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True Colors (The Masks Series #1)

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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
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published February 16th 2014 by Evatopia Press (first published February 12th 2014)
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Melissa Pearl
Jan 16, 2014 Melissa Pearl 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!!

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Jodi Perkins
Dec 26, 2014 Jodi Perkins 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
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preppea
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
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Declarations of a Fangirl
Oct 16, 2014 Declarations of a Fangirl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, kindle
*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
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Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Feb 11, 2014 Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas) 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
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Mary Lou Hoffman
Dec 13, 2013 Mary Lou Hoffman 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
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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
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Michelle Dodd
Feb 10, 2014 Michelle Dodd 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
Jessica
Jan 07, 2014 Jessica 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 Nik August 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
Melinda
Dec 22, 2014 Melinda 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 Helen Simpson rated it really liked it
ARC REVIEW

I REALLY LOVED THE IDEA OF THIS BOOK AND WAS INTRIGUED BEFORE I READ IT. I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED. STORY WAS FAB AND WELL WRITTEN ABSOLUTELY LOVE CAITLYN. CANT WAIT TO READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR.
Dayla
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
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Kathryn Svendsen
Feb 15, 2014 Kathryn Svendsen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, romance, ya, suspense, 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
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Linda
Feb 15, 2014 Linda 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
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James
Jun 10, 2014 James 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
Marcia
Jan 13, 2014 Marcia 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
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Melissa S Frederick
Apr 15, 2016 Melissa S Frederick 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
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Len
Dec 13, 2013 Len 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
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Lisa Atherton
Oct 16, 2014 Lisa Atherton 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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Pyper at Reading Lark
I had never heard of Melissa Pearl until this year. I happened upon a new book of hers called I Know Lucy and she has quickly become one of my favorite YA authors. Of course, I jumped at the chance to review True Colors, the first book in The Mask series.

Caitlyn is a popular girl who is the ultimate people pleaser. She hates conflict and does whatever she can to avoid contention. However, after a troubling encounter with a homeless man, she discovers that she now has a power which will make he
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Books
Feb 16, 2014 Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
As is usually the case with Melissa Pearl's books, I couldn't put True Colors down. Not only does it contain a healthy measure of action and suspense, it is written in such a captivating way that the story pulled me in and wouldn't let go.

Caitlyn Davis's kindness to a homeless man earns her an unusual gift. A gift from which she can neither run away nor ignore as it is part of her. She can control it and use it, but, using it may prove to be rather dangerous; even life threatening.

I absolutely
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Katie Boettcher
Mar 20, 2014 Katie Boettcher rated it really liked it

Caitlyn is a high school senior living it up without regard for the consequences of her choices. When she comes face to face with a homeless man one fateful night, she is entrusted with a gift that will force her to reevaluate her life. Will she continue on the path of recklessness and self-destruction or will she choose to utilize this gift for the greater good? As the true colors of those around her come to light, she discovers things are not as they appear.

When Caitlyn sees something she shou
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
First of all I just want to say that I love the cover of this book. It is really eye-catching and just perfect for the book.

As for the story itself, I loved how the story progresses and builds up. It starts with Caitlyn being a weak sheep, always putting others before herself because she wants to avoid conflict and being friends with some that really aren't that nice! Then, as she is a "good soul", something happens that opens her eyes. This is when the story really picks up the pace as she lear
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
This review is also posted on my BLOG


This is just what I need. This book is refreshing, engaging, sweet, and spunky all at the same time.

I honestly don’t know what to expect from this book. This is also my first from Ms. Melissa Pearl and after reading this I can proudly say that I’m a huge fan of her now. I already TBR-ed all of her books.

Now to the story, I’ll admit first that Caitlyn irritated the life out of me in the first few chapters. She just cares about unimportant stuff so sometimes sh
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Movies, Shows,
Feb 19, 2014 Movies, Shows, rated it really liked it
**I received a free copy for an honest review**

Where do I start? The synopsis alone piqued my interest with the thought of "what would I do if I could peel back the masks everyone wears everyday?" Well, that's exactly what True Colors is all about. Set in sunny California, Caitlyn Davis is the main character that has been "given" such a gift. High school is already difficult as it is, then add this ability...it definitely got confusing. Told in Caitlyn's point of view, she takes readers through
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Mandy Sickle
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
Courtney
Mar 02, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

True Colors is such a unique and creatively done story. Caitlyn is gifted the ability to see behind peoples “masks” and see exactly what they are truly feeling. While someone may be smiling on the outside, she can pull back the layers and discover their sadness, anger, darkness or whatever it is they are truly feeling. When she discovers secrets within her school she uses this gift to get to the bottom of it and try to help those w
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Karen Voitik
Oct 16, 2014 Karen Voitik rated it it was amazing

>Book review - True Colors

>I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock. This is the first book in the Masks series and ends with a HEA.

>Caity is a high school senior and major follower. She follows her BFF, Stella and her boyfriend into situations that are beginning to make her uncomfortable. Due to her positive actions toward a homeless person, she receives a "gift". This gift is extremely unwelcome to Caity. She can now see people's hidden em
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Lisa
Oct 09, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Action, romance, and a unique gift. All of these things make True Colors an enjoyable read. Caitlyn receives a homeless man's dying gift and it changes her world. She learns to see beyond what people portray to the world to the real emotions underneath and not much of it is pretty. Her school is ruled by fear from a boy who uses threats and intimidation to get others to tow the line all while wearing the façade of a great guy. Seeing his true character thrusts Caitlyn into a mystery and a danger ...more
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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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