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From the moment Lucia steps into Bayside Art Academy, she is fed a steady stream of lies, but it’s not until she meets William that she begins to question the people she trusts. Unraveling fact from fabrication seems impossible until Lucia finds her first painting, and discovers the dead do not lie--at least not to her.Helpful Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Website
A dozen lifetimes ago, Lucia started a war. Not a war with armies or guns, but a bloody war nonetheless. The path leading Lucia to the truth is hidden within lovely art that spans the ages. In this life, however, Lucia doesn't know where to look. Lost, she turns to the one thing she knows with certainty--she is in love with Leo, and has been before.
My ReviewLucia leads a rather confusing life. Well at least it is confusing for her as she seems to know people that she doesn't know, and shouldn't know, and remembers things that make her seem older than she really is. When weird things happen to Lucia her mother just sends her to a psychologist and soon she forgets everything. Soon all the weirdness goes away, but the feeling of being alone and not belonging never quite leave Lucia. Then she get's a scholarship for the Bayside Art Academy and her life is thrown into a vortex as people she feels she knows, and memories she thinks are dreams turn out to be people she actually knows and memories of lives lived.
Thrust into a world that she doesn't even remember Lucia is brought together with a few of her oldest and most trusted allies, she discovers that this world she lives in, is really a dangerous game that she has been playing for centuries. A game that very well may cost her not only her life, but the life of her one true love.
In Pigments of my Imagination, Lucia seems to lead a pretty complicated and confusing life. As she starts at her new school she see's people that she thinks and feels she should know. People that she feels like she has known for years. When she finally meets them she learns that they are very special people. Not only does their art leave you mistified, but they are actually people that she knew. People that she trusted and at one time even loved. Now all Lucia has to do is figure out how they fit into her life and why they are so important.
As she seeks answers from her century old companions, no one seems to want to give her the answers that she seeks. So, stubborn as she is, she sets out to find them on her own. Only the answers she finds are more mere pieces to a puzzle that she really can't understand.
So we know that Lucia is special. She is from a time very far from ours and her art, well let's just say that her art will steal your breath away. Her art may be a little dangerous, but she is definitely on the side of good, but she may of accidentally started a war, in her first life. A war that she doesn't know quite how to stop. Now the lives of all her loved ones are in danger as the one she hides from will do anything to get his hands on her and force her to fix the wrong he thinks she has done.
I know that I am not telling you much about the story, as well, let's just say that there is not much I can really tell you without giving major plot points away. I can tell you that Lucia is in love and will always be in love with Leo, that their life is complicated, overly complicated. That they are surrounded by a few people they trust who share in their fate, and that they just want to be together.
All in all Pigments of my Imagination was a good book, it was full of suspense, love and action. However, there were times that I think the suspense was too much. Many times I felt as confused and as lost as the main character Lucia as the story unfolded, never sure which way the story was going to go. But that suspense can be taken as both a good and bad thing. Good because let's face it, I hardly saw most of the story coming. Sure some of it was written in the pages or the stars as it were, but there was a lot of it that I just simply couldn't guess. But on the other hand, there were times I felt overly confused and lost, and like Lucia I wanted to shake the shoulders of the nearest character and shout at them to tell me what in the hell was going on.
As much as I enjoyed the characters I never really felt an overly deep connection for most of them. I wanted to be truly connected to these characters, but alas I only really felt a connection for Leo and Lucia a little. I don't know if that is from the changing POV's or just from the flashback's, but either way I desired to know them on a deeper level, I wanted to love them more than I did. But maybe you will love them, maybe you will make that connection. And I certainly do hope you try because I think this book is worth a read through.
"It's too late for that. I fell in love with you so long ago-longer than we even know of. Likely before the universe was here and together we just drifted as energy through the cosmos." (kindle, loc. 852).
This book is full of wonderful, magical little moments like these that really tug at the heart of a hopeless romantic like me. That's why I chose this moment, because this is one of those soulful moments that makes it so sweet.
Angela Kulig is an American gypsy, and former pirate. She has been from sea to shining sea--and though she is currently trapped in the desert against her will, she escapes everyday in the form of many books.
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