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(The Color Alchemist #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  126 reviews
What if color held the secrets to powerful magic?

Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom's most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jes
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published August 17th 2017 by Addison & Gray Press
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Montzalee Wittmann
Prism is a fantasy that is different from books that have magically enhanced persons. I like the concept, the characters, the plot, twists, the slight romance, and the great magically abilities. More of a teen/young adult book. Narrators were wonderful. They had a male and female to perform each part, per chapter.
DNF at 32%

The writing is not doing it for me. I'm not able to connect to the characters, and I'm finding their actions and thoughts to be totally over-the-top and flaky.

There is a love triangle set up at the beginning, and the one love interest is a Creep. He Creepily stares at her bare legs and gets a Creeper smirk on his face. The MC is uncomfortable for 0.394 seconds until Creeper makes a terrible joke, then the MC relaxes and laughs and says to herself, "He's not so bad af
Feb 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebies
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Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
what an amazing first book in an epic, unique and original new series. this authors storytelling is so insanely good. I've devoured every page and can't wait to read the sequel!

The book got me thinking about a lot of things regarding the plot and story-line developing and I really like a book that’s able to do that to me while reading. Where’s the missing relative of Jessa? Who’s behind the ‘attacks’ on Lucas’ mother? and much more questions were holding me captive during this read – some thing
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
Prism is a wonderfully engaging story that has magical realism mixed in with eastern influences. Set in a dystopian world where many societies have already collapsed, the New Colony Kingdom had thrived. This kingdom was rumored to have done so well due to the royal family’s guidance and the use of alchemy. Specifically, their use of color alchemy.

Color alchemy was a rare talent that usually manifested itself when children were around the elementary age. I loved this element to the story. It is b
Tangled N Books
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Addison & Gray Press/Book Review 22 for sharing a copy of the first book in The Color Alchemist series.

The story begins in a nuclear middle-class family set in a dystopian society of normals and color alchemists. The Royal Officers are questioning the children over the discovery of a recent bloodwork done for an accident that occurred six months ago. Unable to find proof that the family are harboring color alchemists, the Royal Officers left. That night, during a Royal Ballet pe
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
*3 Stars I was sent a copy of this book to read and review-thank you so much! * 🌈

Prism is a YA fantasy and romance book set in a world where colour is used as the source for magic. Each colour has a different type of magic associated with it and each of the magic wielders, called 'Colour Alchemists', can access certain colours and their powers. When Jessa unintentionally reveals she is an Alchemist in her ballet performance in front of some important ruling members, she is thrown into not only t

Alexandra Plath
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I am surprised by how much I loved this book.  When I first read the summary, I was interested, but I had no idea what was actually in store.  I am enamored with the concept of color alchemy and the world of Prism.  Walker did a fantastic job of explaining the power and how it works, as well as showing us the futuristic world of New Colony.  I ate up every tidbit of information, that was well dispersed throughout the book, giving us just the right amount to keep us knowledgeab ...more
Kira Simion
Sep 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
Color alchemist? Color me surprised. xD
Karen Tomlinson
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this read. The reviews I saw made me both excited and nervous to read it. The characters are well written and the story engaging. Lucas is fab! I loved the last third of the book and the end has made me want to read book 2. I did find some of the dialogue a little repetitive at times, with the same thoughts and angst reemerging frequently at the beginning and middle of the book, however this didn't stop me enjoying the story.
Well worth a read!
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prism by Nina Walker is the first book in The Color Alchemist series. Jessa Loxley and her family are being questioned by General Faulk. She is accusing one of the girls of being a color alchemist. Jessa believes her younger sister, Lacey is responsible (she is the age when the gift starts manifesting) and wants to protect her. That night, during Jessa’s first ballet solo, unbeknownst to her she starts using color alchemy. Jessa is quickly taken into custody the Guardians of Color (GC) and escor ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, utah, ya, distopia
My favorite genre is YA fantasy and so I was excited to read “Prism.” I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and appreciated some of the new ideas of magic and fantasy that Walker included. I was actually surprised to find out that this was Walker’s first published novel as it does not read like a first novel.

The novel is set in a dystopian world where the New Colony Kingdom has overthrown other countries and kingdoms and is the main ruler. Partly the reason the New Colony Kingdom has been successful
S.E. MacCready
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a breath of fresh air. The premise was phenomenal and entirely unique. The characters were engaging. And the history contained within the novel is believable.

I don't normally like books with alternating points of view, but it worked for this one. Each of the characters felt unique, rather than reading the same persona with a different name.

I would try to point out flaws, but none are coming to mind. I noticed a few grammar errors and sometimes the dialogue wasn't entirely ex
Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)
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A fun concept and a quick light read. Definitely a good choice if you're on the hunt for some YA dystopia with romance and a very unique magic system. If I'm honest I think it could have used some fine tuning here and there, often with bits of dialogue, because it had moments where it felt a bit forced or cheesy, and there were some plot inconsistencies as well but hey, overall it was a fun book to pass the time :)
Lori Chatwin
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Thank you Nina for this magical story around the powerful chakra colors. It is a grand adventure that I really enjoyed.
Claire Luana
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and inventive dystopian tale!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I would actually rate this novel a 3.5 stars. I felt like this was a great start to this series. This cover is beyond gorgeous. Actually all of the covers for this series are completely beautiful.

I loved Lucas as a main character. He is very complex and I loved his journey from the beginning. There were many twists and turns this story took and while there were a lot that I guess or had hunches about; there were some that I did not see coming.

I cannot wait to see more of where these characters
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for anything supernatural, whether it's fairy related, ghosts, witches, or just magic in general. And this book did not disappoint! It's a new take on magic, with the characters being able to manipulate colors to perform their magic in a dystopian type society. I also like it how in these dystopian books, the author gives ideas of where these places are located in our time and world. Same thing was done with Hunger Games and Divergent. The characters were very easy to relate to and ...more
Jo Leavitt
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can’t wait to read Book 3. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next the plot twisted! I love how the author keeps you guessing! I’m devouring this series!
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ehhhhhh....... It's like a 2.5? :/

This wasn't a bad read, but it's also nothing special. Very simple world building and villainy and characters and motivations. Jessa is a typical YA teen protagonist who cries easy, is stubborn, is easy swayed, and makes rash choices on the basis of childish black and white style morals. It's a quick, direct read without anything surprising or especially tantalizing. The writing is passable, the development is tolerable... it's definitely for younger audiences o
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Couldn’t finish

I was excited when I saw the book and read about color alchemy. It was a novel concept and I loved it - but I literally couldn’t bring myself to finish the book. I had issues with the whole insta-love thing she had going on with the prince. Jessa herself came off as weak and almost pathetic, way more child-like than her 16 years. I suppose that could be explained away by her environment, but even then...Other than that, the writing just struck me as poor. Things kept getting repe
Pixie and Maria
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Look, I'm guilty as charged: I picked up this book because of the cover. (I do this a lot. I'm not ashamed.) But that also means I get what I deserve. The premise of this book is good--and it does try to wrestle with some meatier themes, to its credit--but the writing is...not good? Just not for me? All I know is that while I'm glad I gave this a shot, I won't be picking up the sequel. --M
Tonja Drecker
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a new twist into the world of alchemy and a slide into a dystopian setting, this is a of intrigue, tension, and royal romance.

Jessa's dreams are about to come true. That night she will perform a solo on the stage, and the royal family will even be there to witness it. She's on the best way to becoming a professional ballerina. But that afternoon, royal guards appear at her door, accusing her little sister of performing color alchemy—the failure to report an alchemist is punishable by death.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Prism is the first book in Nina Walker's Color Alchemist series. After the fall of democracy, New Colony has thrived under the reign of the Royals. King Richard has learned to use the power of color alchemy to help protect and sustain the kingdom. Color alchemy is a special ability manifested in certain individuals that allows them to connect with the source energy of the seven colored chakras. When the talent is detected, typically at a very young age, the individuals are removed and completely ...more
Cassie James
Where do I start?!! Okay, So Prism is an amazing dystopian YA Fantasy with tremendously written characters, an ingeniously original plotline and a beautiful breathtaking cover. Jessa Loxley is just a girl with an extraordinary power that gets her life thrown into jeopardy when it's revealed (quite publicly I might add) that she has the uber rare ability to manipulate the color red which is the hardest and most powerful of colors for Alchemists to control (Basically Alchemists can control magic t
Lenora Good
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
LEGALITIES FIRST: I received a free eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

According to the Source of all Knowledge (ie, the world wide web), the age range of young adult books varies between 12-18 or 15-20s. Keeping those ages in mind, I agree this is a YA novel, on the younger side of the continuum. The heroine, Jessa is just 16, while the hero, Lucas, is 18. While many adults read YA books, I think this will appeal far more to the teenybopper crowd. (Did I just date myself?)

As an
Blaire Hammond
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review*

First off, wow. What a story this one was! I can honestly tell you all that I loved every moment of reading this book. It was exciting, fast paced, exhilarating, and jam packed with mystery, plot twists and intrigue. I could scarcely put it down! Honestly!

The writing was excellent, and a massive stand out for me. Good writing makes a story so much more enjoyable and that was definite
Janet Johnson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Prism" by Nina Walker

It was refreshing to read something unique, something that hasn't been done before.

When royal officer Faulk comes to Jessa's home, Jessa is willing to do whatever it takes to stop her from taking Jessa's sister, Lacey. You see, color alchemists who are removed from their homes as young children never see their families again.

Prince Lucas has problems of his own. He's trying to assist the Resistence, which is working against the evil king, while simultaneously searching for
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, favorites
I have had quite a few ARCs and review copies recently, so it's taken me a bit to get to this book. But boy, am I sad that I waited this long! There are so many good things about this book, I can't help but love it!

First of all, the entire premise of magic is new to me. There is probably other books out there that have a similar magic system, but I haven't yet found one. In order to access magic, people must be born with the skill to take it from objects with physical color. They can only take i
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