Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama…until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.
Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and her high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.
Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends now appears terrified, but masks her fear behind a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?
Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.
At Palisades High School every face tells a story…
Review by Courtney
True Colors is such a unique and creatively done story. Caitlyn is gifted the ability to see behind peoples “masks” and see exactly what they are truly feeling. While someone may be smiling on the outside, she can pull back the layers and discover their sadness, anger, darkness or whatever it is they are truly feeling. When she discovers secrets within her school she uses this gift to get to the bottom of it and try to help those who need it most.
I loved Caitlyn, her internal dialogue was witty and she was a really fun character, but she was also very caring for everyone, truly a good soul, and didn’t hold the same opinions as her high school friends. And of course there is Eric, Le Sigh, I laughed at this part, and have decided to adopt this term and have stored it for future use. I loved when they were together in the book and definitely wanted more of them. There were moments in the book when I was holding my breath, because it was suspenseful and as the reader you know it’s only a matter of time, it was just a matter of when everything was going to come together and information would be revealed. This was a great YA story with a bit of a paranormal twist unlike anything I have read. It’s not vampires or werewolves, its being able to see people’s true feelings and at times that can be scarier than any paranormal being. I really hope the second installment continues to follow Caitlyn and Eric, I think it was a great beginning and I want more of their journey! I gave True Colors 4 out of 5 books.
Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”