I knew from the teasers I had been reading and the info I had been picking up off the internet that Black was going to be a very dark read with possibly a lot of angst and violence. I usually go more for the sexy sweet stuff so I thought this would be a great change of pace for me to try something different.
First thing I noticed was it was very, VERY dark. Almost disturbingly so. The first few chapters are about a couple of teenagers.. Rose and Liam (Black) who are both misfits, so to speak and find each other, cling briefly to each other and then lose each other. Fast forward a few years and Liam, who now goes by the name of Black is a stone-cold killer for hire and he finds Rose, who goes by the name of Cass (this confused me). She's a drugged out whore, doesn't recognize him.. he waffles about saving her because he's a bad dude who kills, not saves.. You get the picture. I cant say anymore lest I spoil the story.
Honestly I liked the book a lot. I didn't love it because in my opinion I thought it was slow and really hard for me to follow. I stayed confused about who was talking and who they were talking to/about. The storyline/plot was great. The characters were also really well developed. If I could have kept those characters straight in my head I would have loved it. But I kept having to back up a paragraph or two to decipher who was talking and who/what they were talking about. And the ending... Gah, the ending. :(
Here is how im breaking it down.
Storyline/Plot-5, Character development-5, Pace-3, Overall readability-3
For me, Black gets a solid 4**** WickedGoodStars and Im looking forward to the sequel to see how this turns out! I NEED TO KNOW!