Blackbrooke by Emma Silver (Review by Katie – #NerdGirl KtLBLy)


Title: Blackbrooke

Author: Emma Silver

Published Date: 9/12/13

Genre:  YA Horror


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  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?

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

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*** Katie – #KtLBLy’s Review***

 Blackbrooke is a town where Creatures, or Crits, roam the streets at night and if you are out after dark, they can catch you and eat you. Some are Hunters, Lurkers, and Queens. To not attract the creatures you must wear certain clothes, woman must wear their hair in a bun at all times, and woman may also not be able to color their hair. They are also so secluded that they can’t usually get any internet connection. By the time the residents turn 18 they have a choice to be able to leave but if they leave they can never come back. If the people leave before they turn 18 it’s considered a “walk out” and are taken by the Crits. All Liberty Conner seems to want is to move far away and travel the world with her boyfriend Gabriel after she turns 18 which is in a couple months. However after two of her best friends “walk out” before they are 18 Liberty starts to get curious about the town. Her friends weren’t the type to walk out and there is never any mention of them in any newspaper. In fact there is no mention of anyone at all mentioned as a walk out. The more Liberty finds out about the town the more she wants to change her fate, and everyone else’s fate in the town.

This story was honestly nothing I’ve read before. It was so original and so good. The secrets that Liberty finds out are so shocking. I tried to figure it out ahead of time but couldn’t. There were also a lot of really sad moments too depending on a characters fate and I was hoping that certain characters didn’t do certain actions that they did, but it added to the story in a big way.  I was just a little disappointed in the ending because you think it’s going to end one way but then there is a big surprise but I know it’s just setting it up for book two which I will defiantly be reading also.
Defiantly give this great story 5 out of 5.

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