Author: J. Lynn Bailey
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Poorhouse Publishing
No one ever accused Penelope Jackson of being normal, nor did they suspect the dark secret she kept. A dangerous web of deceit and secrecy unravels when news of a stranger’s death puts Penn on a collision course with the very person she’s been hiding from her whole life. Her fragile world is shaken to its core with the sudden arrival of Vacavious and she soon discovers the bizarre and magical world surrounding her seemingly ordinary life.
No one is who they claim to be, including those closest to Penn. A mysterious security detail emerges from the shadows scrambling to protect her as powerful forces await the fall of her protective veil on her eighteenth birthday.
Penn prepares to fight against unseen evils before it’s too late. The world of Nighmerianotte and its population depends on her survival, for she is the Sanguine.
Black Five is an original young adult fantasy novel unlike anything I've read before. It took a while to get going, but once it did, it didn't slow down until the end. I had a really hard time getting into the story and connecting with the characters for the first few chapters. The writing and dialogue felt awkward and forced a lot during the beginning of the book and kind of continued throughout - only it got better as the story went on. I was just about ready to quit reading and try it again some other time - but I'm so glad I hung in there. I would've missed out on a fantastic story full of intriguing characters, an awesome heroine, and a truly unique plot.
Once things got rolling, I really connected with our main character, Penn. She was quirky and damaged from her past growing up, but she had so much sympathy for other people and always wanted to take away their pain. Of course, there's so much more to her character than being a teenage girl, and I loved watching her become the person she was destined to be. There was a romantic aspect to the story, but I thought it only added to the plot and it made things more complicated in several different ways. The majority of the secondary characters were decently well rounded with their own personalities and traits, which made it easy to identify with them as well. As I mentioned before, the plot itself was fresh and captivating. I loved learning everything I could about the world Penn came from - the different types of immortals, their powers, the darkness that's been taking over their world, and every other detail the author gave me. The writing was incredibly well done - to the point that I could easily close my eyes and imagine myself right beside Penn during the entire story. The author used the first person point of view with Penn as the narrator, so the book was told from her perspective - which I strongly believe is the best way to go in most cases, with this novel being no exception. I loved getting to know Penn on such a personal level, and it also helped me to understand the overall plot much better, since Penn was oblivious and had to have it all explained to her at the same time we learn about it. This was a fabulous book and a wonderful escape from reality! I definitely recommend this one to fans of the genre as well as readers who enjoy great female leads and paranormal fiction with some romance thrown in for good measure.
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