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Friday, 27 January 2012

Review: Scattering Like Light by SC Ransom

Series: Small Blue Thing
Author: SC Ransom
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Challenge: BBC

Synopsis from Goodreads

Alex knows there's a way that she and Callum can be together. Catherine holds the key to unlocking the secret but she's disappeared. Olivia has answers, too, but they're hidden deep inside her troubled mind and won't be found. It seems impossible but Alex can't give up. The question is, how much will she risk to be with the one she loves? Could it be everything?


Please bear in mind that this is the third and final book in the trilogy and therefore the review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

Scattering Like Light picks straight up where Perfectly Reflected leaves the story. The main focus being the power the amulet wields and how Alex is able to use it. Nice recaps are placed throughout the narrative to reinforce key elements of the plot. Although I would recommend that you read the entire series it isn't absolutely necessary in order to be able to follow the story-line

The change of location rejuvenated the imagery, providing a pleasant interlude for both reader and Alex. The introduction of an alternative love interest for Alex in the form of Max gave the story an added realistic element. Alex's best friend, Grace, embodies the voice of reason and logic, stating precisely the benefits of a 'real' relationship, 'healthier' in many respects. Re-enforced later in the plot by Catherine's twisted argument.

I actually really adored Max, fully empathizing with Alex's guilt at being drawn to him.  Not only hot but deep down a total geek *swoon* plus he was so nice.I really could see Max and Alex together. Poor Callum.

The plight of the dirges is poignantly portrayed. The full extent of their misery revealed causing conflicting emotions as to whether people should live in suffering or helped to attain peace. A powerful concept compassionately explored within the plot.

There are a number of unexpected twists to the action that took the story to a completely unexpected direction, the threads of the plot coming together beautifully. The ending was simply that beautiful. The additional information regarding the history of the amulet in the prologue provided great insight and rounded of the end of the trilogy perfectly.

I am looking forward to see what Sue has in store for us next.


  1. I actually didn't make it all the way through the first book so I'm glad you enjoyed the series.

  2. Thank you so much for the review Emma, I'm so pleased you liked the ending!
    I'll keep you posted on what's coming next....


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