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The Taste of Blue Light

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  134 reviews
An incandescent, soul-searching story about a broken young woman's search for a truth buried so deep it threatens to consume her, body and mind.

'Since I blacked out, the slightest thing seems to aggravate my brain and fill it with fire'

These are the things Lux knows:
She is an Artist.
She is lucky.
She is broken.

These are the things she doesn't know:
What happened over the s
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Hodder Children's Books
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Emer (A Little Haze)

I am blown away by this read.
It's rare that a contemporary YA book leaves me feeling so breathless. I absolutely did not see any of that coming.

The Taste of Blue Light follows the story of young art student Lux and her attempt to discover what happened to her one fateful summer night. She can't remember. She has nightmares, she has physical manifestations of pain but according to all her doctors she is physically fine. But emotionally she is bereft. She is struggling. As the reader you ar
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.)

This was a YA story about a girl who couldn’t remember one night of her life after ending up in hospital.

Lux was an okay character, but I found it quite hard to connect with her.

The storyline was about Lux not knowing what had happened at a party, after waking up in hospital with no memory of the night before. We then got Lux struggling at school a bit, and struggling with her daily life, but I
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I read this book as part of the Spookathon reading challenge, follow me on Twitter to see daily updates of the books I read! The local YA book group that I attend received the opportunity to read and review The Taste Of Blue Light for the publishers. I don't normally do this but because my review on this book is incredibly long, I have posted it to my blog. It's spoiler-free and also contains a discussion section where all of the group members were sent a list of questions to answer so I answere ...more
Kate (GirlReading)
I'm really not sure how I felt about this to be honest. To me, it definitely wasn't the psychological thriller it was marketed as. Yes, is had a mystery and delved into mental health but a thriller? I'm not so sure.

Although I know she was having to deal with a lot, I unfortunately didn't warm to the main character and the way she talked/acted towards others. I also wasn't the biggest fan of some of the content and descriptions from the author, which felt a little iffy in terms of mental illness
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)

Heck I remember ZERO about this. I really should have reviewed this sooner, because it wasn't that memorable and I can already feel the details sliding from my mind. I remember none of the characters names but Lux's, and only because her name was kind of weird. I remember kind of liking it and enjoying it but not really much else. I shall try my best in this review, but I apologise in advance if this review turns out to be extremely...vague.


- I think the setting was slig
Liz Barnsley
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. It was beautiful and sad but uplifting and absolutely does not go down the route you expect it to go based on the blurb – which just made it all the better.

Lux is recovering after a blackout and waking up in hospital with no memory of recent events. We join her around the time she rejoins her school and her friends – she is different, disturbed, an artist with a huge black hole threatening to swallow her, a girl who remembers the person she was but can’t seem to recapture it. Her p
Greyson | Use Your Words
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

Everywhere around the world, all born under the same sky, alarms ring in hearts and people bleed.

The Taste of Blue Light is a story about a girl called Lux who attends a boarding school for artists. She loves to write and party too hard, and take recreational drugs. Lux lives the kind of life a lot of teenage artists dream of. She's been looking forward to her final year before she gets to go out int
Karen Barber
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this captivating read.
Initially, Lux was not a character to feel empathy with. Her unwillingness to engage with things and people made her hard to care about. The environment in which she cloisters herself is alien to many of us.
Yet as the story progressed I found myself falling under a spell. Desperate to know what happened, we do get answers, and they are far more topical than we might expect.
This is one best to know little about before read
Bill Kupersmith
I loved the 1st half of this book. It is set in the most extraordinary school – a pricey independent boarding school devoted to the arts, where Lux Langley, who will turn 18 on 23rd November, is suffering from amnesia as well as synaesthesia, which causes her to have headaches coloured red. That part worked for me; last night I read some before sleep and dreamt of fire. And as a lover of stories about eccentric schools, I found Richdeane a treasure. They really do art snobbery. The teachers are ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ebook copy of this from Netgalley. Thankyou to both Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book! My opinions are still honest and my own.

This book is for readers who like beautiful writing. This style is full of very imaginative metaphors and builds and creates ideas in a stunning way. As a book about artists, it fits the plot and subject so well and brings this story to life.
The Taste of Blue Light follows Lux, who attends Richdeane, an elite ar
Miriam Smith
Won in the Goodreads Giveaways
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This novel started out incredibly strongly, both in the way it was written and in it's opening scene of the passion of young artists.

Although the rest of the novel is written just as lyrically the story looses traction pretty quickly as plot is lost in decorative descriptions of feelings and thoughts of the main character Lux.

Though I was intrigued to find out what had happened to the protagonist - the journey to that discovery mostly fell flat through one dimensional events meant to set her bac
Alannah Clarke
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Thank you to for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

In all honesty, I picked up this book because in the email I had received about this book, it appeared to be marketed at fans of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar which I had enjoyed. I was expecting to be left disappointed by this novel because I have found if you compare a book to The Bell Jar the novel ends up falling short of expectations. Early on in the book, I had forgotten about the comparison, I
Tiffany Anne
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I feel personally attacked by how fantastic the writing is. The way Ruffles has written Lux Langley’s mental state throughout this novel is very jarring and potentially extremely triggering—-it hurt to read this. But I adored it and there is an underline of hope and recovery.
Karen Whittard
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to start by saying thank you to Netgalley, the publishers and Lydia Ruffles for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

This is an all consuming book of massive proportions which will leave all readers breathless.

The book tells the story of Lux a art student. Who is trying to uncover what happened to her over the summer. She remembers nothing but she knows something isn't right. She keeps suffering from intense pain and she has nightmares but when she goes to the do
Ana  (wildflowersbooks)
„I remind myself that villains are just victims whose stories haven‘t yet been told.“

When Lux wakes up in a hospital bed after a big party, she can‘t remember anything that has happened before. Bits and pieces of her summer are lost in her memories and while she tries to find a way back to her old self and the lost days, she slowly feels like she‘s going crazy.

Okay. I am so unsure about this book. There were parts I really liked and then there is the fact that I somehow lost interest in the st
Elite Group
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Thinking about all that colour and sound now makes my skull tighten and my brain shriek, but at the time it just made me certain of who I was and who I was going to be”

The brain is one of the most complex organs evolution has ever created. It converts signals from our senses into a virtual reality world where we exist whilst having a fantastic ability to protect itself from trauma. However, trauma takes many forms. What if something happened so terrible that your reality broke down? How would y
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A beautifully written YA novel focusing on Lux's search for the truth.
Set in a boarding school for art students, the creativity element comes out in the descriptions of both characters and setting.
The plot is full of tension and throughout the story it tackles issues such as memory loss, trauma, mental health and numerous other things in such a sensitive and original way.
The reveal, when it comes, will seriously have you gasping out loud and immediately telling all your friends to read it.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The Taste of Blue Light is set around Lux a student and her memory loss and the mystery surrounding what has her brain blocked out so she can't remember.

This book was very slow paced to start with and took until about 70% through until it all started to pull together.

Lux is a very complex character but I didnt feel emersed in the book at any point and I have been left feeling that it never quite fulfilled its potential.
Putting this down. I’m not in the right head space to read it.
Emily Ross
Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley.

I don’t even have the words to describe this book. It started off promising; Lux, the main character, suffers from amnesia after a traumatic event.

Lux is probably the hardest character to connect with. She treats her friends and family awfully, nothing she does makes sense and the trauma that occurs doesn’t even fit with the book. As a heavy partier, hard drinker and recreational drug user, you’d expect the twist to
Sara Oxton
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The taste of the Blue light by Lydia Ruffles a four-star read that will bring a light in your life. This is a YA novel, but don’t allow that to pigeonhole this story, I’m almost 40 and I could identify with Lux Langley, she is just a young woman who has something happen that changes her whole being. Maybe I identified as I had two major life changes at a similar age, I moved to a different county alone at 17 and lost a parent soon after, so I understood the journey of discovery and how life chan ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was raw and deep and so passionately real. I can't wait to see what Lydia Ruffles comes up with next.
Rhia (rhiareads...)
This review first appeared on my blog, rhia reads.

While there are several good points about this book, I had a few issues with the story. The writing is fantastic, even if I did go into it expecting something more fantasy than contemporary – maybe I’ve read too much fantasy but the description of Lux as an “Artist” suggested some kind of segregated fantasy/dystopia to me, so to discover that actually, she is merely a student of art at a pretentious boarding school was a minor let down.

The story
Kate Southey
I found it hard to get in to this book initially but once in to it, I found it fairly engrossing. We begin the book aware that ‘something’ has happened to Lux and that she may have witnessed *something* but we aren’t told much more. Lux becomes more and more angry with the way others have treated her ‘since the blackout’ especially her own parents. She feels disconnected to the world and her own body at times and is frustrated that Drs can not give her any answers or help her to feel connected a ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was strapped on an emotional roller coaster that didn't stop till the words were nothing but a full stop, halting me. That is what the book was like. I feel so drained and not quite complete. I want to start this review by saying it was a long draining book and I feel like I was lost in the motion for the first few chapters and in the next few I found my pace. The plot was quiet like We Were Liars by E.Lockhart, if you haven't read that book yet then I suggest you go check that book out.
So we ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lux wakes up in hospital and she can’t remember what happened. As she wrestles with what happened and struggles to remember the events her mental health deteriorates. Is it something to do with her parents? Is the art school she attends sinister? Are drugs involved? Is she the person to blame or do her friends have anything to do with it?

The book is beautifully written. There’s depth to it but whether this book is a positive experience or not hinges on one key question – what has actually happen
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew absolutely nothing about this book when I went into it. I'd heard no online chatter about it either which surprises me really because it is such an intriguing and mind-blowing book. It is also a book driven by its plot more than the characters. The mystery surrounding Lux's blackouts and her current health state is one you want to keep exploring, and you don't necessarily care if you don't feel connected to any of the characters as the mystery is what matters.

Saying that, I liked the sup
Jessica M
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it

The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles is a young adult novel about a young woman’s search for the truth. Lux has to search deep into her mind to remember what happened last Summer, and find out why her mind is so fractured.

This book is incandescent and at times, heartbreaking. The reader is kept in the dark — just like Lux — so with every new development and memory, we’re desperately trying to piece it all together to find out what happened to her over the summertime.
Pamela Scott
Professional Reader

(copy from publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

The Taste of Blue Light is one of the best YA novels I’ve ever read. I cried like a baby when Lux recovers her memories.

I struggled to put this book down every time I picked it up. Lux’s story was so compelling and well-written I had to find out what happened to her. Why did she end up in hospital? What do her migraines and nightmares mean? Why are her dreams red? Why can’t she remember?

Lux narrates the story. First person POV is one of
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Lydia Ruffles is the author of The Taste of Blue Light and Colour Me In. She also writes and speaks on creativity, mental health, synaesthesia, and migraine for media ranging from Buzzfeed to the Guardian and Wellcome Collection to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @lydiaruffles

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