Saturday, April 9, 2016

Book Review: Color Blind

Color Blind # 1
Genre- YA paranormal
By- Penny Miller

All her life Harmony Phillips has felt defective. Growing up in a paranormal community where magikal abilities come from the wavelengths of color, a color blind girl is worthless, and they haven't let her forget it. No one but her adoptive parents, Charlie a Were-Lion and Sarah a Witch, along with her best friend Tesch, a Siren, have ever given her an ounce of esteem. When a fit of outrage unlocks the color yellow to her eyes, Harmony passes out cold with shock over her eggs and accidentally glamours her nemesis Challen Parks into a cowardly golden retriever. As other colors unfold before her eyes, so do new abilities. Love and friendship get turned upside down as Harmony struggles to have faith in people, discovering they are not always as they seem. The misfit becomes the outlaw as she is once again different from everyone else. What began as joy turns to peril when the paranormal Council finds out she is more than a Witch, or a Were or a Fae... oh my.


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I loved this idea of a color blind protagonist and where magic is linked to colors! I'm am a bit unsure how the power is linked to the colors you see. If you can see the color, that means you have that power linked to that color but I got confused. If everyone else can see all the colors, how does only one color link to magic? Is it a combined heritage plus the color? I think that's it but anyways, it can get a bit confusing.

Still the author wove a wonderful tale and I felt the pacing was good, I wasn't bored but there were moments where I got distracted by the timeline. There were times I felt should have been spent somewhere else than where they were but some of it did come back around to have importance later. Loved the school courses, would totally love taking that instead of our typical math or science classes. However, I don't feel like there was enough of a distinction between the paranormal world and the regular world. I'd have liked to see that fleshed out more. We stay mostly in the paranormal world for this book but it's pretty interesting.

I liked Harmony a lot, she overcomes bullying and other adversaries but still remained a good person even though she didn't have to be when it came to forgiveness. I liked Tesch, but feel like we don't learn enough about him, but so far I like what I see, and I'm glad that he was by Harmony's side the entire time and did not waver. I loved Charlie and Sarah and how supportive of Harmony they are. I hated that they had to give up certain things for their love but I understand why they did it but that didn't make it any less hard. They were great parents and I love that they did their best and loved Harmony as any parent could.

I feel like the ending could have been better. I feel like we had just got to the climax and it ended abruptly. I wanted more and to know what was going to happen  next. The author hints at what will happen next but I don't feel like the story arc had been fully concluded. There are still missing pieces to Harmony and her story, this unfortunately left me unsatisfied as a reader.

Still, this is an interesting and creative story about a young girl who struggles with color blindness. If you like stories where magic tied to colors and magical creatures in an urban fantasy setting, you'll enjoy this book! Love the creativity of the author and how she used colors as elements of magic.

3.4 out of 5 for me!

(A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

About the Author-
Penny Miller is a born and bred Oklahoman. She has a nursing degree from Eastern  Penny Miller Oklahoma State College and is a Registered Nurse in addition to being an author. Penny wrote her first short story complete with illustrations when she was seven-years-old and has been writing ideas and bits of dialogue ever since. As a child, her mother regularly read to her classic faery tales. It was those stories that ignited her imagination and attraction to the magical and whimsical. With her three children Robert, Amy and Cheyenne, she carried on the tradition of introducing them to fantasy and other worlds through stories. Three years ago, she co-authored erotic romance e-books under the pseudonym Jp Archer. At that time her daughters asked her when she was going to write stories they could read. Penny went to her keyboard and dug in and her debut solo novel, Color Blind, was born. Most importantly, creating a story in the Young Adult/Paranormal genre is where she found her true voice as a writer. She hopes readers will become fans of her heroine Harmony Phillips and follow her story through the next phases; Colorful and Colorless.

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