Friday, 6 September 2013

GODDESS FISH **REVIEW**: "Shades of Red and Blue" by Nicholas Lloyd **REVIEW ADDED**


Amaya is a deeply introverted girl who just can’t manage to interact with people well. Life is hard enough moving to a new school during her last year of high school, but things get even worse when the dark and mysterious Tobias takes an interest in her. There’s a rumor that Tobias was the culprit behind a string of disappearances the year before, which brands him as a dangerous outcast in the town. Almost everyone is afraid to go near him, but Amaya is strangely drawn to him.

As dangerous events unfold, Amaya learns that Tobias is a creature called a Voravi: a powerful being that feeds on human flesh to survive. Amaya quickly gets sucked into a dark, new world. Tobias separates Amaya from her family and friends, claiming that it’s the only way to keep her safe. Is Tobias truly trying to protect her, or does he have more malicious intentions?

The whole thing happened so fast I didn’t know how to react.

Tobias pinned me against the cold brick, grabbing my wrists painfully tight. He pulled my arms apart, holding them out on either side of me.

“Did you think I was going to be your savior?” he asked menacingly. “Am I supposed to be your prince charming? A knight in shining armor?”

“I…” The words got caught in my throat. “Why…”

“Why am I doing this?” He leaned closer until our faces were only a few inches apart. “Because I’m not a good person, Amaya.”

Shivers shot down my spine when he uttered my name.

“I’ve never been a good person,” he said venomously. “I warned you to stay away from me.”

Those eyes… How could his eyes be filled with such rage? Was this the real Tobias? Did he truly cause all those disappearances last year? Was I going to become the next victim?

Hello, my name is Nicholas Lloyd. I was born and raised in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. Throughout my childhood, stories captivating me in books, history, movies, and amusing anecdotes. When I was twelve, I discovered a passion for creating stories. My first story centered around the silly adventures of a young boy named Billy. He ran a detective agency, but rarely closed a case due to his short attention span.
I did well in school, particularly in math and science, but that wasn’t the path I wanted to go. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wanted to become a writer when I grew up. Everyone has a story or series that takes them to an exciting new world and changes their life, like Harry Potter or Animorphs. My dream is to write a book or series that will influence people’s daily lives. Whether we read to escape reality or seek to understand it, people will turn to stories. As a writer and an artist, I want to be the one that people trust to accomplish this task.
So far, I’ve written in the genres of fiction, romance, young adult, horror, comedy, fantasy, and paranormal. I prefer to stay within the fictional realm, but I don’t have a specific genre that I’m dedicated to as of right now. The fictional world has been my passion, since I can explore the “what if” questions that wander through my mind.
Currently, I’m attending Minnesota State University in Mankato, working on a degree in creative writing. From there, I’m hoping to attend graduate school and write some truly inspiring stories.


I have to say what a roller coaster ride this book is!
Is it bad? Is it Good? Is what happens morally right? Is it wrong? Should he be trusted or not?

I didn't read the blurb to this, so didn't know what i was expecting, and i have to say i spent most of the book not knowing what to expect.

Amaya is our main character who has just moved to a new town and getting to know some of the girls and be aware of a strange boy called Tobias, but is strangely drawn to him...

Ensue a weird turn of unexpected events that rushes you through the book.

I did like it.  I liked the not knowing, but i wasn't sure if i was supposed to feel like they were the good guys or the bad guys?
I didn't get as much of a feel for the characters as i have done in some books, but perhaps as the series (which i have no doubt there will be at least a sequel to this) we can get to know the characters a bit better, to help identify them.

Not for the complete faint of heart, although no serious violence is described but its certainly insinuated and also strong language, so late teens i think and above.

Its certainly and easy book to read, i read it in 2 sittings as i wanted to know what was going to happen, which is always a good thing with a book...

....interested to know how the next one turns out!


  1. From the excerpt, it sounds like it's written in the 1st person POV from Amaya's POV. What made you choose to use 1st person?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks for the question, Catherine,

      A lot of Amaya's character comes from my own personal experiences, so I felt more comfortable writing about her in the 1st person. It made her character feel more real to me, which is one of my favorite things about writing. I love trying to make characters come to life.

    2. But a male writing in a female POV can be a challenge!

    3. It was (and still is) a challenge. I suppose I "cheated" a little because the main character, Amaya, is somewhat of a tomboy. She doesn't act like a girly girl, so it helps me get away with the whole thing.

  2. I'm in he middle of reading this and I didn't read the blurb I put up - only the excerpt, which I'm pleased about as it would have given alot of the story away!
    I'm in 2 minds ATM as to whether what has happened to Amaya is a good thing or not- your writing makes my choices bounce back and fourth and I'm really enjoying the fact I have no idea where it's going to end up!!
    Thank you for letting me host and for reviewing it, I've certainly not read anything like this before!!!
    Claire :)

    1. I'm glad you're enjoying it, Claire :)

      Thank you again for hosting my book! I hope you enjoy the rest of my book.


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