Arc review – Shade Me by Jennifer Brown


January 15, 2016 by ceresbooksworld

shade me


Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date : January 19th, 2016

Source : Arc from the publisher via Edelweiss

Rating : 3 hearts



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.

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



Nikki is a young girl with a synesthesia problem, she sees color for emotions and numbers, it’s hard for her to concentrate in school and she doesn’t have friends. When she received a phone call in the night from a girl she didn’t recognize, she’s asking herself some questions. Later that night, she received a phone call from the hospital because a girl was admitted with only Nikki’s phone number on her. She must find who beat the girl to death and discover the entire secret behind this family.

Nikki is not a heroin, she doesn’t go to school often, she has concentration problem, she’s smoking a lot and mostly she’s alone. Her father is a photograph and he’s not always present for her, her mother is dead when she was young.

The girl on the hospital bed is Peyton, a rich and popular girl. All Peyton’s family is well known is the town. Peyton leave some clue to Nikki and she must find the answer and discover the secret of Peyton’s family.

I like some part of Nikki, she’s a very strong girl who takes Tae Kwon Do classes and knows how to defend herself, she’s a bit sassy and she’s sometimes arrogant. I like the interaction with the inspector and also with the male character, Peyton’s brother, Dru.

Dru is the love attraction in Shade Me, I like him even if I know that the story is not so black and white. Everyone has secret to keep and some are less good than other.

The story is exciting, from the moment Nikki receives the call, and we want that she leads investigation and discover who beat Peyton. We want her to feel love and useful, she will discover some truth about her and will have to live with that.

The intrigue was rather obvious for me and I was not surprised but all which takes place in the book is rather exciting, there is action and a little of mystery.

I don’t know if there will be another book but it seems like a possibility.

I’m not putting 5 hearts because for me it’s missing something; I would love to see Nikki nicer with the Inspector and Dru more implicated in the story.

That’s my first Jennifer Brown’s book and I like it, I like her style and the way she describes color and emotions from Nikki POV.

I recommend this book to all the people who love some mysteries in a book.


About the author

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.



3 thoughts on “Arc review – Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

  1. I liked it, but there were a lot of things I didn’t like. Plus, it’s too much of a story. I think some things could have been taken out. I gave it 3 stars.

  2. I saw some pretty negative reviews for this one recently so I’m actually not going to be checking it out after all! I’m glad you liked the mystery. 🙂 Lovely review, Carine!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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