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Emma was born and raised in Manchester. Blackbrooke is her debut young adult horror novel after spending many years honing her skills drafting short stories and devouring horror through the ages from R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps collection through to Stephen King. Outside of her day job in public relations, Emma has worked for a Manchester entertainment magazine, reviewing theatre shows gigs and movies. She gets most of her ideas and is inspired by music and also the fighting spirit of young people who aren’t afraid to challenge the norm and stand up for what they believe in. This fleeting ‘moment’ in life is what she tries to capture in her writing.
Series: Blackbrooke 2
Format: eBook ARC
Debut: June 7, 2013
Read: June 10-15, 2013
Liberty’s fight continues.
After she had discovered the truth behind ‘walk outs’ in her hometown of Blackbrooke and forced to sacrifice her best friend, Liberty Connor thought she was finally free.
But her nightmare was only just beginning.
Taken to the Institute, a research facility dedicated to Blackbrooke, Liberty finds herself under the watchful eye of sinister Blackbrooke guardian, Mr Jones. Things aren’t as they seem. Familiar faces provide little comfort, and she soon realises the Crits aren’t the only specimens under the microscope.
Determined to escape, Liberty is once again plunged into a world beyond her comprehension. The one thing she knows for certain is: trust no one.
Friends become strangers, but help is at hand from unexpected quarters. Forced to confront her real enemy, Liberty is left with one familiar choice.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 57
Cover: Nah, not a fan of this one. I loved the first Blackbrooke cover, it was kinda fascinating. The second.. well, it's for the horror fans. I guess this one is, too. Not so my thing.
Framework: In the first installment, the concept of a town sharing life with grotesque monsters and the rules they had to abide by were already fascinating. I loved it. This second installment was more about the Institute, what it does and the heads that lead it. What they tried to find there was by far more shocking then the fact that there are creatures eating humans, and of course I had to love that. Dystopia of the hardest kind.
Plot: Picking up where we left of with Blackbrooke, Liberty lerns about the Institute, is re-united with Gabriel and finds out who pulls the strings. However, as always with secret societies and science programms, something is not quite right, and of course not at all what it seems. And right from the start, Lib has to keep fighting. Her headmaster Jones, the Institue's leader Evans, even Gabriel. She gets abused in the crulest ways, her head messed with, trust abused, traumatized in ways you wouldn't even wish upon your enemy -- and I'm pretty sure she's gonna pay for that in book three. The same goes for Cassius, and I'm shuddering at the thought of the showdown that is to come in the last installment.
Next to the big conspiracy that is the Institute there's also all the little intrigues, from the good as well as from the bad guys. Emma Silver really knows how to string along an arc of suspense, you never knew what would hit you next. and you have to love every second of it.
Characters: I loved pretty much all the Blackbrooke characters for one reason or another, and in this sequel the lines get re-drawn sharply. Trust is not to be distributed lightly, and all the ordeals change Liberty in a way I'm not so sure is good yet. But Lib's not alone. Gabriel got high grades from me in this, so did Denzil, Mr Fuller, and Marie Jones, as well as Noah's friends.
Trust, loyalty, and fight were very, very huge in this book, and comes in an amazingly stark contrast to the madness that are Mr Jones and Mr Evans. They were amzing villans, in a way that I had to keep bile down. It's hard to wrap your head around what some people do to other human beings because of greed. If you're civilized, or religious, it shood seem impossible that someone might do what they did, but I didn't find it over-the-top made up at all, and I think that should really scare.
As for Cassius... Wow, I'm not so sure what to say to that. He was basically brain-washed in half the time that Liberty was driven to madness, but I don't blame him. He's been beaten and broken over and over all of his life, there's only so much a heart and mind can handle. I just hope he can be saved.
Overall: A heart- and mind-wrenching sequel that grips you tight and keeps you reeling until the very last sentence, with best wishes from Emma Silver.
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Villains: 5/5
Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 5/5 -- Humor: 5/5
Discovered: 5+ Hoods
Blackbrooke Trilogy: #1 Blackbrooke | #2 The Guardian | #3 King of Queens
Thank you for approval of an ARC goes to:
author Emma Silver