The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies

High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses?her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella?s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people?s true emotions?until she meets a guy she just can?t High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition c...

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Title:The Color of Lies
Author:C.J. Lyons
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0310765374
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook

The Color of Lies Reviews

  • CLM
    Jan 05, 2019
    A little disappointing in terms of a cliched yet at the same time improbable plot but I did like the characters ...
  • Lisa Mandina
    Nov 08, 2018
    I am a big fan of this author's YA books: Broken and Watched. And I am also very intrigued by the whole synesthesia thing. I even have a really good friend who has the condition. I remember first reading about synesthesia when I was in college. Studying to be a science teacher, I had ...
  • Mrs. Kenyon
    Nov 25, 2018
    It is Ella?s eighteenth birthday and she is getting a little time away from her home when she meets Alec. Ella can?t read his emotions like she can everyone else, and this intrigues her and scares her at the same time. Ella has synesthesia and sees colors that represent a person?...
  • Jennifer
    Dec 12, 2018
    This is a very ambitious book. Synesthesia, mental illness, identity theft, war refugees, teen angst, race, murder... It's a smattered smattering. This author has a talent for describing things. Lyons's descriptions of color and auras and eyes are done well. She clearly is a medical...
  • Erin
    Feb 23, 2019
    I just had a lot of issues and questions with this book from the very beginning to the very end. I also highly question the author?s research when it comes to synesthesia and how she portrayed its symptoms in the main character. I have a hard time believing that if you have this then...
  • Jessica
    Nov 14, 2018
    YA mysteries and thrillers are still relatively new territory for me, mainly because I still always seem to gravitate towards my safe fantasy territory. Which is why, when the opportunity to review a book like The Color of Lies presents itself, I'll happily oblige. This story in partic...
  • Heather
    Nov 04, 2018
    I received a complimentary NetGalley copy of The Color of Lies from JustRead Tours and a positive review is not required. Oh. My. God. I was not prepared for the whirlwind that was The Color of Lies. I don?t think I?ve read a thriller quite like this one. There a tad bit of YA-n...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    Feb 27, 2019
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction The Color of Lies is a mystery/thriller with a synesthesia twist! Ella has spent her whole life being able to ?read? the people around her. When she talks to people, she doesn?t only hear their word...
  • Stephanie Ward
    Nov 06, 2018
    'The Color of Lies' is an intriguing young adult thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat to the very end. There were several things I really enjoyed about this book and instead of trying to explain them in an order to make sense, I'm just going to list them. Charac...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    Mar 05, 2019
    2 STARS Ella, whose parents died when she was three, meets college freshman Alec, who was present when her parents died and is now investigating the deaths. Soon they realize Ella?s life is based on lies. Ella has synesthesia, a real neurological condition, which allows her to ...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Oct 19, 2018
    I love it when a YA thriller doesn't read TOO YA. There's some romance but it's so limited it doesn't prove to be a huge part which is nice. Thank the lord for no love triangles. (Ok, so there's a little bit of instalust but hey, it's a YA book after all....) What we get is a story abo...
  • Jazmen
    Nov 06, 2018
    The Color of Lies relies heavily on its interesting characters, not-so-original plot, and captivating writing to keep its reader--but as for the thrill, it just doesn't sizzle enough. YA novels don't tend to be too wowing in the thrill department and while this one is not so differ...
  • Jo Ann Reinhold
    Nov 12, 2018
    Ella Cleary has lived her life trusting in her instincts about people and her ability to read their emotions. Ella has synesthesia, a medical condition that scrambles the senses and for Ella, allows her to see the emotions of others in colors that swirl and surround everyone she comes ...
  • Christy
    Nov 18, 2018
    Fast and addictive while keeping me on my toes...just how I like my mysteries! ...
  • Celeste
    Mar 06, 2019
    Truth be told it was an audible library book and my time was up before I finished it. But then if it had held my attention I would have finished prior to the two weeks ending. It wasn't a bad book but VERY YA. I enjoy many YA books but this writing felt to be aimed at the younger end o...
  • Jessica Higgins
    Nov 26, 2018
    A great YA thriller with heart! Ella Cleary has never been like everyone else. She has grown up with a special medical condition called synesthesia, a scrambling of the senses that gives Ella the ability to see colors that show people?s true emotions. Others have it affect other s...
  • Kelly Brigid
    Oct 04, 2018
    ?The world is filled with magic. You just have to look and listen? The Color of Lies is a novel whose story is as alluring as its eye-catching cover and title. Although the mystery isn?t particularly original, I love the use of synesthesia in the plot, and how it shapes the ...
  • J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    Nov 12, 2018
    The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons is an intriguing exploration of the world of a family of synesthetes, and one young woman in particular. Ella Cleary, like most of her family on her mother's side, has a form of synesthesia. This is a unique condition where two or more of the senses become...
  • Alex (Briennai)
    Nov 07, 2018
    I've always been interested in books where a character has synesthesia, and this book was a thriller that had multiple synesthetes! I just knew I had to pick it up.  Ella is the only one in her family who seems to have a form of synesthesia that allows her to still live a normal ...
  • Victoria Bunce
    Sep 05, 2018
    I received a copy of THE COLOR OF LIES on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author. Five stars and here's why: This book is riveting. I simply couldn?t put it down. The pacing is fantastic, the concept is unique, and the suspense nearly...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Nov 10, 2018
    3.5 stars I've had a great year reading mysteries so far, and The Color of Lies did not disappoint with how it built up the backstory of Ella and her parents' death. I adored reading about Ella and her family and their synesthesia, and it was really cool to read about the colors ...
  • DJ
    Oct 15, 2018
    Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ella thinks she knows how her parents died, she's accepted it and tried to move on. Then someone from her past pops up on her birthday to change the way she see everything. Her life becomes chaos and con...
  • Charlie
    Jan 21, 2019
    I had a lot of problems with this book. I thought the writing was, at best, overly poetic in a hamhanded way, at worst, incredibly unskilled. I found the characters to be empty vessels who acted in ways the narrative required to produce the most amount of faux drama in every scene, the...
  • David
    Jun 06, 2018
    4 1/2 stars. Thriller, Middle Grade. This came to me through Book Expo. Of all the books that I acquired, this had the most intriguing synopsis. Never heard of synesthesia, but a terrific idea to build a story around. Starts strong, finished strong. Couple extra chapters in the middl...
  • Erhi Divina
    Jan 08, 2019
    I received this ebook as part of a takeover tour and in exchange of an honest review. (Yes the picture was edited ?). Blurb in the comment ?. . From the very start of this book, I was blown away. It felt like I was glued to each pages because I could not just stop reading the s...
  • Jennifer Guyor Jowett
    Oct 28, 2018
    A book is best when it explores an unfamiliar world. Both Ella's synesthesia and her background are new worlds. While the main characters and the readers all think they know what took place in Ella's life, surprises (and even outright shocks0 abound. This story is filled with twists an...
  • Mar
    Sep 12, 2018
    4.5/5 stars *NO SPOILERS* "She wasn't afraid of drowning- she was afraid of when she had to come up for air." I don't think I have the words to justify how compelling this novel truly is. I am SHOOK to the core. The Color of Lies is told from two points of view: Ella, a ...
  • Caroline
    Nov 04, 2018
    This author was trying so much to make the sentences sound eloquent, but it ended up just looking just she was trying too hard. It was very repetitive, the same sentences over and over again. I also found that the author kept expressing the character's thoughts in sentences, instead...
  • Kathi Rauscher
    Sep 02, 2018
    This was a fast moving story. Told by both Ella and Alec. A mystery to be solved after Ella learns the truth of her parents death when she was a toddler. Seeing people the way Ella does with her synesthesia is a unique perspective. And to have friends as loyal as Max and Rory is a bles...
  • Laurie's 3rd Fire
    Nov 09, 2018
    Very interesting CJ is a wonderful writer. I love all her books. This one, I didn't realize was a YA, until I got into it. I do read YA. Synesthesia is an interesting phenomenon. I've heard about it, so I wanted to read about it. Ella is being raised by her gram and uncle. When ...