TITLE: Indigo Blue
AUTHOR: Jessica Watson
TRIGGER WARNING: None that I know of
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HachetteNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
Alex feels like a fish out of water in her new hometown – the sleepy little lakeside village of Boreen Point where she is reluctantly sent to live with her slightly eccentric aunt for her final year of high school. None of Alex’s classmates could care less about the new girl, so Alex couldn’t care less about them . . . or so she tries to tell herself.
As a distraction from what is quickly shaping up to be a very lonely year, Alex spends her savings on a rundown little yacht and throws herself into restoring it. An offer to help a shy classmate with a history assignment leads to a curious discovery and the beginnings of a friendship, but it’s Sam – the sailmaker’s apprentice – and his mysterious ways that really capture Alex’s attention . . .
I genuinely have no words to explain the love I now feel for this novel. It manages to pack so much into a tiny frame and I enjoyed every moment with it. Indigo Blue follows a young girl, Alex, as she is relocated to a small town due to her father moving away. She moves in with her Aunt and begins the normal life of going to school and trying to make friends. But one day, she gives up pretending and searches out her one love, sailing. She buys an old boat & begins repairs on it, meeting the mysterious Sam with his slanted eyes & pointed ears.
For me, I’d call this a contemporary as it focuses mostly on the relationship that grows between Alex & Sam, but it also focuses on what Sam is, and has some fantasy elements to it that would almost make me call this some kind of urban fantasy for the way the fantasy of it feels so realistic.
Personally, my favorite part of this book was how well woven things were, there was nothing unrealistic about the setting, the history, the characters, honestly? it felt like a small town you might run across on a long drive and fall in love with. I know the atmosphere that Jessica portrayed for this town made me fall in love and I’m sure others will come to love it as much as I did.
I think if you want something cute, lighthearted with a happy ending and a touch of something not real ( though we could argue on that front ) then this book is the one for you.
until next time,