Blackness Takes Over

Blackness Takes Over

by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

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BN ID: 2940149018741
Publisher: It's Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 903,244
File size: 981 KB

About the Author

Blackness Takes Over is Norma Jeanne's debut novel. What began as an homage to the home town of a homesick Midwestern girl, unfolded a story of love, danger, humor, and trust. She's currently working on her untitled sophomore effort. We can't wait to see what thrilling saga she leads us through next!

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Norma Jeanne recently found herself relocating to the United Kingdom. Now living in Belfast, she took hold of the opportunity to kick the 9-5 job for a chance to become an author. The best part: working from her home office, she gets to spend more time with her cast of crazy characters (written and real).

In her free time Norma Jeanne is a voracious reader and consumes books as readily as meals. She is a people watcher by nature and uses her experiences in life, observed or otherwise, to build the worlds and characters that thrive in her books. A believer in the strength of the human spirit, Norma Jeanne writes the stories of people that persevere when all appears to be lost.

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Blackness Takes Over 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DDBean More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book so good that it took you a couple of days to calm down enough to write the review? If not, then you have not read Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson. I do not think there are enough words in existence to explain how much I enjoyed this book. Three guys, one girl, and a whole lot of fun. Now don’t let your imagination start to take over just yet. There is nothing going on between these friends except a bond closer than family. I really enjoy the comments that fly back and forth between this unconventional foursome.  When there is a threat to Shannon, the wagons get circled, but will it be enough to keep her safe? And who is after her? You will just have to read it to find out. Emotions fly high and new love finds a way in.  I give this book 5 stars because they do not allow you to give 500. Yeah, I liked this book that much. Pick it up, give it a read, and I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
KathywithaK27 More than 1 year ago
I want to hang out with Shannon Kelly. She is the coolest protagonist I have read about in a long time, and I couldn't stop laughing at all her inner monologue throughout the whole story. She was rude, crude and down right sassy! I loved that she could hang with a bunch of macho guys and watch sports, then the next chapter she is talking about dressing up in a great dress and heels. In fact, I got so caught up in the dynamic that was going on inside her head with her men that most of the book went by with me being completely satisfied that the major plot points kind of slithered up unbeknownst to me! The men in this story were great, even if I wanted to know more about them. Sully, Cally and Kavy were convincing pseudo-brothers for Shannon and I loved the dynamic between the four was very clear from the start of the book all the way to the end. Which I thought was going to be hard to do, but it succeed. They provide a solid ground in which Shannon can build other relationships off of and that's very important considering her past. Then you had sexy Kellerman into the picture and it completes her male circle. I was a little shocked at how fast they accepted Kellerman being with the Kid, but I ultimately didn't care because the relationship just worked from the beginning. There was, however, one person that didn't work with everyone else. Taylor. I didn't need his interactions with Shannon to make this book work for me. I know he dropped some bombs at the end of the story but really that could have been completed by somebody else and I just found his character a distraction to the romance involved here and the relationships with other people. Overall, though, I loved this book. It had an equal parts sarcasm, fun, drama, tragedy and excitement that it drew you in with shades of black but really ended up giving you a lot of light emotions throughout. I can tell we have a long ways to go with these 5 crazy people but I can not wait to find out what happens!!
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This was the perfect book about how sometimes friends are closer to you then your family. Only it is not Shannon's choice because she has no family. Her friends quickly become her protectors, friends and family. They are guys though and that leads to a lot of relationship boundary issues. The author did a great job of making the characters seem real, especially when they talked to one another. The ending was not really and ending for me. I always enjoy a strong female main character as well. I am giving this book a 3/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Shannon never had a normal life. She was raced liked a boy but is a beautiful woman. She suffered a loss at a young age and when she got older she suffered a horrible crime. The only good thing to come of her suffering is she meets the three guys who become her family. They protect her and love her like a sister. They live together, work together and protect each other. She has never had a relationship last longer than 3 weeks but that all changes when she meets Dylan Kellerman. He makes her want things she never thought possible and fits in great with her boys. There is still a danger in Shannon's life and might just take her away before she can see if this is a love that will last. Shannon or Kid as she is called is one of the strongest female characters I have read about. She tries her best to keep herself and those she loves safe. She has been hurt before and vows never to be hurt again. She is a beautiful, sexy woman who in a lot of ways is just one of the guys. I fell in love with her myself and can see why the boys love her. There is so many fantastic characters I can't give a description of them all. I love all the boys and don't think I could pick a favorite. I will say for most of the book I figured Shannon would end up with one of them but they truly are just like a family and while they tease it isn't that way. Kid could have any guy around but she falls for Dylan. They have an odd start and while they are great together they still have much to work out. There is also another guy trying t get to Shannon and she has to show him she isn't in to him. There is a hotness in this book bit that is not the focus. It is about this magnificent woman and the guys who love her. I hated to see what she has been through and I kept hoping she would find true a happiness. After reading a while you see she truly is happy with her boys. There is still a danger element in this book and you keep hoping it will go away. I really hated to see this book end as I love this odd family and have to know what next. The author does an amazing job creating these characters that you fall in love with. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
ForeverRomantic More than 1 year ago
Karlsson has written book centered on the lift of seventeen year old Shannon Kelly, the heroine of the story. As a teenager, Shannon’s life was anything but typical. Having been raised by her uncle, she was more tomboyish than feminine, sadly lacking in that department. Although surrounded by a large quasi family with several young men in the mix, life for Shannon was anything but rosy. Sad and lonely, she was ripe for the picking when Dylan Kellerman entered her life. Kellerman gives her hope and the promise of a future she had long since given up on. He makes her dream things, and most of all, he made her trust again. But just when she was beginning to let her guard down, she got a rude awakening, when… blackness takes over again. This is a book charged with suspenseful emotions, first love, heartbreaks, failures, so much so, you find yourself rooting for Shannon. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
***** 10 Fabulous Stars ***** I"m so glad I clicked on this one... Norma Jean Karlsson just wrote a STUNNING debut... I'm really impressed and hooked. I'll be adding her to my 'must read' short list. So so good. Refreshingly original. Strong, funny, fierce main character. I friggin' LOVE her! The dialogue -- esp. the inner (i came to look forward to those little parentheses of snarkiness). All of the supporting characters (even the bad guys) were believable, sometimes lovable and wholly engaging. Can't say enough about how good and strong this author is... Watch out now! PS: April for the follow-up seems waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long a time to wait. Please write faster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The title was misleading and there are only a couple of references to it in the book. By the time you finish reading you may be able to see how the title fits. The characters are hilarious in their own way, and among the main ones, each has a past story to tell. Shannon Kelly is a 17 year old freshman in college. Her father is dead, her mother abandoned her, and her uncle who is now dying raised her. On her first day of class she picks up Kavanaugh, O’Sullivan, and Callaghan, three gorgeous, older guys that are hers for life. They nickname her “Kid” because she is the youngest of the group. They invite her to a party at their home that night and she decides to go even though she just met them. Something so horrendous happens at the party that it changes all of them for life. Within a short period of time the Kid has nine brothers, three mothers, and three fathers, but that is just fine with her since she doesn’ have a family of her own. Shannon has a strong, kick-butt personality and beware if you mess with her. Her uncle raised her like a boy, so if she doesn’t take you out, one of her nine brothers will tear you apart. Follow this wonderful mix of family as they fight each other and then love each other so deeply that there is hardly any room for anyone else. Stranger than anything else, they all live together! The men in Shannon’s life only make it about three weeks on a romantic basis, and then she meets Kellerman, the love of her life. The question is whether or not he can accept the fact that she has these three huge, male roommates that won’t be going anywhere. This is a protective bunch with all of the brothers, fathers and mothers threatening him. Kavanaugh is particularly wary since Shannon is his sleeping buddy. Events take place that may place Shannon’s life in danger and the entire crew band together to protect her. They even hire a bodyguard, which she can only see as another man trying to tell her what to do. As the possible threat becomes null, she must put all of her fears of abandonment to rest and make the decision of her life. Surrounded by eleven of the most gorgeous men in the world, she must pick one. I read this book in one day because of the strange yet realistic storyline. It is a story about being a family without being related by blood and a story of love and trust. Danger, sex, humor, trust, and compassion make this a book that you will definitely enjoy reading. The ending left me hanging, so I know there must be a sequel in the works and I can’t wait. I will recommend it to all of my reading buddies.