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Blackbrooke by [Silver, Emma]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 953 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing (16 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LZRNWY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*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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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 Rules keep the humans safe. Liberty, a clever and forthright girl, begins to question the society in which she has grown up - the more she finds out, the more she has to fear. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. Each time I thought I was beginning to understand what was happening, Emma Silver introduced another twist. It's genuinely horrifying, but also very entertaining. Blows other YA fiction right out of the water. Recommended.
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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 want to sink your teeth into the next volume. I won't go into the details of the story but suffice it to say that the author very cleverly drip feeds you information throughout the book and everytime you think you have the story sussed, changes direction on you. This book has set the scene and raised some interesting questions regarding Blackbrooke, the human residents of Blackbrooke and about the Crits themselves, who possibly, maybe, are not quite as basic as they seem...you have a villian whose motives remain unclear, a supporting cast to root for and a young Heroine whose life is just going from complicated to even more complicated with every turn of the page. I cannot wait for the next volume in this series.
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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. Making parallels with teenage suicide seemed like a good idea at one point, but not at others. Questions piled up on questions that hadn't quite been answered, and kept me guessing. What exactly was the `walk out' I wanted to know? What had happened in the town that made it so hidebound by those tightly restricting rules? And what made someone manage to escape those strictures and yet could still live there? The end was breathtaking, and I'll be reaching for the second in the series.
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This YA horror novel is compelling. I loved the concept of living in a town where the residents are constrained by 'rules' for their own safety. It quickly becomes obvious that something more sinister is at play - other than the salivating monsters who prey on the residents at night. The protagonist, Liberty, is feisty and engaging, and there are many memorable characters, such as her friends, Denzil and Cassius. I noticed the odd punctuation error here and there. For some readers, this can ruin their enjoyment and that would be a great shame. I also hadn't realised that this is the first instalment of a trilogy - not a problem in itself, but I was slightly disgruntled by the cliffhanger ending which I wasn't expecting. This is an imaginative, thrilling, hard-to-put-down novel, and I can't wait to read the next one!
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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 to a wider audience. Although it does revert to YA style towards the end, which provides a skilful twist, compelling all readers to look forward to the next instalment.
I normally fight shy of horror, but am glad I summoned the courage to read this tale of youth trying to make sense of a warped adult community, and bent on saving their world.
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