March 16, 2015

Blackbird by Anna Carey

Series: Blackbird Duology #1

Publication: September 16, 2014 by HarperTeen

Source: An advanced copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you!


When a nameless girl wakes up on the subway tracks, she knows only one thing for sure: people want her dead. Can she find them before they track her down?

Things I know are true: I am in Los Angeles. I woke up on the train tracks at the Vermont/Sunset station. I am a teenage girl. I have long black hair. I have a bird tattoo on the inside of my right wrist (FNV02198). People are trying to kill me.

My Thoughts:

This book definitely grabbed my attention and entertained me. The amnesia aspect made for a fun and mysterious read. I enjoyed trying to figure everything out along with the main character. 

This book is also unique because it is told in second person. I can't decide how I feel about this. At first it was off-putting and took some getting used to. Once I did get used to it, it didn't really make that much of a difference to me. I'm not sure if it is really necessary. I think I would have enjoyed the book the same amount if it was told in first or third person.
I think the second person writing is a good way to grab the reader in the beginning and it makes the book a bit more thrilling in the first part. However, in the rest of the book, it didn't make that big of a difference. I don't think it was done poorly, but the novelty of it wore off throughout the story.

There is a lot of action and the mystery keeps the reader on edge. I was always wondering what was going to happen next. The plot gets pretty crazy with a few twists thrown in.
There are some flashbacks and changing of perspectives to help develop everything. I think these elements worked at points, but some disrupted the flow of the story. I also felt some were unnecessary. A few even left me more confused.

I don't think the book had enough answers in it. After finishing, I am still confused on certain parts that I think should have been resolved. I think the book could have been a little longer.
However, I am anxiously awaiting the sequel/conclusion and I will definitely read it in hopes of getting more closure and answers.

If you're looking for a quick read that has a lot of mystery and action, I would recommend this. Also, if you are willing to read something with a unique writing style.

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