Author: Fleur Ferris
Publisher: Random House Australia
Pages: 276 pages
Ebony Marshall is in her finally year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days... She can't wait to leave the town where she's known only as 'Black'. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too.
Everyone says Black Marshall is cursed.
Three if her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she's used to being on her own. It's easier that way.
But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quite little Daimsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge.
If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?
Thoughts on the book: Black tells the story of a girl called Black Marshell who lives in a little town called, Dainsfield where a lot of the townspeople believe that she is cursed. When Black was younger she lost three of her close friends in tragic accidents and the main thing they had in common was their friendship with Black. Since the last 'accident' Black has been keeping mainly to herself. She has a few select friends but prefers to keep to herself, keeping her head down so she can graduate school and get out of town. When a new boy arrives and asks Black to the prom as a dare, she decides that she will give in and go. They have a perfect night or so it would seem. Suddenly her date is lying uncouncious in the middle of the road after a kiss from Black. Now the rumours are running around ten fold and suddenly Black finds herself in danger as the towns cult comes after her. Will she get away or will the cult capture her so she can't do anymore harm to anyone?
Wow just WOW. This book might just be my top pick for 2016 and the year is barely half way through. I absolutely devoured Black and read it from cover to cover in the shortest time possible and treasured every minute of it. The writing was just amazing and had me looking forward to the story from the get go. I fell in love with the small town setting and all of its inhabitants, well maybe except for the known members of The Whisperers (Pure Apostles). I especially loved the guts and determination of Black. I don't know how she would have put up with all those people judging her and making her feel like dirt. I can totally understand why she chose to keep to herself. Another thing I loved was the sneaky subtle love triangle. I won't say who between, although you may guess, but I really like how the relationships are resolved at the end of the book. It was very peaceful and I don't tend to find that happening in too many stories.
I really can't recommend this book enough. From its highly captivating storyline, to its subtle love triangle, to its resilient main character, this book literally has something for everyone whether you like the YA genre or not. And as I previously stated is at the moment my top pick of 2016. So everyone drop what they are doing and rush out and buy a copy of Black, you won't regret it.
Rating: without a doubt 5/5