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Where Bluebirds Fly (Synesthesia-Shift #1)

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Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials-The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret- that days, months and years appear as color in ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Createspace
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Brynn Chapman The sequels were purchased by a Publisher, and altered. Though set in the same world, they are a separate entity. Requiem Red releases April 6th,…moreThe sequels were purchased by a Publisher, and altered. Though set in the same world, they are a separate entity. Requiem Red releases April 6th, 2016.(less)
Karen Krause Yes, Brynn Chapman's second book is in final stages. I haven't heard a release date for the print/ebook version yet. Keep looking!

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Kwoomac
This book just didn't work for me. There were two main characters who meet up when some sort of portal opens up in a corn field. The woman Verity Montague is from Salem MA living in the 1600's at the height of the witch trials. Truman Johnstone lives in current times. Both have synesthesia which manifests itself in different ways. Of course, Verity is accused of being a witch because of this, combined with her red hair and two different colored eyes. Truman grew up in foster care, bouncing from ...more
Jess the Audiobookworm
Aug 07, 2016 Jess the Audiobookworm rated it it was amazing
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5★ Audiobook⎮ I've thought long and hard about this and can find no reason not to award this book five stars. The reason I had to think long and hard about it was because it wasn't one of those stories that absolutely blew my mind in an obvious sort of way. Instead, it left me with a subtle awe-like stillness. Truthfully, it haunted me a little and I am semi-ashamed to admit that I slept with my television on last night because of it. The part of this story set during the Salem witch trials ...more
D.B.
Jan 20, 2014 D.B. rated it it was amazing
Verity Montague and her brother John have secrets. They’re different from their fellows in 17th Century Salem, and in this time of paranoia and suspicion, difference is a death sentence. When they can no longer hide their strange way of perceiving the world, not to mention the injustice of the persecution that surrounds them, they are condemned as witches. Their only chance to escape is a mysterious portal through time.

Truman Johnstone has dedicated his life to helping children with autism, givi
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Jennifer Levac
This book was originally reviewed on AudioBook Reviewer

This is my very first time listening to an audio book, well okay I know I listened to some when I was a child. This is the first adult book. I was super excited to get a chance to review Where Bluebirds Fly for a couple reasons. First I love reading about the Salem witch trials and witchcraft type stories. Second I work with people with Autism and my son has some Asperger’s type habits or traits. I was interested to see how well the author
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Christa Lane
Jun 03, 2014 Christa Lane rated it really liked it
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SO... I read the introduction to this book and thought it would be about a girl and a boy within the same timeline. I really did start reading this and took me a while to find out what was going on. I mean not to mention the structure of the book wasn't the best either. Half of the time I couldn't tell who was speaking until the book gave some sort of hint. I mean I read it and I was just like

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Eventually the book kind of got easier to read though and in a nutshell it is about a girl named Verity
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Tanya
I sit and think what to say....
This is such a thought provoking story. It stays with you , the story is unique , intelligent, with so many themes running thru it.

Truth, Face Your Fears, Being Different is good, Redemption, Fate, Destiny, Soul Mates.

This story is poetic and lyrical , there is more than meets the eye with it, your heart sees as much as your eyes read.

Verity and John are different. Different is not good, especially in the 1600's in Salem Mass. The Salem's Witch Trials , mass hyst
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AudioBookReviewer
Aug 13, 2014 AudioBookReviewer rated it really liked it
ABR's full Where Bluebirds Fly audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
Angela Blount
3 stars

I've decided to call this one a time-travel YA urban fantasy. We begin the hero and heroine living life in starkly different eras, more than 300 years apart. Truman (True) and Verity (which, yes, also means 'truth' *applause*) share a bonding commonality of Synethesia--a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. (Which is about as awesome and horrible as it sounds,
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Audiothing
Oct 15, 2014 Audiothing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Where Bluebirds Fly: Synesthesia Shift Series, Volume 1
Written by: Brynn Chapman
Narrated by: Karen Krause
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Series: Synesthesia Shift, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook

Publishers Summary
Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials - The Putnams. They k
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Mary Braden
May 26, 2014 Mary Braden rated it did not like it
I hate this book. Like, more than I’ve ever hated anything before. I was so excited to get this book, because it would talk about people with Synesthesia, which I have, and since my older brother has Asperger’s Syndrome, I was excited for that too. I had never met, or had the chance to talk to anyone with the same ability’s as me, and so I was immediately drawn to this book. Now before you say “you shouldn't hate a book just because it got details about a rare mental condition wrong” let me ...more
Kendra
Aug 14, 2013 Kendra rated it it was amazing
This is a jumping story! Jumps back and forth from Salem during the witch trials, to an orphanage for needing children in current day Pennsylvania.
Verity is different, red hair, different colored eyes, and she sees colors with words.
Verity's brother John is also different, probably on the autism spectrum, and doesn't really understand people.
Verity is a servant, working for the Putnam's, during the witch trials. She tries to keep an eye on her brother, but taking care of her own chores makes it
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Lilmissmolly
Aug 19, 2014 Lilmissmolly rated it liked it
Where Bluebirds Fly is a unique and educational story about sensory disorders written by Brynn Chapman. It kind of threw me for a loop because I was expecting a supernatural story set during the Salem witch trials. What I got was an explanation for why some people see things differently than others and which probably caused mass hysteria back in 1692.

The story centers on Verity who was orphaned with her brother John, both of whom become servants for a prominent family in Salem - the Putnam’s. Jo
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Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

I thought the author captured the hysteria of Salem quite well. This is a sad time in history that has always fascinated me as it has many others, and this book gave us a pretty good glimpse of the mind set of the time. It showed many sides to human nature, both good and bad.

The attraction between True and Verity was pretty instantaneous. They fell in love fast. They had much in common though, and the cultural gap between them didn't hold them back. They lear
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Evette Marie
I received an ARC directly from the author.

What I like about this book is first, the cover - it's beautiful and intriguing at the same time. Next is the unique plot of romance, and the combination of history and science in one story. I also loved the way how the protagonists traveled from one place/decade to another. Then, not only that this book is entertaining, but as well as educational. It raises awareness to the readers about the different problems/disorders some people have which other peo
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Gerri
Jan 27, 2013 Gerri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written, well thought out book. The story goes back and forth between Salem of 1692 to present day. A romance, yes, one that is sweet, but intense, and so well written you almost think more happened than did. It could be a YA, but for older, mature youth. The scenes of a scalping are intense. Equally brutal, but of emotions, are the Salem scenes.
The author shows how jealousy, fear of anyone different, and plain meanness can too easily get a person singled out as a witch. The char
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Tracy Hanson
Jul 21, 2013 Tracy Hanson rated it it was amazing
It's a well thought out, well-written book set between 1692 Salem and the present day. The book shows how someone different can be shunned by society, in our heroine's case branded a witch. The romance is sweet and intense but left me thinking did more happen? There are a few brutual scenes especially the description of the scalping (but don't let that put you off). It was great to see when everyone shunned the main characters they found someone that appreciated their unique talents. I really ...more
Genny Moore
Jun 09, 2013 Genny Moore rated it liked it
Interesting mix of adult fiction with a bit of Salem Witch Trial history and some synesthesia thrown in for the science-fiction buffs. Kind of an adultish version of the "Magic Treehouse" series.

While I appreciate how this author explained her historical references I don't know how accurate some of them were. While the ergot poisoning theory has been out for awhile some studies have shown that after baking most of the poison if not all would have been burned off effectively. Also recent autopsie
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✿Claire✿ (Tiny Owl)
Wow. I was expecting this book to move me, but not to the extent it did.

Where Bluebirds Fly is a well researched book, giving an example of the life in Salem at the time of the Witch Trials. Its link to modern day gives it a solid link and the characters, particularly Verity, Truman and John are well written. They have a depth which engrossed me and led me to read on.

The ending was unexpected, I was fully expecting to be crying by the finale but it sits well with the rest of the book and was mu
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Deliasue
Jul 31, 2014 Deliasue rated it it was amazing
This is a time travel book, a man walks into a cornfield and finds himself back in Salem Mass during the witch trials, everyone in the town is acting crazy and he being from another time finds what is wrong with the people, its a bacteria in the corn causing seizures and fits. He has to tread carefully or he will be hung as a witch. He falls in love with a girl who is doomed to be hanged and her brother also.
They find love in two time travel places. I enjoyed this book.
Julia Bell
Jan 31, 2015 Julia Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story although I was confused at the beginning since the hero is written in the third person and the heroine in the first. However, once I'd got my head round it, I found Trueman and Verity wonderful characters. With a mixture of time travel, the Salem witch trials of the seventeenth century and the modern understanding of Asperger's syndrome, this story kept me intrigued to the end.
DT Krippene
Nov 18, 2012 DT Krippene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two people from a different timeline, both with dark childhoods as a result of being "different" from the norm. One modern, the other trapped in the discrimination of Salem witch trials, somehow, the universe finds a way to unite them. An imaginative story that has you rooting for both protaganists. Highly recommend it. Can't wait for the next installment.
InD'tale Magazine
2.5/5.0

Where Bluebirds Fly is a unique and educational story about sensory disorders, perhaps a little too educational.

Read full review in the 2013 June issue of InD’tale Magazine.
ara133photography
Jan 18, 2015 ara133photography rated it it was amazing
loved this book - i was glued!! verity, john and truman were well-developed and i loved the paranormal aspect. i have one question about how they were able to do what they could do but am hoping it's explained in the sequel, which i'll definitely be getting!
Kyra Dunst
Aug 21, 2013 Kyra Dunst rated it really liked it
I like time travel romances, and this one was very well done. Two very unusual people find each other through their unique gifts and a hole in time. I'm interested in seeing how this series develops.
Eileen Carter
Mar 25, 2014 Eileen Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
action packed fiction which has historical facts thrown in. very enjoyable and an easy read. the characters are indeed which you want tho help and see a happy ending.
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Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a ...more
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“He wondered at the atrocities human kind was capable of committing. The majority of those housed below were ill, mentally or physically, not witches. Most were poor victims--the outcasts of society; or the opposite, people so blessed, others coveted their lives.” 9 likes
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