To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Review this product
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
5.0 out of 5 starsAll the Colors of Greatness
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2013
I've been waiting for this book to come out for some time now. It's adventure and love and strangeness and gut-wrenching emotion and more adventure. Buy this book.
1.0 out of 5 starsReally Strange and Not in a Good Way
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2014
This book has elements of science fiction, fantasy and M/M romance, yet never really pulls them together successfully. There are some very dark themes which do more to pull the story down than support it. Multiple disparate story threads are forced together and just left me a bit cold. Never did develop any interest in either MC, or any of the others.
5.0 out of 5 starsI was expecting a darker type of Sky High (the high school for super hero's kids disney movie) with a gay twist
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2018
The description of this story is a little bit misleading, or I missunderstood. I was expecting a darker type of Sky High (the high school for super hero's kids disney movie) with a gay twist. What I got instead was definitely dark in some places, but also an uplifting story about a young man trying to find his way in life, separate from his evil father, equating everything he feels to colors.
Harry's mom left when he was six years old, supposedly on a trip with his father, but she never returned. His life from that day on was the content of nightmares. He had already been a medical gunie pig of sorts, enduring 'life saving' injections and now abuse across the board; physical, mental and verbal, all at the hands of his father. Harry bounces from school to school as he lashes out at everyone and everything that isn't his father, wishing that it were, resulting in nothing but trouble. He's just been dumped off at his latest school with the threat of being locked under the sink for the rest of his natural life if he steps so much as one toe out of line.
Antonin is a model student, graphic artist and openly gay. And now he is Harry's new rommate. Antonin comes from a loving, overprotective and sligtly psychotic family. He's very talented with his comic book with the writing and the art, he's also very inquistive by nature. Harry see's him as nosey and dorkish at the start, but when Antonin steps up to some bully's in defense of Harry, the two become friends. Antonin accepts Harry as his friend and trusts him to spite his shady past, the two grow closer with each passing day. Harry seriously fights the attraction, but not for the reasons one would think. He see's being gay as wrong but he is in no way hateful or hurtful to Antonin because of his sexuality. He just doesn't understand how he himself could be bad at one more thing, his father has his psyche so twisted by this point.
Harry accompanies Antonin home for the Christmas break even knowing that his father agreeing to him going will come at a price, a price Harry isn't sure he can pay. He tries very hard not to grow attached to Antonin, to develop feelings he know's will be returned. It scares him, to be loved unconditionally, it's not something he comprehends. As Harry and Antonin navagate their way through family dramas, love, loss, betrayal and more abuse; Harry learns that love is a valid emotion, one that comes in many colors.
This really was an amazing story that defined the grey area between 'children learn what they live' and 'we are our own destiny'. Harry's father is a cruel bastard who doesn't care about anyone but himself. Antonin's mother is overprotective and overbearing to a fault, which cause some of the same personality conflicts between them that we see between Harry and his father. The two of them could become very dangerous people given the circumstances of their lives until now. But together, they can become something wonderful, something more. Narrated by the best, Paul Morey, I don't think there is anyone better at voicing those subtle nuances and changes in tones when going from one character and/or emotion to another as well as Morey.
There is one scene in the story that skirts the boundaries of YA and NA, it is passionate but appropriate. It's all about a love and awareness between Harry and Antonin. The simulated rape scene is more graphic in nature to be honest, but nothing ever goes quite over the line of young adult and adult. As I said, there is a darkness to this story, but overall it's very engrossing with the slightly sci-fi aspect. I'd definitely recommend this audio book, it has a little bit of everything and progresses so smoothly, your day will fly by.
I absolutely loved this book! I read it in one sitting, that's how much I enjoyed it.
The central characters are damaged - real damage, not fluffy everyday insults - that bring them together. While I was drawn to this loving non-traditional family it was the storyline of two young men falling in love that pulled me in. I wouldn't coin this a romance story though. There was everything in this book - action, mystery, a despicable villian, love, family, heartache, etc, etc, etc. I could go on and on.
Harry is a loaner and an outcast who's emotions are very much negative and is ruled by an overwhelming hatred of his father. When he is forced to transfer to a new school he meets his roommate - Antonin, a talented artist who is strong willed and not afraid of much. At first they don't get along but soon they are the best of friends.
During winter break they travel to Antonin's home, a trip Harry's father strangely approves of, and meet his family. They are a colorful cast of characters that you instantly fall in love with. Together they are family and like I said, all of them damaged but not beyond repair. Together they are healing from their pasts. And I think that was a major draw for me into this novel - we can all be fixed despite the mud we've walked through. And that love is everywhere around us.
A fantastic tale that I will highly recommend to every hungry reader I come across! Thank you author Jessica Freely!