Title: Strings of Color
Author: Marian L. Thomas
Where I got the book: CLNB Blog Tours
Why I read it: I was asked to read it for the blog tour!
Rating: 5 stars
Where do I even start with this review??
First, let me explain that I was contacted by CLNB Blog Tours to join in the book blog tour to promote the book, Strings of Color. As you may have seen already, I did an author interview, as well as guest post with Marian. You can read that by going HERE.
So, onto the actual review of the book.
When I first started reading the book, I found myself taking forever to read it. I read the first few chapters, and kept saying days after, “I really need to continue that book.” As I sit and think about it, it didn’t have anything to do with the book itself, I was just being lazy. Haha!
One Saturday night, I was home alone all night and decided to sit down and read. I started reading page 107, and didn’t stop reading for FIVE HOURS STRAIGHT! I literally couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to keep reading it and reading it. I wanted to know what happened next to each and every character in that book.
While reading this story, I felt lots of different emotions. I felt confused because the characters were so much alike, I had a hard time keeping them all together. I felt sad for the things the characters were going through. I felt angry at what they were going through. I found my heart breaking for them at different times in the book. I felt myself wanting to jump into the book and hug some of these people. By the time I finished the book, I wanted to meet these characters in real life. Especially Mona.
I think my only complaint about the book is that there were so many important characters, It was hard to keep everyone straight and not get confused. There were also so many names that were alike, (Marian explained why in her author interview) it was hard for me to know who the author was talking about, and when, etc. I found myself getting a little irritated at first, because I had to go back and reread something to see if I missed something important. As I kept reading the book though, I realized that Marian was writing the book sort of in a, backwards, for lack of a better word, way. She would write something, and it would leave you thinking, “Wait, what?” but if you kept reading, within in the next few pages or so, she would explain what that meant. So instead of explaining it right away, she just kept the suspense up, making you want to keep turning the pages to see what was going to happen. I must admit, she did the job well. I couldn’t put the book down!
The story line itself is VERY good. It’s entertaining, heartbreaking, alluring, keeps you wanting more and more with every turn of the page. When I woke up Sunday morning, the first thing I did was grab my book to finish it.
Another thing I like is that it’s an easy read. When I started reading the book that Sunday morning, I had 40 pages to go. It felt like only 5 minutes went by, and I had already read 26 pages! I felt like that throughout the entire book.
The end of the book was great. I do wish though that Marian has explained a little bit better what happened to everyone, but I see that she is writing another book called Colors that Bloom which will be released in the Spring of 2013. I cannot wait! I’m hoping that book will tie it altogether even more, and will help me understand what happened even more. I also learned that there were two other books, Color my Jazzmyne and My Father’s Colors that would tie this book together as well. I plan on reading both of these books very soon!
In the end, I highly recommend this book! The story line itself definitely deserves 5 stars out of 5! It’s a page turner!
Go out and get this book! Here are a few links on where to buy the book, the guest post and author interview, link to her website, etc. If you do buy and read the book, please let me know what you thought about it!