Blackbird (Blackbird Duology #1) by Anna Carey (Review)


I received a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss

Blackbird started really promising and enticing, beginning with a girl waking up on the train tracks in LA, a train fast approaching. She doesn’t remember anything about herself, her name, why she’s there or what the tattoo on her wrist means. One thing she knows for sure, is that she’s on the run from people trying to kill her.

I’m not entirely sure what to rate this, so for now 3 stars is a safe bet. When I saw that Blackbird was penned as The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, I was eager to get myself an ARC. At first, I was really into the story and the mystery and the suspense, but soon found myself disappointed.

The second person narrative was a little off-putting, and made it a little harder to read, but it wasn’t disastrous and perhaps many might not found a problem with it. About a third of the way in, the mystery and suspense fizzled away and it never really came back (This was about the time when in came her love interest in a bigger way). I personally found that the plot twists weren’t all that shocking and I think it’s because Carey failed to build the suspense (Carey brought in an unnecessary romance, I think it would have been much better if there wasn’t any at all-but I guess some might like it).

Overall a disappointing but not overly bad read.

RATING: ★★★☆☆

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