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Blackbrooke [Kindle Edition]

Emma Silver
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Blackbrooke is a Young Adult horror novel that has you on the edge of your seat.

“I live in Blackbrooke and you would have had to be living under a rock to never have heard of it before now. This town is different to most others…Humans aren’t the only residents…”

The residents of Blackbrooke share their town with the Creatures, or Crits as they are known. Grotesque, roaming the streets at night looking for food, their presence means humans have to live by the Rules, keeping them indoors and forbidding them of basic desires.

The most important Rule?

Don’t be a ‘walk out’!

Straight-A student, Liberty Connor, hates the Crits and the endless Rules she and her tight knit group of friends have to live by.

Planning her new life on the Outside with her boyfriend, Gabriel, Liberty whiles away her days waiting to turn 18, so they can leave and be free. That is, until the world she thinks she knows begins to unravel…

Her friends start to walk out. So she’s told. However, something’s not right. Things don’t add up.

Liberty faces a race against time to discover what’s going on with the Creatures of Blackbrooke.

Is it them she has to fear, or something much closer to home?


The Blackbrooke Trilogy:

Blackbrooke II: The Guardian
Blackbrooke III: King of Queens

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 190891047X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing (16 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emma was born and raised in Manchester, England.

Blackbrooke is her debut young adult horror novel after spending many years honing her skills drafting short stories and devouring horror through the ages from R.L. Stine's Goosebumps collection through to Stephen King. It forms part one of the explosive Blackbrooke Trilogy.

She gets most of her ideas and is inspired by music and also the fighting spirit of young people who aren't afraid to challenge the norm and stand up for what they believe in. This fleeting 'moment' in life is what she tries to capture in her writing.

Twitter @Emma_Silver

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and exciting tale. 27 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
*Important: I do not normally read urban fantasy and have only a passing interest in horror. I read this book as it had generated interest online and I was curious as to why. Please bear this in mind when reading my review*

The northern English town of Blackbrooke is a strange & dangerous place where humans and 'Crits' (a horrific creature of which there are various types) co-habit, each side sticking closely to the rules and agreements that have been forged over the centuries. The main character, Liberty, a spunky 17 year old has a good life, a boyfriend, close friends and great grades but things start to change when her friends seemingly ignore the rules and 'walk-out' letting themselves get killed by the 'Crits' . Slowly things are revealed and Liberty realises that the adults of the town have been less than honest about the rules (you don't learn all of the rules until you are 18) and together with her friends she sets about trying to solve the mystery as well as saving her and her friends lives.
I must say I greatly appreciated the fact the book was set in northern England (albeit in a fictional location) and thought it was certainly very refreshing and you can tell the book is written by someone from the area because of the humour of the novel. Needless to say I did laugh on more than one occasion.
The writing itself is reasonably accomplished and is certainly atmospheric, the scenes with the Crits in particular drip with suspense and tension. The story is undoubtedly a good idea though that one that, on occasion, does not feel completely fleshed out. For instance we are told that Blackbrooke doesn't have broadband because no work can be done that would last longer than a day as the Crits would damage the equipment at night.
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I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy provided in return for my fair and impartial review.

Review of Blackbrooke by Emma Silver
5 stars

I quickly became totally engrossed in this book, and by the midpoint I was turning pages almost faster than my e-reader could handle. "Fast-paced" has become a trite cliché, but believe me, if you're looking for that, "Blackbrooke" most definitely has it, along with plotting that twists around like a cobra's coil and an unforgettable cliffhanger ending. So thankful this is only the first of a set!

"Blackbrooke" is not post-apocalyptic, it is fully Apocalyptic, and the Apocalypse has been ongoing for centuries, and what a horrible situation it is. I kept pondering, Why doesn't the British Government step in, why keep throwing money at the Village, why not do something to protect the inhabitants? Instead, the Village is a daytime tourist infestation; and at dusk, everyone remains inside, locked in behind electronic steel shutters operating on a timer, according to the time of year and the length of the days.

Everyone above the age of eighteen has agreed to a set of Rules; but no one under that age even knows what the rules are, except for a few minor rules involving hair, hair colour, and so forth. The dangers are the "Crits" or Creatures, the four classes of almost Supernatural animals which live surrounding the Village, and which rule the night. Humans certainly don't, because humans are fair prey.

If you love urban fantasy (or semi-urban fantasy), paranormal (and yes, plenty of romance here too!), don't wait to grab "Blackbrooke." It's a winner!
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3.0 out of 5 stars You should try it... 22 Feb. 2015
By Andrea
Liberty Connor is 17.
She lives in Blackbrooke.
In this town, there are creatures called “Crits”, who roam the streets at night.
There are no man-crimes.
Suicides are called “walk-outs”
And there are 20 Rules, only ten of which are known to teenagers under the age of 18.
As you start to read, the first thing you encounter are the first 10 Rules. They are so strange, that you can’t help but to be gripped by them. As you continue reading, you meet the rest of the characters, and you learn how their lives on Blackbrooke, a town sealed away from the rest of the world, are. They all seem happy, until some of them start to “walk out”. Or so it seems. It is up to Liberty to discover what really is going on, and her journey will lead her to a shocking truth that not even I, who am really good at figuring stuff out, could have predicted.
Whether you’ll continue to be gripped by the rest of the book as it goes on, I can’t say. It’s up to individual readers, and their tastes. This book combines horror, love, mystery and friendship, however it is so focused on the central characters that for a moment it’s easy to forget it’s horror. The writing style disappointed me a bit; I was expecting more, like something along the lines of the “Slated” trilogy. It is mainly focused on dialogue, and that’s not my favourite kind of style. Also, there are many flashbacks which are key to building up the story, but that also exclude the reader from trying to figure out the mystery of the walk outs. It’s like, the only clues we get are the ones Liberty gives. And, fair enough, this is not a murder mystery, but it would have been nice to have been more involved with the storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
Young adult horror with intelligence. Blackbrooke is the story of an enclave in northern Britain where humanity shares its territory with others - terrifying others - and only the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Yvonne Marjot
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A fine young writer with a story to tell.
Published 11 months ago by Raymond O'Donnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Emma mentioned her book to me on twitter @blackbrooke and after I had read the sample I was hooked and intrigued. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Who said that YA (young adult) isn't for them? Try "Blackbrooke" for...
I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy provided in return for my fair and impartial review.

I began reading Blackbrooke a few months ago, but my own writing got in the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by David Eccles (@vikingbeard)
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new series.
Brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end, so much so I had to download the second in the series immediately after closing the last Kindle page! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Gina Dickerson-Elvidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to a series.
Absolutely brilliant book. I was totally blown away by it. I loved the story and the way it was written. Read more
Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by WickedLittleImp
5.0 out of 5 stars A grippng read
Horror is not a genre I've read much of, but I might read a lot more if it's as well written as this one- though it was the mystery that grabbed me from the beginning. Read more
Published on 16 Mar. 2013 by nanjar
5.0 out of 5 stars A-MAZ-ING!!!!!
This book is amazing. It is brilliantly written, well thought out and keeps the reader enthralled all the way to the very end. Read more
Published on 26 Jan. 2013 by Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
This book is completely gripping from the start, I literally couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the 2nd book. Anyone who likes horror/fantasy fiction will love this book!
Published on 26 Jan. 2013 by NB
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Read!
Blackbrooke is a tourist town that draws "Outsiders" in because their residents are not all human. Tourists are attracted to the other residents, the creatures that come out at... Read more
Published on 23 Jan. 2013 by Rebecca Vance
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