Every so often I find books that I really love and Victoria Strauss’s newest Color Song is one of them. The first book Passion Blue I loved just as much. Color Song does stand on it’s own but you get a lot of background in Passion Blue that I think makes Color Song all the better. The books are classified as YA Historical Fiction and I do love YA books but I think these books are just perfect for the adult reader as well. I started Passion Blue a few days ago and was completely hooked so when I put it down I immediately dove into Color Song. What did I love so much about the book – the art, the color, the passion, the writing, the characters, and ultimately the beauty of the story itself.
Giulia has been living in the convent she was forced to enter and it is there that she is allowed to do the one thing she loves above all else and that is to paint. Giulia creates beautiful art but she also carries a gift that allows her to hear the singing of the colors she creates and uses. It’s important to note that in 15th century Italy it was unheard of for a woman to be allowed to be a painter so it is only behind the convent walls that Giulia’s dream can be realized. Maestra Humilita saw Giulia’s gift and despite some obstacles has always supported her. When Maestra Humilita lays dying she she gives her Passion Blue formula to the one person she knows will honor it the most – Giulia. However in doing so also puts Giulia at risk from others who are desperate to get their hands on the Passion Blue formula as well.
Giulia decides to do the only thing she can do and that’s to leave the convent. Giulia never wanted to be a nun and she refuses to be held prisoner and punished for refusing to hand over the Passion Blue formula. But how – how can Giulia survive out there in a man’s world? Well there is one way – by pretending to be a boy. Clothing herself in boy’s things Giulia escapes the convent on a mission to make her way to Venice. Could she maybe find work there as a painter’s apprentice? As Giulia she couldn’t but as Girolamo it’s a possibility. So starts the journey of a young woman who dared to want more in a time when women had no rights.
I absolutely loved Giulia. What a fantastic character. At eighteen she seemed years older in maturity and I loved her passion for art, color, and life and her willingness to risk everything to get it. The author’s writing is beautiful as she vividly describes 15th century Italy and all it’s trappings. I listened to the audiobook of Color Song which is narrated by Justine Eyre and she does a fabulous job. She has just the right tone of voice for the telling of Giulia’s story and the time just flew by listening to her. I’m really hoping for another look into Giulia’s life in the future!
Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction!
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2 Grand Prizes Winners: One Kindle Paperwhite with custom Color Song cover with Color Song and Passion Blue ebooks pre-loaded, plus swag (postcards, bookmarks), and signed paperback editions of Strauss’s Stone duology (The Arm of the Stone and The Garden of the Stone) (US only)
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