Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Review: When Colors Bleed

WHEN COLORS BLEED is a collection of short stories by the author of ARSON. This collection features three unique stories with universal themes of love, loss, and regret. Watch the colors bleed.

--See more at Goodreads

Intended Reading Group:
Upper YA/Adult

Content Screening:
Adult themes like death, love and loss. However there is no inappropriate language or anything that is outrightly graphic.


Cover Inspection:
Totally dark and brooding. I thought it matched the title perfectly.

First Thoughts:
I didn't glance long enough to see this wasn't YA so when the character in the first story was 23 I did a bit of a double take.


My Review:
I've had Estevan Vega's book Arson on my wishlist forever. I'm still anxiously waiting for my library to buy a copy, but when he offered me the opportunity to review his new set of short stories I jumped at the chance! I've heard nothing but good things about his writing and I went into this with high expectations.

Wow, is all I have to say. Truly. These three short stories are not only well-written, but each one is filled with such emotion and so poignant. It's like being teased with a little bit of your favorite candy. You want so much more after you're done! My favorite by far was Baby Blue. This short story had so many emotions packed into one story. It made me sob. Every now and then I come across a story that makes me take stock of my life and what is around me. This was one of those stories. In their own ways Vanilla Red and The Man In The Colored Room were both fantastic as well. Definitely different, which made them a delight to read.

Let me say this. Estevan's writing is superb. It is dark and has almost a smoky quality to it. His characters pop off the page in even his short stories. If this is what he has in store for me, I am now waiting even more impatiently to get my hands on a copy of Arson. Well done Estevan. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic writing with us!

Book Details
Title: When Colors Bleed
Author: Estevan Vega
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Epub; 37
Source: Received for promotional tour.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Final Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart


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