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 was really disappointed in this book. I absolutely love this series, and thought that a graphic novel would add another level of interest to the saga. This book was just not that great. Stolarz's signature is killer suspense that makes the book impossible to put down. This was completely lacking in that key element. I understand that this was supposed to be backstory, but it felt as though a majority of what went on was summarizing the first four books. Since I'd already read the rest of the series, it ended up just being dreadfully boring.
There was supposedly an element of suspense I certainly didn't see it at all. The visions really weren't creepy in the slightest, and I get terrified extraordinarily easily. Everything was just so much smaller... including the book. It wasn't nearly long enough, and so the plot and the characters didn't really have a chance to get going.
Overall I really disliked the book. It didn't do anything at all for the series, or my opinion of Stolarz. The new format was a nice change, but suffered from a pointless storyline and length constraints. I just wish that it could have carried the characters farther and actually added something to the series. I did appreciate the new information about how Stacey and Jacob grew up, but it didn't need an entire book. This was a true disappointment, and hopefully the series can recover.