TITLE: Taste of Blue Light
AUTHOR: Lydia Ruffles
TRIGGER WARNING: Self mutilation, PTSD, Mental disorders, ***SPOLIERISH: terrorisim.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HachetteNZ sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review!
GENRE: YA contemporary/coming of age
An incandescent, soul-searching story about a broken young woman’s search for a truth buried so deep it threatens to consume her, body and mind.
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 nightmares 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.
Taste of blue light is a coming of age novel that follows our main character Lux, went to a party one night, then wakes up days later with no recollection of what made her pass out.
I personally really enjoyed taste of blue light for it’s simplistic writing but realistic characters. No one character was perfect, and they all had their little issues, much like we do in real life and I found myself relating to them in different aspects because they felt so human. My favourite characters had to be Cal and Mei as they both felt like the kind of people who would make amazing friends and be there for you no matter what.
My favourite part of this novel, was the positive representation of counselling, mental disorders, and recovery. All were painted well, the main character coming to see how far she has come because of her counselling, her friends and school mates understanding that she wasn’t okay, and that’s okay. and finally, the full circle that we feel we come to when we finish this book.
Alot of the time, I have the issue where a book will end and I’ll be sitting there like ‘well what happened to then in a few years?’ but this book leaves you with no questions like that as it actually has a piece that is set later in time and shows the immense recovery the main character has made from her traumas.
Overall I’m giving this 3.75, most of this is for the plot, characters and the positive light on counselling (we really can never get enough of this) I believe someone dealing with PTSD or different mental issues than me, might connect to this book alot more but for me since I didn’t connect with it, I feel like it’s a little forgettable.
Until next time,