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.
*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy*
THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS
*sigh* If I read one more book that just doesn't do it for me I think I'm going to scream. This book is not terrible by any means but it was just so, okay. I wanted more than okay. I needed more than okay.
*sigh* Here we go. Shade Me was a story about a teen girl that sees life in colors, happiness, sadness, anger--all in color.
Cool, right? Right?
No. Okay, cool, but not as exciting, or intriguing as I thought it would be.
Nikki Kill is the definition of a slacker. Life is hard, and school is even harder with synesthesia. She can't focus, and she can't think so it's made school that much more difficult. But to be honest I think she just didn't care, and wasn't even trying. But hey she's fictional, right?
Then there's the Hollis' whom I found to be the kind of people I expected. I can't say what I think without spoiling but the big revelation wasn't all that mind-blowing. I think it was kind of to be expected--but I will give it to the author her pacing was pretty spot-on.
Nikki is a loner--so no besties to speak of. But the male characters were pretty likable even if you didn't know if you could trust them.
I loved Detective Martinez, and now realizing this is a series of sorts--I read more just to find out what happens with Detective Martinez. Something about him rubbed me the right way.
I won't go on and on because I don't have much to say here. Shade Me was a decent book, that was well-written but fell flat where it mattered.
I'd recommend this to readers that don't need much on the romance (there is a relationship of sorts but it's far from romantic) end--and likes their mysteries well paced.