[REVIEW] Blue Is for Nightmares – Laurie Faria Stolarz

Laurie Faria Stolarz
Blue Is for Nightmares (Stacey Brown, Book 1)
Llewellyn Publications (1st November 2003)

Magic is not a favourite of mine in urban fantasy, and by ‘magic’ I mean those who wiggle their fingers, incant something, and…well, ‘magic happens’. Because that seems too unrealistic for me.

Laurie Faria Stolarz, however, has taken a much more believable approach. Her character is Stacey Brown, circa 16 years old, living at a co-ed boarding school. A hereditary witch, she uses oils, herbs, candles and such – not only to help her with her spells, but also to cover up her most secret-secret.

In her dreams, Stacey has premonitions of her best friend’s death, and so launches a race to protect roommate Drea, whilst also investigating Drea’s stalker.

Often young adult novels bring back memories of my own sucky education, so I have trouble relating to the characters. But that wasn’t a problem with this novel.

B+ I would’ve liked to see further exploration of the relationship between Stacey and her police associate. Naturally, at first the police doesn’t believe Stacey when she approaches them, but when Stacey’s dreams prove real, the officer says she’ll believe her from now on. Only this was mentioned in a teeny paragraph, and it didn’t quite come across as believable. Also, the stalker’s motive was lame. Yes, I know that motive is unfortunately real in today’s twisted age, but it still seems lame to me. Other than those two issues, I really enjoyed this novel, and hope I can get the next installments of the series.

Have a lovely day! 🙂

Tez Miller

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2 comments on “[REVIEW] Blue Is for Nightmares – Laurie Faria Stolarz

  1. Nice review, but I have to admit, I’m becoming increasingly confused by your frequent references to aspects of books being believable. The use of this term without futher explaination feels odd when applied to the fantasy genre. Personally, the only things I look to be beliveable in an urban fiction book is the interaction between characters, dialog, and characterizations. As for the rest, perhaps its not a question of realism, but creating a mythology and fantasy rules that make sense within the confines of the story. Each writer gets to decide what is and isn’t “real” in their books. If the writer decides that vampires can go out in sunlight, then they can. It’s up to us to decide if the plot and characters adequately reflect the parameters set up by the writer, and if those parameters aid or hinder the story as a whole.

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