January 20th, 2011 by Nancy
I often dream of falling in love with a handsome British man across the pond. But since I haven’t met any British men lately (handsome or not), I’ll have to settle for reading about them in novels.
Luckily, there’s Small Blue Thing, by author S.C. Ransom, a new “romantasy” (I swear, I didn’t make that term up). Currently only published in the United Kingdom, Small Blue Thing follows the story of Alex, a 17-year-old girl who finds a beautiful bracelet in the Thames river. When she puts on the bracelet, she discovers she can communicate with the Dirges — trapped souls who feed on the memories of the living — and the handsome Callum is one of them.
Check out the book trailer:
I got a chance to read an advance copy of Small Blue Thing a couple months ago, and I was hooked. The downside? I have to wait five months for the sequel, Perfectly Reflected, which will eventually be followed by the final book in the trilogy, Scattering Like Light.
What hooked me? It wasn’t just the undeniably romantic connection between Alex and Callum. It was also the wonderful descriptions of London and the mystery behind the Dirges — how they came to be, what they need to survive, and how they’re not mere ghosts. But I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it, especially for the Kidsmomo readers in England who are able to get a copy right away. Hopefully the publishers will release it in the United States eventually!
Nancy worked for the publisher of Small Blue Thing to create the official book website and was given an advance copy to read, but every word of this review is genuine! 🙂