Review: Shade Me by Jennifer Brown + Giveaway

25773842Title: Shade Me

Author: Jennifer Brown

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: January 19, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray.

Thanks to a phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one D shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies.

It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultrarich Hollis family and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, ne’er-do-well older brother, Dru.

While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Shade Me is award-winning author Jennifer Brown’s first book in a thrilling suspense series about Nikki Kill.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Nikki Kill can see emotions, but not like others can. Nikki sees emotions through colors. For example, happiness is pink, death is crimson red, physical attraction is purple, and so forth. When Nikki receives a mysterious phone call one night, her quiet life is turned upside down. Soon, Nikki is investigating the attack of a girl, Peyton Hollis, she barely knows, but is somehow connected to Nikki.

Have you ever enjoyed a book you were reading, but also didn’t enjoy that book you were reading? That is how I felt while reading Shade Me. There were times I was enjoying the story and other times I felt lukewarm. My feeling are all over the place with this book. While there are surprise deaths and plot twists I did not see coming, some instances and situations felt very coincidental. Additionally, can we talk about the tampering (aka stealing) with evidence that is vital to the police in helping them solve the case? Many consequences could have been avoided if Nikki had been more compliant with the police. But alas, this is a novel and must have some drama right?

Then there was Nikki’s synesthesia. I actually loved the synesthesia aspect of this story. Nikki used her synesthesia to help her solve the attack of Peyton. Nikki could discern whether people were honest or if they were lying based off of the colors see was seeing.

There is a sequel that follows this book and I am not sure if I am going to read it. I will have to see once the release date is closer. Most loose ends were tied up in this book, so I have a feeling that the sequel will be about Nikki’s earlier years surrounding her mother’s death. If it is, I might consider reading the sequel as I would like more of a background on Nikki Kill. I would also enjoy learning more about her synesthesia.

3 out of 5 stars

 Meet The Author


Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer’s weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer’s debut novel, Hate List (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Hate List also won the Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award, the Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award, the 2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association’s Taysha’s high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association’s Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been chosen to represent the state of Missouri in the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Jennifer’s second novel, Bitter End, (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha’s high school reading list pick as well.

Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her website.


I am giving away a hardcover copy of Shade Me by Jennifer Brown.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Shade Me by Jennifer Brown + Giveaway

  1. Synesthesia is very interesting to me and I’ve read two other books that have characters with this. I can’t wait to read about it again from another viewpoint!


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