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A World in Blue

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  26 reviews
At just eighteen years old, Oliver was offered a publishing deal. The very same day, he lost his mother to suicide. Two years later, he encounters a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. Never thinking he would write again, he is inspired once more.

Just as Oliver is launched into fame from the success of his book, the handsome stranger comes back into his life. His name is Bl
ebook, 64 pages
Published June 25th 2018 by NineStar Press
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This was such a beautiful and sweet love story. Oliver is quite low on self esteem initially but slowly gains confidence and decides to take a chance on his writing with the help of his half-sister Liv and her father David. Then he meets the cute, shy and nerdy Blue and it’s like his whole life changes. Their attraction is instant, the development of their friendship is very tenderly written and it was so obvious to me that they were in love even before they did.

It’s a heartwarming tale of self
Mrs. Europaea
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Somedays it gets pretty tough, and those days are okay too.

I wanted to love this story. There were moments when the writing was brilliant, but more often than not there were moments when I was left wanting more. As short as it was, I really began to connect to Oliver and Blue. And Fig too.

There wasn't enough description, the writing and imagery was a bit on the thin side, it read more like a summary of an epic romance than a story of one. I wanted to experience more of the passion that I just k
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A World in Blue was such a refreshing short story that I could not put down. They story line felt a bit rushed in the beginning that led me to wanting more. Being a debut short story, it was great. I would like to see more about how the relationship progresses between Oliver and Blue, and maybe a story on Olivia and Hunter. Overall, I gave this book 4.5 stars. I recommend for a short refreshing story.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
what a cute little story this was. it made me very smiley.
ha. I said smiley.
I enjoyed the story, but I'm going to say something that I hate hearing from other people. I wish it was longer. I think this could have been such a cute novel with more of Oliver and Blue. (and I'm sorry I said it, I hate myself a little bit, because it's a short story so that's why it's short, duh!) but I did really want to see more of everything that we got in this.
BUT that just means I'm going to have to read more bo
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, netgalley, ya-lit
2.5 stars

** I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I wanted to like this book more. The characters and their stories sounded interesting and I would love to see more in depth development of their thoughts and actions over a greater, more well-paced period of time, but as it stands I just couldn't find any interest for Oliver and Blue, or really any of the secondary characters either. I did bump the rating to three stars, because I felt that this was a good start fo
Jannin (The Booknerd Dragon)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed
First thoughts about this book, I love the concept of the protagonist being an author. There are few books that I’ve read where the main character is an author or writer and I’ve always wondered how those authors write their books like that. I’m amazed by it because I feel like it’s not easy. You can relate too much to the character you create I wonder if you ever kind of put yourself into their situation or vice versa.

Let’s start talking about the characters and let’s start with Oliver.

I find O
Lisa The Novel Approach
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was cute, you guys. I want to quickly point out a couple of things, though. First, the book is categorized by NineStar Press as New Adult. Which, I guess since the characters range in age from eighteen to just over twenty, it technically is. But, to me it read much more like a YA book. It was much more innocent and sweet and, basically, sex-free, if that’s important to you, than most books that are tagged as New Adult. It wasn’t an issue for me; I absolutely love YA books. But, I know s ...more
Lena Grey
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
What should be one of the best days of his life, turns out to be one of the worst when Oliver, of 'A World in Blue', comes home to find his mother has committed suicide. Instead of being able to share the joy of receiving an offer to publish his first book, he feels only despair and loneliness. Oliver has no choice but go on as best he can and accepts the publishing offer. But with no one to guide him, he's tricked and cheated by the sleazy publishing company. After fulfilling his obligation to ...more
Taleisin (Tales of a Bookwyrm)
I received a copy of this for review from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

"...a boy who doesn't believe in happily-ever-afters and another who just wants to be someone's happy ending"

When I first selected this title to read, I didn't realize it was a short story. I had the same problem I often have with shorter works. I want more. I wanted more with the main friend group -- it was hard to believe Oliver and Eli as best friends (especially since Eli only seems to show up conveniently). How d
Thank you to Nine Star Press & Netgalley for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review 🙏🏻❤

This story was very short and sweet. It was about a young male/male romance between Oliver and Blue that was endearing to read and quite different. Oliver was very relatable in that I often find myself pouring my heart out through writing in ways that I can't seem to form with words when having a conversation verbally.

I do feel that this book is too juvenile to be labeled
3.5 stars bumped up to 4 stars because the latter half was stronger than the first and did make me smile.

It took me a while to get into because of the writing style. The narration is third person singular which is not my favourite but fine. However the author kept referring to both MCs as "he" which resulted in confusion as to who was doing or saying what.

There was a great backstory for Oliver, but not so much for Blue which I think would could have been rectified if the story had been a little
Kendra T
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a beautiful story. The writing really captivated me, and I felt myself cheering for Oliver throughout the whole book. Oliver's mother committed suicide right as he got a contract for his first book to be published. We didn't see much of Oliver's struggle during the first year or so after she passed, but it was enough to feel his sadness and sense of being lost in the world. He pulls himself together with some unlikely help (his never known before sister and her father, his friend E ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: the author is a friend of mine, but I purchased the book with my own funds.

I really couldn't be more proud of Danni and the release of A World in Blue. This is such a sweet male/male romance story looking at a young man who has reached his dreams of becoming a famous author, but is lacking fulfillment and inspiration... until he meets Blue.

What I liked about this story was Oliver. I thought he was a very well developed protagonist, and I felt for him and his struggles. He's a c
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun, light and easy read. My one complaint is that the entire story feels a little rushed, especially Oliver and Blue'’ relationship. It seems almost too cookie cutter perfect, with only a few very easily resolved conflicts. I did finish it incredibly quickly (in less than one hour), because I found it impossible to put down, and would love to see the author return with a longer novel with more character development and worldbuilding involved. Overall, a great read that I highly r ...more
Nicole Diskin
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, june-2018
I received this story as an ARC thanks to Net Galley and Nine Star Press!
A World in Blue is an adorable, short, and sweet story of Oliver a young author and blue the boy who works in a library and how their love story unfolds!
At first I thought this was going to be a sad dramatic lifetime like story but quickly happily discovered that although there where those elements they where not by any means the focus of said story, in fact, the core of the story is Olivers writing and the sweet Love stor
jasmine jay
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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Danielle Chambers
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, lgbt
It was cute and fluffy. Oliver and Blue were adorable. The story was different and interesting. I just wish it were more. It seemed rushed at a lot of parts and you don’t really get to dive deep into any of the relationships enough to be deeply invested. I cared about Blue and Oliver, but I would have cared a lot more if we got to see more than just the surface of their relationship. It was almost like reading from a stranger watching them fall in love. You see that they are falling in love. And ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Full disclosure:I know the author personally.
Also I read this a little while ago fyi.
I adored this book. I devoured it in one sitting, and was hooked from page one (which is saying something, I despise most contemporaries.) It was adorable and sweet but still had those serious moments and the author managed to balance it all quite well. Oliver and Blue were believable and fun and I loved the romance. My only complaints are I wish it was longer, I really wanted to get to know Blue more and the en
Amy Dufera
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A World in Blue is the work of debut author, Danni Maxwell.

Oliver is just 18 when he is offered a book contract on the same day that his mother commits suicide. He is ready to give up on life now that his mother is gone. He certainly never expects to be inspired to write again, or to fall in love.

A World in Blue is extremely fast-paced and jumps forward often. Don't blink or you will miss something. Although it is short and quick, at the bottom of it is a sweet romance by Danni Maxwell. It is w
Laura ( Latteandbooks )
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
This was a sweet and loveable story. It’s a quick and easy read.

Oliver’s mother dies and that’s when he finds out that he has a half sister named Liv( crazy right ) he then later meets Blue. Who happens to be volunteering at the book store that Oliver works at.

This was a wonderful story that deals with love, loss and over coming grief. I do wish that the story was longer so that we could get more into the lives of Oliver and Blue.

I was given this as an Arc from the author/ publisher via Netgall
Inkish Kingdoms
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I love:

I love the fact that the author makes the main character gay without being obvious or making a fuzz about it. No big out of the closet situation and drama. He is just who he is without a need to explain himself or who he is. KUDOS! Being gay shouldn’t be the main event… only for oneself.
The story is literally a dream! Not only for the magic encounter, the love story, or the perfect chemistry that they have but because Maxwell does exploit the dream of all bookworms! The perfect pla
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
This was such a cute little story. I loved the relationship between Oliver and Blue. "Happily ever after" are not my thing, but the author made me belive in it for this couple.
I really want a continuation of this one, want to see where there relationship goes.

Thank to the publisher and author for granting me this arc.
Jules Lovestoread
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 or so.... This was sweet and quirky and made me smile. :) A bit repetitive in places, and probably would have been even better if the relationship between Blue and Ollie was expanded a bit more - but, I still enjoyed it very, very much! <3 <3 <3 Full review coming to
Riina Y.T.
Jun 24, 2018 marked it as unable-to-finish
DNF - sadly this didn't work for me :(
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Sharon L Griggs
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun quick read that left me wanting more. This is such an enjoyable short story that I could not put down. I enjoyed this book so much I really want to see how the relationship progresses between Oliver and Blue in the future. I would highly recommend it, a great read for the summer.
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Stacey Jo
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Andrea Dean
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written.
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