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Small Blue Thing (Small Blue Thing #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  632 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Celebrating the end of exams with best friend Grace, 17-year-old Alex rescues a swan caught on a wire in the Thames mud and finds an extraordinary bracelet. Through its disturbing and compelling powers, she finds Callum, a soul locked in a half-life of sadness and mystery following a terrible accident, and his persuasive and sinister sister, Catherine. As Alex and Callum g ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published January 13th 2011 by Noisy Crow
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Jun 24, 2012 Gervie rated it really liked it
I have recently just finished this book and I give this a 4 out of 5 stars.

Now before I go on and tell you where the rest of the 1 point went, I'm going to talk about why I like the book and why I gave it a 4.

First thing that I love about the book is its cover. I know, I know. We should not judge a book by its cover. And I don't but really, it caught my attention out of all the books in the shelves at the bookstore. The book, in my point of view, stands out very well. Also, I have a feeling that
Jun 15, 2011 Wildbriar rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like constant literary swooning without merit.
Recommended to Wildbriar by: The cover recommended it to me. Fool, but I am gullible.

Er. Well. I suppose what I liked about Small Blue Thing can be summed up in one sentence: it had a fascinating premise. It could have been intricate and curious, an interesting new mythology; I quite liked the idea of this particular species of supernatural being. I also loved the London setting.


From there it just fell apart. Two of the most irritating things that seem to crop up in YA paranormal these days obligingly put in an appearance here -- firstly, that frustrating unrealistic insta-l
Jan 29, 2011 daisychainbooks rated it liked it
Small Blue Thing is set in London, and follows the story of animal-lover Alex, who, while attempting to rescue a swan, discovers a mysterious bracelet, which leads her to Callum, a beautiful boy who she falls instantly in love with. The feeling is mutual, and so all should be perfect, save for the fact that Callum is a dirge - a ghost who is caught in a strange half-life of misery, suffering and sadness. Alex and Callum can never truly be together, and in addition to this the only way for Callum ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Nicki rated it it was amazing
This review is for a proof edition: A YA supernatural romance without vampires - what a refreshing change! (Although I do love vampires, it does get a bit much.) This is a debut novel from S.C. Ransom and deserves to do well. After a slightly slow start it really is unputdownable - I read it in an afternoon. The suspense builds beautifully, leaving you trying to figure out who is good and who is bad while desperately wanting everything to work out well. A nice cliffhanger ending too - be warned, ...more
Ashani Waidyatillake
Jan 31, 2016 Ashani Waidyatillake rated it it was amazing
This book called Small Blue Thing, is a very deeply afflicted book. The main character, Alex has finished her school exams and she finds a swan in the river Thames, hooked onto a strange, projected piece of wire. Alex appears very curious and sees that the wire is actually a blue bracelet, hooked onto a piece of rock, very precisely. She finds the bracelet very beautiful but when her best friend goes to her house for a sleepover and Alex goes to get a drink of water in the night, she sees a dazz ...more
Sarah Jayne
Mar 30, 2011 Sarah Jayne rated it it was amazing

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I like heroines that take shit from no-one, and happily stick it to the patriarchy. I’m happy to say that “Small Blue Thing” is one of those books.

Alex starts off as your ordinary teenage girl with an ordinary crush. Then, by the will of magic coincidence, she finds a bracelet that allows her to communicate with the people who died in the river, and finds her real soul mate. Standard, yes?

What sets this story apart from all the other tales of ghosts falling for humans and vice versa is how stron
Apr 24, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Alex is a normal teenager who just wants to celebrate finishing her exams and is hoping to catch the attention of the boy she fancies. When she attempts to rescue a trapped swan and discovers a silver bracelet with a beautiful blue stone she picks it up out of curiosity. Wearing the bracelet she starts having visions of a handsome young man and when they find a way to communicate she starts to fall in love. But as she learns more about the boy only she can see she starts to wonder if he is telli ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
Basically Rob is an arse which I latter upgraded to t**t - Alex is awesome & Callum swoon.
Trip to Thames/St Pauls to seek out my own Callum is now in order

If you know me by now you will have realized that as soon as I saw that cover I had to have this book. It was love at first sight. The story just enhanced my love of the cover and you can bet I want a bracelet like that. Isn’t it gorgeous - the description of the setting and the stone within the narrative is utterly mesmerizing. However, y
Sep 28, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts, i-own
The best thing about this book is that I read it right after I came back from London so while reading I felt like I am still there.

Alex is on the way to meet her friends when she finds a mysterious bracelet in the Themse. At the beginning, she does not even understand that it is the bracelet that makes her see Callum, a ghost who lives in the St.Paul's Cathedral. Soon both of them realize, that they feel more than just friendship and interes. They fall in love.
But Callum is dead and Alex is ali
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Apr 11, 2011 SJH (A Dream of Books) rated it really liked it
The beautiful shiny cover attracted me to 'Small Blue Thing' and it just leapt off the shelf and into my shopping basket! I started it as soon as I got home and found the story so gripping that I finished it the same night. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy now!

The story centres on Alex who finds an exquisitely unique bracelet in the river Thames. She fishes it out and takes it home but soon discovers that the bracelet has some strange powers. It enables her to communicate with the ri
Sep 22, 2013 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book as I was in my local library one day and the cover caught my eye. People say not to judge a book by it's cover but in actuality, when I read the blurb, it sounded very appealing to me. To me this book is a fantasy novel and I haven't really read many fantasy stories but I'm getting into them more and more as to me, it is almost my escape from reality.

This novel completes the category 'Own choice'. I was considering marking it down under the 'Fantasy' category but I ha
Mikka Gottstein
Das Cover liegt irgendwo zwischen Pro und Kontra: an sich ganz hübsch und ansprechend, aber auch ein wenig durchschnittlich und nichtssagend. Leider kommt das meiner Meinung zum Inhalt schon recht nahe!

Die Grundidee ist absolut originell: die Autorin hat sich eine neue Art von Geistern ausgedacht. Die "Versunkenen" sind alle am gleichen Ort und auf die gleiche Art gestorben, und sie teilen sich das gleiche Schicksal. Sie führen ein seltsames Halbleben nach dem Tode, über das ich hier noch n
Feb 26, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
normal im not a fan of romance books but added with the paranormal it makes a fantastic read. my favrouite character is callum because he seems so sweet and in my head very fit ;) the main female character alex annoys me abit, im not sure why, i try to like her but theres just somthing about her that makes it to difficult. I've allready read the next one (which is equally good as this one) so when the last one comes out i'll be first in the que for waterstones to buy it ;)
May 08, 2014 Makenna rated it really liked it
It was actually a terrific light read. I liked the new supernatural that was introduced and the plot was amazing. It ended with a cliffhanger that made me want more. However, I can't give it 5/5. Why? Well, let's just see. Alex and Callum's love was so unrealistic- I was getting Twilight flashbacks. Horrible. And the way she kept raving on and on about his ridiculously good looks and just how stunning he was to the point of excessive repetition. Yes, we know he has beautiful blonde hair and beau ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
I won Small Blue Thing last summer. I quite often enter bookish giveaways, even if I don't think the book sounds great, because, like, free books. And because sometimes a book that I don't think looks amazing is amazing.

Exhibit A: The Raven Boys.

I'll confess: when I received The Raven Boys I wasn't mad keen on the idea. A paranormal contemporary about dead people and romances? Can we not? But I read it. It was wonderful.

Small Blue Thing is also a paranormal contemporary about dead people and r
Jan 08, 2013 Aynab rated it it was ok
Okay, I started it and it seemed pretty good, but after Callum came in, I was lost and severely disappointed. She sounded so stupid and love-sick it made ME sick. I couldn't take it any longer so I had to call the quits.
HNC Library
May 01, 2015 HNC Library rated it it was amazing
This book was read by student Jaweria as part of her Six Book Challenge - here is her review:

I enjoyed this book because it is connected with a very powerful bracelet. The cover straight away caught my eye as it looks very sensational. It is a love through the bracelet, which enable a dirge to talk to a teenage girl. I love the description of the bracelet and would like to have one myself. I love the romance between Callum and Alex, as they can't really touch or feel each other but as the book g
Oct 30, 2014 Sofia rated it it was amazing

This was a really enjoyable book for me to read. It was written beautifully by S.C Ransom, who in fact, is a gifted writer. The whole theme of the boo is amazing and the cover is brilliant too. Very attractive! My friend told me to read this and I was actually very surprised that the book was more than interesting. I love Callum because he is a perfect boy and he matches really well with Alex. I love the small details of the book which make it a masterpiece. Best romantic
May 29, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
This is the second time I've read this book and I don't know whether it is because I've already read this book or because I'm older than I was when I first read this book but for some reason I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the first time around. When I read SBT for the first time I absolutely loved it but on my second reading it doesn't seem quite so brilliant.

Parts of the story are incredibly cheesy and would never happen in real life (I know that it is fiction and you would never find a bra
Oct 02, 2014 inga marked it as dnf
I realized that Small Blue Thing wasn't a book for me fairly quickly, and so I decided to abandon it after only the first chapter.

The book's beginning was already too silly for my taste. The main character tries to free a swan that's stuck in a piece of wire, which I thought was absurd, but said swan then proceedes to just vanish, into thin air apparently. It is never clarified where it vanishes off to, so your guess is as good as mine.
Anyway, the main character finds a bracelet in the mud of th
"Nur ein Hauch von packender Geschichte …"

Alex ist mit ihrer besten Freundin Grace unterwegs, als sie in am Ufer der Themse einen Schwan sieht, der sich am Ufer verfangen hat. Schnell eilt sie dem Tier zu Hilfe und stößt dabei auf einen merkwürdigen Silberarmreif, der auf den ersten Blick schon wertvoll erscheint. Sie entschließt ihn zu behalten, denn Alex findet Gefallen an dem kostbaren Schmuckstück mit dem schönen Opal. Doch auf einmal beginnt Alex immer wieder ein Gesicht zu sehen, tr
Lyndsey O'Halloran
May 26, 2011 Lyndsey O'Halloran rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I originally bought this book because of the beautiful cover. I couldn’t resist it when I saw it in Foyles and after seeing that it was also signed by the author, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately, the story did not match up to the amazing cover.

The basic idea of this book was interesting and different from anything else in the YA genre that I have read before and other reason why I wanted to read it. I love to be surprised when it comes to books and was looking forward to not reading abou
Cass -  Words on Paper

+ Fresh unique concept, a new twist to the paranormal genre. A new dimension is unlocked when 17 year old Alex finds a mysterious bracelet from the Thames river.
+ Extending on that first point, I liked the exploration of this 'new dimension'.
+ Very tame romance so far, in terms of physical interactions go. Though, given the circumstances ...
+ NO LOVE TRIANGLE! And, for that matter, the protagonist isn't TOO much of a wimp. She shows some inner strength, though most of it is fuelled by her e
Shylock Books
Sep 27, 2013 Shylock Books rated it really liked it
This was a refreshing read by a debut author from England. Having written the first draft almost entirely on her Blackberry on her way to and from work in London, S.C. Ransom did an excellent job with the concept of this young adult novel.

The plot tended to drag at points, filled with unnecessary minutiae of everyday life that could have been skipped to keep the story moving. The conversations between characters were jilted and stiff for the majority of the book, and the romance between Callum
Aug 30, 2011 Hazel rated it liked it
The book was not bad but i thought it too similar to Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series of books. Both were about how much they loved each other which is a tad too cheesy for my taste, though not as extreme as twilight, and wanted to find out how to keep their love beside them. In this case, how to bring Callum to Alex's dimension. (I think I'm reading beyond this book already but that is the ending which would always happen from reading the summaries of the other two books)
It's not much of a pl
Jun 04, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der erste Satz
Der Schwan tobte am Ufer herum, drosch mit seinen gewaltigen Flügeln auf die Kieselsteine ein und hatte alle anderen Vögel verjagt.

Meine Meinung
Das Buch ist eins meiner SuB-Leichen und ich konnte es einfach nicht mehr ertragen, dass dieses Buch hier ungelesen herum liegt, denn ich habe es sogar als Rezensionsexemplar bekommen und fühle mich echt schlecht, dass ich es erst jetzt gelesen habe und jetzt erst rezensiere. Das geht echt gar nicht. Ich hatte irgendwie einfach nicht so wir
Salima Korri
Sep 17, 2013 Salima Korri rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this considering the book was highly rated and that the author wrote such a master piece in six months.

When I first read this, I found it quite enjoyable and an original concept was taking place. I liked how the girl found a blue bracelet near the river Thames then begins to hear strange voices. It seemed intriguing.

But from there it fell apart.

The voices was a ghost who was trying to contact her and she could only see through a mirror which I found lacked imaginati
Adele Broadbent
May 20, 2015 Adele Broadbent rated it really liked it
17-year-old Alex finds a beautiful bracelet in the mud of the Thames riverbank. It’s not only beautiful – it changes her entire life. She feels something different whenever she wears it and begins to have visions of a gorgeous blonde headed boy. She can hardly believe it when he begins to talk to her – words only she can hear.
An intense love story. – A bit Mills and Boons but the concept is so different it draws you in until the last page
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Sue Ransom, the author of Small Blue Thing, Perfectly Reflected, and 2012 publication, Scattering Like Light, is a senior headhunter, but on the way to work and in the evenings she’s a writer: she wrote Small Blue Thing, her debut novel, as a birthday present for her daughter, and she composed it mostly on her BlackBerry. Serendipity led her to Nosy Crow, and she’s now busy thinking up her next pr ...more
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