Blog Tour: Monochrome – H. M. Jones

18757452Release Date: August 1st 2015
Publisher: Booktrope
Pages: 289
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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How far would you go to fight for your life and all of your most precious memories?

Synopsis:

The cries of her new baby throw Abigail into rage and desperation. Frightened by foreign anger and overwhelming depression, the first-time mother decides to end her life to spare the life of her only child. But before she acts on her dark intuition, she is overcome by a panic attack and blacks out.

When she awakes, everything is blue: the trees, the grass, the rocks and still, scentless sky above her. Everything except the face of the man who stands over her. He is Ishmael Dubois and claims to be her Guide through the dangerous world of Monochrome, a physical manifestation of the depressed mind. But in a place where good memories are currency, nightmares walk, and hopeless people are hired to bring down those who still have the will to live, Abigail starts to wonder if she’ll ever make it back to her family. Despite her growing feelings for her handsome, mysterious Guide, Abigail must fight for the life she once wished to take or fade into the blue.

Review:

Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Monochrome, run by the lovely Sage’s Blog Tours. Monochrome struck me straight away as something a bit different and original, and it turned into a really intense and gripping read. The story deals a lot with the idea of identity, and explores Abagail’s identity as a wife and a mother. I really enjoyed the exploration into what makes a person who they are. The idea of a world between life and death that desperate people slip into – and must pay with their memories – is something I found extremely fascinating, it’s also not something I’ve come across before, so I enjoyed reading such a unique twist.

The idea of memories is explored in detail in the novel – the different kind of memories we have, the kind of memories we hold onto, and how precious these can actually be. There were several times when Monochrome really made me stop and think about my own memories, and how important they really are. It certainly makes for a fascinating, and slightly chilling story.

There isn’t a whole lot of action in the book, it mainly focuses on conversations between the two main characters – Ishmael and Abigail, but that doesn’t mean the story is boring. Monochrome is a very dark and haunting read. The world building is just fantastic, and it is easy to slip into the Monochrome world.

Both Abigail and Ishmael are both really likeable characters, and easily relatable – particularly that of the struggling young mother. Ishmael was probably my favourite – a young man who couldn’t escape Monochrome and so took a job attempting to help others free themselves. A dark and haunting story, Monochrome is definitely one that will stay with you long after you’re finished reading.

As a special treat during this blog tour, Monochrome is on sale for $2.99, so grab it now! The author is also hosting a giveaway, which you can enter here!

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