"Fear is golden"
Shade Me was a mess. It confused me quite a lot. Half of the time, I was just mindlessly staring at the pages, while some times, I actually had to go back a few pages to check whether I read it correctly. But Shade Me was also beautiful. It was a gorgeous, colourful, confusing and messy book, which kept me hooked to the pages and contained an addicting story.
Nikki was an interesting main character. She was a wild one for sure, and I don't know whether she and I will be friends in real life, but I certainly admired her as a character. She knew how to kick ass - literally and figuratively - doesn't back down and was pretty daring. And I loved how she embraces her synesthesia, and looks at colours as her friends and weapons, rather than being miserable about it.
"I don't screw for love"
Speaking of, I kinda have mixed feelings about the handling of colour synesthesia. Like I said above, it's one of the main reasons why I went for this book. And being fascinated with the concept, I have done some crazy research on it before. So when I saw that Brown's take wasn't actually as realistic as I was hoping it would be, I was a bit disappointed. The thing is, in Shade Me, the condition is treated like a paranormal aspect. Nikki not only sees material stuff as colours, she also senses emotions as colours, which came off as too convenient to me. The take was original - that's true - but I also wished Brown made it more realistic.
"Live in colour"
I loved how all of Shade Me's characters were grey. Nikki herself was not a saint - she was playing with a guy's feelings and can come off as a difficult girl. There was Dru, who oozes suspicion as well as allure. Chris - the cop - who was an enigmatic character. Peyton - a girl with many layers. It was also full of dysnfunctional families and messed up kids. Overall nothing was perfect in Shade Me, and it contributed to the chaotic nature of the book.
I really like the writing and the pacing. Shade Me was addictive from the first page to the last. It was full of unpredictable and shocking twists and turns, unexpected deaths and intense moments of truth. It was one hell of a ride for sure!
I'd recommend Shade Me for YA thriller fans, and those who like their reads to be chaotic and confusing. There are certain things that bothered me in the story, but still, I ended up liking it over all, and it was an intriguing novel that will keep you engrossed from the beginning to the end!