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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Blog Tour Review of, Blue, a novel by Lou Aronica

Product Details:

  •  Title: Blue
  •  Author: Lou Aronica
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (January 16, 2011)
  • Genre: A Realistic Story with Fantasy intertwined
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936558009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558001

Book Description:

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.
  My Review:
 Once I heard about Blue, I knew that I needed to read it. Little did I realize what a well-rounded and emotional journey I would be going on. I thought I would be reading a fantasy novel, but soon found this book was more than that. Blue is a story of love, courage, relationships, faith, imagination and hope. 

This novel centers on Becky, and her divorced parents, Chris and Polly. Being divorced myself, I know how hard it is on the children. Becky feels torn between her parents. I could relate to the feelings of the parents also. Becky has good relationships with both her parents, but an especially special one with her father. Becky had childhood cancer, and her father helped her through this trial by making up a story about a fantasy kingdom, Tamarisk. Becky and Chris for many years made up stories about all of the details of this kingdom. Years later, now a teen, Becky starts having symptoms that could be her cancer coming back. She soon finds herself able to visit this fantasy kingdom, that once was only a made-up story.

What soon becomes evident is how Becky's life and Tamarisk fates are entwined. When good things happen to Becky, good things happen in Tamarisk, When bad things happen, like Becky's cancer, and her parent's divorce, bad things start happening in the fantasy land. My favorite parts of the book centered around when Becky travels to Tamarisk. It is described in such a beautiful way. I enjoyed the relationship between Becky and Miea. Even though there is some sadness to the ending, there is also a sense of joy and peace. I know that it is a contradiction, but I am not one to give the ending away. You need to read this yourself to understand about the contradiction mentioned. Give this book a try and you will be in for a big treat, and a darn good read.
 This book is a good for adults and older teens. Some of the subject matter may be too heavy for tweens, (Talk about the cancer etc.) but some may be able to handle it. I can assure you that there will be some tears at the end of the book, that is if you have a heart. You can't help yourself. I enjoyed reading Lou's writing and hope to read more in the future from this New York Times bestseller.
Lou Aronica is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, including the New York Times bestseller, The Element (written with Ken Robinson) and the national bestseller, The Culture Code (written with Clotaire Rapaille). He lives in Southern Connecticut with his wife and four children.

To find out more about Lou or to learn more about Blue visit The Fiction Studio

Read an excerpt of Blue here!

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**I was given a review copy of Blue. In no way did this influence the honest review that was given.**

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