November 7, 2018

The Color of Lies Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

The Color of Lies
Author: C.J. Lyons

Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller

Release Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Blink


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons comes The Color of Lies, a world drenched in color and 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.

Perfect for fans of Caroline B. Cooney, Ally Carter, and Jennifer Brown, The Color of Lies blurs the lines between black-and-white facts and the kaleidoscope of reality.

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The Color of Lies is an intriguing young adult thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat to the very end. There were several things I really enjoyed about this book and instead of trying to explain them in an order to make sense, I'm just going to list them.

Characters: I really liked both of the main characters - Ella and Alec. They were both complex and rounded with unique qualities and traits. They had their strengths and weaknesses, which made them feel realistic for me. I loved learning about Ella's amazing gift (her synesthesia) and was amazed that things like this actual exist. It was fascinating and made me want to learn more about it after I finished reading. Alec was a great character too and I really liked watching Ella meet him and then seeing their friendship begin and then grow into something more.

Writing Style: The story is told from both Ella and Alec's perspective, in alternating chapters. What I especially loved about this book was the author used the first person for each of the main characters. If you've read any of my other reviews, you know how important point of view is to me and can make or break a book in my opinion. This was fantastic and I loved that the author chose to do both characters in the first person in alternating chapters so we really got to know each of them. Normally with the first person you have one narrator who you get to know on a deeply personal level, but the author managed to make that happen with two characters with this story - which can't be an easy thing to do. I really enjoyed getting to know Ella and Alec both on a personal level - their hopes, fears, dreams, memories, and everything else in between were there. The reader has the chance to really get to know them both and connect with them early on in the story.

Plot: I'm a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, so this was an easy choice for me to read. Like I mentioned, I loved the way the author made the story her own with Ella's synesthesia and the alternating narrators. I can't say much about the plot because I don't want to accidentally give anything away, but I will say that it kept me guessing most of the way through the book and the ending had me on the edge of my seat reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen. 

I highly recommend this book to fans of YA, mystery, thrillers, contemporary fiction, and even romance.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, former pediatric ER doctor C.J. Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Two times winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

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(5) Copies of The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons (USA only)
Starts: 11/5/18
Ends: 11/16/18



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