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Young Adult Fiction 551
unique YA book that combines art with prose
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
A CLOUD OF OUTRAGEOUS BLUE is a historical fiction read that takes the reader to 1348-1349. Edyth grew up with her parents and brother. They were expecting another baby when her parents died and her family was shunned. Alone and unable to make it, her brother decides to send Edyth to a priory to work (not to become a nun).

Once there, Edyth finds a community, which has its benefits and challenges. When her synesthesia comes to light, it is seen as something possibly divine. As her status changes so too does the way she relates to the people around her. At the same time, the plague is spreading, and the illness is sure to touch life everywhere.

This was an intriguing dive into history and I particularly liked the illustrations included throughout. This is written for a YA audience, and the text is an interesting historical perspective with the superstitious nature of people at the time and the relatively low options for young women like Edyth. The romance was a little background, but I found Mason charming. I was most interested in the priory and how it was run/what daily life looked like. This seemed well-researched and it definitely brings the reader into the past. The shocking ending was really lyrically written, and I enjoyed this writing style with art woven with words that brings this book to life in an unusual way (for YA books).

Overall, A CLOUD OF OUTRAGEOUS BLUE is a powerful historical fiction that transports the reader into the past.
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