Tuesday 21 September 2010

Small Blue Thing by SC Ransom

A New Paranormal Romance
review by Maryom

Alex finds a bracelet half buried in Thames mud with a small opal like stone- the small blue thing. She soon discovers that this is no ordinary bracelet - when wearing it she can communicate with Callum, a teenager locked between life and death, whom only she can see. But as Alex finds herself falling in love with him, she begins to doubt if he is telling her the truth about his situation. Callum's sister Catherine tells a different story to explain his actions and Alex finds herself not knowing who to trust.
The book starts slowly, firmly fixed in the everyday world of school, exams and teenage life, but as the relationship between Alex and Callum grows, the emphasis shifts to his shadowy underworld of the Dirges and the pace picks up as Alex is forced into making life or death decisions.
Something I loved was that for once here's a book with a British setting - admittedly London and Richmond are almost as foreign to a northerner as America but it was still nice to see supernatural happenings not restricted to across the pond but here on home soil.
Small Blue Thing is a great new read for teenage lovers of supernatural romance. It's the first in a planned trilogy - to be published January next year with book 2, Perfectly Reflected, following in June - and although the story rounds off nicely the reader is left with a chilling taster of what is to follow in book 2.

Maryom's review - 4 stars
Publisher - Nosy Crow
Genre - Teenage (14+), Fantasy, Romance

Perfectly Reflected is now out and about. Check out Maryom's review here Paranormal Thriller

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The comments below contain spoilers so please don't read if you haven't read and don't want to know!!

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  1. Before we go any further, I have to admit it: I am the publisher of this book. It's so great to see it reviewed, not least because it will be Nosy Crow's first book ever (publishing in January). And to see it reviewed positively is a great boost for us as an independent publisher and for Sue Ransom as a debut author. I was really pleased to see that the UK setting was an attraction for Maryom. The setting - iconic London's almost like a third major character in the book - certainly was inmportant for me. It was also, I know, a big impetus to Sue Ransom to write the book, which she did as a present for her daughter's 12th birthday: she wanted the to write something that reflected a little of her daughter's world, as this clip from the Nosy Crow website suggests:

  2. I love Small blue thing it's my favorite now!!! I found the book in my school library and looked at the cover thought it my be fun to read it and then i read the blurb and found out the book might be quite interesting.When i read it i had kind of imagined it as if i was in Alex's place but at the end i don't know how Catherine ended up as a real life person.Though it is a fantastic book and i can't wait to read the 2nd book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I'm hoping everything about Catherine is going to be explained in the second book! I'm looking forward to it too.

  4. You guy have got to read this book it absolutely fabtastical. It givs a real sence that DIRGS are watching your every move. Cant waaaiiittt till perfectly reflect but why wait so long???
    Peace out yall

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