Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey

Review: Blackbird by Anna CareyTitle: Blackbird
Author: Anna Carey
Series: Blackbird Duology #1
Publisher: HaperTeen
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Check it out on Goodreads: HERE
Rating: three-half-stars
A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

The synopsis of this book and the cover caught my eye when I looked at the review copy on Edelweiss. Then when I finally was going to read it, I read a lot of mixed reviews. A little skeptical going into it, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t start out with good thoughts though as you can tell from my first Goodreads status update on the book.

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I believe this was my first book that I read in second person and it caught me off guard to be honest. I can’t say that I loved it to begin with and I really can’t tell if I loved it in the end but you know what? It kind of worked for the book after your brain wraps around the fact that it is second person and it gets over the initial weirdness that you feel. So, if you are reading a lot of reviews about this being in second person and that being the downfall of this book, ignore that. It’s not a bad thing and it works.

Getting over the narrative and getting into the story it is really interesting and fast paced. “Sunny” wakes up on a subway track and can’t remember anything. She has a tattoo on her arm and a scar on her neck but other than that there is nothing to identify her. She has a backpack with money and a note in it and then her roller coaster begins.

This was a good mystery and I had no idea what was going to happen or the twists in the story. Sadly, I should have seen the one twist but, maybe I was blinded by a trick of hands. Look over here while this is going on over there! The characters were really interesting and you feel for Sunny at times. I loved the flashbacks she got every so often, they were really well done.

Overall, this book was a 3.5 stars for me. Some of it was because it had to take me awhile to jump into the story because of the narrative but it is definitely worth getting over it to read Blackbird.

Kiddie Corner Reviews: Babar’s Rescue by Laurent De Brunhoff

Kiddie Corner Reviews: Babar’s Rescue by Laurent De BrunhoffTitle: Babar's Rescue
Author: Laurent De Brunhoff
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Publication Date: March 1, 2004
Genre: Children's
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Check it out on Goodreads: HERE
Rating: four-stars
When Babar is kidnapped in this adventure, little Isabell must use all of her courage and common sense to rescue him.

I have to start this by saying that I’m not a huge fan of Babar. I don’t really have a reason why but, I just don’t like the elephant at all. I tried to get the kid to pick a different book in the library but he really wanted this Babar one. Begrudgingly I read the book and surprisingly I didn’t hate it as much as I expected.

The kid really liked this story though and that is all that matters, isn’t it? He likes Babar and enjoyed reading about their camping trip as well as his daughter befriended animals to help find her father. There was a lion, monkey and a snake that helped her get to the hidden city where the striped elephants kept her father.

The story was very cute and showed kids that you can be brave and do things that others might not think you could. I was surprised by how much I liked it.

Next time I don’t think I’ll try to convince the kid to pick a different book if he picks up Babar.

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Review: Scandal in Seattle by Nicole Williams

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Here is the second short story in the Great Explotations series by Nicole Williams. This is a continuation of where Mischief in Miami left off and unfortunately this one isn’t very long at all. It is even shorter than the first book and although it was really good and I enjoyed it, it kind of […]

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Review: Mischief in Miami by Nicole Williams

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Review: How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae

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I want to start this by saying that I read this book awhile ago and I’m just getting to writing this review. I’m a horrible reviewer but you know, stuff happens and I won’t apologize for life and laziness. This is a hobby after all, not a job. So there’s that. This isn’t my first […]

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