Author: Lou Aronica
Obtained: finished copy from publisher
Publisher: The Fiction Studio
Blurb (from back of book)
Do not begin this novel unless you are prepared to be moved, willing to open your heart, and available to the possibility that life can bring you magic.
Chris Astor is a man in his early forties who is going through the toughest stretch of his life.
Becky is Chris’s fourteen-year-old daughter, a girl who overcame enormous challenges to become a vibrant, vital young woman–and now faces her greatest obstacle yet.
Miea is the young queen of a fantasy land that Becky and Chris created when Becky was little, a fantasy land that has developed a life of its own and now finds itself in terrible, maybe fatal trouble.
Together, Chris, Becky, and Miea need to uncover a secret. The secret to why their worlds have joined at this moment. The secret to their purpose. The secret to the future. It is a secret that, when discovered, will redefine imagination for all of them.
Blue is a novel of trial and hope, invention and rediscovery. It might very well take you someplace you never knew existed.
Once I got started with this book, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what would happen to Becky, and Tamarisk, and after a while I started really getting the gist of the outcome, but I still kept hoping for something else.
I found myself relating both to Becky, as a child of divorced parents who can’t get along all that well, and to Chris and Polly, as well. It’s really hard to lose someone you love, and it’s especially hard to watch someone die from cancer, because it can be a really slow process.
There were times when I really disliked Polly, mostly because of her poison towards Chris; she dislikes him so much she goes so far as to believe that Chris is trying to take Becky away from her when Becky decides she wants to spend more time at Chris’s. There were times that I disliked her so much that I found her to be unsympathetic. It was Chris’s sadness that tugged my heart strings more, partly because he had lost so much time with Becky, and partly because, just when he was starting to spend more time with her, he loses that time.
I kept hoping for a better ending for Miea, romantically at least. I really wanted her to get back with Dyson, but I know that lives change and Miea had a lot to do, but she at least became friends with Dyson again, and it was a start. But I was also glad they were able to find a cure for the blight.
Even if you don’t read fantasy, or general fiction, I’d recommend you pick this book up and read it. It’s a very touching story, and you won’t regret it.
This book was read and reviewed as part of a virtual tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book. For more information on Lou Aronica or his book, Blue, please visit The Fiction Studio.
Mr. Aronica is also hosting a contest, specifically related to Blue. If you’d like to enter, please read the details below:
How often do you hear about something that sounds too good to be true? Well, I am here to offer 10 lucky winners the opportunity of a lifetime.
New York Times bestselling co-author, novelist, and former Publisher of Avon Books and Berkley Books, Lou Aronica has created a unique and exciting offer to anyone that is going to follow his upcoming book tour with Pump Up Your Book. His extensive experience in the publishing and editing fields has given him insight into an industry that continues to grow and change daily. Once again, that insight has led him to offer a contest that is truly special in so many ways. Lou will be accepting story pitches from followers of his blog tour. These story pitches must be for short stories pertaining to the fantasy world of his novel, “Blue.” This contest will allow 10 lucky people the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to have their story published in an upcoming companion anthology to “Blue.” Lou will hand pick the winners, edit their stories, include them in the anthology and give them a pro-rated share of the royalties. How can you pass up an opportunity like this?
Now for the details:
The pitch should include a synopsis of the proposed story and a sample of the submitting author’s fiction writing. Specify the expected length of the story.
The pitch needs to be submitted by April 16, 2011
Please email your submission to Lou at firstname.lastname@example.org
All winners will be notified by email by May 27, 2011.
Good luck to anyone who might be entering!