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Blackbrooke [Kindle Edition]

Emma Silver
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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?

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  • 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. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,973 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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Format:Kindle Edition
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Jan 2014
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Emma mentioned her book to me on twitter @blackbrooke and after I had read the sample I was hooked and intrigued. It is really not my genre at all but for some reason I wanted to read more and I wasn't disappointed. I think the UK setting partly helped as so many of these type of books are US based. I am not a great reviewer because I find it difficult to always say why I liked a book but I know if I do.

I guess that it was pacey enough to keep me interested but with enough depth and sub plots to give a feeling of completeness. Without spoiling I new that this was part of a trilogy so I was trying to second guess a bit how it would end which I wouldn't have done if I hadn't known about the follow up books, but in a funny way this actually was part of the fun. The actual end was cleverly intriguing and now I have no option but to buy book 2.

The only thing that stopped a 5 star review was that I didn't actually read it but listen on the Kindle text to speech option. This at best is a bit hit and miss. But this is me just being a bit lazy lately and having a part walking commute which makes this a better option. So its not really a reflection on the quality of the writing but I didn't feel I could give the full five star without having looked at the proper page.

All in all as I said at the start I loved it and am looking forward to part two starting right Now
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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 way of my finishing it until now, but, I'm delighted to say, I've spent the last 2 days avidly devouring this fantastic first volume in Emma Silver's trilogy, and I can't wait to get hold of volume 2.
The premise of a town populated by both humans and monsters ("Crits", consisting of Watchers, Lurkers, Hunters and Queens) that is an attraction to the outside world, rather like a theme park is great, but Emma Silver goes much deeper than this in her mythology, and there are a whole lot of other goings on that become apparent right from the beginning of the book, as The Rules that residents of Blackbrooke have to live by are outlined right at the beginning.
Children under the age of 18 are expected to follow a strict code of Rules, though the full set of Rules themselves remain a secret until a person is sworn in during a ceremony shortly after their 18th birthday.
It's a fantastic read, and set in a fictional town here in the United Kingdom, which is rather unusual in itself, seeing as books tend to be either set generally in the USA or in a completely fictionalized world, so it's great that I can relate to the book more closely, because I'm a UK resident myself.
This is a YA book that has a smattering of language (only one f-bomb towards the end of the book), but it is quite visceral when it comes to describing just how the monsters of Blackbrooke, particularly the Hunters and the Queens, treat their victims, so if the reader has a delicate stomach, you have been warned!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great new series. 10 Aug 2013
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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! All of the characters Emma Silver created in this are fully fleshed out, flaws and all. Some wonderfully like-able, others hate-able but all memorable. Oh, and the Crits? Excellent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and exciting tale.
*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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JennyD
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 13 months ago 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
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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 15 months ago 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 15 months ago 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 15 months ago by Rebecca Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars I normally fight shy of horror...
An exceptional book from the cradle of the Crooked Cats.
I hesitate to agree that this is merely YA/horror as it is written with so much insight and maturity - it would appeal... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jlbwye
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing...
This is a wonderful little book. Am also glad to see it is the first of a planned Trilogy, as when you finish with the last page (which ends on a cliffhanger), you really REALLY... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to see this on the big screen!!!!!
WOW!!! This book is a gem! By half way through each chapter the reader is led into a false sense of thinking they might be starting to understand what's going on in this crazy town... Read more
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