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Color Blind

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  23 reviews
April is alone in the world. When she was only a baby, her teenage mother took off and now, unbelievably, her dad has died. Nobody's left to take April in except her mom's sister, a free spirit who's a chef in New Orleans--and someone who April's never met. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, April is suddenly supposed to navigate a city that feels just like she feels, ...more
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by Simon Pulse
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Courtney Nosek
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
So much potential for this story. But lacked any high points in the book. Very bland like white bread.
Danielle N
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: give-aways, ya
Color Blind is a story of a young girl that finds her life turned upside down at the sudden loss of her father. She also soon discovers that her family is hiding a secret. A secret that she hopes to uncover. The blurb promises mystery and hints at suspense. The cover art is simple and enticing with a befitting title.

Unfortunately, I found that there was very little mystery or suspense actually involved in this story. While the family history surrounding our protagonist April was the
Kristen Baum
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I loved best about this book is really diving into April's world and feeling grief with her through the challenges and decisions she makes. I also love the setting of New Orleans and the cultural elements that brings to the fore.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I won a copy of Color Blind from a Goodreads Giveaway.

Even though I am still on hiatus from YA books, I’ll give a book a chance if the premise is intriguing or if I win a copy and fair’s fair, I owe a review. In this case, I was intrigued by the New Orleans setting and Marie Laveau storyline.

I visited New Orleans for the first time four years ago and I really enjoyed the food, met some friendly locals and loved learning about the rich history and culture of voodoo, ghosts and
Finn Longman
I have to admit, I really wasn't a big fan of this one. I'll write a full review when I have WiFi, but the short version is that I found the narrator irritating, to the point where the writing seemed overly simplistic. She failed to make very obvious connections between information, and her emotions were unconvincing, too. Moreover, the book itself read more like a guide to New Orleans than a story in its own right -- a little too much information was dumped on the reader in the early chapters. ...more
J.R. Ripley
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sheila Sobel's COLOR BLIND is the first of what I hope will be many stories to come. This YA novel set in New Orleans tells the tale of a young girl trying to find her way and her place-both in her family and in her world.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh where do I start with this book!.... My actually rating is a 2.5 but I gave it a 3 start. I really had high hopes going into Color Blind but ultimately it fell on a flat note for me. I promise not to do any spoilers!
Quick summary: Color Blind follows a seventeen year old girl named April who just lost her father and her mother is MIA in the army. She ends up going to New Orleans to live with her aunt,Kate,that she has never met before. She ends up finding out some family secrets and an
Disclosure up front: I had the pleasure of meeting Sheila Sobel during Heather Graham's Writers for New Orleans conference. That was where I learned about this book.

April Lockhart's dad has passed away, and since she's only 17 years old she has to go live with her aunt in New Orleans. To say that April is unhappy about this is to greatly understate the situation. She meets Miles Baptiste when she decides to take a cemetery and voodoo tour ... and that's when she meets Marguerite, as
Judy Moore
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, Color Blind is the story of a 17-year-old girl who moves to New Orleans to live with her aunt after her father dies. It's interesting to watch young April blossom from an unhappy, rebellious teen into a young woman who begins to emerge from her loneliness and value her family's heritage. Lovely descriptions and historical information give the reader a fascinating taste of New Orleans, from voodoo to riverboats to above ground cemeteries to the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Yo ...more
James L'Etoile
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured Color Blind in a single sitting. A young girl’s life’s is turned upside down after her father’s death and she takes up residence in New Orleans with an aunt. The story is rich with New Orleans history, culture, and flavor as April tries to find out who she is and where she comes from. I’m looking forward to another installment by Sheila Sobel.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the setting! A visit to New Orleans is on my bucket list, but this was a nice substitute for now. I also loved the baby goat, and the Voodoo thread. I actually wanted more Voodoo and Marie Laveau, but I did enjoy this a lot.
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I do not recommend this book. Although the description seems interesting, the book is just plain weird.
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Merit Press via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Linda Munro
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a recently released young adult book which I received via a goodreads giveaway.

Being that this is meant for young adults, I will say this, without taking away stars for it: it ends too positively too quickly. I believe that troubled youth would even see this as an issue.

April knows very little about her mother or her mother’s side of the family. All she knows is what she was told by her father; her mother dropped her off when she was only a tiny babe, and then joi
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I believe that the author has done a good job of taking a snapshot in time of a young girl’s (April) life after she has experienced an unexpected tragedy and her reaction to it. After moving to New Orleans to live with her Aunt she begins a wary relationship with her that is quite contentious at times. April soon meets Miles, a tour bus driver, Simone & Angel and Marguerite, the owner of a Voodoo Emporium all who will play a part in April’s introduction to New Orleans. To me, The author has ...more
Elena Hartwell
Great read for YA readers - 17-year-old female protagonist. The descriptions of New Orleans brings the city to life.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery
This is sold as a mystery, but I would classify it more as suspense. April makes a lot of mistakes, just like any teen would, and does discover some family secrets. The author does a good job of describing how bad the humidity is in New Orleans and I would never want to live there. This is a good first effort.
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Winner of the 2017 Killer Nashville Reader's Choice Award for Best YA Fiction and Finalist for the 2017 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA Fiction, she was also nominated for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

As a Senior Auditor for Warner Bros., Sheila oversaw production costs for films including “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” th
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