Shade Me and I are completely polar opposites. Everything Nikki is, I’m not (and I’m typically against it in some way), which is an extreme rarity (and definitely not a problem). And if this is a series, I’ll probably have a love/hate relationship with Nikki akin to love triangles where I love/hate both guys (and maybe the girl as well).
I feel Nikki’s past feels like a pity party with a really rough childhood. However, it just goes with the story because her rough childhood tells readers why Nikki is the way she is in the novel. She’s afraid of falling in love (hello? I’m not a romantic, but um…), probably hooks up with guys on a weekly basis (okay…), and is close enough to flunking and not graduating – basically she seems like a character I would probably stay away from in real life. Also, with her Tae Kwon Do (is it Tae Kwon Do?) skills, she’s also just a person I would avoid messing around with.
But the coolest thing about Shade Me is how Nikki sees everything in color (synesthesia) and when she gets a call to identify a person in an attempted murder, Nikki uses her synesthesia to try and find the attempted murderer. The person she identifies isn’t even someone she knows really well (she’s heard of them because the person is the daughter of a famous producer, but doesn’t know them), which I find really admirable. I mean, it’s not typical a random person goes out of her way just to find out why someone attempted to murder someone she doesn’t even associate herself with. She’s also horrible with sneaking around – everything just backfires, but Nikki is an amazing sleuth who has extreme guts.
Overall, though? The book is about rich people problems with a dash of family drama. Brown takes something readers would typically find on daytime drama and mixes it up with something else completely different, making Shade Me just a tad bit different than simply “family drama.”
Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.