SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – True Colors by Melissa Pearl

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Book: True Colors (The Masks Series #1)

Author: Melissa Pearl

Genre: YA/ Coming of Age

Published: February 16, 2014



Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, 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 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 suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with 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.

Katie’s Review

Caitlyn is a high school senior living it up without regard for the consequences of her choices. When she comes face to face with a homeless man one fateful night, she is entrusted with a gift that will force her to reevaluate her life. Will she continue on the path of recklessness and self-destruction or will she choose to utilize this gift for the greater good? As the true colors of those around her come to light, she discovers things are not as they appear.

When Caitlyn sees something she shouldn’t, she is forced to look outside the box and decide if this gift is worth putting her life in danger. Will she learn to accept her fate or will she run to Wyoming leaving everything she ever knew behind? Feeling alone and overwhelmed, she must also decide who she can trust.  Will she chose the guy who she doesn’t know that represents all this is good? Or will she choose the guy who she is comfortable with that represents the bad that resides within all of us?

“Help those around you, one person at a time, and you will have a full and happy life.” – Homeless Guy 

I was intrigued by the premise of this story and I was pleasantly surprised by the underlying message surrounding bullying and abuse. The voice of reason is ever present along with the internal struggle between good and evil. This coming of age story takes you on a wild ride with plenty of drama true to the YA Genre. The story is very well written and the characters were likeable. It brought me back to my high school days. If you are looking for a good read and some reminiscing, this story is for you. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the message it conveys. Due to some of the content, I would recommend it for 16+.

I was given a complimentary copy from the Publisher, Evatopia Press, in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 – 4 STARS

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About the Author

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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.”



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