Review: Black Five by J. Lynn Bailey

25768892Black Five by J. Lynn Bailey

Published November 2015

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.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book so I went in with a completely open mind. I didn’t have any expectations so I can’t say I’m disappointed but I do feel a little lackluster.
I was mostly bored with the plot because it wasn’t original. It was a basic YA concept of a completely normal girl that ends up being super special and has an amazing destiny. I wish there had been a little more creativity.
I liked the main character well enough. I thought there was some pretty good character development, which I wasn’t expecting so that was nice.
I did feel like the writing could have been polished up a bit with better editing. Some words were really repetitive and overused. At times I caught myself editing this book instead of reading it.
Overall, this isn’t a bad book by all means but it just wasn’t for me as a critical reader. I think with some better editing, this book could have caught my attention more.

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