Shade Me

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Shade Me am Ebook 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

Shade Me am Ebook 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...it 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 that the right word?) and boom -- she knows the girl is going to die. I'm not sure if synesthesia is classified as a disability or just a neurodiversity thing, but I've never heard of it being portrayed like this.And Nikki suffered incredibly from the "oh I'm different so this gives me good reason to be a jerk" syndrome. NOT. A. FAN. There's no reason to be cruel, okay!? And Nikki was really mean to people just because she was a Cold And Badass Girl Of Epic™. [CUE PAINFUL EYE ROLL] And I super struggled with the romance...like Nikki and Dru have met once and then they go check out Dru's nearly-murdered sister's apartment and...end up having sex!????? WELL THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY. The relationship felt very insta-lovey and shallow to me and I thought it was an immense cop out that (view spoiler)[Dru die din the end, so they wouldn't have to confront the fact that THEY WERE BEING INCESTUOUS...woah (hide spoiler)].Oh and the cliches? Ya. Like cops who haven't the faintest idea how to solve mysteries. And that "Rich White Hollywood" family who aren't what they seem. Oooooh. Shocker. Nikki is too BADASS for love and yet obviously she falls in love with a boy she just met. And her dad was the WORST and most uninvolved and oblivious parent ever. "Have you done your homework dear? Oh you said yes? But you never go to school and you're literally skipping out to hang out solving crimes in a bad part of town? Ok cool, sweetie, dinner is at 6 if you feel like it." Berghghgrugh. Plus the plot hinged very heavily on hookers and drugs, which I mean...I don't like to say what teens can and can't handle. They can handle a lot and most teens aren't precious little egg shells in need of protecting. But it didn't interest me with how sexual it got. And writing about prostitution but keeping it "PG" always feels weird to read. Like just..why. Why is it going this direction anyway.ANYWAY. There were some cool plot twists that I didn't see coming! And blood and shooting and badass fighting went down at times. #niceBut really? It kinda just lost me. If I didn't really care about Nikki then I didn't really care about this mystery she was involving herself in because she was "curious" and the convoluted clues the nearly-dead girl left behind. Dude. Just write a text. Stahp with all the hiding things in bushes and coding facebook comments. I can't even. I need a nap.Also the police really aren't so stupid that a teenage girl can do bette than them. Okay? Okay.. 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.. The best Books Shade Me (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 arts training to help her out!The storyline in this was about Nikki trying to figure out who had beaten Peyton and left her for dead, and why. I liked the way the synaesthesia came into it, and I liked the way Nikki managed to follow the clues, and the twists were pretty good too!There was a bit of romance in this, but even that got sucked into the mystery of what had happened a bit!The ending to this was pretty good, and we also got some unexpected deaths!7.5 out of 10

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  • Jennifer Brown Post author

    Two time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award 2005 2006 , Jennifer s weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full time young adult novelist Jennifer s debut novel, HATE LIST Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009 received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA Perfect Ten, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year HATE LIST also won the Michigan Library Association s Thumbs Up Award, the Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award, the 2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association s Taysha s high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association s Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been chosen to represent the state of Missouri in the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, DC Jennifer s second novel, BITTER END, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011 received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha s high school reading list pick as well.Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

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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 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 that the right [...]


  • 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 arts training t [...]


  • 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 assault of a fell [...]


  • 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 it [...]


  • 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 of view [...]


  • See 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 the main character syne [...]


  • 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 romance a [...]


  • 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 but [...]


  • 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 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 worshipped as [...]


  • 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, violence [...]


  • 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 has s [...]


  • 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 Different She has a foul [...]


  • 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 find or [...]


  • 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



  • 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 Peyton [...]


  • 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 into [...]


  • 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 Which u [...]


  • 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 unraveli [...]


  • 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 additional senses such as sight Another form of synesthesia joins objects such as letters, shapes, numbers [...]



  • 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 me reading [...]


  • 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 emoti [...]


  • 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 even [...]


  • 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 forced int [...]


  • 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 is [...]


  • 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 death ri [...]


  • 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 darling who [...]


  • 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 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 thought could [...]


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