Saturday, 11 July 2015
Your Blood Is A Lovely Colour - Hannah Lily Arbuthnott
Your Blood Is A Lovely Colour is a step in a new direction for me as a reader as this isn't my usual type of read, but I was so intrigued by the blurb I just had to read it.
Sasha is a monster who is incarcerated in a secure unit after having murdered and partially eaten eleven people in broad daylight. But there's more to Sasha than meets the eye. When journalist Mr Smith visits the unit to interview her he gets more than he bargained for when she morphs from human to monster right in front of his eyes and he flees for his life.
Missy Chase was a witness to Sasha's heinous crime and has been made to sign a confidentially document agreeing not to speak to anyone about what she's witnessed, but when her eighteen year old brother Nate hears the news and sees Sasha's picture on the television he is instantly drawn to her vivid blue eyes and after to chatting to some friends about the incident on the bus to college he decides he's going to try to get to see her for himself.
Sasha just wants to be free to feed and live her life so after Nate's visit she manages to escape from the unit and heads to him for help. But will he be willing to come to her rescue?
The author has crafted a wonderful and unique novel that is rich in both description and narrative with a prodigious central character in Sasha and her alter-ego Asta, whose story is skilfully told in the form of flashbacks to Ancient Rome, woven throughout the book.
I've thought long and hard to try to decide which genre this beautifully written novel sits comfortably in but to no avail. It could fit in many including fantasy, paranormal, historical, horror and possibly even romance. If you're looking for something a little different with an intriguing story and a little escapism, then I recommend you get your hands on a copy of this book. I'm glad I did and I'm looking forward to reading more.
With kind thanks to author Hannah Lily Arbuthnott for the review copy.