Summary: 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…
My thoughts: Even though I was a bit wary of the paranormal aspect of the book, I just fell in love with that beautiful cover and was delighted when I received a copy for review. The book itself is easy to read and draws you into the story as I just read it in under a day.
Caitlyn is the type of girl who likes to please everyone, doesn’t want to drama, even if that means giving up something she likes. Basically, she’s kind of spineless, especially with her best friend, Stella. But one night, everything changes after a homeless man transfers her his gift, aka the ability to read people’s emotions, even the most hidden ones. When I read it, this sounded a bit like micro-expressions. If you don’t know what those are, I recommend watching “Lie To Me.”
With Eric’s help, Eric being her neighbor and love interest, Caitlyn learns to control her gift and is able to use it at will. So, you do get a bit of coming-of-age story because Caitlyn is really confused and angry at first, but then she learns to cope with her new abilities and actually use them for good. This is a really nice progression. Indie’s story was interesting, even though slightly far-fetched for tension. One thing I have to say though: if you have to run and get some data from a laptop, don’t wait for the data to be copied on the stick, just take the damn laptop.
All in all, it was a good story and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.
My rating: 4 stars
About the author: 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.
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