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Color Song (A Passion Blue Novel) Hardcover – September 16, 2014
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Victoria Strauss is the author of Passion Blue, praised in a starred review as “a rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion” by Kirkus Reviews and selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012. Her fiction for adults and young adults includes Worldstone and Guardian of the Hills. She is also the co-founder of Writer Beware, a unique anti-fraud resource that provides warnings about literary schemes and scams. Victoria Strauss lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit her at www.victoriastrauss.com.
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When Humilita dies of illness she leaves her biggest secret with Giulia: the recipe of "Passion Blue", a color she had created and nobody else knows how to make it. The recipe is handed over to Giulia by her Maestra the day before she dies with the strict instruction to never reveal it to Humilta's father, a painter in Padua who thinks he has the right to own "Passion Blue". Giulia promises.
After her Maestra's death Giulia's final vows to become a nun are ahead of her, but her new Maestra, Domenica, blackmails the girl to hand over "Passion Blue" and leaves Giulia only one decision: to flee.
The girl needs to take her life into her own hands to become what she craves most: a painter.
The late 1500's only leave her to become a boy to fulfill her dreams. An adventure of extraordinary courage and strength starts. Giulia needs to prove herself over and over again, always in danger to reveal her biggest secrets. Jealousy and envy betray her noble intentions more than once. Will she be able to live her dream?
Victoria Strauss has created not only an entertaining but also emotionally touching novel of a life which will catch every reader's attention. Victoria Strauss is a fantastic writer with the gift to paint situations and descriptions with words and create a vivid imagination of color, creativity and emotion.
A truly passionate and fascinating story I truly recommend to everyone, not merely the lovers of art and painting.
Giulia has been living in the convent she was forced to enter and it is there that she is allowed to do the one thing she loves above all else and that is to paint. Giulia creates beautiful art but she also carries a gift that allows her to hear the singing of the colors she creates and uses. It’s important to note that in 15th century Italy it was unheard of for a woman to be allowed to be a painter so it is only behind the convent walls that Giulia’s dream can be realized. Maestra Humilita saw Giulia’s gift and despite some obstacles has always supported her. When Maestra Humilita lays dying she she gives her Passion Blue formula to the one person she knows will honor it the most – Giulia. However in doing so also puts Giulia at risk from others who are desperate to get their hands on the Passion Blue formula as well.
Giulia decides to do the only thing she can do and that’s to leave the convent. Giulia never wanted to be a nun and she refuses to be held prisoner and punished for refusing to hand over the Passion Blue formula. But how – how can Giulia survive out there in a man’s world? Well there is one way – by pretending to be a boy. Clothing herself in boy’s things Giulia escapes the convent on a mission to make her way to Venice. Could she maybe find work there as a painter’s apprentice? As Giulia she couldn’t but as Girolamo it’s a possibility. So starts the journey of a young woman who dared to want more in a time when women had no rights.
I absolutely loved Giulia. What a fantastic character. At eighteen she seemed years older in maturity and I loved her passion for art, color, and life and her willingness to risk everything to get it. The author’s writing is beautiful as she vividly describes 15th century Italy and all it’s trappings. I listened to the audiobook of Color Song which is narrated by Justine Eyre and she does a fabulous job. She has just the right tone of voice for the telling of Giulia’s story and the time just flew by listening to her. I’m really hoping for another look into Giulia’s life in the future!
Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction!
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