Passion Blue
A novel of art, astrology, and romance
Amazon Children's Publishing

A rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion.
Kirkus (starred review)

Teens will truly relate to Giulia's struggle to do what is right and still have her way in a world that presents on-going challenges, danger, betrayal, and finally, enlightenment.
VOYA (highlighted review)

Compelling…absorbing…An intriguing historical novel inspired by accounts of women artists in the Italian Renaissance.

I don’t just like Passion Blue, I LOVE it! I simply galloped through it.
Jane Yolen, author of The Devil’s Arithmetic

A lovely read.
Megan Whalen Turner, author of The Queen's Thief series

A glimpse of 15th century Italian life as sure-handed and brilliantly illuminated as the work of a Renaissance master.
Meredith Ann Pierce, author of the Darkangel trilogy

An elegant retelling of that old, crucial story of finding one’s place in the world, set against a vivid evocation of the Italian Renaissance.
Robin McKinley, author of Beauty

A lush, vibrant read that is utterly transporting.
Lesley Livingston, author of the Wondrous Strange series


I’m Victoria Strauss, author of novels for adults and young adults. I’m also a freelance writer, a former book reviewer, and a publishing industry blogger.

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