Saturday, 16 September 2017

Review: COLOR BLIND by Sheila Sobel.


April is alone in the world. When she was only a baby, her teenage mother took off and now, unbelievably, her dad has died. Nobody's left to take April in except her mom's sister, a free spirit who's a chef in New Orleans--and someone who April's never met. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, April is suddenly supposed to navigate a city that feels just like she feels, fighting back from impossibly bad breaks. But it's Miles, a bayou boy, who really brings April into the heart of the Big Easy. He takes her to the cemetery where nineteenth-century voodoo queen Marie Laveau is buried, and there, April gets a shocking clue about her own past. Once she has a piece of the puzzle, she knows she will never give up. What she doesn't know is that finding out the truth about her past and the key to her future could cost her everything--maybe even her life.


I am unsure of what I was expecting out of this book exactly, but I was definitely not expecting this. Might have been because I could not even remember the plot it held… but I am happy my expectations were not too high. Otherwise, I am sure I would not have enjoyed this novel as much as I actually  did.

If you are into creepy books with ancient stories, and maybe some Voodoo too, this is for sure the book I am suggesting you pick up. In this story, we meet April, a teenage girl who must move in with her totally-new-aunt after her dad passes away and is left with no one else. In her new city, she enters this world of Voodoo and discovers some stories of her own, family secrets unravel… it is a very creepy read indeed. I am definitely not into spiritual books, so the Voodoo theme kind of creeped me out. However, I did enjoy how everything, and by everything I mean a couple more storylines, are all connected.

Miles is the cute guy who accidentally gets April into the Voodoo world, and he is really adorable. He is, as you can already guess, the love interest in the book. I must admit I really, really, am fond of the way they flirt throughout the novel. I find him to be the sparkling light within the pages. He is a very easygoing guy, always has the right words to say, and he is very cute with April. April I, unfortunately, could not connect with, in any sort of way. 

We get to witness the beginning of new family bonds, which I think is pretty exciting among all the Voodoo drama going on. Now, I am not a fan of spoilers, so I am going to leave it here. But just know that there are some changes in April’s dynamic with her family, who she has just met, literally, and I happen to like how it all develops.

This is a very complicated novel to review, actually, because I think it is meant to be taken as a mystery, and I think it is better to go in completely blind, or knowing the basics. So let’s see, here you have the basics:

Color blind is a novel that discusses Voodoo in a very contemporary way,with no paranormal tone. It tells the story of a girl whose life is suddenly turned upside down and how she deals with it. A well-written, easygoing and creepy sotry (there are Voodoo dolls involved!) created by Sheila Sobel.


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