Black Is for Beginnings (Blue Is for Nightmares Series #5)

Black Is for Beginnings (Blue Is for Nightmares Series #5)

by Laurie Faria Stolarz


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It's happening again... The BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series that put a spell on more than half a million readers continues – in graphic novel format! 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. Praise for the Blue is for Nightmares series: • A 2007 YALSA Popular Paperback• A 2005 YALSA Quick Pick• A 2004 YALSA Teen Top Ten Nominee

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738714387
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Series: Stolarz Series , #5
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 344,157
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz (Massachusetts) has a great interest in teen culture, and admires young adults for their passion, energy, and creativity. Blue is for Nightmares is the product of her desire to write a novel that would have appealed to herself at that age, namely one that has a blending of suspense, romance, and the art of keeping secrets.

Stolarz has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Young Adult Literature from Emerson College in Boston. She currently teaches writing and is a member of the SCBWI as well as several professional writing groups.

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Black Is for Beginnings (Blue Is for Nightmares #5) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Alexa16AC More than 1 year ago
Ok, honestly, when I heard Black is for Beginnings was going to be a graphic novel I wanted to cry. The first books were some of the best I read in a long time and they were writted amazingly. The only reason I even bothered with BIFB is because i wanted to see what happened next with Stacey and Jacob. I really wish she made this a regular novel. This was short and kind of stupid. I'm in love with the series, and i'm just beyond disapointed that this had to be a graphic novel. The emotion, and drama didn't convert to the graphic novel what so ever. All in all, this book just SUCKS.
sj11 More than 1 year ago
I loved this series and was very excited when I heard there was going to be a fifth but then I saw that it was a graphic novel and I was dissapointed. I loved the first four books and this one was good too but not as good. I just got it today and I've already finished it. This book is a very quick read but has a good outcome. I loved this series all together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was wary of buying a graphic novel. I thought it was just a bad idea for this series in the first place, but figured I might as well give it a try... well I bought it about an hour ago and I'm already done reading it. The book doesn't really tell you much except you get to know a little more about Jacob. Is this going to be a continuing series of graphic novels or was this just to satisfy fans who wanted more BIFN? This was pure crap... the artwork was lovely, but I feel like there are too many underlying things in the books you can't put into a graphic novel and felt like they began to tell the story at the very end of this book. The last page reads "The End" so if it is the end of the BIFN series, I would have rather have had a cliffhanger from Red is for Remembrance than this. I would advise not to buy it, it was a waste of my $10 and my time. It recaps everything in the last 4 books... ANNOYING! I wish Laurie would write in regular form if she is going to continue the series... I loved the series and felt like I was in the book, but this made me feel stupid for reading it. Maybe if it were longer but 160 pages is not long when there is so little text. UGH! I'm just really upset about this. I feel like I don't have my friends :Amber, Drea, Stacey, and PJ just a bunch of imposters. They had no character, and were really flat... hope this helps!
iReneex More than 1 year ago
but i was really disappointed that it wasn't a regular book like the rest of the series. nonetheless, i was happy with it. the whole thing. but please Laurie, if you're reading this...make the next one in fully worded format. PLEASE. :) oh & release it soon. i'm in love with this series & i pretty much cannot wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in one sitting, but then I went back and read it again for the graphics and putting everything together. I love this. I love seeing my favorite characters of all time. And, how amazing was that last scene. I'm still high on this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so dissapointed! I have been counting down the days until this book came out. I was so excited to read about the characters and find out their big secrets. Laurie Stolarz is my favorite author, but this was a terrible idea to make it into a graphic novel. I hope she writes in regular format just like she did for books blue-red. I wouldn't buy it becuase it is just a waist of your money. The stories are phenomenal, I still can't believe Laurie Stolarz did this. It is very dissapointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i LOVE the series and i was really excited when i found out that there was goin be another book. but then when i found out that it was gonna be a graphic novel my heart just sunk. i think that the idea of graphic novels is stupid! picture books are for kids and layouts in books like this are meant for comics. books r novels. and thats what being a good writter is about. to have such a wonderful book that it creates a movie in the person reading its head with out having it to be drawn out in front of them. i just really hope that she didnt ruin the series by doing this....cuz i dont think that this book can and will live up to the standrads for the four before it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i bought the book on my NOOK and i can't read it. it's sad. i was expecting something great but i can't read the stupid thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt kno tht it was graphic novel when i boughit.... i hate graphic novels......waste of money
vianette arguello More than 1 year ago
I really should have read the coments before i bought the book words are so small you cant even read the book!!!!!!!!!
Monica Langlands More than 1 year ago
Why would they make this in to a comic book and not a regular book??? That got me mad and on my nook i cant even read it!!! Grrr. But the other four were AMAZING!!!!!!
MidnightMace More than 1 year ago
This was a good ending to the Blue Is for Nightmare series. I was a tad disappointed to see that it wasn't an actual book, but i still enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was amazing. I never thought I'd like graphic novels and manga stuff, but this was so fun to read, especially if you like the series. I loved seeing the freaky basement scene in White. I highly recommend this to fans of the series. Great last scene. I hope she does another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is I can't believe this is a graphic novel! I'm sorry but her writing BOOKS is better than a graphic novel!! And in my opinion no book could ever beat White is for Magic.
jessgerb More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series. I faithfully own and read the books with much love for the characters and plots. When I found out that the next novel would be a graphic novel, I was highly disappointed. I do not enjoy graphic novels, and much prefer your typical written, no pictures, classic novel. Still, I will give it a chance. I can only hope that sometime in the near future, Stolarz will come out with BIFB in the classic novel format. I do appreciate her giving this way a chance, though. I respect her decision as an author, but I'm not going to lie - I'm quite skeptical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know that this book comes out in September, but I just have to say...I'm nervous for this book. I was all excited when I found out there was going to be another in the series! I fell in love with the other four books! Then I found out that this book was to be a graphic novel...that brought me down a lot! I don't like graphic novels at all, pictures in books just drive me nuts! I like to see a picture of what's happening by the detail of the book, my mind creates a movie of what's happening while I'm reading and that's so much better than any picture a person could draw out to show. Then I also found out that this book is going to reveal a huge secret about Stacey's and Jacob's past,so now I absolutely have to read it! Still a little worried about how this whole graphic novel is going to go, but I'm determined to find out what happens. I pray that it's better than other graphic novels I have seen, and it probably will be because it's part of a series that I love. If you haven't read the rest of the series I definately recommend them! They are amazing!
The-Book-Worm More than 1 year ago
The book isn't out yet but I hope the image presented isn't going to be the cover. I've loved the classic one candle, pretty scripted title, and hidden phrased words of the last four books. I've waited for this next one for a very long time and am happy it is finally here but I don't want the cover to look like its a nine or ten year old's book.
xtastethesky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So. As a college student I don't have a ton of time to read what I want to. I generally spend my time writing essays, reading textbooks, or (for my sanity) hanging out with my friends. But because my professor let us out of class an hour early I decided to spend that time reading a book that I didn't need for class *gasp*My choice in books was not necessarily the best one. I've been a fan of the candles series by Laurie Faria Stolarz for a very long time. I read them when they first came out, or at least around that time, so needless to say I was surprised when I found out there was going to be a 5th in the series - Black is for Beginnings And needless to say it's probably one of the worst books I've read. I was disapointed.First of all, the book is a graphic novel. I'm not knocking the graphic novel, graphic novels can be great. I've read plenty of them. The problem with this being a graphic novel is the fact that all I really wanted was another book with a great plot, and once there is a series, and then suddenly one of the books is a graphic novel, chances are the great plot won't be there. And surprise, surprise... it wasn't.The book starts off reintroducing the readers to everything that has taken place in the past four books, so basically if you've read the books recently you can skip the first section of the book, and skip to where Jacob's journal starts, because that's where the real interesting stuff is. It's where the reader gets to see what's happening with him, which is completely new information. Which let me tell you, that's probably the best part of the book. Everything else is just completely flat.After you find out everything that's been going on, you're taken back to see Stacy, and her conviction to fix things with Jacob (their spring break wasn't that great -rollseyes-) so she hops a plane to see him in Colorado. And basically they fix everything there, and the book ends with them together for real on the ski lift, rather than just in one of her premonitions.Basically, unless you just want to have the complete collection, don't bother buying this book. It's not necessary... the series could have easily just ended with Red is for Remembrance. And honestly it did. This book did nothing but extend the previous book, but look you have fun pictures of the characters with goofy faces to entertain you along the way.Now, I do love Laurie faria Stolarz. The previous four books were fantastic, I'm just extremely disappointed with how this one turned out.
simply00complex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was definitely my least favorite of the series. The back cover says, "It's happening again... 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." So naturally, I thought that this book would be like the others, but it wasn't. There was no murder mystery or anything like that. It was just a little epilogue showing Stacey and Jacob's lives. Stacey is back at college while Jacob is at home with his parents, trying to restore his memory. Meanwhile, Stacey feels threatened when she finds out that Jacob's ex-girlfriend is spending so much time with him, so she decides to go visit him. It was a very short read. I finished reading it the day I bought it. I'm sorry to say it was actually a little disappointing. I just expected so much more out of it. I think this book was rather unnecessary and that Red was a better conclusion to the series. Series order: Blue, White, Silver, Red, Black
ctmsnocr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book "Black is for Beginnings" by Laurie Faria Stolarz is about a high school girl named Stacy and her boyfriend Jacob. Jacob has lost some of his memory from an injury in the last book. Stacy really loves him and she moves to Colorado to be with him.The problem with that is now Stacy has to explain everything that's happened in his whole life because he doesn't remember much. While doing this Stacy herself relives her own past and sees how much she's accomplished in life and how much she'd helped people.I thought this book was a little repetitive of the last four and was more of a summary of her life than and adventure Stacy goes through.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Cybils nominee.Summary: This is actually the fifth book in a series. The previous four books were regular novels; this fifth graphic novel can also be considered a prequel as it tells the story of how the two main characters, Stacey and Jacob, met through the prophetic dreams they both share.Comments: I enjoyed this book. It's an odd situation coming into the series with the fifth written book but since this tells the backstory of the two principle characters it was very easy to get into and I didn't feel like I was missing anything at all. Though there were times when I was certain that some scenes and events were already known to readers of the series and I'm sure fans will take a lot more away from this graphic novel than a first-timer like I did. But that said, I thought this was a great paranormal story, involving a mixture of prophetic dreams and witchcraft. I'll admit the realistic portrayal of pagan witchcraft did unnerve me a bit, due to my own beliefs, and I could have done with less of that, but the plot was much more about the dreams than the spells. Plus it is fiction, after all, that I couldn't help but be carried away with the story and found it very intriguing. However, plotwise there really wasn't much excitement, there is a thin story line with Stacey's dreams but mostly it all boils down to the relationship between Stacey and Jacob. A romance without any of the typical teen yearning, whining and moaning, thankfully, but instead a more mature one that happens to be connected through prophetic dreams. The black and white artwork, while nothing outstanding, is nicely done with realistic people and facial expressions. I certainly wouldn't mind reading the first book in this series if it should ever find its way into my hands.
Aleina17 More than 1 year ago
At first I was disappointed that is was pictures because I thought it would be another booked telling her ending of what happened but then I kinda did get into it because it was good to see how the characters actually look like and it was a good book I reread it agin like twice so I totally recommend to read the book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved her first four books. She messed up by turning this into a graphic novel. Hate this!!!