I’ve been on a roll with listening to audibooks in the past several months, so when I saw The Audiobookworm was hosting a tour on Colorless by Rita Stradling, I knew I had to jump on it.
Though I knew very little about Colorless when I went into the novel, I was intrigued by the synopsis of a girl who loses both her parents and her colour.
Did I enjoy Colorless enough to look forward to its sequel? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
Colorless (Colorless #1) by Rita Stradling
Publisher: Rita Stradling Books (August 8, 2017)
Print Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hrs 22 mins
Narrator: Lauri Jo Daniels
In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.
Their only target: Annabelle.
Colorless has a multitude of things going for it, most of all its unique premise. Stradling’s attention to the curse’s detail, from the colour being leached out of Annabelle, her clothes, and anything she comes into contact with, to the fact that she explained what would happen if she used her ‘power’ in antagonistic way was quite innovative.
I also enjoyed the world in which Colorless is set. While I’m not sure if it was what Stradling was going for, I perceived Domengrad as a Russia/Germany hybrid type country, which is a setting that I haven’t explored in YA fantasy.
Plus, the inclusion of a dire wolf mythology was down right awesome. My only issue was that the dire wolves came into the plot in the last third of the novel, so it just ended up leaving me wanting more!
The characters on the other hand left something to be desired. Annabelle was a typical 16-year-old in attitude. I found her incredibly whinny at times, and given the amount of times she said something to the effect of, “I’m a higher status so treat me as such” I know it wasn’t me giving her an attitude. Stradling also made it quite clear of Annabelle and Dylan’s feelings to one another, but in the end didn’t act on it because it was deemed ‘unethical’ given that Annabelle was Dylan’s employer, or something like that. The saving grace for the characters had to be Sophie whose bravery in the end was refreshing in an otherwise sea of self serving characters.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.