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Empty Threat

(The Black Pages #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Book one of The Black Pages

Elana Black has the power to make herself fictional. But when she decides to start saving all the people in books and TV shows who die just for the sake of advancing the plot, she quickly learns that she's not the only one with her powers.

All Elana wants to do is save people. But these others don't want the stories to change, and they'll do every
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published April 8th 2017 by Danny Bell
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Anastasia シ
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, arc, authors-b
Full Review on my blog!
*A Copy was provided through Review Opp. by Xpresso Tours*

The beginning was kinda slow for me, took me a while to get into it but I’m glad I finished it! Honestly, when I read the description I knew I had to read this. I really enjoyed this book! Empty Threat is a very unique story with engaging characters and an exciting execution.

Empty Threat starts off with Elena Black attempting to avoid socializing at her friend, Olivia’s party by using her secret power to jump into
Scott Mills
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was supposed to give me something to read after work for days. Instead I've had two very unproductive work days. Just when I thought the pacing was slow it grabbed me and kept on going at full speed. The story stands on it's own but is the start of what promises to be a very good series.
Jennie Rosenblum
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The main character of the book is Elana Black. Elana has the ability to fall into a story - literally. Whether book or TV she can feel the pull and enter a story. Now she has told no one of this ability and has been a passive participant until she comes to the realization that the characters are people with lives and she could save some of those people. But there are those (very powerful) who do not want the stories to change and the adventure starts. Racing between stories and her real life Ela ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I read the description, I knew I had to read it. I don't know a single reader who has never wished something ended other than the way it did and wanted to be the one to right it. And I'm so glad I did! Fast paced, clever, funny, exciting, I read it in I two days and am already looking forward to the rest of the series. Elena is a character I can identify with and root for, and I look forward to following the rest of her adventures.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book!! I'm so happy to have won this wonderful book on goodreads giveaway. I didn't want the story to end. :( I wish I had Elana's power....then again don't we all. It's a must read and I highly recommend this book to all who need an adventure.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I'm not a huge fiction reader as of late. While I gobbled down fiction like candy in middle school, having to endlessly cram down novels during high school and college English and literature classes turned me off to it for a good while now. When I picked this book up, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to really get into it. However, this book is taking me back to those days in 7th grade when I couldn't wait to hit up the school library once a week for a new fantasy fictio ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elana Black is someone who can literally escape into a good book. At the beginning, she mostly uses it so she can get out of awkward parties (from her perspective, all parties are awkward), but she eventually learns that she's not really making herself fictional- all stories are actually glimpses into other realities. Realizing this, she sets out to do what any moral person with the ability would do- saving people who die just to advance the plot. She is then attacked by an organization of other ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elana is not your usual hero. Uncomfortable in social settings she is much happier reading a book than making conversation. She has a small group of friends and works in a friend's bookshop. Her superpower is being able to jump inside the story she reads or even watches on television. What bookworm wouldn't want that ability?
When Elana starts to help people in the stories rather than simply observe things become more complicated. Shadowy characters are determined to stop her. Others appear to wa
M.R. Graham
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay. Let's start with the premise. All stories are real. Books, television, movies, comics, all exist as different worlds, and Elana can enter them at will. I can't believe anyone doesn't think that's unbelievably cool.
And Elana! Oh, honey. I feel Elana on a molecular level. She's an anxiety-ridden, food-loving book nerd, and I love her to death. The story is in first-person from Elana's point of view, and her voice is consistently smart, snarky, occasionally rambling. She's someone I w
Matthew Altman
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No spoilers:
I really enjoyed this book!! The characters were all fully realized and well rounded, Elana Black is a fun, flawed and exciting new hero in a brilliant first book!! It's got a great plot that moves with characters that engage the reader, and that I want to spend more time with. It transported me in the way that really great books tend to do, so that time starts to lose meeting, and you get lost in the story. The author has a really great voice, and it's hard to believe he hasn't bee
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A ton of fun in a well-written and hilarious novel! Elana is the girl I always wanted to be, and I identify with her in so many ways that it made this novel hard to put down. Great book, can't wait for the next one!
Claire Perkins
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant book. Loved every minute of it. The story, the adventure, the heroine. I was totally drawn in to Elana's world....pure escapism. Thoroughly recommended. The author has the most wonderful imagination, can't wait for #2

I interviewed Danny Bell for Book Talk Radio Club, you can listen to his interview here.
Joey Paul
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the synopsis of this book and was delighted to pick up a copy. It starteed brilliantly and pulled me in almost instantly. The story starts with Elana trying to avoid socialising by using her talent to jump into a fictional world. It's only when she wakes up in the real world that she realises that this time was different. The book was brilliant and I loved the whole idea. I loved the way the story was told and how it seemed to join up with various clues sprinkled in the pages. It was amaz ...more
Beth Peninger
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok

Thank you to Danny Bell and Xpresso Book Tours for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.

The premise of this book intrigued me. A person can become fiction and enter into books and TV shows. As a voracious reader this idea is fantastic to me! So I had to give this title a try.
Elana Black spends her days working at a bookstore and reading books in her spare time. She also, a couple of years ago, discovered she can somehow enter into books that she's reading. She
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received as a review copy. Empty Threat is a Young Adult novel with a Paranormal/Fantasy background, contemporary Urban Fantasy. Set in our world, Elena Black is able to travel into fiction. This ability is not exclusive to her and the conflict revolves around her difficulties with dealing with others who have these paranormal/supernatural powers.

The most noteworthy aspect of this novel is the dialog and mood throughout. The millennial characters all speak as real people, self-deprecating remar
Bettie Campbell
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
The premise for this book is so good. SO good. That is what makes reading it all the more disappointing. The story suffers from the same problem that we typically see in movies based on our favorite stories... there is just too much happening too fast with little care taken to explain what the story is about. The plot is pushed aside and hurried forward at light speed so we can all get to the next action scene. The problem here is this isn't a movie and you can't distract the reader with cool ef ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Great start to a series. It's a fast paced story that pulled me in immediately and held my attention from start to finish. We all "get lost" in our books at times. How many times have you seen the question posed "If you could be transported into any book which one would you choose". This is a creative story of "what if" you really had the ability "jump" into the books you are reading. It's an interesting, unusual, humorous and very entertaining story with a unique concept and storyline. I was ex ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
“Empty Threat is a Full Threat of Unique! "

What was one of the most memorable moments of Empty Threat?
Following Elana was enjoyable and memorable. It was easy to get lost in this book! (And some places - it probably wasn't intended as I felt I missed something.)

Have you listened to any of Whitton A. Frank’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is Whitton's only book thus far and she was remarkable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laug
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Empty Threat is a Full Threat of Unique! "

What was one of the most memorable moments of Empty Threat?
Following Elana was enjoyable and memorable. It was easy to get lost in this book! (And some places - it probably wasn't intended as I felt I missed something.)

Have you listened to any of Whitton A. Frank’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is Whitton's only book thus far and she was remarkable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh
Amy Shelton
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

This was a very interesting story idea. The leading character has the ability to become fictional and “dives” into stories. It’s kind of a fun idea if you think about it and is the first time I’ve ever come across a story like this.

If you’re an avid reader like myself, and always have a book going, reading a story about being able to become a fictional character, is exciting, fun, enticing, and a true pleasure. That’s definitely how I
Mary Yarde
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone has a secret power. I wonder what yours is? Elana Black dwells on this conundrum as she tries to figure out the best way to leave her friends party. You see, Elana has a secret power, but it is a power so fantastical that if she told anyone, they would never believe her.

Elana can fall into fiction. Literally.

One minute she is reading or watching the television, the next moment she is physically in the story. Not bad as secret powers go.

Elana has travelled extensively without ever need
Robert Starr
I'm trying to be better about leaving reviews for books I read if for no other reason that it allows me to remember what I read and why I liked/didn't like it.

The problem is that I finished this book a day or two ago and I've already more or less forgotten it. The premise is interesting: a girl can make herself fictional. However, I feel like we've seen this kind of thing before done better, with rules that lend themselves to a better story. Empty Threat felt like a post-modern fantasy forced in
Michael Swaim
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of the urban fantasy genre until I read Empty Threat by Danny Bell. There is not much I can say that has not already been said before by much better reviewers, but I did enjoy this very much.

When reading fantasy or science fiction, I find myself trying to rationalize the book’s universe. I want to know the processes, the rational for how and why things work the way they do. Danny did a great job at knocking each one of my hypothesis down which kept the story fresh and interesti
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elana Black has the ability to travel through books and TV shows. With this idea, I was hooked. Empty Threat was a fun thrill ride through different genres with a an easy to relate to narrator. My favorite parts where Elena had to recover from whatever supernatural whirlwind she just encountered. I felt I might've reacted in a very similar way.

While I enjoyed the story as a whole, and possibly because I'm not typically a YA reader, I never quite got used to the informal writing style. That bein
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was a good read. Pacing was quick so it never felt like the story was lagging and just made me want to keep reading to finish it all in one go. Read a review that complained about not knowing what certain groups or people were and felt that the author didn't spend enough time to explain it. Well, I felt like I was discovering them too along with the main character so I know what she knows. Which makes it exciting because you want to dig further to get more answers along with her. It'd be a littl ...more
Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the idea of being able to jump inside books. This book takes that concept, adds tv shows and movies (If ever I was allowed to do that I’d jump into the 1980’s Beauty and the Beast immediately and never return...) Elana has been able to jump for years and has traveled extensively. However when she starts interfering with the storylines, others who have the same ability reveal themselves to her and she finds herself fighting for her life. I found myself thinking of The Matrix, Lost Girl, an ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book for bookworms, and everyone who wishes they could find magic within themselves. I did a book blitz for Empty Threat and knew right away that I wanted to read this book.

Elana is socially awkward, and more than a little bit of a personal disaster, that is until she’s in her element with a book in hand or at the book store where she works. In fact, I see A LOT of myself in her (except for the ginger hair and living in L.A.) As I read the book I kept thinking “that’s exactly what would be goi
Scott Collins
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Very unique idea, loved the main character's sarcasm and sassiness, and the action kept on coming. While the book stands alone, there is still plenty of opportunity to continue the story and give us deeper insight into how this new universe is structured. We've been given a glimpse, but I'm not satisfied with that. I saw that book two was just released, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes. Well done, Mr. Bell.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, fantasy
Elana Black can jump into a book or tv show and change the storyline. The plot isn't original but the chase through the stories is. The narration is pretty good for a first-time reader Whitton Frank. She reads fluidly.

a longer review will appear in Audiofile Magazine
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
It was okay. Comes off as a cross between Dresden Files and Libriomancer. Its a fun little urban fantasy, but it definitely feels like the first book in an urban fantasy series, and is unpolished. There's a 'trying too hard' quality to the dialogue - it'll be interesting to see if it tightens up in later books.
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