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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  93 reviews
In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matte
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Published August 8th 2017
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Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
The plot idea was really interesting and had a lot of potential but the execution and way it was written, was poorly done in my opinion.

From close to the middle and end of the book, things took a very confusing turn and it made it hard to keep track of every strand of the author’s imagination woven into the story.

I liked the idea of this book because it did have amazing potential to be a great and unforgettable read, but unfortunately the author missed her mark on this one, for me 😕
Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
By: Rita Stradling
Narrated by: Lauri Jo Daniels
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
This is a very unusual book. I didn't know what it really was going to be about and just let the story hit me. Wow, I love different and boy, it is! A girl's parents die, in their room, the reader fears foul play. When the girl is told by the maids that her parents are dead, suddenly, no one remembers her...all her color disappears from her clothes and everything she touches. S
K. Elizabeth
I received an ARC off of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. This does in no way persuade my opinion of the novel.

1.25 Stars.

I was intending on "finishing" this novel - but then I quickly realized I was just skimming away, and I had no desire to finish this. Which makes this the second NetGalley DNF in a SINGLE day. I'm not quite sure if there is something wrong with me, if I'm in a reading slump, or if I'm honestly just not enjoying these books. Which I know I'm not. They're not
Dannii Elle
The synopsis for this novel, a girl who looses all her colour and is forgotten by the world, bore a similarity to another novel I had little success with reading - The Sudden Appearance of Hope. Now I may have been prematurely setting myself up for failure but my source of discontent with this other book wasn't with the plot but the pace of it. This novel however, set in a fantastical world, seemed to be offering me everything I had been hoping for in the other. And that is what it initially del ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
I really wanted to like this more. The initial concept, a curse that makes everyone forget you and everything you touch (including yourself) leeches colour, is really cool. I like the setting and overall idea. But it seems to me that Rita Stradling is great at developing cool concepts and plots; and that's where her greatness ends. Colorless is filled with characters that could almost be interesting and side stories that have potential; yet when it comes to actual execution of these ideas everyt ...more
Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia
My thoughts: Introduction

Before we get into the review, I would like to apologize for the lack of quotes because I really did not like this book and it irks me to not add any quotes in this review. Also, please take note that this is going to be a rant review because… You-Will-Know-Why. So, without further ado, let’s just jump right in!

The world-building and the atmosphere are the ones that I would like to talk about first. So, the world building for this book was extremely lacklustre. The b
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this neat title by Rita Stradling! One thing I just love about Rita Stradling is that she is so creative and versatile. I’ve read several of her books and all of them have been highly entertaining and completely different from one another.

Well, she really outdid herself here. “Colorless” is an intriguing opener in a fantasy series (I’m assuming) where we see her world-building skills once again highlighted just
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the concept of this which is what drew me in to read this book. There are several points of view shown in the story each written in first person according to the titles and character's name heading each chapter. There were one or two comical moments that had me laughing a little. Annabelle, Tony and Dylan seemed to be well rounded characters. The dialogue was well thought out and consistent and the descriptions of setting and action well-written. ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2017, kindle, arc
Well... I finished it! I'm not going to lie, I struggled with this one. I am still trying to figure out why exactly but haven't pinpointed a reason. I know that I didn't connect with most of the characters although I did find some of them interesting. I thought the story was unique and I was fascinated by the concept of this world. I think it just fell short in execution. I know after the first chapter I made a note that things were really confusing. There was a lot of stuff happening and nothin ...more
Rita Stradling
Jul 31, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi :) Thank you for checking out Colorless! There's also a prequel that can be read before or after Colorless (titled Hazel). And . . . I'm giving it out for FREE, exclusively to my newsletter subscribers :D.

If you'd like to join, you can grab your copy here (click on the cover):

Carole (in Canada)
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alternate Universe/Young Adult

My Rating: 2.5*

I have had this e-book on my Kindle for at least two years. The premise sounded interesting and every now and then I like to step outside my usual reading genres. I must say this was more like a giant leap.

"I trust in the magicians, for they hold the gateway to the gods." (quote from the book)

I'm not sure how to begin to explain this book. I will leave that for other reviewers and the book description. My first thoughts were I had tumbled into the middle of a nightmare the autho
Sylvia Mercedes
First of all, thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review COLORLESS. This was my first Netgalley read, and a pretty good experience over all.


Well, Rita Stradling certainly can spin the intrigue! From the very beginning, I found myself curious about this world, curious about the characters, curious about this strange and suspenseful situation in which Annabelle finds herself. I was confused, yes, but I was confused right alongside Annabelle a
Rabid Reader
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this unique, thrilling story of one girls fight against an evil regime. It is not the everyday tale of a brave hero, it has an unusual and totally captivating storyline. Set in a period world where a dictatorship of manipulative magicians rule, their wills endorsed by the creepiest monks ever, Annabelle is unknowingly thrust into a fight for her life. As the colour drained from her and she became invisible and forgotten by almost everyone, Annabelle learns the truth of what she has becom ...more
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
This book had so much potential! The beginning of the book (prologue and first chapter) was so intriguing with mysterious murders and intrigue. Plus the character's mysterious magical element within this story (and the title) was unique and fascinating as I haven't seen that idea done before.

Unfortunately, those first couple of chapters were the best part of the book and it went downhill after that. The story was honestly just boring. I didn't feel like any part of it captured my attention: the
2.5 lackluster stars

Annabelle's parents died. Then something bizarre happened. All of the color seeped out of her body, and she became invisible. Everyone she had ever known instantly forgot her. She wandered around unsure of what to do. Eventually there was one person who could see her. Magicians began snooping around. They couldn't see Annabelle but somehow they knew she existed.

The idea for this was good. The story itself was not. It took me quite a few days to get through this, which if you
Amy Leigh
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3 1/2 stars.

I loved the creativity and world building of this novel. I did feel a lot was left unanswered and hope the next book in this series solves my curiosity. I also really enjoyed the author's writing style.

Annabelle lives in a world where magic has been destroyed by heretics and was worshipped on the same level as the gods. Her family fell under extreme financial trouble and quickly her parents both unexpectedly die.

Suddenly all color drains away from Annabelle. Not only does she becom
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley
4 Stars.

Colorless was a really fascinating and engaging tale, with a unique and intriguing premise, populated with engaging characters and strong voices. That being said, I did have a few issues with it, which I'll discuss below, and I have to say that the rating for this book will hinge a little on what happens in the sequels. I know that sounds confusing, but just wait, because I explain why below.

Starting with the characters, generally, all interesting, unique and vivid on the page. Colorles
Jill Elizabeth
I really wanted to like this one... I LOVED Ensnared, Stradling's earlier title. She has a lovely writing style and her voice is such a delightful blend of lyrical magic and clear, concise storytelling. Unfortunately, after the opening chapters of this one, I felt like she lost that voice and the story - and its narration - began meandering in a way that ultimately lost me.

The premise to this one is great: a girl paying the price for some mysterious action of her parents, the way she bleeds colo
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Pikko's House to read and review.

I was drawn to Colorless because of it's gorgeous cover. I had relatively high expectations for this book and I found it to be quite interesting. I was reminded of the Greek gods with the world presented in Colorless. But I honestly feel as if the gods and magicians were not explained thoroughly enough. The world concept was good, but I feel like it was not entirely fleshed out well enough. I found myself a littl
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Full Review:

*I was provided a free digital copy from the Publisher via Net Galley. This in no way affects my opinion!*

First of all: Cover = Gorgeous. Secondly, the synopsis of this book really intrigued me. I mean a person who had no colour, who was invisible, but still very much alive! Hello intrigue. I liked this book, it was not what I was expecting especially with the whole magical system and religion, but there were a few things that I felt it was mi
Katherine Paschal
Lady Annabelle's parents were murdered one night and when Annabelle was told the news, all her color fell off of her- literally, fell off until the grass until all that remained was gray. And then everyone forgot that Annabelle even existed and she was completely invisible. But strangely, when she touched something, the color would fall from the item making it just as colorless and forgettable. But Dylan the stable boy can still see her and he resolves to help her any way he can, regardless of t ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of Colorless from Rita Stradling's Street Team.

I'd like to begin by commending Rita Stradling's unique way of engaging a reader to be immediately drawn into the main character's life. As with her books, I feel as if I'm in the main character's thoughts and world and walk along with the character's journey. For this reason alone, reading Ms. Stradling's books are always a pleasure and makes it hard to put down her novels even for a short break.

The title of Colorless should be a
Mary Yarde
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If no one can see you do you exist at all?

The day Annabelle Klein parents died her life changed forever. She watched with horror as the colour drained from her skin, her clothes, and everything she touched. She also became invisible. No one asked where she was, no missed her because they had forgotten she had existed in the first place.

Annabelle thought she was to spend the rest of her life as a living ghost.

Dylan Miller mourned the loss of his employers for Lord and Lady Klein were good people,
Carole Rae
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This caught my attention right away. The cover. The summary. All of it. I was able to get it on Audible so that worked just fine.

The story follows Annabelle. Her parents are killed and she is cursed. She loses all her colors and becomes invisible and is forgotten by all who know her. In order to restore her colors she must solve the mystery behind her parents' murder and WHY she was cursed. At the same time, forces beyond her control are hungry for power. The monks are on the hunt for her.

grethe tozer
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About the book … (from the blurb)

In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Based off the description alone I wasn’t sure if I understood the premise of the book but I knew it had great reviews on Goodreads so I wanted to give it a try. The first few pages were a bit hard for me to get into/follow, but that might have been because I was reading it on my phone during my work break. Nonetheless, once Anabelle literally lost her color and her place in her world I was more than intrigued. I’d never rea
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Minutes after hearing the news of her parents' mysterious deaths, all the color leaked out of Annabelle Klein. Not a speck of hair, skin, or clothing color remained in her. She was grey, and everything her bare skin touched became the same way. Not only that, but everyone but a select few remembered that Annabelle even existed. She was invisible, un-hearable, and forgotten.

Colorless ... wow. That was a unique idea. To have all the color leak out of a person like globs of paint and for the peopl
Michelle Fritz PA
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I so hate to admit this... but I didn't finish this. I loved the beginning and then somehow I lost the excitement to keep reading. This is the first that I've read by this author. I loved the cover, it's so gorgeous!! ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 Stars

I was hooked since the first chapter. This was an imaginative tale about Gods and their children, and the magicians that sought to steal their powers in order to continue to rule.

Each of these characters are phenomenal. They have multiple layers about them that are fun to watch unfold. And they are never quite what you expected, even with the foreshadowing and hints scattered throughout.

I love the way Rita describes her world. It is unique, and the intrigue follows Annabelle throughout
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-1st-ng, ty-magic
4.5 stars

‘Colorless’ is a unique and intriguing read. Author Rita Stradling has invented a new type of Magician and reimagined Gods and religious beliefs from the four directions (East, West, North, and South). There are both supernatural and historical fiction elements to be found here.

From the blub:

“Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and f
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Rita Stradling has a BA in Art History and a particular interest in modern and medieval art.

Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California. Her seven year old son wants to be an astronaut when he grows up.

She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.

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