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From the author of the Eve trilogy comes the breathless story of a girl racing to figure out who she is—and how to stay alive. When a nameless girl wakes up on the subway tracks, she knows only one thing for sure: people want her dead. Can she find them before they track her down? This pulse-pounding contemporary thriller is perfect for fans of The Maze Runner, The DarkestFrom the author of the Eve trilogy comes the breathless story of a girl racing to figure out who she is—and how to stay alive. When a nameless girl wakes up on the subway tracks, she knows only one thing for sure: people want her dead. Can she find them before they track her down? This pulse-pounding contemporary thriller is perfect for fans of The Maze Runner, The Darkest Minds, and Legend.Things I Know Are True: I am in Los AngelesI woke up on the train tracks at the Vermont/Sunset stationI am a teenage girl I have long black hairI have a bird tattoo on the inside of my right wrist with the letters and numbers FNV02198People are trying to kill me...

Title : Blackbird
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ISBN : 18710739
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Blackbird Reviews

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2018-12-22 08:56

    You wake up. You yawn. You look around. The room is still dark. You turn on the lights. You go to the bathroom. You brush your teeth. You stare at yourself in the mirror. A bleary-eyed face looks back at you. Where did that tattoo come from? Were you that drunk last night? You walk downstairs. You're hungry. You're hung over. You want food.You pick up an apple. You change your mind. You reach for a bar of chocolate and donuts instead. Hell, you pick up a bottle of vodka and take a swig. It's only a short drive to work.You get in your car. You drive to work. You nearly hit a few cars, but they should have avoided you. You flip them off. You stumble to work. You get to your desk. You snarl at some coworkers. You grab your hot coworkers' crotch. He stumbles back in shock. You smirk. You walk to your desk.Your boss comes in. That woman is yelling at you. You put on your Beats headphone. You tune everyone out. You can't concentrate. You say "fuck this shit." You drive home. You're still drunk.You pick up a book. You can't finish the book. You think it was fucking awful. You can't stand the narrative style. You hate the idiocy. You can't stand the poor decisions.You take a swig of vodka and go back to bed. It's Monday, 10 AM.

  • Giselle
    2019-01-02 11:07

    Yeah I'm DNFing this. The 2nd person tense is hard to get used to, but the bigger issue is how unrealistic - and cheesy - it is. Some random guy just shot a woman from a few stories high (who knew it was that easy to hit a target? >.<), kills her, and he's just like ok with it because she was going to kill someone else anyways. Then I hear he randomly gets eaten by a dog or something odd like that. Anyways, I put this one down a month ago bc I was bored and I don't ever plan on finishing it.

  • Neil (or bleed)
    2019-01-05 16:07

    It is very common in novels (mostly dystopia or mystery) where the main character is suffering from amnesia (scientifically-made or not). Not that I can blame the authors for that since it was a good device to conceal the truth about the main character itself and probably, the world. So, you'd probably guessed that the main character didn't remember anything in this book and did gather some information about her as the time went by? You are right. Yay!Blackbird started with a bang when the main character, Sunny, was lying in a train tracks without remembering anything. And with the train coming for her. That was thrilling already, for me, and it became more thrilling when the cat-and-mouse chase surfaced. Since Sunny doesn't remember anything, she can't understand what is happening. Me either. And probably that is the main reason why I read, read and read. I want to know the truth, everything. I want my questions to be answered. Who is he? Who is she? Why it is happening? Why her? and more. Anyhow, though the explanations are limited, they were semi-concrete. I mean there is already a shape of what this book is all about, what this book is hiding. But, it is still lacking. I'm just choosy I guess and I'm giving reasons to vague the idea that I really need to read the sequel. Hehe. Nevertheless, if I'm not mistaken, this is the first time I've read a book told in second person narrative. I don't know why the author did this but I have an idea that she did this for us, readers, so will truly feel the thrill, the suspense, the tension. I think it succeed, for me, but I still found it weird and awkward since the MC is a girl. There are also some point of views that inserted to give information or to confuse me more. Heck! And there is a mild insta-love, yet I'm not annoyed anyway. Maybe, I'm fueled by the tension and suspense that I couldn't care about the romance anymore.Blackbird is frightening actually, if I try to think about it; with that haunting plot and unnamed characters waiting to be revealed. It's just kinda frustrating that truth is still unclear and remained contained.

  • Zoe
    2019-01-18 10:57

    *sighs* This was easily one of my most anticipated reads of the month, and just as easily one of the most disappointing. The concepts are there, but the execution and the final reveals were disappointing. (I mean, the blurb says it's Code Name Verity meets The Maze Runner, which I both loved, so how could I not read it?)Basically, the story follows a girl as she wakes up on some train tracks, a train heading right towards her. All her memories are gone, and she doesn't know who she is or how she got there. The one thing she is completely sure about is that people are trying to track her down and kill her...The premise is probably the main problem I had with this: By the time the story ends, we have no explanations to anything that happened to this girl, and are left with more questions than we started with. How did she loose her memories? Why is she on a train track? Who's trying to hurt her and why? None of these questions are answered, and as a result, it kind of makes the book itself feel like a bit of a ripoff.The characters themselves were a bit bland as well. They had some simplistic development, but not much more than that. There was nothing to make these characters stand out, especially our protagonist. I found it hard to connect to our protagonist because I never got the feeling that I truly knew her because of her memory loss. I wanted backstory on how she became the person she is now and I wanted a bit more growth from her, but I just didn't get that. The antagonists were predictable and a bit cliche, and I wish we would have gotten a bit more into their development as well.This is written from a 2nd person POV, and, in my experience, second person usually either succeeds wonderfully (All the Truth That's in Me was written beautifully in 2nd person) or fails epically as a narrative style. Here, however, I was a bit indifferent to it. From a technical standpoint, I found it decent enough, but there were definitely times when I struggled to find a reason why it was necessary to the story. I suppose I will read the 2nd book in the duology, just to get actual answers if nothing else. Sadly though, I can't honestly say this is something I'd recommend highly, but if none of the above sounds like it would bother you, certainly give it a try.

  • Merril Anil
    2019-01-19 13:44

    Where is the rest of the book? Admittedly this wasmy first experience reading a book written in second person and because of which I had a little trouble getting a grip over the whole narrative technique of the book. it is kind of weird with lines like "you are now doing this" " you are now about to do that.” It was more or less like my mom. Running and shouting around “miss, you are going to do this, right NOW”.Blackbird is exactly like Jason Bourne, waking up with no recollection of who you are and where you are and then through the progress of the book, secrets gets revealed and questions put at rest. (in theory) The book is a good ride with nice pace but the thing is that while many of the questions get answered, there are a whole lot that rises and left unanswered. I believe that the book is a duology and the second part has not released as of today and is scheduled for 2015 release.Blackbird ends in a cliffhanger. Well technically you could not call it a cliffhanger because it was more like unfinished. According to me the book has a rushed up ending. A whole lot of things are left in the air and making it more confusing. The end of the book should be where all the loose ends gets tied up but in case of Blackbird it is at the end that things get more puzzling at least for me.The book is done In second narration which requires a bit effort. The plot is in my opinion half baked though narration is quite good and fast paced. The ending was something that I m still confused about because the book ends too quickly without answering certain questions and opening up some more. How was it

  • Elise (On The Bookshelves)
    2019-01-10 17:00

    Full Review from On The Bookshelves2.5 / 5 STARSBlackbird is a thrilling and action packed story by Anna Carey and it is the first installment in the Blackbird duology.A girl wakes up on the train tracks and soon realises there is a train hurtling towards her so she prepares herself as the train speeds over her. The girl does not know her name, where she is or who she is. As she flees the incident in a panic, the only thing she knows is that she must not contact the police and she has a tattoo of a blackbird with the code 'FNV02198' on her wrist.When I was reading the first few pages, I picked up that the book was being told in second person. As I kept reading, I then realised the whole book was going to be told in second person and instantly groaned. In my own opinion, I think second person can be okay here and there, but not for the entirety of a book. Why? Because you see the words such as you, he, she etc etc all the time and it becomes very frustrating. For this book, because there was so much narration in comparison to conversation, that's where it found its downfall. The book became a little better when the main character, the girl with amnesia who names herself Sunny, conversed with other characters, but during narration? It was beyond frustrating.However, the story was somewhat compelling. It's a very short book, only about 250 pages, so it didn't hold much exciting content and the relationships that developed happened very quickly. The only gripping thing that I got excited about was when Sunny began to have flashbacks about what happened to her, and instantly I connected it to a 'The Maze Runner' feel, and funnily enough, that's part of the Goodreads synopsis. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a more exciting ending than what it was as it just fell so flat. Yes, there was the little fight sequence between Sunny and the people that did this to her, but it was nothing fantastic. I was a little surprised about Ben though so that was a bonus.Overall, I give this book a 2.5 out of 5. I usually steer clear of half ratings, but I just couldn't decide between a 2 and 3! I don't think I'll be picking up the sequel to read, but I'll definitely check out the plot on the Internet to find out what happens.

  • Angela
    2019-01-05 16:57

    Putting this one to bed for now. Just Couldn't get into it. Probably pick it up later

  • Donna Backshall
    2019-01-13 12:08

    Writing an entire book in the second person point of view was a risk. I'm all for creativity and writing outside the lines. You win some, you lose some. In this case, for this reader, however, it was a firm loss. The entire feel was just "off".I would have let this novel slide through with three stars, but the ending was a big fat middle finger at me: nothing but an abrupt cliffhanger for book two of the "duology", with no answers, no explanations and no resolution of any of the important questions posed.Okay, seriously? Big pet peeve of mine here. Huge. If the first book STOOD ADMIRABLY ON ITS OWN, no gimmicks or manipulation would be required for continuing the series. And I wouldn't feel so dirty, so used.

  • Rayne
    2019-01-13 16:06

    3.5 starsWhenever I think back on this book, it is, I kid you not, like an explosion of awesome in my brain. I know, very eloquent of me, but that's exactly what it feels like. When I think about the mystery behind this novel, the big reveal, the explosive ending, I get giddy and start praying to the gods of YA for a quick release for the sequel. And yet, when I start tearing it apart in my head, when I go to the details instead of looking at the whole picture, there's just something missing from this novel. This book was nothing like the only other novel I've read by this author, Eve, for which I am immeasurably thankful. I severely disliked Eve, but I was glad to see that, not only did these two books have absolutely nothing in common, Blackbird was a step up in basically every single thing that bothered me from Eve: it had better writing, better characterization, tauter plotting and at least some attempt at world building and background information. What differentiates the book the most is the author's decision to tell the story in second person POV. Though I mostly tend to love books told in second person, I struggled with this one. This is going to be a make or break point for most readers, and though I tolerated it for the most part, the truth is that I often found myself wishing the author had chosen a more traditional style to tell her story. I simply failed to see the point of it, other than bringing something new to the genre, that is. In most books I've read in second person, there is a purpose to the way the story is told. More often than not, the narrator is telling the story in that way because he or she is addressing the narrative to a specific person. In this case, the only reason I can think of for why the author would choose to tell the story this way is because she wanted the reader to connect with the character, to feel like the character and internalize her experience so that the thrilling nature of the story had more of an effect. The logic behind my reasoning lies on the fact that the main character, Sunny, is left more or less a blank slate throughout the story, with barely any discernible personality traits, pretty standard emotional responses and no quirks or defining aspects, aside from her circumstances, that would mark her as a different individual. This is one of the reasons why the book failed to capture me completely. It's not so much that I didn't like the POV as much as it was that I just didn't see the purpose to it, because if it was, indeed, to put me in Sunny's shoes, it didn't work as well as I imagine the author intended. Sunny remained separate from me entirely and she failed to make much of an impression as a main character. The second half of this book is fast-paced, engaging and thrilling. The first part is almost the entire opposite. The first half stumbled around a bit, slowly and awkwardly at times, which I suppose goes nicely with Sunny's state of mind at that point in the story, but also left me feeling slightly disconnected from the story for most of the novel. It was also stuck in a sort of repetitive loop where Sunny did mostly the same thing over and over and had very little to show for it. I was a bit exasperated with it by the time the second half rolled around, but somehow, against all odds, the story managed to reel me in completely, which is a feat not many books managed to accomplish after an uninspiring first half. To be honest, none of the characters made much of an impression on me. They were not particularly well-rounded, nor were they given much time to develop and grow, but the hook of the story is not the characters but the mystery and the brutal game behind it all. The progress of the novel relied a bit too much on coincidences or conveniences during the first half, and though there's a certain suspension of disbelief required to make the novel work as a whole, the second half was far too engaging for me to care. Which is why I have so many conflicting feelings for this book. This book was cool, but that's mostly because of the mystery behind the novel and the reason behind Sunny's situation. The execution of the book might've failed a bit when it came to taking it to its full potential, but I was still engaged and invested enough to go through it all rather quickly and anticipate the sequel now. The novel is flawed, but for some reason it has lingered and I think back on it with an excitement I never expected to have. It took a while to get there, but once it did, I had a really good time reading this book and I am very eager for the sequel.

  • Gisbelle
    2019-01-13 13:03

    My thanks to HarperTeen & EdelweissPoint of View: MultipleWriting Style: MC's POV is told in second person, and the rest are in third person | Present TenseSetting: Los AnglesGenre: Young Adult | Mystery ThrillerIn a nutshell: A nail-biting suspense with a mind-blowing plot twist.I still cannot believe how much I loved this book since I was really reluctant at first when I started reading and found out it is written in second person (it's multiple POV book, but mostly it's told from MC's POV, so almost everything chapter is in second person.) I haven't read many books written in second person, except for those that we have to choose which path to take at the end of the chapter before moving on to the next part of the books. And this book is completely different. Second person DID work perfectly for this book and I loved everything about it.I can't stress enough on how much this book wowed me. The fact that it was in second person only heighten the suspense. It might sound a little weird but it made me feel like I was the main character. In other words, it was AWESOME!The story line itself was captivating.I was sucked in at the get-go, even back then I was a little skeptical that it was so much different from what I normally read. Fortunately, the differences only made reading this book a unique and exciting experience. Each scene made me on edge and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. The plot twist was very shocking to me because I totally didn't see that coming. However, it completely made sense once I found out the truth. The ending frustrated me a little, but I still loved it. I only wish book 2 were right there for me to jump in immediately after I finished this one. The cliffhanger is killing me. Such beautiful torture.All in all I absolutely loved this book. A lot. I think those who enjoy mystery thriller are going to enjoy reading it. I can't wait to read the sequel.

  • AH
    2018-12-26 15:07

    Initial Thoughts: About a 3 star read for me. I must admit that I am not used to second person narratives, so this book took a little time to get used to. Blackbird was unlike any book I've read before and the mysterious elements kept me guessing throughout. The book begins with a girl who has no memories, only a strange tattoo on her wrist. She doesn't know her name, only that people are following her with bad intentions. She slowly gets some memories back, but she still doesn't know who she is. To say any more would most likely spoil the story. The chapters are short and the book is a very quick read. This should appeal to readers who enjoy mysteries and suspense. Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for a review copy of this book.

  • Macarena Yannelli
    2019-01-17 12:10

    DNF at 62%Le di varias oportunidades a este libro, empezó bien, pero ya por la mitad se empieza a enredar la historia. Hay mucha acción y sin embargo siento que no pasa nada. El hecho de que este escrito en segunda persona no termino de gustarme, y sentí que había cosas que no se explicaban o no se explicaban bien y me hicieron perder varias veces. Buena idea por parte de Alloy pero un mal desarrollo de Anna Carey.

  • Francisco Henriquez
    2018-12-29 16:07

    Que paja!!!. Aunque es súper corto me tomó bastante tiempo en leerlo, es muy confuso, demasiados detalles que no se dicen, a veces no sabes que es lo que está relatando. Había leído que el final era bueno pero la verdad no me sorprendió, es sumamente predecible. Leeré la otra parte cuando llegue con la esperanza de que pase algo bueno.

  • Vani
    2018-12-31 15:56

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!No se dan una idea de lo mucho que esperé y rogué para comprarmelo, así que cuando se me dio, lo leí en un día jaja. Me super archi mega encantó! Tanto la narración en segunda persona y la trama fueron geniales. Si bien llegó un punto en que eran medias obvias ciertas cosas, es rápido de leer y te deja con ganas de más en cada capítulo. Se quedó en la mejor parte así que... NECESITO EL PRÓXIMO, YA YA YA YA!!!

  • JilltheOWL
    2019-01-11 08:50

    I really really struggled with this book. It started with the fact it's written in 2nd person. Perfect for when I would want to give my students both an example of 2nd person AND an example of why it's difficult to read. I tried super hard to get past it and get used to reading a book written in this style. In the end I just couldn't get beyond it. I couldn't take reading things like "you wake up slowly and look around" - "you" do this and "you" do that. I just found it very distracting to me. I might have been able to move beyond it somewhat if I had cared for the main character more. I just didn't. I didn't know enough about her to care about her. She doesn't remember any of her past, so there was nothing for me to build on. Maybe I needed more of the few flashbacks paced earlier on in the story so that there was something for me to hook myself on, but there just wasn't enough. I also found her friendship with Ben a bit to quick and easy. It felt convenient. I couldn't buy into, because this is a girl that is in a very scary place not remembering her past and knowing who to trust. I just found she trusted and went with him to quickly for me to buy into. I really wanted to like this book because I thought it sounded really good, but I couldn't get beyond the 2nd person and there wasn't enough to pull me beyond my frustration with that issue.

  • Melanie
    2018-12-30 12:58

    Unfortunately, I couldn't go on with this one any further because the 2nd person POV wasn't working AT ALL for me. DNF.

  • Pamela
    2019-01-10 15:51

    Tootling around the internet, sometimes you find free copies of books that have been out for a few years. Often, this happens when there's a new book in the series. The publisher wants to hook you, so they offer the first book(s) in the series as e-copies as well.While browsing Edelweiss for review copies, I found a book called Blackbird. Without, you know, actually looking at any of the info, my brain said, "Hey, that funny dude on Twitter, Chuck Wendig? He has a book called Blackbirds." So I requested it. Turns out, this is not the first book in the Miriam Black series (which has a plural title anyway); it is a YA thriller by Anna Carey (whose other books I have not read). Librarian fail. I could also say I hadn't had enough coffee for the day. Yep. Let's go with that. Plus, the covers are both black and white with red text. Since I'm a visual person, my brain made a feeble (very feeble) connection there.But! As I have said so many times before, the serendipitous discovery of books is one of my very favorite things. I'm a creature of habit. I'm not proud of it, but I harbor certain prejudices against certain types of books. Because I am a professional, I don't let that influence what I recommend titles to others, but it also means that I don't have to read romances because I don't like them. I also generally don't like teen paranormal romance, sports books, or thrillers. The last one is mostly because I'd simply prefer to read an "adult" thriller.The Blackbird that fluttered into my life and nested in my Kindle is a YA thriller. Told in the second person.Whoa. Gutsy.And yet ... it worked. Using the second person POV (I swear, I just typed "yousing" in some sort of neuron fritz) really engages the reader and makes the narrative feel a bit like a choose your own adventure-type of story. Plus, since Blackbird also explores identity, we aren't explicitly told about the narrator (third person), nor does the narrator reveal him or herself (first person). You, as a reader, project some of your own experiences onto the narrator.Earlier this year, I read an ARC of an adult thriller called Runner by Patrick Lee, and Blackbird reminds me a bit of Runner, only without the psychic bits (oops, spoiler?). A girl wakes up on the subway tracks. Literally on top of them. She has no idea who she is--no name, no sense of place, nothing. After escaping the train and the curious (and concerned) onlookers, she runs into a grocery store to use the bathroom to clean up and accidentally witnesses a bit of pot selling going on. By a kid.Awkward.Ben--the dealer-kid--needs the girl as a cover to get out of the grocery store without being questioned by the cop who's staking him out. She needs Ben for a ride. Turns out Ben is a poor little rich kid whose mom is in therapy and who makes cash selling joints on the side. He's nice enough--trusting and pretty sweet. So, the opposite of her/you.The narrator adopts the name Sunny, which is cute because she's pretty much anything but. She's intense and a bit scary. I liked her a lot! She has abilities she doesn't remember acquiring--and I'm not talking about playing the piano or whistling through your teeth. Think hand-to-hand combat, cliff diving, and that sixth sense that you're being followed. Sunny starts having flashbacks to being in a jungle with a boy. They're running and they're scared and HOLY COW THERE'S WILD ANIMALS. Deep in her core, Sunny knows this boy, but she can't remember anything about him.Meanwhile, she's being followed by a man in a suit, then she's attacked by a very well-put-together woman, and then a blue-eyed man with a scar down his face (I gotta admit, the scar is a bit much, but it fits). I like my thriller villains scarred and dangerous, thank you. A fluffy cat would have been an even better accessory, but I'll take what I can get.Sunny tries getting help from the police, but the LAPD doesn't exactly think that a sixteen-year-old kid is the center of some sort of conspiracy where someone's taken away her memory and then gone to great lengths to a) try to kill her and b) barring killing her, setting her up for various crimes. I'll take neither of those, thank you very much.Up until this point, I don't think I've read a YA contemporary thriller that's been as good as Blackbird. Carey does an excellent job of stringing both you and Sunny along while simultaneously making you care about her characters. I have to say that I completely did not see the twist at the end coming, so kudos! It's classic misdirection--I was so focused on this part of the story that I didn't see that as a possibility.There's no instalove here, either. Sunny's attraction to Ben seems purely physical, although she does care about his well-being. She's practical, and she knows that she can never have a committed relationship as long as she's in this crazy, messed-up situation where she doesn't know her own name and, oh yeah, people are trying to kill her.The only regret I have about reading an ARC of this book is that I now have to wait far too long to read the conclusion to this duology. Zounds, blast, and phooey!This is bite-your-nails twisty fun head stuff, and I need more.An e-ARC of this title was graciously provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2018-12-21 11:44

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: My expectations weren’t high, but this suspenseful novel surprised me with its grit and originality.Opening Sentence: The sun holds the heat of the sun, even an hour after it has sunk beneath the pavement, pushing its way below the sprawling city.The Review:I’ll admit that I have been holding off on reading Blackbird. Bad review after bad review rolled through my Twitter feed and the Goodreads page, making me hesitant to even crack the cover. Anyway, it’s less than 300 pages, and I’m adventurous, so I decided to power through so that I could write my review and be done. I was prepared for the absolute worst: shaky narrative, unexplained mysteries, plot holes. Instead, I found myself enjoying the first half. I wondered, will it go downhill from here? But in my mind it got better. It was unique, incredibly creepy, and gave me nightmares (yay!). I couldn’t help but enjoy the main character’s struggle and for me, the second person narrative style actually helped me to connect with the MC. True, I wish she had more depth, but her feelings of fear, angst, and anger are well done, and that’s what she feels the majority of the book. One little tidbit I disliked was that the whole book, she never learned her real name. Like, ever. Mostly the side characters think about her as “the girl” when they get their side chapters. She goes by Sunny a couple times, so I’ll call her Sunny in the review for the sake of convenience.Ben was the love interest for book one, though it wasn’t a very deep romance. It was more of a fling, something to take up the time where Sunny wasn’t being chased by maniacs with secrets. She liked him for his body, and he said a few cute lines, but in the end it isn’t a relationship built to last. I doubt that they will stay together book two, though I can’t say for sure, after such a Ben-related-twist at the end. There was also the question of the boy in her few memories, the one who was protecting and kissing her. I am positive that book two will delve more into their relationship and I look forward to it with their history. In book two, I also look forward to Sunny getting back more of her memories and learning more about how the Island operates. I actually am excited for the sequel, because there are a couple burning questions I still have.Lots of people found the second person narrative style to be hard to read. Instead of, “I put the book down”, or “she put the book down”, it’s “you put the book down.” It’s not easy to get used to, that’s for sure. But once I got past a couple chapters I felt myself sinking more into the perspective and I believe it allowed for more suspense and a closer relationship with the main character. The book was paced well, not too fast, not too slow, never a second of peace. Just when you thought the pace was slowing, bam! Another bomb dropped and you find the chapters of this short novel fly past. At least, for me. I seem to be the black sheep for this novel. Baaaaa.Altogether, this novel was a lot of fun to read, a whirlwind of suspense and action. I was a little put off by a couple of things, such as the number of questions left unanswered and the lack of much positive emotion. It was a very dark read. The second person style didn’t bother me at all, though many had much more trouble than I did, and the plotline was unique and complex without many plot holes. I do wish the cover was more satisfying: the colors are very powerful but the graphic just isn’t visually appealing to me. Maybe it was my extremely low expectations that made me enjoy it so much more. After all, I expected to have to forge through like a determined soldier rather than enjoy the ride. Either way, I would recommend the book to anyone looking for dark, suspenseful mysterious with a little twist. If you’re the kind of person who is put off by second person, however, skip it; it’s not worth all the angst.Notable Scene:It was real, you think, it happened.But when you turn around the narrow alley is deserted. Not a single car is in the parking garage. There is only that shallow wash of blood and the rush of the freeway above.FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Blackbird. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-23 08:50

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)A teenage girl wakes up paralysed on a railway track with no idea what her name is, or how she came to be there. She finds a note in her back that says to call a number for information, and when she bumps into a boy in the process of making this call, she uses the alias ‘Sunny’.Who is ‘Sunny’ really? How did she end up on the train track? And why can’t she remember anything of her life before?This book wasn’t what I expected, and the lack of answers grew tiresome.‘Sunny’ was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. I felt a bit sorry for her, but the writing and her jumpy way of thinking bothered me. I think this was probably more the writing than anything, how many sentences can start with the word ‘you’ before you get irritated with it?You don’t hear the kids laughing.You raise your head.You can sense this.You only have one choice.You lie back.You stare into the train’s dark underbelly.You are still lying there.Your voice surprises you.You can’t look.You are watching the bottom.You’re able to sit up.You glance down at your outfit.You’re wearing new jeans and shoes.You push yourself to sit.You pull your bag closer.You don’t have any.You search your mind.You stand.You’re still dizzy,You push through the turnstile,You give the intersection a quick glanceYou just need some time to think.You need to call the number,You turn,You hold the straps of the knapsack.Had enough yet? I hope not, because that is only chapter 1!The storyline in this was a little odd. ‘Sunny’ has no idea what her name is, where she has come from, what is happening to her, or anything really, and neither does the reader. I mean I can put up with that for a certain length of time, but I didn’t feel like I really discovered anything until the 90% mark, which for me was just too late. I got to the point where I wanted this book to just be over because I was sick of the writing, and sick of the lack of answers.There was some romance, but I wasn’t really feeling it. It felt rushed, and I just couldn’t get into it.The ending was okay, and we did get a little smidgen of information right at the end. There was one twist that I didn’t see coming, but we were then left with a massive cliff-hanger.I’d have to say that after reading and liking this author’s other series, this was a big disappointment.Overall; quirky writing, and a lack of answers,6 out of 10.

  • Jorge Trejo
    2019-01-11 10:51

    La historia es bastante corta pero concreta, nos narra los sucesos necesarios para poder entender que es lo que está sucediendo y ponernos en la piel de la protagonista, una chica que ha perdido su memoria y que se despierta en una situación bastante impactante en las vías de un tren en la ciudad de Los Angeles.Pasando el trauma que le ha ocasionado, su primer instinto es huir y después cuestionarse los motivos. Conforme la historia avanza y el misterio cobra fuerza, ella ira descubriendo pistas que la ayudaran a saber quién es y como llego a esa situación."Solo hay unos segundos para decidir: tratar de explicar ... o correr.Corres."Por si todo lo que le ocurre fuera poco, comienza a ser perseguida como una presa y entiende que no puede confiar en nadie, ni siquiera en la policía y lo que parece ser parece ser su única conexión con su vida anterior es un tatuaje en forma de pájaro y el código FNV02198.Mientras intenta escapar conocerá a Ben, un chico que le ofrece toda su ayuda con apenas conocerla y aunque ella desconfía en él, reconoce que necesita su apoyo para salir de adelante en lo descubre quien es en realidad."Eres un peón en el juego real de alguien, una pieza de caza para cobrar, un blanco al que hay que matar."Esta novela tiene algo único que la distingue de cualquier otra del género y es la manera en que está narrada, ya que ¡es como si te estuvieran dando un guion de las cosas que haces y piensas!, al principio puede que te cueste un poco entenderlo, pero una vez que te acostumbras hace que te vuelvas adicto y no puedas detenerte hasta saber su desenlace. Este sin duda es la mayor fortaleza de la historia.Continua la reseña en http://rincondelecturamx.blogspot.mx/...

  • Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
    2019-01-07 10:01

    Now now, this story might have been stupid, unbelievable, contrived, illogical, without sequence and any number of shit that I hate in other books. BUT! But perhaps it was a stroke of luck or the vagaries of my mood; I ended up really enjoying it.There was action! Boom yeah!There are secrets! Boom yeah!Betrayals so fucking obvious that yet take me down convoluted paths! Boom yeah!And ending that had just the bare amount of emotion! Boom yeah!The fact that it's written in second person present will turn off many readers. For me, Blackbird is the first book written with such technique that I didn't hate. However, I do accredit neither my like nor my dislike to the writing style. I don't care how it's written so long as it pulls me in.Blackbird follows a predictable plot and even the characters aren't of much import, but it's a thriller whose sequence of scenes will manage to keep you reeled in. However, I suggest you read this only when you're tired of using your brains, have lost the capacity to critique/think and are basically fucking sick of everything.I'm certainly looking forward to the next book.

  • Morgan
    2019-01-07 09:48

    I had no idea this book hd sequel! The whole time I was wondering how it could possibly end and then there it was blackbird number one. Anyway I love the second person point of view. For me it did not disconnect me from the main character. Sometimes it was scary because "you" almost die and you can really picture yourself as the main character. Speaking of characters I really liked "you", she was really smart and funny at points. Her not knowing anything about herself even her name made everything about her and the book mysterious. Ben is an okay character but there was way too much insta love going on there. That's okay cause it makes sense in the end. I really like Izzy though, she may have been a side character and barely in the book, but she's super funny and just seems like a good friend. I can't wait for the sequel to come out in June! I would definitely be checking it out!

  • Bioquímica da Leitura
    2019-01-07 15:49

    Já tinha ouvido falar desta autora por causa da saga Eve, então esta capa saltou-me à vista. Quando li a sinopse soube logo que tinha que lê-lo, e assim o fiz, sem consultar qualquer tipo de critica ou opiniões, lancei-me no desconhecido :p e assim tive a minha estreia com a escritora.Neste livro seguimos a protagonista que acorda na linha do metro sem quaisquer memórias. Tudo o que ela tem, além de imensas dores pelo corpo, é uma tatuagem recém feita no pulso com um pássaro preto dentro de uma caixa, um corte recente no braço, uma cicatriz na cabeça e uma mochila com alguns pertences...Opinião completa em:http://bioquimicadaleitura.blogspot.p...

  • Colleen Houck
    2019-01-09 13:59

    Wow this was scary and creepy. I don't think I've ever read a book in second person before. It was so interesting and different. I just wanted to reach through the pages and save this girl. Talk about edge of your seat action. Love the end! I hope this means there's a sequel. The reveals at the end. Did not see that coming!

  • Naty Flor
    2019-01-20 08:46

    El final LITERAL salvó por mucho la calificación de este libro, super rápido de leer, mucha acción(too much for my taste) y un modo de escritura atípico que le va a dar curiosidad a más de una persona.Próximamente reseña en el canal :)

  • Tamara
    2019-01-02 10:45

    Quick three hour read.

  • Adriana Espada leyton
    2018-12-22 14:46

    3.25 weird, interesting... i need the second one in this duologyraro, interesante... necesito el segundo en esta duologia

  • Chester Dean
    2018-12-26 11:47

    Ésta es mi primera colaboración con V&R Editoras, y Blackbird fue uno de los libros que más me llamaron la atención en su catálogo, en primera, por una razón muy ñoña, y es el hecho de que así se titula una canción de los Beatles (¡AMO a los Beatles!), segundo, porque la portada era muy bonita, y tercero, porque la sinopsis me intrigó bastante.En primera, lo que se me hizo muy original, fue que la narración no es ni en primera, ni en tercera persona, como estoy acostumbrada (y creo que todos, así son la mayoría de los libros) pero Blackbird está narrado en segunda persona, o sea, es como si estuvieran narrando algo que el lector está haciendo, o sea, tú eres quien actúa en la historia.En fin, narrado en segunda persona, nos cuentan que somos una chica que despertó sin memoria en medio de las rieles del metro. No recuerdas nada, no recuerdas tu nombre, tu pasado, ni porqué estás ahí. Ok, ya, dejaré de escribir en segunda persona. En fin, ésta chica se despierta sin recuerdo alguno, sólo cuenta con un par de pertenencias y un tatuaje extraño que no logra descifrar de un pájaro, letras y números. En la mochila, encuentra pequeñas pistas pero no la llevan a ningún lado. Mientras pasa el tiempo e intenta recordar quién es, de dónde viene o a dónde iba, comienza a darse cuenta que tiene habilidades que le salen al natural, o sea, no recuerda haberlas aprendido, pero las tiene y las utiliza. Además, que comienza a sentirse perseguida por un hombre que parece saber quién es.No puedo contar mucho más de la historia porque les spoilearía algo. Blackbird es un libro bastante corto y se lee rápido. La narración no es siempre en segunda persona, pero sí la mayoría. Cumple su propósito de intrigarte en todo el proceso de lectura para saber qué pasará con éste personaje tan singular. El único problema, es que siento que la autora para vender más escribió dos libros que tal vez se podrían resumir perfectamente en uno solo, ya que no siento necesario un segundo libro. El final es abierto totalmente, con un cliffhanger para el segundo libro, pero repito, bien pudo añadir esa segunda parte en un solo libro, porque siento que éste, a pesar de ser entretenido y de intrigar, no llenó mis expectativas como lectora, se quedó flojo (a mi parecer) y tal vez lo hubiera disfrutado más con un poco más de contenido. Además, mientras leía, me acordé de la nueva manía de escribir fanfictions en segunda persona (en mi época los escribíamos en primera o tercera persona) y que el libro estuviera en segunda persona y que la única vez que había leído algo escrito de esa forma haya sido un fanfiction de One Direction por mi prima, no me ayudó mucho para tomarlo con seriedad. Pero en conclusión, es un buen libro pero hubiera sido mejor un sólo libro que dividirlo. ¿Quiero leer la segunda parte? ¡Claro! Me quedé con todas las dudas del mundo, sigo sin saber casi nada, y además se quedó en un muy buen cliffhanger, así que si se me da la oportunidad, leeré la segunda parte porque mi curiosidad me gana (jajaja). Es una buena novela para pasar el rato, y se me hizo original.

  • BookLoversLife
    2018-12-26 09:00

    A girl wakes up on the train tracks with a train baring down on top of her. With only seconds before it hits, she puts her arms down at her side and hunkers down, hoping to survive. Thankfully she does but she has no recollection of who she is, where she is or how she got to the station. She has a backpack with her and a tattoo on her wrist of a blackbird in a box with letters and numbers below it. She doesn't remember getting it nor what it means. The only thing she knows is that if the police arrives at the train station she will be in trouble. She has to run. Leaving the place she enters a supermarket and literally bumps into Ben. He sees the state of her and offers assistance but she refuses. He gives her his number in case she needs it. She leaves quickly but soon figures out that someone seems to be following her. She tries to lose him but he seems to be at every turn. Who is he and why is he following her, and worse, who is trying to kill her. With no idea where to go, she turns to the only person she knows. Ben. Can he help her remember and can he keep her alive?This is the first book I've read that's told in second person, and while it took me a while to get used to it, it kind of works for Blackbird! I admit that at the start I was going to put it aside because it was so odd reading second person, but I'm so glad I didn't! I'm glad I kept reading because the story was amazing! When the girl wakes up, she is asked her name, which she doesn't know, so she says Sunny. Sunny was a fantastic character. She is thrust into a world with no memory and where people are trying to kill her, yet she is strong, resilient and brave. She gets a few flashbacks but yet she still has no idea what is happening to her. Why is she here and why are people trying to kill her. She has to try escape the killers and figure out who she is before its too late. I didn't know what to make of Ben at the start. He is a drug dealer so immediately I didn't like him but getting to know him, you cant help but like him. He feels sorry for Sunny so tries to help, but is he biting off more than he can chew? The plot was what I loved about Blackbird. It was gripping and thrilling. The first half of the book was a little slow, but that was because it was setting the scene but when we get about half way through, it really kicks into gear. I loved trying to figure out who Sunny is and why people are after her. Overall Blackbird is an intense and thrilling read. The second half of the book is action packed and with plenty of twists. While second person mighn't work for everyone, I urge you to give it a go. It was definitely a unique experience for me. Blackbird leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions and ends in a huge cliffhanger so I am eagerly awaiting the sequel of it!!

  • Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
    2019-01-09 11:53

    This book was so different than anything else I've read. I'm not sure yet if that's a good thing or bad thing. Other than the cover, this book never really caught my eye until I found out that it was written in 2nd person tense. I don't think I've ever read a book written this way and this intrigued me enough to try out the audio. While the style it is written might not be for everyone, I think it worked for me because it was so different, and because it was on audio. I can see how this would be weird if I were reading it, but the fact that it was an audiobook, and someone is telling you their story this way just made it work for me. Unfortunately, this mixed with the fact that I wasn't sure what was going on most of the time (since the MC has no idea what it going on) definitely made it frustrating sometimes.Despite the writing style and not knowing what was going on most of the time, this story still managed to hook me in. It was definitely fast paced and had that thriller aspect to it. I ended up listening to it in less than 3 hours. The more answers we get towards the end, the more questions it leaves us with. With a cliffhanger ending, I'm looking forward to the next book, even if this one didn't wow me. I think this story would have worked so much better for me if it were a little bit longer. At 256 pages (especially written this way), it doesn't give us a lot of time for everything I wanted to know. The story was good and the mystery was good and I liked the romance, but I just wanted a little bit more of everything. Adding a little bit more to this book would have helped a lot. Still, this was very different and I ended up liking it.Audiobook Comments: Emma Galvin is such a pro at narrating audiobooks. One of the biggest reasons why I even wanted to listen to this book. Even though she is great at different genres, I think she shines the most in books like this and Divergent. Her performance adds that extra level of excitement and danger when you need it most. She definitely made this a great audiobook experience. ***Read full review & more of my reviews at Mostly YA Book ObsessedFollow me at:Bloglovin│Twitter│Tumblr│Pinterest│Polyvore