Black is for Beginnings (Blue is for Nightmares #5), by Laurie faria Stolarz
Publish Date: September 8, 2009
Published by: Flux
Genre: YA Fantasy/Graphic Novel
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)
Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Stacey’s nightmares are back. And all she wants to do is go to Colorado and work things out with Jacob, who hasn’t been able to remember her since he lost his memory in his brush with death. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory–and what lies ahead–for the young, spellcasting lovers.
I picked this up at work when I happened across it while shelving and, feeling nostalgic, I started reading it on my downtime. Despite not having read the original series since middle school, I felt like I remembered a lot of the original plot and was actually a little annoyed when there was a trip down memory lane to refresh everyone what Stacey had gone through in the first four books. This was a very bare-bones story that did little to further the story, it just gave a sort-of conclusion to Stacey and Jacob’s relationship. And the whole Kira thing felt completely cliche and unnecessary.
I liked the style of the drawings for the most part, but some of it seemed weird and didn’t really feel like it fit the same atmosphere of the first four novels in the series.
It was a quick read that was nice for nostalgia’s sake, but honestly now I just want to go reread the originals instead.
Beat the Backlist 2018 | Books Completed Toward Goal: 14/20