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SYNOPSIS VIA 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 rare 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 ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy in advance for review.
Shade Me was one of those books that have such a great synopsis it drew me in and made it one of my must reads. With such a unique concept, and suspenseful-mystery this book was right up my ally. You are definitely on the edge of your seat at times. I love trying to solve the puzzle that was put before me in the story. You also get some great swoon worthy moments.
Nikki makes a lot of stupid decisions at times that had me cringing but I tried to remind myself that she is young and I might have done the same at that age. I loved that she was independent and not looking for love but to explore who she is. She wants relationships just not something that serious so young. I am really interested to see how this series continues from here.
Nikki and Detective Chris Martinez are the two most likable and relatable characters. The other characters are hard to relate to and are so up and down from the mystery that you have a harder time connecting with them.
Nikki has roped into solving the mystery about what happened to her classmate Peyton. They were not friends and she has no idea why she would have called her on the night of her attack. Peyton has pulled her into a world that Nikki has no clue what she is in for. She knows that she can use her special gift of synesthesia to help her solve what happened, in areas someone else couldn’t. The problem is she doesn’t want anyone to know about her seeing colors and that this is what is helping her. Nikki knows she can’t let it go and that there has to be a reason Peyton left her these clues and no one else.
Will Nikki find out what Peyton wanted her to find out before she was attacked? Why did Peyton pick Nikki? Can Nikki trust anyone or will she be the only one to be able to solve this mystery? You have to read this book to find out.
Nikki had some amazing chemistry in this book with Dru. I see some sparks between Martinez and Nikki, and I am looking forward to see how that grows or where they maybe go with that later. This book has a solid ending but does leave you still with a bit of mystery so you want the next book. I definitely will be reading the next book in the series. I did think that the content in this book was on the mature side and would recommend it for an older teen. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
“I’m just wondering who you really are.“
“What do you mean? This is who I am. No mystery here.”
He arched an eyebrow. “Oh, I disagree. You’re a hell of a mystery. You’re a girl who shows up at a hospital for someone you don’t really know, and then goes on a hunt to solve a crime that has nothing to do with you.” -pg. 107
“I’m doing you all kinds of favors right now and you know it,” he continued. “But I will take you in if I have to do it to keep you safe.” – pg. 229
“I’m as close as you’re going to come to invincible, though,” I said over my shoulder. I tossed a wink at the detective as I sauntered away.
He shook his head. “You are definitely the hardest-headed woman I’ve ever met.”
“I’ll take that as a compliment.” – pg. 338
(All page numbers and quotes are from an advanced reader copy)
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