My Rating: 5++ of 5 stars
*A story to savor!*
Some stories have the power to change us. Whether it’s for a lifetime, or just a moment—its effects are undeniable. The moment a book becomes a channel that reaches into the soul of its reader is one of life’s sweetest gifts. For me, A Different Blue is one of those gifts.
“I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too?”
– Emily Dickinson
Blue Echohawk lives in a lonely world that has beaten down and abandoned her. Wearing an armor of attitude and a mask of makeup, she faces the world with an intimidating strength which runs only skin deep. Her actions are cold and her words, offensive–but her insides are as weak and fragile as a lost little bird…
“Once upon a time there was a little blackbird who was pushed out of the nest, unwanted. Discarded…”
Darcy Wilson appears to be everything Blue believes she’s not; he’s confident, educated, and comes from a loving, happy family. Her mind tells her she’d never be good enough for him, but her heart disagrees.
“I wanted to hate him because he was beautiful in a way I would never be.”
Wilson’s patient and honorable character moved me, but ultimately, it was Blue’s redeeming qualities and quiet strength that stole my heart.
“God? I’m ugly inside. And it’s not my fault. You know it’s not.”
The engaging writing and realistic dialogue captured me instantly. This story moves at a slow and steady pace, but I felt it was a driving force in getting the messages received. The slow building relationship between Blue and Wilson allows us to focus on the important elements of the plot and I appreciated the healing friendship that evolved beforehand. The gorgeous symbolism is offered delicately, yet made apparent in various ways as long as your mind is left open enough to accept it.
This unique story is beautiful on a so many levels. The power of literature, music, historical myths and legends forcefully grace these pages and I found so much insight and depth in its wake. There were pivotal moments that inspired chills and brought me to tears by its beauty alone.
Although this book often displayed a melancholy tone, its messages are uplifting and entirely positive. But even more than that, this story ultimately inspires. It challenges us to not let our pasts dictate our future. To look ‘beyond what is obvious’ and see ‘what is possible’. To take control over our lives and learn from the pain instead of wallowing in the why’s…Because, when it comes to pain and heartache, the reasons are never enough to remain forever broken.
“There’s no sense in running from the past. We can’t throw it away or pretend it didn’t happen, Miss Echohawk. But maybe we can learn something from it. You have an interesting story, and I’d like you to tell me more…”
▪ Genre/Category: Romance/New Adult
▪ Steam Caliber: Mild/Sexy
▪ Romance: Very slow build-up. Beautiful connection.
▪ Characters: Admirable and sexy hero. Damaged, intriguing, enigmatic heroine.
▪ Plot: Slow and steady narrative, with an intense and inspiring tone.
▪ Writing: Gorgeous! Uplifting and alluring. Captivating execution.
▪ POV: First person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None/Standalone