| REVIEW | Prism by Nina Walker (#1 the Color Alchemist)

Prism Book Cover Prism
#1 the Color Alchemist
Nina Walker
Young adult, Magic, Dystopia
Addison & Gray Press
August 17th, 2017
Kindle Edition
338

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 Jessa.

Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is deathly ill and healing magic hasn’t worked. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

PRISM is the first installment of a unique young adult romantic fantasy series where a dystopian world with a Victorian flair meets the dynamic magic of color!

“...The (quite literally) colorful landscape—animated by an intriguing cast—is complex but well-explained. Masterfully plotted, Walker builds to not one but several unexpected twists in the novel’s final pages. Readers will no doubt clamor for the next book in this series; a thrilling start from an exciting new talent.” –Kirkus Reviews

Today I want to tell you guys more about this amazing, magical Young adult book I recently discovered, called PRISM. This is the first book in the Color Alchemist series and it’s also Nina Walker’s debut book. I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review and I’m so glad I came across this book and can now share my review with you! Ready? Here we go!

Let me start by saying that the CONCEPT of this book is so ORIGINAL and awesome and therefore makes this book a one of a kind! This author put a new spin on magic and I love it so much! 30% of the population has the ability to become a Color Alchemist and 0.1% of that 30 % eventually develop their ability. Color Alchemists can use colors around them – mostly colors coming from organic things like plants and such – and turn it into magic. The color green for example has the ability to heal people’s wounds and such. The color Blue is for communication so there are people who can use it to listen in on other conversations or protect themselves from being listened in to. So, every color has it’s own ability – similar to the chakra’s we know of -, except for the colors White, Black and Red. Those colors have been ‘unreachable’.. as far as people knew of and until Jessa appears on stage during her solo ballet performance.

Jessa turns out to be a color alchemist and one able to split colors like purple into their primary coloring, so she’s able to use the color Red! This makes her the King’s new pet project and she gets to stay in the castle to train how to use her ability’s properly because untrained she’s a danger to everyone around her. Everyone around Jessa wants to use her and her ability to their own purposes and she soon finds herself lost in the battle for her own freedom where not only see but also the people she loves are in grave danger.

Since Jessa grew up with her parents and little sister until she was 16, being ripped apart from her family isn’t something she can cope with well and therefore she tries everything in her power to get back to them. But she didn’t anticipate on becoming this major pawn in a world of politics and dangers. She gets thrown right in the middle of everything that’s ‘wrong’ with New Colony and the Resistance that’s trying to make New Colony better. And she didn’t expect to develop feelings for Prince Lucas… Prince Lucas, who is secretly aiding the Resistance and therefore ‘fighting’ his own father, the King of New Colony, to give New Colony a chance of a better future.

the WORLD BUILDING of this book is so incredibly awesome! It contains these magic elements but aside from that, it’s a really awesome Dystopian world as well. What we now know as the United States of America, is in this book divided in different Kingdom’s, where Jessa lives in ‘New Colony’. New Colony thrives extremely well now because they have the Color alchemists in their ‘possession’/working for them and therefore now is a really strong Kingdom. And when I say possession, I mean it just like that. Children who have the ability to become Color Alchemists are taken to the castle at a really young age. They’re being ripped apart from their family’s and grow up in the castle, where they’re being trained to become these kick-ass soldiers, who protect the Kingdom. They never see their family again but most of them like this way of life because they were too young to remember the family they left and as Color Alchemists they have quite a luxurious life. I love the world-building of this book so much. There’s much to say about this world and the way of life. It’s a great blend of unique, awesome and original elements in a rather intriguing Dystopian world.

ROMANCE.
Soo I kind of fell really hard for prince Lucas right away – reading from his POV helped a lot and well, he’s a prince and I can’t help myself; I love princes haha – and shipped him with Jessa. But there’s a lot standing in their way, a lot. Sometimes it drove me kinda nuts to be honest haha – in a good and bath way, lol -, because it felt like every time THE moment was about to happen and then there was always ‘something’ coming in between, messing up my SHIP – sobfest. I would’ve liked it a bit more if Lucas hadn’t put Jessa in the dark so much, so their romance could’ve developed some more in this book already. Some things happening regarding the romance development – or rather; the NON-development haha – were a bit too slow for my liking – but maybe I’m too greedy in the romance department hahaha – so I really hope their romance will develop A LOT more in the next book *evil grin*.

The WRITING STYLE is truly amazing. It’s addictive and really extended, which I loved with this book. I love all the information coming my way regarding the Color Alchemists, the politics and the individual stories of Jessa and Prince Lucas as well. There’s just so much to experience in this book and I love how everything is in great balance with one another. Because of the writing, there’s an amazing amount of depth presence, especially regarding the world-building and regarding the Magic in this book, two very important elements of this story. And the characters Nina put in this book are so easy to connect with and to love. They are made for greatness. I loved Jessa, Lucas and a lot of the side characters like Sascha and can’t wait to see what Nina’s planning with them next.

 

| CONCLUSION |

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 things were predictable to me but I didn’t mind that because there were enough of other things that came as a shock to me as well. It was a nice balance haha. The book has a lot of recognizable YA-elements, but since the magic, characters and writing style of this author are so original, unique and amazing, it’s a book that despite having recognizable elements in it, also turned into a book of greatness and one of a kind. This truly is a wonderful first book in a new series and I’m even more impressed because it’s a debut novel. I really can’t wait to see what more this author has in store for us #excited

There’s sooo much to write about. The politics, the world building itself, the magic! the characters and the writing style. I could write a 3000-word review on this book and still not be done with it, lol. But really;  you need to read and experience it yourself to fully understand the magnitude of awesomeness that’s called PRISM!

I hope you liked reading about this story-line, awesome world and the amazing magic present and that you’re extremely excited now to add this book to your to-buy-list so you can read it.

I really want to read the next book in the series asap! The author leaves me with so much anticipated feelings for the next book, at the end of Prism. I can’t wait to see where this story is heading! Thankfully the second book, Fracture, released today so this will definitely be my next book-purchase! And I’ll end this review by saying; BUY THIS BOOK.READ THIS BOOK.EXPERIENCE THIS BOOK. FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it, I promise 😉

 

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