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True Colors

(The Masks #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  802 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people's masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets...some
Paperback, 340 pages
Published February 16th 2014 by Evatopia Press (first published February 12th 2014)
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May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA mystery readers Readers of YA books with Magical Realism.
"you are a good soul," he said.

"Oh no, it's really no big deal. I should probably do more for you, but my friends..." I pointed back to the club with my free hand, feeling ashamed for even associating with my heartless companions.

His smile was tender as he squeezed my hand. "Your kindness will not go unnoticed".

True Colors (The Masks, #1)
by Melissa Pearl

In this YA novel, Caitlyn has been given the power to read minds. To see behind peoples' exterior and deep into the recesses of their brains..
Angela Auten
True Colors Review

Book Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. I really enjoyed this book. It was such an interesting read. Caitlyn Davis had a normal life until she ran into a homeless man. He gave her a gift. She is able to read people's emotions. She was able to tell that her ex-boyfriend only wanted her for sex. Her best friend didn't really care about her. Thanks to her next door neighbor she was able to control her power. She ended up discovering something sinister. This boo
Melissa Pearl
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm very excited about launching this book into the world on February 16th. It's been really fun to work on and having Dale and Nicole briefly appearing was just SO much fun :D

I hope you all enjoy reading TC as much as I loved writing it!!

If you'd like to help me welcome TC into the world, please join the Masquerade Ball Facebook Event :)
Paranormal meets young adult in this fresh concept of what would happen if we could see the emotions people hide under their masks.

Caitlyn is happy believing the relationships she’s formed with the in-crowd are real ones. So when a homeless man bestows on her the magical gift of true sight—she’s overwhelmed and angry with what she finds. When the homeless man refuses to take back his “gift”, Caitlyn turns to an unexpected confidante whose emotions match the faces he shows the world.

Together th
Secretly Adorkable Readers
A cute YA read with a slight supernatural tendencies thrown in. Caitlyn gains an ability to see behind people's masks after a recent encounter with a homeless man that changes her life completely. She begins to wonder if this was a blessing or a burden. Caitlyn has to make a decision. Read and find out what happens! ...more
Jodi Perkins
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Well, let's see.

The premise of this novel is completely unique: Caitlyn is given the gift (or the curse) of seeing what lies beneath people's "masks"--that is, she can see what emotions hide beneath the surface of each person (which also speaks volumes to her about who that person really is--good, evil, happy, insecure, etc.). SO COOL. Seriously, I wish I had thought of this.

And I read this book in one sitting. So there was definitely enough to keep me intrigued.

That being said, there were a few
Declarations of a Fangirl
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, e-books
*I was given a copy for an honest review.*

4.5 stars

True Colors was unlike any paranormal YA book I have ever read, although there wasn't a lot of paranormal aspects to it. Caitlyn is blessed by a homeless man with the gift of sight (as in she can see behind people's masks and what they are truly feeling) when she gives him some money for food. At first she is freaked out, understandably, and fights her gift. She finds out that the two people closest to her (her boyfriend, Chase and her best frie
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

I have never read a Melissa Pearl book before but I was drawn to True Colors from the very start. What an interesting concept this book has. What would you do if you are bestowed a gift - not a physical one but a paranormal one that gives you the ability to see through people's masks? Caitlyn, the protagonist, deals with that question everyday ever since she met a homeless man who touched her and changed her life forever.

Caity has always been a follower and is
Mary Lou Hoffman
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Series: Masks #1
Category /Genre: Fantasy, YA
Received from: Melissa Pearl (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by: Mrs. Potters Book Publicity Services
Recommended for: 16+ (no sex, but it is discussed)
Grammar/editing: A – near perfect– book received as an unedited ARC

This is the first in a new series from young adult author, Melissa Pearl.

Eighteen-year-old Caitlyn Davis is in the popular crowd at her private high school in Berkley, CA, but she is the quiet one in the bunch. She is always suppo
True Colors is the story of Caitlyn Davis she has her whole life changed forever on the night she meets a stranger in the alley. Gifted with the ability to see past what people are really feeling isn’t going to be easy for Caitlyn when she learns that her boyfriend cares more about getting some than about her. As Caitlyn learns to deal with her new gift will she turn it into a blessing or a curse? Will she survive high school learning secrets that could tear hear world apart? What about the neig ...more
Leigh Hunt
True Colors is a great book, a quick read, with a cast of great characters.
After showing selfless kindness to an old homeless man, she is gifted with the ability to see the true motivations and emotions behind the façade that people show.
She discovers that not all is well with the seemingly perfect world of Palisades High, including realising that her best-friend who was always so sure of herself is incredibly insecure and selfish.
But it’s what she sees in some of the other students that turn
DJ Sakata
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary
I was given an ARC of Melissa Pearl's True Colors by the author for an honest review. I want to give it 3 1/2 stars. While not great literature, for this genre, it is far better than 3 but falls somewhat short of 4. I liked the story, creative ideas, and most of the characters. The book was entertaining, well edited and plotted, yet felt a bit...lacking. Although I readily confess, high school YA is not my typical genre. And this is relatively tame YA. There is an interesting little paranormal t ...more
Michelle Dodd
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Don't wear your emotions on your sleeve someone may take notice! Caitlyn is just a regular teen who by her lucky or not so lucky stars gets a gift. Only Caity's gift let's her see peoples true feelings and it's not good. The gift to see does force her to drop some awful friends, but it also helps pick up her super cute crush Eric who's actually smitten with her. Caitlyn then has to do decide if her seeing peoples true colors is a gift or a curse and if it will be beneficial to use. The story def ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. There is so much you can relate to when you think back to your high school days and the struggles of being a teenager. Melissa Pearl does a good job of mixing a good amount of humor, mystery and suspense into the story without it being too overwhelming. I immediately fell in love with Eric and can totally understand why Caitlyn was crushing. All the characters were great and the story was interesting. I will definitely be waiting to read the following books in this se ...more
Nik August
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book took me totally by surprise. I won it in a giveaway and had no idea what it was about. Quite frankly the delicate mask on the cover led me to believe it might be a bondage book, but I was determined to read it and review. Imagine my utter relief to find it a paranormal story! Can I just say I loved this tale of deception and truth. At times I could feel my heart racing with anticipation. There's something to be said about inherently good people. And Caitlyn was one. The characters inte ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Okay so I have to say I'm used to Melissa Pearl's books but this one is so different from her others. You have Caitlyn who is a normal high schooler trying to lead a teenagers life. All of a sudden she is faced with powers that scare her. I loved that no matter how tough it is Caitlyn doesn't back down to help her friends. All in all definitely a good book and can't wait for a sequel for this is one series that sounds unlike any I have read.
Helen Simpson
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
True Colors follows Caity, a girl with a large friend group that likes to party and hangout at the beach. While she is partying with her friends at a club one night, Caity approaches a homeless man that grabs for her, transferring his power to Caity that allows her to see peoples' real emotions without their masks to hide them. She has to come to terms with the fact that the people she thought had her back don't actually have her best interests at heart.

The beginning of the book focuses on Cait
Leanne ~ Tales From The Heart
I don't know what took me so long to start this series, but I'm excited I can read them all back to back. Caitlyn is a Senior, finishing her final year at high school when a strange meeting leaves her with a gift...or is it a curse. She has the power of seeing through the facade of a person's face. It would seem that so many people are deceptive. As if being a teen wasn't hard enough with parents, teachers and the melodramas going on in everyday life. There were heart racing moments in this book ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible. I read it in two days. I was totally immersed, especially at the end. 100% recommend if you want something with a sweet romance and a cool supernatural element set in normal society.
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Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always a fantastic read. Caitlyn has always cruised through life but when she meets a strange homeless man, things change for her. Loved the book.
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I receive a copy via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review for a book tour!

True Colors by Melissa Pearl is a young adult (dangerously close to the new adult age group) novel that follows a protagonist whose life changes drastically after a chance encounter. This mystery resembles the TV show, Veronica Mars, if she had the ability to read people’s true emotions (Just so you can get a gist of what to expect!) Pearl’s nov
Kathryn Svendsen
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense, ya, romance, teen
Caitlyn Davis comes from a wealthy home. Life is easy. Then, she’s given a gift from a dying homeless man because he sees she has a good heart. But Caitlyn doesn’t see it as a gift, she sees it as a curse. She can see the emotions people hide behind their everyday expressions. But who wants to see people putting on a happy face when they are hurting or fearful?

At first she just wishes it would just go away. Then she learns to control when she can see behind these masks. Caitlyn is surprised when
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-paranormal
I received an ARC version of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and although there was a moment or two where I was frustrated with Caity and her short-sightedness, I have to say that overall I was fully engaged and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Caity is 18, a senior in high school, and comes from a more privileged background. She isn’t a bad person, but also not one to make waves and pretty much just
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
One evening Caity's BFF Stella talks her into going out to a dance club to unwind with her Boyfriend Chase and the rest of their friends. This is the same night that Caity ends up being surprised in more ways than one, but it doesn't stop there she also starts to feel quite sick which leads her to not act like herself.

Caity seems to be able to see through peoples' facades right to their real emotions. It's written all over their faces clear as day the more she looks at them. All expressions, th
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Another really great read from Melissa Pearl. I picked this up after reading the Betwixt series by the same author and was instantly caught up in the story. This book follows the life of high-school student Caitlyn as she suddenly develops the ability to see people's true emotions and discovers the false masks many of her peers constantly wear. It isn't long before Caitlyn realises there are very few truly genuine people in her life and soon she is discovering sinister plots and terrifying truth ...more
Melissa S Frederick
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: reviewed-books
Things are not always what the seem......

I give this book 4 stars

What does this mean to me?

I LOVED IT and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

I'll admit Melissa Pearl is one of the best authors I've come across since I've started accepting ARC novels for review. I was so excited when I received an email letting me know that True colors was available to be reviews. I've enjoyed Melissa's writing style since the very first book of hers that I picked up.

I was hooked on True colors from the
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
True Colors by Melissa Pearl is book 1 in the Mask Series. It is an awesome and interesting YA book that had my attention right from the beginning.

Caitlyn Davis is a normal teenage girl who lives in California and attends Palisades High School. Her life is going great. She has her best friend, Stella, some school friends and her boyfriend, Chase. Caitlyn is the type of girl that stays away from all the high school drama.

One evening at the club with Stella, a homeless man comes walking up to th
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing premise of the story. I usually struggle with YA and the drama associated with them but this one wowed me. We all wear a mask in public to hide our true emotions but what happens if you're able to strip this mask away and see what the person is truly feeling? And if this happens in a high school then it becomes all the more revealing.

Caitlyn is what I would describe as your typical high school student, just trying to
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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her ...more

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