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Friday, October 19, 2018

REVIEW: The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons @blinkyabooks @cjlyonswriter

The Color of Lies
by CJ Lyons

Thank you to Blink for this advanced copy.

Publisher:  Blink
Publish Date:  November 6, 2018
336 Pages
Genres:  YA, Contemporary, Mystery

High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

My Review:

I love it when a YA thriller doesn't read TOO YA.  There's some romance but it's so limited it doesn't prove to be a huge part which is nice.  Thank the lord for no love triangles.  (Ok, so there's a little bit of instalust but hey, it's a YA book after all....) What we get is a story about a girl who lost her parents at a young age to a fire.  Her world gets turned upside down when Alec shows up on her 18th birthday with questions about her parents murder.... **screechy brakes**  excuse me? MURDER?!

Ella and her family are gifted with synesthesia - Ella's particular "talent" are seeing people's auras - or the colors they emit as they emote.  How interesting would THAT be?  There's always good with the bad... but when you meet someone who has no color... how do you know if he can be trusted?

YA thrillers are surprising me more and more these days.  I'd say this reads more contemporary for me over thriller/suspense.  A fast, enjoyable ride.  Nothing convoluted.. but a great read in its simplicity as well.  I found it a bit easily predictable and the ending seemed to out pace the first half.  While the book did read fast, I was surprised to notice that halfway through, we're still only into day two of the entire timeline.  Just something I noticed, not something that took away from the enjoyment. 

Those who like the lighter side of a thriller and the YA genre - will take a liking to this. 


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