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by Raven Kennedy
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Romance, Stand Alone
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
This is an emotional punch to the gut, a sweeping romantic saga with a slight paranormal feel. Well written and deftly sewn, it’s available on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
A painter with a spark in his hands. A muse who holds all the colors inside of her. Together, they will go on a tumultuous path of pain and love. Fate brings them together, but life will rip them apart.
This is a dark romance filled with lyrical words of heartbreak, magic, and violence.
The powerful prose in this love story will show you the real meaning of colors. Because he’s the prodigal painter who creates beauty, and she’s the storm that carries the rainbow in her eyes. Together, their colors will coat the world, and you will never see them the same way again.
This book is intended for mature audiences only. Trigger Warnings: It does include scenes of violence, substance use, and non-consensual sex.
Thoughts on The Girl Who Cries Colors
In a word, this was painful. The emotions that bleed through this almost, but not quite, contemporary romance are brutal, with roots that grab the characters as well as the reader.
Set in the recent past (Vietnam era), we follow two characters who fall through the cracks of their own loneliness, finding solace and comfort in each other as only children can. That comfort blossoms into love as they grow, leading into an intense story that leaves the reader reeling, lost in the events that sweep through their lives.
It’s strangely real, even as the aura of ‘surreal’ surrounds it. A girl who cries colors? Literally cries the colors? It’s beautiful, poignant and dangerously illustrative, illuminating an allegory that speaks of life and loss.
I cried while I read, though it is hard to define just one scene that moved my heart. It was the whole tapestry, woven together, that gave the picture that hurt my soul. I both enjoyed this book, and hated it. Regardless, the melodic tone and historic feel entrances, and paints a different view of this talented author – one that most everyone should glimpse.
- Melodic writing that sets the right ‘tone’.
- Painfully emotive.
- Moving narrative.
- Well written.
- Well edited.
- The concept…. a girl who cries colors?
- The characters.
- The end was highly tropey, but necessary.
Third Person, Unique Multiple POV
Mature audiences only.
Character Age Range
Story starts as children and ends as adults.
My Final Verdict on The Girl Who Cries Colors
Showcasing a different side of this dynamic author, this novel slips through and slaps the reader, offering up a painfully melodic romance that sweeps the years and pulls the heart-strings. Not quite a contemporary while not quite a paranormal, it straddles the line beautifully – and is free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published November 1st, 2018
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What are you reading today? Have you read this yet? What are your thoughts? It is so different from Raven Kennedy‘s usual fare, don’t you think? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!