Title: Scattered Colors
Author: Jessica Prince
Series: Colors #1
Release Date: April 27, 2015
The use of the phrase life is hard has become so diluted, so overstated through the years that when someone hears it the words go in one ear and out the other. The impact is no longer there. The meaning, the importance of that phrase no longer holds any water with those it’s spoken to.
Freya Linden’s life became hard at the age of seventeen, the summer before her senior year of high school. The bright colors of her life faded into black and white, a colorless shell full of loneliness.
Until she met him.
Parker Owens breathed life back into her world. With him she began to heal. But happiness isn’t a guarantee. Sometimes opening yourself up only leads to more heartbreak. The person she thought to be her saving grace shattered her completely.
Her story isn’t a pretty one. The bumps in the road were monumental and infinite. But it’s her story. And the one thing that holds true is this: despite the hardships, she made it through to the other side.
Scattered Colors is my first book by Jessica Prince but certainly not my last. She has a writing style that feels effortless. Her words are beautiful, fluid, and poignant, tugging on a place deep inside of me until I couldn’t help but lose myself in this story. Scattered Colors is the quintessential New Adult novel. Parker and Freya’s journey is colored by loss and splashed with heartache as they both navigate their inimitable connection and intense feelings. Jessica Prince has crafted characters that exude life, filling the pages with their vibrancy and emotional honesty. Despite their warring emotions, Parker and Freya understand each other on a profound level that gives them an undeniable kinship you just can’t ignore. As I read Scattered Colors, Jessica Prince warmed my heart, broke it apart, and put it back together with the vivid experiences and rollercoaster of emotion that made this book light up from the inside out.
“Time passed and my heart begins to heal, but it carried more scars than it had before.”
Freya is my favorite type of female character. She’s broken, vulnerable, and struggling to accept the hand life has dealt her, but underneath the broken pieces there is an unmistakable fighter. She’s strong and feisty and fiercely protective of her friends and that makes her someone you can’t help but adore. Jessica Prince gave this character obvious flaws and fears that infused this character with an unquestionable authenticity, allowing for readers to be easily affected by Freya. Parker’s transformation over the course of the story was stunning. Freya inspires growth in him that takes him from the cocky leader of the high school popular crowd to a young man dedicated to caring and keeping safe the people he loves. The chemistry between Freya and Parker started out a tiny spark, our couple uncertain and afraid to allow room in their hearts for someone else they could potentially lose, but the more time they spend around each other the hotter that spark becomes until the fire completely engulfs them. Jessica Prince did a fantastic job bringing to life not only the physical pull between them, but the emotional one as well.
“So don’t tell me you can’t give me what I want because not having you in my life isn’t an option. I tried living my life without you, and I’m not doing it anymore.”
I enjoyed the direction the author took Scattered Colors. Being able to see this couple in two very different stages of life gave me a deep understanding of the extent to which the characters evolved and the true complexity of their relationship. Parker’s fight for Freya was one of my favorite parts of this book. I loved the ferocity with which he pursues her and his unwavering determination to help heal her. His love for her did not overshadow his respect for her, evident in his allowing her space and time to cool-down, process, or accept the constant uncertainty of their young lives. Jessica Prince had me fighting for Parker’s happily ever after with Freya, right alongside him. The easy pace and methodical progression of events gave Scattered Colors an addictive quality that had me devouring this book in one sitting. This novel overflows with deep and heartbreaking emotions that will have you feeling every aspect of this story wholly. Scattered Colors is a breathtaking New Adult journey of loss, love, and living that will leave your heart feeling absolutely full.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Colors Series:
Shrinking Violet (Colors #2)
Love Hate Relationship (Colors #3)
Wildflower (Colors #4)