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Blackbrooke (Blackbrooke Trilogy #1)

4.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
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…”

The residents of Blackbrooke share their town with the Creatures, or Crits as they are known. Grotesque, roaming the streets at night looking for food, their presence means humans have to live b
Published July 19th 2012 by Crooked Cat Publishing (first published July 16th 2012)
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Carmen Jenner
Aug 03, 2012 Carmen Jenner rated it it was amazing
Put everything you think you know about the YA genre aside. This is not the story of a beautiful girl who falls in love with a monster, it's not the story of a seemingly ordinary girl who discovers the power to save the world, and it's not the same tired old premise rehashed with a different hero/villain. Blackbrooke is a frightening foray into a world where humans are hunted and the boogie man is, in fact, lurking out there in the dark!

Seventeen year old Liberty Connor can't wait to turn eighte
Jan 01, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
I was pretty blown away by this book. I love a good thriller, but it's hard to find a book with a good balance of real horror, suspense, humor, intrigue, and romance. Blackbrooke really does have it all. I loved it.

The town of Blackbrooke is a highly guarded, gated off community that nobody leaves or enters without permission. The humans and Creatures (known as the Crits) in Blackbrooke have learned to live alongside each other. The humans own the daylight and the Crits come out at night. Any hu
Ali *The Black Heart*
Sep 12, 2012 Ali *The Black Heart* rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian-ya, brains
The Blackbrooke synopsis alone was enough to pique my interest, so I graciously accepted the review request when it came through. Good decision on my part. I am a fan and believe Emma Silver will have a long and successful career in the writing world if this, her first endeavor, is any indication.

Blackbrooke is anything but a normal small town. It is a quarantined hamlet that the government controls, for the safety of the outside world and for those living within it's gated walls. Necessary pre
Caro [The Book Rogue]
Feb 07, 2016 Caro [The Book Rogue] rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Caro by: Carmen Jenner
Crazy, scary woods. Seriously, this trip was not much fun, although it had some very crooked dark humor in it, which I liked in fact. Other than that, it was a lot of fear, anxiety, dread, grief, and mostly confusion while secret after secret was revealed and the group placed together the pieces of this freakish puzzle.

In the beginning, I thought although a little stuck up, the relationships of Gemma and Noah, as well as of Gabriel and Liberty were quite nice if you consider the Rules. So when G
Mikila Marshall
Jul 18, 2012 Mikila Marshall rated it it was amazing
Blackbrooke is about a 17 year old girl named Liberty. Well mannered, Well behaved Liberty, that always abides by Blackbrooke's absurd Rules. Rules that will keep them alive. No one goes out at night because the Crits will get them. So, teaming together with her friend's. They set off an an unforgettable adventure to find out the truth about their town's secrets.
Wow! Where to start? I was absolutely thrilled to be able to review Blackbrooke. So, after a 100 pages in, I was absolutely mortified
Jul 13, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
This book absolutely blew me away. I haven't stopped thinking about it for days. Blackbrooke, population 10,000, is not your typical town by any means. It surrounded by walls with gates, guards, and guns, but Blackbrooke is far from your typical "gated community" by any means. The question is, are the walls really to keep the those living outside safe, or to trap those living within the walls inside? Tourists flock in by the droves to visit, but by sundown everyone, and I mean everyone, is insid ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Emmy rated it really liked it
Blackbrooke, England. Population 10,000 and dwindling. Centuries ago, an agreement was made. Humans rule the day, but when the klaxon bell rings, its time to lock up tight. The nighttime is ruled by the Crits. Four different types of monsters make up the Crits. There are Lurkers, Watchers, Hunters and the Queens. Each playing a different role and each horrible and terrifying in description. Rules were put in place to keep the peace and to prevent any temptations to the Crits.

This story is writt
Rebecca Nelson
Aug 02, 2012 Rebecca Nelson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
One of those top-notch reads that have you wide awake at daft o'clock glued to the text and elated that you're a bookworm! Hooked from the opening description of "the rules" to the nail biting twist of an ending - well worth the read and can't wait for the trilogy to be completed
I loved this book!
I don't really read horror, but after this I want to read more of this genre. Any suggestions?
Though, to be honest, it's not all horror. There is a little of everything in the book. Mystery, romance, fantasy you name it!
Blackbrooke is a place which is haunted by monsters called Crits and people have to follow certain rules to keep themselves safe. The crits are described so well that I could almost imagine them. And, believe me it's not pleasant. They are creepy and disgusting
Suzanne Cantrell
Jul 10, 2012 Suzanne Cantrell rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Something strange is going on in Blackbrooke, a modern version of an isolated Amish-styled town. Seventeen year old Liberty has religiously followed the Rules that maintain the balance between Crits and humans all of her life, until the day her seemingly happy friends start an inexplicable pattern of “walking out” to their deaths.

Liberty is determined to find out what is going on, all the while immersed in the middle of a dysfunctional family, tortured by the loss of her peers, and examining he
Mallory Heart Reviews
Mar 04, 2013 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mallory Heart Reviews by: Making Connections YA Edition
Review of Blackbrooke by Emma Silver
5 stars

I quickly became totally engrossed in this book, and by the midpoint I was turning pages almost faster than my e-reader could handle. “Fast-paced” has become a trite cliché, but believe me, if you’re looking for that, “Blackbrooke” most definitely has it, along with plotting that twists around like a cobra’s coil and an unforgettable cliffhanger ending. So thankful this is only the first of a set!

“Blackbrooke” is not post-apocalyptic, it is fully Apocal
David Eccles
Sep 17, 2013 David Eccles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emma-silver
I began reading Blackbrooke a few months ago, but my own writing got in the way of my finishing it until now, but, I'm delighted to say, I've spent the last 2 days avidly devouring this fantastic first volume in Emma Silver's trilogy, and I can't wait to get hold of volume 2.
The premise of a town populated by both humans and monsters that is an attraction to the outside world, rather like a theme park is great, but Emma Silver goes much deeper than this in her mythology, and there are a whole lo
Allison (Rally the Readers)
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3.5 Stars

Blackbrooke is a heart-pumping, bloodcurdling horror story. I love being scared; I think it's the adrenaline rush. I find it hard to be truly scared by a book, though. There are no images or sounds to captivate your senses; all you have are the writing on the page and your imagination. But Silver does a fabulous job of making her readers scared and creating suspense. Is it sad, on my part, that I had nightmares about the Crits?!

The story was so original
Mar 21, 2013 Irene rated it it was amazing
This book is so blasted good I am all but harassing people to read it.

The way the story builds keeps you on the edge of your seat. It completely captivated me from the first page when the 'Rules' were listed. I automatically wanted to know more and couldn't put the book down.
The characters were entertaining, one of my favorites being Denzil, he brought comedy to it, while the book was getting intense.
The ending is a complete cliff hanger that left me screaming for more.
Honestly, one of the bes
Aug 26, 2012 Candice rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! From start to finish, Emma Silver had me hooked!

The story is intriguing and I was constantly guessing (quite wrongly) what would happen next, which I liked.

If the story itself isn’t enough, there are the characters. Possibly the most lovable characters I’ve ever read! One minute they’d have me laughing and 5 minutes later I’d be crying.

This is a well-rounded book with lots to offer, so if you’re looking for something that will entertain and keep you gripped throughout then y
Jul 29, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it
I came across Blackbrooke via my friend who recommended it to me. I have to admit I was gripped from the start. It had that quality in a book that I love- the need to race through it to determine what happens next, yet did not want to reach the end because I didn't want it to be over. Can't wait for number 2!
Jul 23, 2012 Scarlett rated it it was amazing
Absolutely blown away! Read from cover to cover and then started all over again! The characters have stayed with me for days! Can't wait for the next installment- no, really, GET THAT BAD BOY PUBLISHED NOW! What a cliff-hanger ending!
Aug 19, 2012 Gabriela rated it really liked it
this book is mind blowing! i really loved has just the right combination of horror and romance. if you're looking for something different to read blackbrooke is the perfect choice.
Yvonne Marjot
Oct 15, 2014 Yvonne Marjot rated it it was amazing
YA horror with intelligence. A great read - I enjoyed it, and my 16-year-old is now reading it.

Liberty Connor is growing up in a town isolated from the world Outside - an enclave humanity shares with the terrifying Crits. The only safety the townspeople have is to behave completely in accordance with the Rules. Liberty and her friends discover that the Rules mask a horrifying secret - one that could cost them their lives.

Blackbrooke is the first in a trilogy of clever, entertaining and properly
Jan 25, 2014 T.R. rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book had me on the edge of my seat. The mystery of the town Blackbrook and the things that happen their will keep you guessing. I loved that the main character Liberty is a strong person who is smart from the beginning of the story. She has to go through a lot but still keeps going when she loses most of her friends and family. The twist of this triller is not to trust anyone no matter how you feel about them, even your family. How much more can this girl go through? The writing of thi ...more
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

May 28, 2016 Soumia rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the author for review but I didn't get the chance to read it sooner so I'm so sorry about that.

Blackbrooke is a secluded town where humans have to abide by some really bizzare rules in order to survive the Creatures (the Crits) that live with them. The story follows Liberty Connor, a seventeen-year-old girl who is obssessed with the Rules. Not only does she have to deal with her mothers condition at home but her friends start walking-out: going out at night which is the ti
Jun 22, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
Liberty Connor is 17.
She lives in Blackbrooke.
In this town, there are creatures called “Crits”, who roam the streets at night.
There are no man-crimes.
Suicides are called “walk-outs”
And there are 20 Rules, only ten of which are known to teenagers under the age of 18.
As you start to read, the first thing you encounter are the first 10 Rules. They are so strange, that you can’t help but to be gripped by them. As you continue reading, you meet the rest of the characters, and you learn how their l
Katie Blythe
Aug 06, 2014 Katie Blythe rated it it was amazing
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Blackbrooke is a town where Creatures, or Crits, roam the streets at night and if you are out after dark, they can catch you and eat you. Some are Hunters, Lurkers, and Queens. To not attract the creatures you must wear certain clothes, woman must wear their hair in a bun at all times, and woman may also not be able to color their hair. They are also so secluded that they can’t usually get any internet connection. By the t
Feb 17, 2013 Marsha rated it it was amazing
There is only one word that can be justly used to describe "Blackbrooke" and it is 'brilliant!' This is by far the best book I've read in over a year.

In England there is a town isolated and fenced off from all the rest known as Blackbrooke. Here the residents know that they can only venture out during the daytime while three types of creatures own the night. these creatures called the Crits consist of the hunters, lurkers and the queens. When man and the criti come face to face, there is only on
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Apr 15, 2013 Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto rated it really liked it
Today's review is on Blackbrook by Emma Silver

When I first read the description of Blackbrooke I thought it was going to be a knock off of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series. Once I began reading however, I found that it was very different. In fact, there are absolutely no vampires to speak of. There are Crits though, and they are much much worse.

Seventeen year old Liberty Connor saw her first Crit when she was just seven. She was playing hide and seek with her best friend Cassius and ven
Feb 03, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant book. I was totally blown away by it. I loved the story and the way it was written. I was in tears several times throughout the book, I was angry, shocked at times and laughed at some of the interactions of the characters in the story.

I found Liberty to be a really likeable person and her friends were a good mix. I didn't like how her friends acted towards Cassius but that's generally what kids and teens do.

The Rules and the division of boys and girls were a little perplexi
Super Book
Mar 12, 2013 Super Book rated it liked it
When I first started reading Blackbrooke I was a bit bored with it. I figured out relatively early on that things weren't as they seemed and continued to read so I could prove myself right. Boy was I wrong. What I thought was going on wasn't and what was happening was a shocker.

Liberty (Lib) is your typical strong leading character. She lives in a town full of crits (terrible human killing creatures) and frequent walk outs among mostly 17-year-old kids (the towns own personal version of suicide)
Feb 10, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Thank you, Ms. Silver, for providing me a copy in exchange for a review.

*Acutally rating: 4.5 stars*

Horror story is correct. It's not too gruesome, but graphic enough that I was grossed out and shocked. This book was awesome.

Blackbrooke has a plot that feels like it's been done before but somehow it's unique and refreshing. Definitely something new and innovative and I loved every minute of it. A small town surrounded by monsters - Crits - that keep them locked in their "home" for as long as t
Will Wortner
Jan 04, 2014 Will Wortner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy

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4.5 Stars

The short:

Blackbrooke had me on the edge of my seat and kept my heart racing. Emma Silver filled Blackbrooke with vivid emotion and suspense. I found myself surprised at every turn as the plot did not do what I anticipated or expected. Emma Silver writes emotions so well they explode off the page and into your heart.

As a male reader, I half expected something along the lines of Twilight and City of Bones- This was
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Emma was born and raised in Manchester, England.

Blackbrooke is her debut young adult horror novel after spending many years honing her skills drafting short stories and devouring horror through the ages from R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps collection through to Stephen King.

Blackbrooke is the Part I of the Blackbrooke Trilogy.

Emma is also the author of a semi-biographical account of her dad’s years in a
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