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Black Five by J. Lynn Bailey ARC Review

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Black Five by J. Lynn Baliey

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Published by Poorhouse Publishing on January 4, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fiction

Source/Format: An ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Poorhouse Publishing for an honest review.

Pages: 400


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. Goodreads



Thank you to NetGalley and Poorhouse Publishing for providing me with an ARC for an honest review.


Penelope Jackson is a normal 17-year-old high school student. Except for the fact that she has the ability to heal people. Now, she is finding out that there are others who have abilities, including two of her closest friends. She comes from a world called Evernotte and she is special. She is the Sanguine. But Evil is lurking in her home world and only she can stop it.

My Thoughts:

Honestly I don’t know how I got through this book. The first half of the novel was so fast paced it was hard to follow. Most of the first half felt like it was comprised of one single journal entry that attempted to tell readers everything – EVERYTHING – about the world that Penelope is originally from. J. Lynn Bailey did everything she could to shove every bit of information in the journal entry instead of taking her time and letting Penelope, and readers, slowly find out bits and pieces over the course of the novel. The journal entry alone was enough to make me throw the book and never pick it up again, however, I forced my way through it.

The only reason I was able to get through the novel and the reason I gave it 2.5 stars instead of 2 was because the second half of the novel was written soooo much better than the first half. It felt like a completely different book. I actually wanted to read the novel that was written in the second half.

In all honesty, this book isn’t worth your time but if you do want to read it, borrow it from the library or someone else.


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2.5 stars

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