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Thursday, June 2, 2022



About the Book

Book: Vivid

Author: Ashley Bustamante

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: May 17, 2022

Vivid-finalDanger Lurks Behind Every Color 

When Ava Locke was five years old, she began a journey to join the Benefactors—the leaders of the magical continent of Magus. Twelve years later, she unwittingly started down the road to betray them.

On Magus where colors fuel magical abilities, yellow is banned in an effort to protect people from its mind-controlling capabilities. When a rogue Yellow magic-user named Elm escapes imprisonment Ava becomes innocently fascinated with his story. Once this mysterious Elm shows up at her school, Ava pushes her interest to the next level by helping him evade the Benefactors. Ava grows increasingly conflicted as her intrigue leads her down a dark road of secrets about her world. As she learns more about Yellow magic’s potential to control its victims, Ava now must question whether her rash decisions are all her own or if someone else is pulling the strings.


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About the Author

authorphoto2Ashley Bustamante has created stories from the moment she could scribble and staple sheets of paper together. She simply cannot recall a time when writing was not a force in her life. When not running through lines of dialogue in her mind, she enjoys taking photographs and spending time with her husband, three children, and any furry, feathered, or scaly creature she can find. She currently works at Arizona State University.

More from Ashley

Vivid is a great example of how something small can turn into something big with a little faith and a lot of work!

The idea for Vivid came from a dream (which later became part of Chapter 5) that I just couldn’t forget. A dream about a charming young man in a top hat and a young lady in a yellow dress. I won’t give away the whole scene, but what stood out to me was the complicated feelings of the young lady. She was left so conflicted and dazed by her encounter with this roguish stranger. She knew she shouldn’t have spent time with him, and yet it was exciting. The thing she wanted more than anything was for him to come back, and yet that was also the thing that terrified her the most.


This scene and these characters would not leave my head. I wanted to know the rest of their story and it was all I could think about. Finally, I wrote it all down. How could I not? I made some adjustments, and soon I was plotting. Soon I had names. Places. A magic system. A chapter. Two chapters. Ten chapters. Within a month, I had my first draft written.


The road forward wasn’t easy as I was met with rejection after rejection. But through it all I could feel my Heavenly Father cheering me on, encouraging me to grow the talent he had given me. At once point I almost shelved the project, but that little nudge kept me going and eventually led me to my publisher. All the little pieces that came together over the years to lead me there is a story in and of itself.


I hope you will enjoy Vivid and come to love Ava and Elm as much as I do. It is my privilege to have this opportunity to share them with you.


I will say that the cover is beautiful and definitely eye catching. The colors are so vivid and stands out to grab your attention. I did like Ava and her curiosity of what was happening around her. She knows that danger is close but for some reason it seems like this presence has a hold on her. I will say that I did not care for all the magic and spells in the book at all. It is not something I like to read about.  

Elm is quite a character and befriends Ava which surprised me. Why was she not more leery of someone who everyone feared? I did like the point he made to Ava about Selene.  Why has Selene never encouraged Ava to have friends? Why has Selene kept Ava focused on one thing and not given her any kind of emotional support like a family would?  

The story takes on a darker side as Ava becomes more involved with Elm. She starts to do things with him that  she feels is wrong, but she does have free will remember? I am beginning to wonder if Elm is good and everyone else has been casting doubt in people’s mind about him. The things he does seem to be for the better but  then I get curious and wonder why there has been so many lies and secrets surrounding the Mentalists. We have only heard one side of this story and right there is when the author hooked me. I had to know who Ava should be trusting. Is it Selene or Elm? 

The author leaves us with a cliffhanger and I’m  beside myself knowing that I have to wait to find out what happens. I mentioned before that I don’t care for the magic and spells in the book and I wish there was less of it. I do see how the author used these two things to illustrate how easy it would be to manipulate people by controlling them and feeding them lies. I did end up liking the story more than I thought and will look forward to the next book in this series.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Library Lady’s kid Lit, May 31

A Baker’s Perspective, June 1 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 1

Texas Book-aholic, June 2

Inklings and notions, June 3

deb’s Book Review, June 4

For Him and My Family, June 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 7

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 8

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, June 9 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 9

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 10

Blogging With Carol, June 11

Labor Not in Vain, June 12

Inside the Wong Mind, June 13


To celebrate her tour, Ashley is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed hardback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. Thank you so much for posting! I'm so happy you enjoyed!

  2. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

  3. Vivid sounds like a great fantasy to share with my granddaughter and I love the cover, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review! Have an amazing weekend!

  4. Thank you for sharing your honest review of Vivid