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Mondays are Red [Kindle Edition]

Nicola Morgan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Luke wakes from a coma, his world has altered. Synaesthesia confuses his senses and a sinister creature called Dreeg inhabits his mind. Dreeg offers him limitless power – even the power to fly – and the temptations are huge, but the price is high. Who will pay? His mysteriously perfect girlfriend, with hair as long as the sound of honey? His detested sister, Laura, with the wasps in her hair? When Laura goes missing, Luke realizes the terrible truth about himself and his power. His decision is a matter of life and death, and he will have to run faster than fire.

MONDAYS ARE RED was Nicola Morgan's critically acclaimed debut teenage novel in 2002, launching a successful career which now includes around ninety books across the age ranges. This second edition contains extra material at the end, including creative writing by school pupils inspired by the book.

The Bookseller: “This first novel will gain attention because of the striking style. A young boy recovering in hospital from meningitis is affected by a neurological condition that gives him acute sensitivity to sounds and colours. … This is a brilliant adaptation of the Faustian legend. Luke’s words produce an almost physical response – when he talks about Tuesday being like apricot, you can taste the fruit and the temptation. … Nicola Morgan is a fresh and original voice for this age group and a strong jacket should ensure the book gets the attention it deserves.”
The Guardian: “An outstanding novel that rewards rereading.”
The Sunday Herald: “This is a stunning, extraordinary debut.”
The Scotsman: “…extremely impressive debut.”
The Sunday Telegraph: “…oddly brilliant.”
The Observer: among the “Best 0f 2002″.
The Independent, Nicholas Tucker: “… a novel to brood over, written by a new and original talent.”
Books magazine: “A chilling modern take on the Faust story by a stunning new literary talent.”

Reviews by teenagers
Kereny, UK: “Everyone should read this right now! This is one of the best books I have ever read. It’s full of imagery, fantasy, colours.”
Bryony, Scotland: “Mondays are Red is an extraordinary and enthralling book. It’s an imaginative and unusual story, giving suspense and getting better with every page you turn.”
Brooke, California: “Mondays Are Red is an absolutely amazing read. It sweeps you off your feet and takes you away into a world of logic as well as imagination and good as well as evil. If you enjoy reading anything that will challenge your mid a bit and make you think, Mondays Are Red is definitely for you.”
Tiffany: “The language in this book was amazing. … I would stop and think, yeah, if you could taste violin music it probably would taste like lemon. Everything was very creative and the images were so imaginative, but the book was still surprisingly easy to read.”

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A brilliant adaptation of the Faustian legend. Nicola Morgan is a fresh and original voice. -- The Bookseller

Adversity can often inspire great literature and Mondays are Red is a case in point...This remarkable novel describes our world in new language. -- Amazon website, autumn round up of books for young adults

An extraordinary, stunning debut. -- Guardian, Lindsey Fraser

Synaesthesia is very rare indeed but its use in a teenage novel is a stroke of genius and Morgan weaves a compelling and disturbing tale around it. -- Glasgow Herald, Anne Johnstone

Book Description

Waking from a coma, Luke discovers his mind has altered. His senses are behaving strangely and a sinister creature inhabits his head... A chilling modern take on the Faust story by a stunning new literary talent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crabbit Publishing (Nicola Morgan) (22 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CQB5K0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I wear several hats: I write for teenagers and children - I have had around 90 books published, including award-winners and some best-sellers. And one of my favourite parts of that is doing school events and festivals.

I also write for writers who want to improve their writing and become published. I blog at the industry-acclaimed Help! I Need a Publisher! and have written the books, Write to be Published, as well as the ebooks Write a Great Synopsis and Dear Agent. These books are all regularly recommended by creative writing courses, as well as agents and publishers in the UK, US and elsewhere,

I campaign and speak up for the rights of writers and readers. I've been chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, created the Fair Reading idea and the complementary Our World Book Night.

I do a lot of public-speaking, in school events, at festivals, for writing groups and conferences.

Last, but very much not least, I tweet - a lot! My ebook, Tweet Right - The Sensible Person's Guide to Twitter, is a well-regarded help to individuals new to Twitter or wondering whether and how to get into it. Follow me on Twitter as @nicolamorgan or see my website at

News: I've republished Mondays are Red as an ebook with brand new material. The video trailer is here:

I do have an Amazon store, which used to show all my available books in one place, but Amazon have for some reason removed all the books. I am waiting for them to tell me why. The link is here:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Language 8 Jan. 2012
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Mondays Are Red should really be read twice.

It should be read the first time to be entertained by the plot and the characters and the story itself, but it should also be read a second time, just to enjoy the words. They deserve a reading all to themselves.

I won't elaborate on the story, as there are other reviews which have explained it beautifully, but I do think that Mondays Are Red is about change. It's about how we might feel if we woke one day and saw the world differently, and how we would deal with the challenge of an entirely different view. It's also about the power of language, and reading the story has really made me question the self-imposed filter we place on the world, created purely through our own choice of words.

Mondays Are Red is classed as young adult fiction (which, of course, it is), but it's really a book for anyone who enjoys language. Luke's descriptions of his new view of the world are just magical and will stop you in the middle of a paragraph, just to savour them.

And if you're anything like me, it will make you ever-so-slightly jealous of anyone with synaesthesia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mondays are Red 29 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has given me one of the strangest reading experiences I've ever had! From the very 1st page it was a complete and utter attack on my senses. My mind was filled with colours, sounds, tastes and smells as Nicola Morgan introduced me to the world of synaesthesia. A world where "Mondays are Red, sadness has an empty blue smell and music can taste of anything from banana puree to bat's pee."

We meet teenage Luke as he lies awakening from a meningitis induced coma. As he lies on his hospital bed he becomes aware of someone (something?) lurking inside his brain. This character is Dreeg who will lead Luke astray, encourage him to rebel and offer him unrivalled power and glory. However as the story progresses it is clear that Luke will pay the price for this power.

'Mondays are Red' is a thoroughly interesting book which will definitely make the reader think when they put it down. With clear roots in Faustian legend Dreeg is a compelling character. Able to transform at a moment's notice into various nauseating beings he is Luke's personal Satan, willing him down the path of trouble.

As Luke continues on his quest for power Morgan continues to mesmerise us with her use of language. The fact that Luke is suffering from synaesthsia allows her to attack our senses from all angles. Descriptions and language are at times a "...kaleidoscopic shower. Beautiful and confusing."

Running alongside this combination of imagery and legend is a an extremely creepy horror story. It features metal masked men, spooky woods, missing teenagers and many 'not sure if I really want to read on' moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 26 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Teeange Luke comes round from a coma and finds he has synaesthesia - his senses are muddled so that he hears colours and smells sounds, etc. There's a demon lurking in his brain which makes him do bad things; there's also a beautiful girl with cinnamon skin and 'hair as long as the sound of honey' who may or may not be a figment of Luke's imagination. He wants nothing more than to regain his strength, particularly in his bad leg, so he can run in school sports day. The demon has other ideas. Luke's sister is in trouble - stalked in Luke's head by a sinister man in a metal mask, then captured for real by a perverted man who stalks the nearby woods. Luke has to battle both real and imagined foes to save her.

This book has been taught in schools and I can see why. It's a wonderful example of what can be done with language - words stay simple while phrase and simile soar with beauty. Writing from the POV of a character with synaesthesia gives the author unlimited scope for describing things in wholly new ways, and Nicola Morgan has done just that. The imagery melts on your tongue like the colour of birdsong.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling story with a twist 28 Nov. 2002
This story about a condition called synaethesia where the senses are muddled gives the reader a twist on the usual way we see the world. An excellent read for adults as well as teenagers - it makes you really think about phrases we use in everyday life, whilst being gripped by the spooky story.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars power is nothing - a mondays are red review 5 July 2004
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Power Is Nothing
"Mondays are red. Sadness has an empty blue smell. And music can taste of anything from banana puree to bat's pee".
This is how Luke feels. Ever since he has woken from his coma he feels different, he sees things differently, he is different. Since nearly dying from meningitis only a matter of days ago, he is no longer Luke, he can no longer run, but merely walk helplessly with a limp. He is no longer 'normal', but he has power, power to do anything, power to fly.
Synaesthesia has the power to do this, and with Dreeg, Luke's Satan, Luke can rule the world. He can have anything, but Luke starts to realise his needs compromise others, Is it worth it? Dreeg is everything, he is jellyfish, a snake, an octopus, to Luke he is his personal Satan, leading him astray.
Luke never really got on with his sister before, but since his terrible illness, hate has filled his body every time he sees her. He has unimaginable feelings of overpowering his sister, her begging for mercy, he doesn't want her anymore, her wants her dead. Luke has Dreeg and Dreeg has the power, will 'the slut' get her just desserts?
Since that red Monday, Luke has fallen for Seraphina, she understands Luke like no one else does, she knows synaesthesia, she feels synaesthesia, she has synaesthesia. She is everything Luke ever wanted, she is beautiful, a best friend, she is perfect, but she is Dreeg.
Power changes people, power can get too much, and for Luke it already has, it's time to give up power, it's time to give up Dreeg, but is it too late? Has he already lost the most important person in his life?
Mondays Are Red, by Nicola Morgan, is an interesting and worthwhile read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Excellent book, Nicola Morgan is an excellent author. The storey is aim at teens but I really enjoyed it. Excellent imaginary writing.
Published 11 months ago by Peter Bowes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very thought provoking and clever book.
Published 13 months ago by Colette
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book - very descriptive dealing with the subject of ...
An excellent book - very descriptive dealing with the subject of synaesthesia, but built around a fast paced and exciting story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very strange but brillinat
This was most unusual but I must say that it was a joy as the whole concept differed from anything else I have ever read.
Published 16 months ago by A. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars roller-coaster or kaleidoscope
Prepare to be swept away by Nicola Morgan's exciting language and surreal images. Mondays Are Red uses fictional synaesthesia to explore the creative power of words. Read more
Published on 12 Feb. 2012 by Ms. J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars mondays are red
you need to have a flexible mind for this book. it plays with ideas and words and phrases and senses and the meaning of everything is interchangeable. Read more
Published on 15 May 2008 by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars mondays a red a review
Power Is Nothing
"Mondays are red. Sadness has an empty blue smell. And music can taste of anything from banana puree to bat's pee".
This is how Luke feels. Read more
Published on 5 July 2004
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