Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey

Author: Anna Carey
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN:  0062299735
ISBN13: 9780062299734
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss
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.

I was excited to read another story from Anna Carey. I didn't realize that BLACKBIRD wasn't a paranormal or urban fantasy book but I still ended up enjoying it for the most apart.  We are introduced to the main character but considering she has no clue who she is, we follow her on her journey to discover what the heck is going on and who she is.

I did end up having some issues with BLACKBIRD as a whole. I wasn't crazy about the story being told in the 2nd person. It's hard to get into and It made it a bit harder for me to connect to the main character. The character development could have used some work. Things happen at a somewhat slow pace in the middle of the book. The main character is always on the run but some points just slow way down. What is with the lack of answers? I think I have more questions after reading BLACKBIRD than I did when I started.

Now for what I really did enjoy. You never quite know what's going on and I found that part of the story extremely captivating. I really want answers to things so that proves that I liked it enough to want to read more.  Ben was interesting. I totally didn't see his role in the story coming. I just FEEL like it will get super better now. I wish the ending events would have happened sooner in the book.

I gave it 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.