Book Review: Something Blue, Kristy Nicolle

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By: Kristy Nicolle

Length: 473 pages

Published: April 1st 2017

Ratings: ☆☆☆

Summary:

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?

Cool Fact:

~This cover was done by the Author herself (I love the cover of Something Blue) , in fact she has done all of her cover herself

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~ She has a killer Author store, with lots of great products.

Review:

It’s written well, the story flows, the characters are easy to distinguish through the dialogue and the world build is phenomenal.  I enjoyed this read, it’s a realm that I’ve  seem to have distanced myself from, so it was nice to re-enter a dystopian romance.

We are introduced to a world where instead of depending your emotions to find the love of your life, you are selected to join the process of being matched by a perfect matchmaking service. If selected to be entered into the matchmaking service you are then moved to the singles community of you matching sex, where you being you readiness classes, but if you were not selected you became a laborer.

I found it interesting that how the community was broken. Singles, newlyweds, couples, families, and labours. I just wish there was more of a story of how it got to that point as there a reference to past history but not a real conclusion on how this world came to be. I also couldn’t grasp how one was selected, whether it was random or due to legacy status.

Throughout the book all, I keep finding myself thing was, I want more. While that sounds like a great statement, in this case, it wasn’t. It seemed that once something would start to explain it was stopped. I wanted to know more about the process, the readiness classes and more development overall. While parts did get explained it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted to be explained.  And a whopping 450+ pages I still was left slightly unsatisfied.  I think this has great bones to become a saga instead of a standalone.

It felt a bit rushed and never gave me time to fully understand the emotion going on behind the character actions. And with characters like Valentine and Clark, it really would have been great to have.

Despite the shortcoming that came with the book, I still found it to be a quick and enjoyable read. I liked the plot and the how the conclusion was drawn. I found the relationship given the circumstance to be believable and found myself easily rooting for the underdogs.

If you’re a fan of the trilogies Matched and Delirium, then this standalone is one you will enjoy.

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    1. This would make an excellent episode for the next season of Black Mirror. I binged watched it last week and loved every single one.

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    1. Yes most of the YA’s that I read just get to the courtship aspect, this one allowed us to view the actual marriage which was a nice contrast.

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  1. I am torn on reading this or not. I like dystopian, but do not want to feel frustrated if the world is not fully developed.

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  2. I love this cover! I think it’s a really cool picture but when I saw it I thought “Oh Great, another Cinderella book.” I think my mind is trained to see a shoe and think of cinderella. Anywho, the concept of this story sounds amazing but per your review I don’t know if I would read it. I despise books that are sooooooo long but don’t tell you everything. If a book is over 400 pages I should have no more questions when I am done because unless it’s a series, why would you do that to me?

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    1. Ha, I agree a single shoe always gives a Cinderella vibe to me also, glad I’m not the only one. And yes at 400 pages I would have expected to feel a complete story. while the book was still enjoyable, I felt it missed a few marks.

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  3. As I was reading your review I couldn’t help but wonder how the plot itself just low key reminds me of that tv series ” black mirror”! have you heard of it before?
    Since you still managed to enjoy the read despite the shortcomings of the book, I feel like the vibe of the reality portrayed here would make you enjoy some of the “black mirror” episodes!

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  4. Seems like an awesome read! Had me thinking if I would actually marry the perfect stranger, lol! It’s so cool that the author did her own cover!

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    1. Yes, it does make you think. Would you take the option to marry someone if they were deemed perfect for you but yet you never had the chance to meet them.

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  5. I have heard of Delirium but not of this book. It is really rare to find a book that is perfect from beginning to end. But it is good that it is still an enjoyable read.

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  6. I haven’t heard of this writer before but how creative to create the covers herself! I love the design of Waiting for Gideon! The concept of the story sounds intriguing but it’s so annoying when the details aren’t well-developped or properly explained.

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  7. Oh my the story sounded super interesting and I was about to get hooked until you said the story lacks of explanation and details! When I come accross a story that creates a new world, it’s usually chunky volumes, but for a good reason!

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