I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
In the city of Monopolis where happily ever after is just a scientific formula away, Valentine Morland has been waiting nine years for her day to come. Now it’s here, and she will marry the man of her dreams, a stranger to her, before being swept off to life of carefree luxury and bliss, courtesy of the Jigsaw Project. However, all is not as Valentine imagined as her new husband is quickly discovered as not the man of her dreams, but one who claims he isn’t capable of love at all. Harbouring an intense paranoia for the system, which upholds the very idealist fantasy that Valentine holds so dear, Clark threatens to throw her into a world, not of bliss, but of scary consequence where her every emotion is under scrutiny. Can it be that the scientific formula with a 99% success rate got it all wrong, or is everything in the world of Bliss Inc. more sinister than it seems?
I award Something Blue 5 stars
Something Blue has been written in Kristy Nicolle’s unique voice which strengthens with each novel. The story unfolds with an introduction to the jigsaw scheme. It cleverly immerses the reader into the dystopian setting. Valentine drew me in with her realistic expectations, hopes and fears for her future under the Bliss Inc. umbrella.
The separated districts brought to mind some of my favourite dystopian novels and movies. The technological elements of the story were well formatted. They were described so precisely that I had no question of how the science worked. I know… I’m not a scientist. But I am an author, plot holes are my speciality. There were none. The concept of the story was intriguing and if I’m honest a scary possibility for the survival of our race. Creepy!
What I loved: The novel came alive the moment Valentine sets her eyes upon Clark. It was pure emotional dynamite from there on in. Clark is a mysterious, bad boy with an alluring edge that pushes and pulls the reader in. The reality of Clark’s paranoia was unexpected and brilliantly designed. I learnt about the characters nuances as they did each other’s. Valentine is desperate for the sweet forever love story she’s been promised. Though she’s down to earth, her out spoken nature provoked some tantalising responses from Clark. The rise and fall of Valentines emotions prove that there is no such thing as a true love match. Love is far more complex than that.
I loved the different interpretations of the word Bliss throughout the novel. I fell in love with this story, with Clark and Valentine, with Author Kristy Nicolle. You little gem!
What I disliked: That the book neatly tied up all the plots meaning Something Blue is a standalone novel with no sequel. 😦
I recommend this book to lovers of dystopian romance who adore complex and gripping relationships. Smouldering cold shoulder guys who draw you in. And a brave female lead who takes on the challenges presented to her in an unforgettable way.
You can find out more about todays Author by reading her interview and my review of The The Kiss that Saved me from the Tidal kiss trilogy.
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