Thursday, September 10, 2015

Review: Monochrome

By H.M. Jones
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Postpartum Depression, Contemporary women

Book Description:

What would you do to save your most precious memories?

That’s the question that Abigail Bennet, a new mother, must answer in this dark fantasy.

The cries of her new baby throw Abigail into rage and desperation. Frightened by foreign anger and overwhelming depression, the first-time mother decides to end her life to spare the life of her only child. But before she acts on her dark intuition, she is overcome by a panic attack and....

When she awakes, everything is blue: the trees, the grass, the rocks and still, scentless sky above her. Everything except the face of the man who stands over her. He is Ishmael Dubois and claims to be her Guide through the dangerous world of Monochrome, a physical manifestation of the depressed mind. But in a place where good memories are currency, nightmares walk, and hopeless people are hired to bring down those who still have the will to live, Abigail starts to wonder if she’ll ever make it back to her family. Despite her growing feelings for her handsome, mysterious Guide, Abigail must fight for the life she once wished to take or fade into the blue.


Monochrome is a story about young mother, Abigail Bennet, who is experiencing postpartum depression. At her wits' end, she thinks of ending her life for the sake of her newborn, instead she's sent to the Monochrome. Everything in the Monochrome is blue, there is no hot or cold, light or dark. She is awoken by the company of her "Guide", Ishmael Dubois. He explains that the Monochrome is a figment world of the depressed mind where memories are money. Also there are people who convince others to stay in the Monochrome. Abigail knows she needs to leave the Monochrome before it's too late.

Monochrome was spectacular! This fantasy was filled with suspense and adventure. Abigail is an amazing protagonist, she was so brave and determined. I loved the depth put into the Monochrome. I thought the idea of memories for currency was genius. It was the little things that made this book so great and detailed. I had a fun time reading this book and I can't wait to check out more of Ms. Jones' work. Five stars.

Author Bio

H.M. Jones is the B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree of Monochrome, now published by Booktrope’s Gravity Imprint.

She has also written the Attempting to Define poetry collection, and is a contributing author to Masters of Time: A Sci-Fi and Fantasy Time Travel Anthology. A best seller only in her mind, Jones pay the electric bill by teaching English courses at Northwest Indian College. She moderates Elite Indie Reads, is the tired mother of two preschoolers, and in her “spare” time weaves, pulls with the Port Gamble S’Klallam Canoe Family, and attempts to deserve her handsome husband, whose lawyering helps pay the rest of the bills.



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