The Taste of Blue Light Review

Title: The Taste of Blue Light
Author: Lydia Ruffles
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 07 September 2017
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 27 August 2017 - 29 August 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

"Since I blacked out, the slightest thing seems to aggravate my brain and fill it with fire"

These are the things Lux knows:

She is an Artist.

She is lucky.

She is Broken.

These are the things she doesn't know:

What happened over the summer.

Why she ended up in hospital.

Why her memories are etched in red.

"The nightmare tend to linger long after your screams have woken you up..."

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux's time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of the summer and regain control of her fractured mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear.

If her dreams don't swallow her first. 

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I got this book whilst I was visiting the Pan Macmillan offices in Johannesburg. I picked it up from the shelf that was sitting there and read a sentence, before someone told me it was a book that I just had to read. I guess that it is high time to read it. This book sounds spectacular and I cannot wait to read. It seems like this book has a very specific story to tell and it is something that I have to read. 

Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book. I cannot wait for the journey that I will have with it! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book is absolutely gorgeous. The imagery of art is constant throughout and the author just knows how to draw us in. The writing was perfect for me. It was smooth and faced paced but slow paced when it needed to be. It was amazing, especially for a debut author. You would think that this author has written a million books. Her writing is what I crave when I read books. It was an absolute wonder to read this book.
Plot Thoughts:

The plot was kind of a let down for me. Whilst the representation of people who suffer from trauma is fantastic, in my opinion, the actual plot of the story was super slow. Nothing really happened in the beginning. It just felt like we kept going around and around in the same circle. I don't know if it was intended to be that way but I didn't enjoy that. However, the last hundred or so pages were amazing. The tension really escalated from there and just drew you further into the pages of this book.

Character Thoughts:

The characters in this book felt very real. It was kind of scary how tangible they were. Their fears, their thoughts and their actions felt as though they were my own. I found every character accessible. 

Lux was a complicated and slightly confused character who had to find out who she was. She had her ups and she had her downs. She had her moments where she was unhealthily obsessed with a person and moments where she handled a situation quite well. Lux struck a cord with me and seemed to refuse to let go of me.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this book was pretty spectacular. The writing was everything I ever wanted from an author, the plot although slow in the beginning was brilliant at the end and the characters felt as though they were written for me. They all had a little message tucked into them that I was able to access.

Yours in Reading,



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