Sapphire Blue Paperback – December 5, 2014
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- Publisher : Solstice Publishing (December 5, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1625261667
- ISBN-13 : 978-1625261663
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,234,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Top reviews from the United States
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Karen has published over a hundred books for children - picture books, stories and all very sweet. In my opinion, authors who write for the very young, among others, are perhaps the most responsible lot. For, they understand the sensitivities of human emotion and tread about their target readers without playing with them. That requires control, and often gifts these writers with a balance of thought better than any other. Karen’s skill is evident in how smoothly she takes us through her characters’ sense of loss and confusion. She uses colours when she could use complex terms, she plays with Catchers where she could say demons, she uses names like Sapphire & Will where she could choose ones more banal. And yet, the longing, the guilt and the lessons are all very real. It serves well to remind us all that not every tragic narration needs to be gory.
After-death is a wonderful place to execute a story of love and war. After all, here you have the license to use telepathy, teleportation and a host of other mind games, to be in control of your own destiny, and to get a shot at second chances. That is exactly what the author makes use of. Yet, the place she has taken us to is not heaven. Nor is it Earth. It’s somewhere in between. This is where a spider you stamped in the bathroom comes back to seek revenge as a giant. This is where your long deceased relative comes back to shake hands. So what’s the difference?
As one of the characters points out, “angels never interfere here. It’s up to people to use their minds and get themselves out of situations.” That, in a nutshell, is Karen’s objective - to press home lessons in life through the achievements of those who did it after death, just because they began to believe they could. That is what Karen’s world is all about. Belief. Hope. And strength to rid ourselves of doubts and fixations that inhibit us. After all, it’s telling that the shade she chooses to name the zone of love is the one we use for sorrow - Blue. It’s telling that the shade she chooses to name the zone of sorrow is the one we use for love - Red.
So read this book for a bittersweet journey that never burdens you with undue weight despite sharing every bit of those emotions we crave for in a book. As she notes about what really matters, “Everyone makes mistakes—but what was in your heart when you did it?”
Note: I received a free review copy for a fair and honest assessment.
Blue caught me by surprise. There are sky buses, rainbow bridges, and colored zones where souls are assigned for eternity. Soul Catchers and Angels battle for the freedom of lost souls, and families fight to be reunited. The author takes a long look at what that afterlife could be, where eternity still feels like the physical world, but that's only a challenge of the mind. Good or bad, needed or not, the mind controls the after world. It's a wild ride with heart, and it definitely had me thinking of how I picture eternity.
Sapphire Blue is Karen King's second YA novel and she's quickly making a mark with her unique voice and storytelling. Blue reads like a modern teen romance crafted with a touch of suspense, a twist of paranormal, then infused with a hint of Greek myth and tragedy. An unusual combination that works for King.
Perhaps another writer would have taken a more depressive take with this story (as the subject matter is quite sad), but Karen King focuses not on the sadness of death, but of the joys of life and the beauty of a deep, undying love. Will and Sapphire are soulmates, willing to face an unknown future for the off chance of even seeing each other again. It's something romance lovers will adore.
The Soul Catchers were a clever addition to the story, and the scenes involving them were quite horrifying. Without spoiling anything, I will say the ending had some twists that I absolutely did not see coming and at one point became quite giddy over.
The best part of the story was the overwhelming sense of hope. That when it was all said and done, everything would be okay.
Sapphie Blue was creative, imaginative, and a very easy read.
Top reviews from other countries
Without giving the story away, tragedy strikes and both Sapphire and Will find themselves in a terrifying place – alone, neither of them knowing where the other one is. Not even knowing if the other is alive or dead. They each set out to try and find the other. But they are in a frightening place, there are soul-catchers here and terror is only a thought away.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's imaginative and well constructed. A love story with adventure and great imagery throughout.
Young adults will like it much more though as I'm too old to be a YA, lol.
It's ideal if you like fantasy stories and you want to get away from the 'real world,' for a while.
A real page turner and I love the way good wins over evil and love conquers all.
Fabulous book for all ages, superbly written and a wonderful storyline.