Passion Blue
Book 1 of the Passion Blue duology
Skyscape (Amazon Children's Publishing)

A rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion.
- Kirkus (starred review) -
* A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012 *

[C]ompelling…absorbing…An intriguing historical novel inspired by accounts of women artists in the Italian Renaissance.
- Booklist -
Color Song cover
Book 2 of the Passion Blue duology
Skyscape (Amazon Children's Publishing)

The combination of page-ripping plot and insight into the creative process is as rare and luminous as the color Strauss imagines.
- Kirkus –

Readers will identify with Giulia’s determination and doubt in equal measure in this story, which is classically romantic and lush as a painting of the time.
- Booklist -


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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On sale Feb. 24 from Open Road Media

“Fluidly written, with in-depth characterization and superb world building.” –VOYA on The Burning Land (Book 1 of Way of Ârata)

“This novel, and its predecessor, are both superb fantasies that deserve a wide readership.” – on The Awakened City (Book 2 of Way of Ârata)

“Mysterious dreams, suspense-filled legends, the terror that unfolds as the dig ensues, and the fine characterizations weave together beautifully to make this adventure fantasy a winner.” –Booklist on Guardian of the Hills (starred review)

“Riveting historical fiction…a compelling, suspenseful read, with fine accuracy and integration of historical detail.” –School Library Journal on The Lady of Rhuddesmere

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