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Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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 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.

Goodreads Summary

I think it would be amazing to experience synesthesia, but I would want it to eventually end.  Nikki lives in a world filled with color.  Certain emotions are connected to specific colors.  Her life is fairly average until she has to ID a dead popular girl from her school.  She can't fathom why her number would even be in this girl's phone and doesn't know why it involves her.  She utilizes her synesthesia to help her solve the mystery and takes the reader along with her.   

Nikki's character was interesting.  I liked that she was interesting and had the synesthesia.  I thought that she put herself down too much.  I did like her determination and how she took things into her own hands.  I used to love Nancy Drew as a child and did like how this story reminded me of when I used to thumb through those books.  The slight romance was intriguing and a nice touch, but not necessary for enjoying the book.  Overall, this book would be ideal for young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. This book sounds so good! I can't wait for the chance to read it. And I am also a fan of the cover, with all of the colors. It definitely fits the story!

  1. I've got an egalley of this. The idea of the synesthesia part of the story really intrigues me. Glad to hear you gave it such a high rating. Great review!