Blackbrooke II: The GuardianLiberty’s fight continues.
by Emma Silver
Published: June 7, 2013
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Source: eARC provided by author for tour.
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.
My Thoughts: Follow the rules and don't walk out at night are the difference between life and death in the town of Blackbrooke.......
Book one synopsis: “I live in Blackbrooke and you would have had to be living under a rock to never have heard of it before now. This town is different to most others…Humans aren’t the only residents…”
I typically do not reach much horror and I am not a big fan or horror movies or books, so when I tell you this book is really good, I truly mean it. I decided to take a chance last summer when Blackbrooke came out, even though it wasn't a genre I usually read. After reading the synopsis above, I wanted to see what it was all about, and OMG it blew me away. I loved it. I had planned on reading this book over two nights, then wound up staying up to 4:00 a.m. to finish it because I could not put it down. The story and setting is creative, intriguing, mysterious, scary, creepy, and is absolutely thrilling. It even has romance. Liberty Conner is the female main character and I just love her. She was tough in book one. The things that happened to her and the things she had to do were unbelievable. In book two, she is a total badass. She goes through some really horrifying things as she tries to unravel the mystery of Blackbrooke, its rules, the creatures called Crits, the queens, and the conspiracy behind it all.
Cassius, and I just fell for Cassius in book one, is the boy Liberty loves. Somehow he survives the most gruesome of attacks and the whole institute is determined to find out how. He doesn't play as big part as in the first book, until toward the last third of the book, and what happens with him blew my mind and I am desperate for the final book in the series. Gabriel also plays a big part in book two. He is Liberty's former boyfriend, and the evil powers that be try to manipulate the situation to cause as much havoc as they can for Liberty, Cassius, and even Gabriel. Another one of the characters that I loved is Liberty's hippy friend Denzil. All of the secondary characters in the book are very well developed and I really liked them, or liked hating them. The plot is so intriguing with some twists and turns I didn't see coming, and the world Emma Silver has created is both frightening and captivating. If you are a horror fan, then the Blackbrooke series is a must read. If you aren't sure, then this is a great series to try out, and if you think you aren't a horror fan, then the Blackbrooke series might just surprise you, like it did me. Regardless, you are in for a thrilling, teeth clenching, and nail biting ride. The ending leaves you dying to know what happens next, but Emma Silver ends it really well in a way and at a point that doesn't leaving you ticked off and wanting to throw the book or your Kindle across the room because of the cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see where Emma Silver takes the story from here.
Guest post from Cassius Godwin in Blackbrooke Institute.
I don’t know what time it is. I don’t know what day it is. I don’t even know why I’m writing this down.
It’s all gone. Everything.
I knew I’d lost it all when I stepped out that night with Liberty. I would die and she’d carry on living. It was the only way I could carry on. A choice between her or me was a no-brainer. As I explained to her, she can forge a life on her own but what would happen to me without her?
Yet here I am.
My face was the last one she saw. The last voice she heard. I wanted to be calm and tell her everything was going to be okay, just like she would have with me, but I’m ashamed to admit I couldn’t. Instead, I screamed. I cried and pleaded to the heavens for someone to help us. I didn’t contemplate for one moment I’d lose her.
This was Liberty who took an axe to a Lurker and came out on top. Liberty who stood up to the bullies to protect me.
I can’t shake the images of her struggling for breath, her mouth opening and closing as she stared at me through fading eyes.
It wasn’t my Liberty.
And then there’s the voice that niggles at me.
Was she really your Liberty, Cassius? When was she ever yours?
I try to tell myself that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t affect my feelings for her but…it does. It bothers me and I hate myself. The girl is dead and I’m still feeling like I lost her yet again.
Or was she stolen?
Speaking to Mr Jones, who I’m allowed to call Jon now, that’s certainly the impression I get. Moretti strikes again, eh? I don’t know. I don’t really think that at all and if it does cross my mind it must be because I’m having a bad day.
Dr Frank says I put Liberty on a pedestal and that will only get worse the longer she’s dead. I feel like she’s insinuating something and then wonder whether I’m just being paranoid.
I have a recurring nightmare where her and Moretti laugh about how much of a loser I am before clinking glasses. Sometimes I get so angry about it that I feel glad she’s dead but when I peel myself down from the ceiling I realise how messed up that is.
I’m confused in here. I’m scared too. I don’t have anyone left in the world and the person I did have may have been lying to me.
I see Jon and I’m going to try and explain some of this. He’s a really nice guy and, if I’m honest, the closest thing to a friend I have. He’ll take me to lunch as usual and that’s when I’m going to get some of this off my chest. I know he’ll be more than happy to listen, he always is. I struggle to fully open up with Dr Frank. She nice enough but I don’t know her and she isn’t Blackbrooke, so how the hell would she know how I’m feeling? I bet the woman hasn’t even seen a Crit.
Yes, I’ll speak to Jon about Liberty He’ll put my mind at rest about Moretti and her. I trust him. He’s one of the good guys.