My rating: 3 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: NetGalley
Publication Date: August, 2017
Publisher: Rita Stradling Books
Point of View: 1st Various
First of all, thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review COLORLESS. This was my first Netgalley read, and a pretty good experience over all.
WHAT I LOVED
Well, Rita Stradling certainly can spin the intrigue! From the very beginning, I found myself curious about this world, curious about the characters, curious about this strange and suspenseful situation in which Annabelle finds herself. I was confused, yes, but I was confused right alongside Annabelle as the strange malady besets her--all her color drains away and ALMOST everyone forgets she exists, rendering her invisible--for no reason she can fully understand. I turned pages eagerly to learn how it would all turn out.
New characters and new intrigues were introduced every few pages, so I certainly didn't feel bored, especially during those first several chapters. My curiosity continued to grow, and my eagerness to find out how everything would fit together.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH
I . . . never really did figure out how everything fit together. I finished reading this book, and I honestly feel just as confused now as I did at the beginning. I mean, the action and suspense was great, but what with menacing gods, frightening magicians, religious oppression, invisibility curses, and then, kind of out of the blue, shape-shifting . . . Argh! It just got to be a LOT of story all packed into one volume.
And what was with that ending? I just didn't quite GET it.
Overall, would I recommend this book? I'm just not sure. I know that after a while, I started skimming quite a bit because I was so tired of being confused and I wanted to just start UNDERSTANDING some things already. But that's lazy reading on my part. A better reader might actually get a lot more out of this book than I did. And it's definitely smart and unique in the genre. The cast of characters was appealing, the world was COMPLETELY unique, and the writing was good. So I don't know . . . It wasn't a hit for me, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a hit for you.
In the meanwhile, I'm glad I had such an interesting start to my Netgalley experience. And I'll probably pick more books by Rita Stradling, because I'm curious to see what else her amazingly creative mind will invent!finishing up Sci-Fi August with this book and . . . yeah, I'm glad I