Book Review: The Color of Your Voice by Daniel Newwyn

Good morning! I can’t believe it’s September already, I completely lost track of time and didn’t do my reading wrap-up for August. Oops! But I’m excited because it’s my birthday month!!! Anyway since I forgot, today you’re getting another indie book review (what’s this?) of an incredible novella by indie author, Daniel Newwyn! If you don’t know what indie publishing is or want to know more about all the wonderful work indie authors do by pushing boundaries and questioning the norms of the industry, make sure to check out my post on diversity in indie publishing!

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Title: The Color of Your Voice
Author: Daniel Newwyn
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: March 22, 2020
Genre: Literary romance

A tragic literary romance that challenges our expectations of love stories

At a glance: Violet and Turner have both been dealt difficult lives, but are making due as best as they can. When they come into each other’s lives, their connection proves to be a light in the darkness for each of them.

  • ๐Ÿ’€ Dark Content
  • โœ’๏ธ Debut Author
  • ๐Ÿ˜ญ Emotional
  • ๐Ÿฅ€ Flawed Characters

Read this if… you love a tragic love story, you want to root for unlikely protagonists, if you want your heart broken in a short novella length story.

Diversity Representation: OwnVoices author writing an entirely Vietnamese cast

Content Warnings: Thoughts of suicide, self-harm, trauma, sex scenes, emotional abuse, encarceration, capital punishment, prostitution, drug trafficking

Book Review

Tragic, difficult, stunning, emotional, pretty, dark, engrossing

As always I’m very eager to support a Vietnamese author, so when Daniel reached out to me, I was more than excited to read this novella. Set in Vietnam, this novella tells a huge story in such a short amount of time. Told in brief moments of shared history, I found myself feeling my ever-present longing for Vietnam in the longing of these characters. There were moments where I had to set this book down, not because of the heavy themes, but because there was so much emotion packed into a short amount of space. Daniel wrote a stunning novella that is rich with emotion and full of love.

Quick Summary: Violet can see sounds and once believed she was born to be a painter, but her life circumstances have beat her down enough to make her question her dream. Deciding to leave everything, Violet finds herself looking for salvation in Turner, a gang debt collector who had been tasked to collect from Violet’s mother. Together, this unlikely pairing must walk the line between following their dreams or giving up and falling into the life that seems to be forced upon them.

The Color of Your Voice is by no means a light read. This book dives into the depths and difficulties of some of the lowest places of human existence. However dark the world has gotten for Violet and Turner, I love how they learned how to be the light in the darkness for each other. Where they are in the beginning, it seems almost impossible for either of these two to find happiness. Daniel artfully makes the light in the darkness grow from a small spark of care to a flame they can rely on. I was impressed with how the relationship grew, despite their circumstances and especially considering the novella length.

This story definitely focuses heavily on feelings. Emotions and the human experience drive the entire story. I was very impressed with how deeply the author was able to make us feel for the characters. It’s a huge feat to give the reader enough context, growth, and background to make them feel such emotions while reading in a story of this length. The sadness I felt for Violet and Turner is a testament to the wonderful storytelling. I felt heartache when they felt heartache, and I got sad when life was not going their way.

I think the most impressive thing about this novella is how much was able to be accomplished in such a short amount of space. I am always hesitant with novellas because sometimes I feel like that in-between length is so difficult to perfect. With The Color of Your Voice, I felt like this was the perfect length for it. It is so unusual for me to come across a novella that is able to do that, and I was really impressed with this one for that. If you are looking for a shorter read that will make you feel all sorts of emotions, this one is definitely one to keep at the front of your reading lists.

Summing it all up

The Color of Your Voice is a difficult but stunning read. It grapples with the lows of human existence and weaves a tragic love story between two people who have each been dealt incredibly difficult lives. Though short, this novella is packed with heavy-hitting emotion and depth.

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About the Author

Daniel Newwyn is an aspiring writer, an avid reader, a professional eSports gamer, and a translator. As of current, he is the chief content producer of insightful eSport content such as WildSide Meta Report. Daniel is on his way to complete his PhD and enjoy life, one book at a time.


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๐ŸŒน Have you read any literary romances lately? What were they!?
๐ŸŒน Are you looking for an emotional novella?
๐ŸŒน Do you like novels with dark themes like this one?

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