Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blackbird (Blackbird Duology #1) by Anna Carey

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

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.

Blackbird by Anna Carey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blackbird(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
A teenage girl wakes up paralysed on a railway track with no idea what her name is, or how she came to be there. She finds a note in her back that says to call a number for information, and when she bumps into a boy in the process of making this call, she uses the alias ‘Sunny’.
Who is ‘Sunny’ really? How did she end up on the train track? And why can’t she remember anything of her life before?

This book wasn’t what I expected, and the lack of answers grew tiresome.

‘Sunny’ was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. I felt a bit sorry for her, but the writing and her jumpy way of thinking bothered me. I think this was probably more the writing than anything, how many sentences can start with the word ‘you’ before you get irritated with it?
You don’t hear the kids laughing.
You raise your head.
You can sense this.
You only have one choice.
You lie back.
You stare into the train’s dark underbelly.
You are still lying there.
Your voice surprises you.
You can’t look.
You are watching the bottom.
You’re able to sit up.
You glance down at your outfit.
You’re wearing new jeans and shoes.
You push yourself to sit.
You pull your bag closer.
You don’t have any.
You search your mind.
You stand.
You’re still dizzy,
You push through the turnstile,
You give the intersection a quick glance
You just need some time to think.
You need to call the number,
You turn,
You hold the straps of the knapsack.

Had enough yet? I hope not, because that is only chapter 1!

The storyline in this was a little odd. ‘Sunny’ has no idea what her name is, where she has come from, what is happening to her, or anything really, and neither does the reader. I mean I can put up with that for a certain length of time, but I didn’t feel like I really discovered anything until the 90% mark, which for me was just too late. I got to the point where I wanted this book to just be over because I was sick of the writing, and sick of the lack of answers.
There was some romance, but I wasn’t really feeling it. It felt rushed, and I just couldn’t get into it.

The ending was okay, and we did get a little smidgen of information right at the end. There was one twist that I didn’t see coming, but we were then left with a massive cliff-hanger.
I’d have to say that after reading and liking this author’s other series, this was a big disappointment.
Overall; quirky writing, and a lack of answers,
6 out of 10.

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