Sep 29, 2014

Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey

Title: Blackbird
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: September 16, 2014
Pages/Format: 256, eARC
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This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 


Book in One Word: Meh.

Here's the deal. I liked Blackbird. I did. I'd probably give it three stars on Goodreads. But it ended up being one of those books, you know the ones, when you're into the book and you like but in the end it's just sort of "meh." That's this book. Let me explain.

Blackbird starts with a teenage girl waking up on the train tracks of a subway, with no recollection of who she is, and with nothing but a backpack with some items in it and an odd tattoo--FNV01298--to give her any ideas. Because we don't know who the protagonist is, and neither does she, the story is told in second person POV. I understand why it's told this way, but I don't think it's necessary. Something about this being in second person just didn't work. And there was the romance, which is a little too insta even for my tastes. All these little things added up to make this fast-paced, kind of a page turner book somewhat uninteresting.

There was, however, a part about this book that was somewhat interesting. I wish the book would've been more focused on it--and perhaps the sequel will--because it has some serious potential. Because right now Blackbird is really just a mystery about a girl with no memory, and how she tries to solve that puzzle. Some twists and turns were pretty good, and I am interested to see what happens next in the sequel. This story just needs some refining. Some things were too quick, some things seemed to be done in a way to almost make me feel like "holy crap," and I don't like that. But still...I liked this.

One more itsy, bitsy, teeny weeny little thing. Going into this book, I did not know it was packaged (Alloy Entertainment). In fact, I didn't know it was packaged until after I read it. And that's a good thing, because a lot of times when I read a book I know is packaged, my head is constantly wondering if the book seems forced. Thinking back on it, this one kind of did. It had that something about it that I'm not a huge fan of in books. I was into Blackbird and it has this engrossing factor, but something about it just falls short, and it's just kind of eh.

Did I like it? Yes...
Did I love it? Nope.
Would I reread it? Not likely.
Would I purchase it? Also not likely.
Who would I recommend it to? People who like second person POV, Anna Carey's books, and thrillers with a not-so-common twist.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and that in no way sways my opinion of the book.

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