Saturday, August 23, 2014

Color Song by Victoria Strauss Review

Title: Color Song
Author: Victoria Strauss
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Series: Passion Blue, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An enchanting, delightful read about art and magic in Renaissance Italy, I really enjoyed Color Song--I look forward to reading more from this promising author!

This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Guiliana, the bastard daughter of a wealthy Italian noble, has had enough of Santa Marta, the convent in which she unwillingly took vows. But when her master dies, and a mysterious, valuable secret is revealed and put into her hands, she runs away. Forced to find herself work, she disguises herself as a boy. For the connection between Guiliana and her passion for art is a nearly unbreakable one.. And she realizes that she may have to sacrifice all she holds dear to finally stay true to herself..

What I enjoyed:
-The pacing was breakneck--once the journey began, I really couldn't put it down!
-I loved the rich, yet sometimes bleak, setting of Renaissance Italy--it felt as though I was really there with the main character, making the journey with her
-I liked the element of magic in this series--I loved the way the main character could hear the colors
-Guilana, the main character, who goes so far to pursue her love for her art--I really enjoyed her character development, as she became a strong protagonist
-Bernardo, the young man that she falls for--their banter was enjoyable throughout the whole novel
-Sofia
-Humilita
-Guiliana's new master
-I loved the ending--it was beautiful and it did justice to all the characters

What could've been better:
-Matteo
-I didn't really understand how the spirits and magic tied into the history of the novel


Overall, I really enjoyed this novel--it was just wonderful! Highly recommended for fans of Italian historical fiction! Next on deck: Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel!

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