expire in two weeks, so I decided to read it.This book had a character who have synesthesia (which is quite uncommon in books and other media) who goes following the clues left by a caller who called her during her death and she is the only contact on Peyton's phone. Together (or sometimes) with Peyton's brother and the detective, she tries to unravel the mystery and find out her connection with Peyton.The main character is quite alright, but sometimes when the main character fi [...]
Review will be on my blog, Lisa Loves Literature, on Monday, as part of a blog tour through Irish Banana Tours. I'll be talking about my favorite color, orange, as well!
Really really good! Review to come closer to release date.
Actual rating: 3.5I had been so interested in this book from the moment that I first read its synopsis. I mean, a girl who sees the world in colors? I've never heard of such a thing before! On top of that, it's not just an ordinary contemporary romance novel, but a contemporary mystery novel! I was intrigued!Nikki Kill was living life normally when one day she receives call from the police asking her to identify a Jane Doe who only has her number in her contacts. Turns out Jane Doe is actually P [...]
I always appreciate a good thriller hence when I read the synopsis for Shade Me, I knew I needed to get my hands on a copy. After reading it, I'm pleased to say the story was indeed mysterious. Albeit things were a bit convenient at times, I enjoyed following the trail that led to the eventual showdown.Nikki Kill has no clue why the most popular girl in school, Peyton Hollis, would call her. After learning that Peyton is in a coma, Nikki's curiosity, fueled by her desire to know why, led her int [...]
I really did enjoy the synethesia aspect of this book. Never having heard of this disorder before, it was something new to experience as a reader. Nikki described emotions as colors, then rather what she is feeling was quite interesting. But synthesia wasn't enough for me to like this story. It was rough to connect with Nikki, she seemed to know everything and everyone else was clueless. I try to be open minded when I read books, but I felt Nikki's connection with Dru developed rather quickly (W [...]
The premise of this really intrigued me and I was pretty eager to see what it was all about. I liked Nikki well enough. She's a smart ass and she's resilient and she can literally kick ass. Her decisions were made with the best of intentions, but that's where it sort of all went to shit for me. The idea of the synesthesia was interesting, but I found the execution to be confusing. If that was the intent of the author, then kudos, it worked. The plot had a lot of layers to it and while Nikki's un [...]
*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller*Rating* 4 strong stars*My Thoughts*Shade Me is the first installment in Jennifer Brown's Nikki Kill series. 18-year old Nikki Kill is a character who deals with a rare, but real life phenomenon known as Synesthesia. Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense (for example, hearing) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight. Another form of synesthesia joins objects such as letters, sha [...]
I received this book for free from Itching For Books as part of theShade Me blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewI had wanted to read this book for a while now. The description really interested me. So when I saw there was a tour for it I signed up! Beyond the description I really didn’t know what to expect, and now re reading the description I can tell you if I did it wouldn’t have been this. The thing that kept m [...]
A review copy was provided by Harper Collins in exchange of a honest reviewI was initially drawn to this book, despite not being a huge fan of thrillers and mysteries, when I heard of the concept of colour synesthesia. It is a mental condition I've always been fascinated with, and when I heard that it's going to be incorporated with a murder mystery, I was immediately hooked, especially since I've been wanting to read something by Jennifer Brown for a long time now.Nikki Kill sees facts and emot [...]
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest reviewMY THOUGHTSI'm not usually one for thrillers, but I'm always been curious about synesthesia and a thriller focusing on a girl using her synesthesia to solve a mystery made me very curious. This wasn't quite what I expected, but it was a great thriller and mystery.Nikki Kill sees colors where others can't. Certain letters, numbers, words, have their own colors, and she can eve [...]
Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy for review!I am SO disappointed. I wanted to love this book so badly and alas it wasn't meant to be. It had EVERYTHING going for it for me: synesthesia, kick-ass fighter girl, intriguing mystery but sadly none of that really worked out well.First I have to say that I felt like this story would have possibly worked better with a much older cast of characters. Possibly out of college 20-somethings. Ultimately I just felt like it was being force [...]
With a story involving a girl that has a rare phenomenon that causes her to see emotions as color and a strange phone call that pulls our protagonist into a mystery deeper than she could even imagine, I knew I needed to read this book.Jennifer Brown delivers on that outstanding premise successfully setting up what could be a very thrilling suspense series.I wasn’t expecting to be drawn in quite so quick. The prologue just pulls you in with an unnamed narrator in a pretty sketchy situation that [...]
Nikki Kill sees colors. Words, numbers, emotions - as a person with synesthesia, all of them come through to her as a sort of technicolor nightmare that threatens to drown out the world around her and makes it difficult for her to function socially or scholastically. One gets the impression that she'd gleefully trade places with pre-Oz Dorothy Gale, just to get a moment of mental peace and quiet. Of course, that's before Peyton Hollis, the most popular girl in school, is found beaten near to dea [...]
Oh boy. The reason so many YA thrillers let me down is that we have teenagers who think they know better than the police. And then end up in situations where they need to be saved/end up injured/someone tries to kill them. All three of which happen in this book.Our heroine doesn’t share her information with the police, believing them to be incompetent because they failed to solve the murder of her mother. So once she becomes involved in the case of Peyton Hollis, daughter of a Hollywood darlin [...]
3.5 Stars, but rounding up because I had a lot of fun reading it. I think with all "teen detective/YA murder mystery" stories, you have to suspend your sense of disbelief more than just a bit. Since I don't read a lot of books in this genre, I had to keep reminding myself of this. About halfway into the book though, I was able to stop worrying about the hows and really get pulled into the story. The pacing was sometimes a bit off, with a good chunk of the action shoved into an ending that I thou [...]
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