Color Song

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September 16, 2014
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Artistically brilliant, Giulia is blessed - or cursed - with a spirit's gift: she can hear the mysterious singing of the colors as she creates them in the convent workshop of Maestra Humilita. It's here that Giulia, forced into the convent against her will, has found unexpected happiness and rekindled her passion to become a painter: An impossible dream for any woman in 15th century Italy. But when a dying Humilita bequeaths Giulia her most prized possession - the secret formula for the luminously beautiful paint called Passion blue - Giulia realizes she's in danger from those who have long coveted the famous color. Faced with the prospect of a life in the convent barred from painting as punishment for keeping Humilita's secret, Giulia is struck by a desperate idea: What if she disguises herself as a boy? Could she make her way to Venice and find work as an artist's apprentice?

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An Artistic and Passionate Story
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This book was really interesting for me and I enjoyed the time I spent reading it. It displayed its time period well, absorbing the reader into Guilia's life and making it feel so real. I loved the artistic aspect of the book, the discussion of art and of painting techniques. That's something that I don't see very often in books, but I definitely want to see more of it after this. At some points the writing style was beautiful, but other times it felt kind of clunky and awkward. But when it was beautiful, it really was beautiful, particularly when it was talking about art and color. I liked the characters, especially Guilia, but they weren't different or unique from other characters I've read. They didn't stand out to me, though they were well-written and concise. I liked the plot of the book, as well. It kept me reading and interested in what would happen next.
If you're looking for a book that is touching and historical, beautiful and interesting, I would recommend this book.
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