Shade me by Jennifer Brown. (Spoiler free review).

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 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 ultrarich Hollis family and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, ne’er-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.


Egh, this has been my overall reaction when it comes to this book. Which is weird considering that I can’t identify what it is that I don’t like about it, nothing specific at least.

Now don’t get me wrong, the story was intriguing, the concept of synesthesia is really interesting and I love a good suspense, but about half way through the book it was pretty clear who is guilty and the rest of the story literally consisted of me just waiting in agony to be proved right and waiting to be given more information on synesthesia, only to be left unsatisfied. I was tempted on several occasions to put the book down and put it on the dreaded DNF list. But I didn’t!

Another thing that really hindered my reading experience with the book, was that I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. I struggle to engage in any but especially contemporary book, when I don’t like any of the characters. At times I found the main character  to be very whiny and cynical and uptight, not my favourite combination 😦

The pacing of the book also felt very dragged out, which I generally don’t mind when important information is being given, so every scene take you closer to the ending. Bu that just didn’t happen here, only a few bits of information regarding the main character are given, and almost nothing is really told to us about the other characters other than at the end, where it felt like it was all crammed into two paragraphs. So the slow pace of the book was just not necessary and rather frustrating.

Then I find out this is book one in a series, why is it not just one big book? So it is sad to say but I don’t think I am going to continue with this series.

P.S. just because I didn’t like this book doesn’t mean you won’t. I just have specific tastes when it comes to reading that may differ from yours.

Tootles Gaby 🙂




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